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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I’m a freshman in High School, and I want to prepare to become an attorney. I have already done a bit of research, but there are still a few questions that I have (below). A: Excellent! You are preparing early! Being a lawyer can be fascinating and rewarding. But it’s not as glamorous as media portrayals. As you progress in your education, learn about legal careers, but keep an open mind about other fields. There is a lot to explore in the world! Here are your questions and my answers:  1.  What job should I get in college if…

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How long do I need to study for the LSAT?

The LSAT is an important factor in law school admissions and their financial aid decisions. Many experts suggest that a minimum pace of 10 hours per week for at least two to three months should help you accumulate the basic skills you’ll need for the LSAT. Any less than this, you can sell yourself short on meeting the admissions targets of the schools that you want to attend. Others advise studying for up to a year. More than anything, you’ll need to maintain a steady, consistent pace along with your other responsibilities as opposed to “binge” studying. In short, there’s…

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What is the LSAT? And where do I start?

What is the LSAT? The LSAT is a standardized test required by most law schools (although not all) that is used, along with other factors, to determine admission, similar to how colleges use the SAT and ACT. It is currently administered four times a year in February, June, September/October and December, although the LSAC will likely introduce additional administrations in the future. LSAT scores remain on record for five years. Unlike other tests, the LSAT is not based on memorization, but rather a measure of “acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills” based on three different sections: Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension,…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 4: Legal Writing

On March 22nd, pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Career seminar series heard from Grace Pickering (Director of Legal Education at Legal Outreach & Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School) and Van Ann Bui (Director, Law Program at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity).   Students had many notes and questions for Grace during and after her detailed presentation on “Legal Writing: An Introduction.” Van Ann’s segment regarding personal statement essay-writing for law school applications was equally engaging; it garnered plenty of questions from students, and even took the discussion into over-time. At the start of the night, Grace explained the court…

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New Positions Available for Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Council!

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information on NWLSO and the resources it provides is available here. To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. All positions will function as…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 3: Office Etiquette

​ This week, the pre-law students participating in the New York City Bar's Launching Your Seminar series had the opportunity to hear from Sarah E. O'Connell, Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright. Sarah was engaging, warm and funny—and gave our students delightfully no-nonsense, straightforward advice about the mindset it takes to succeed in a corporate setting. Some of her advice included: Write your own "blank." When you are new to an environment and people don't really know you, they will tend to judge you quickly: "Oh you know, Richard, he's the one who ___________." You have be intentional about filling in that blank the way you want,…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 2: Networking and Finding a Mentor

At the second installment of this year's Launching Your Career seminar series by the New York City Bar, our cohort of pre-law undergraduates and recent graduates had the opportunity to hear about networking and finding a mentor from Janine Pollack and Regina Calcaterra, partners at Wolf Haldenstein, before immediately practicing those tips in a "speed networking" event with practicing attorneys. One of our pre-law participants, Kamya Arora, reflected after the event: "I took a lot away from both Janine and Regina's presentations today. Their personal stories of growth especially struck me as inspiring. They reminded me that learning never stops—even…

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Building Trust: Why You Need Face-To-Face Communication

In the high powered world of legal careers, female lawyers tend to congregate in a few key areas. You may work in family law (including covering domestic violence cases) or be drawn to international rights law (including issues surrounding women’s rights abroad). Both fields hold clients who may be especially traumatized and vulnerable. It can be especially difficult for these clients to trust an outside figure, even one who is there to help. Regardless of what specialty you choose, however, women lawyers often face a general attitude of skepticism and distrust simply because we’re women in a male dominated field.…

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NYC Bar “Launching Your Career” Week 1: Orientation and Fireside Chat

This week, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the New York City Bar Association's Launching Your Career seminar series, chaired by the wonderful Van Ann Bui (Director, Law Program at SEO; former Proskauer associate). The series comprises of 5 professional development workshops targeted at pre-law undergraduates and recent graduates, on topics including: networking, finding a mentor, office etiquette, interviewing, and more. At this week's kick-off workshop, hosted at Hogan Lovells, the pre-law audience had the opportunity to hear from Jasmine Wade (Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County District Attorney's Office) and Karume James (Staff Attorney, The Bronx Defenders). Tahir Boykins…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: Are there lessons for new lawyers from the recent Academy Awards “Envelopegate” snafu involving PwC? A: Oh yes. The more obvious lessons are that even with straightforward assignments, the consequences of mistakes can be huge and “do-overs” may not be possible. I discuss these and other lessons below. “Envelopegate” is the moniker many media outlets have given to the Best Picture snafu at the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 26, 2017. To set the stage (for the approximately zero percent of readers who have not had any Internet or other news access in the past week), a…

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