alexislamb

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If Nowhere Is Your Office, Is Everywhere Your Office? 5 Ways to Curb Telecommuter Burnout

More and more lawyers are opting out of a traditional corporate path, which, for many, includes architecting a career that they can perform from anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection. Similarly, more and more law firms are jumping onto the telecommuting bandwagon, structuring programs that will allow select attorneys the option to telecommute during the workweek. Morgan Lewis & Bockius, for example, launched a flexible work program on May 1, 2017, which provides associates with the opportunity to telecommute up to two days a week starting in their third year. At least 100 associates have signed up with…

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DeeEsq

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I am responsible for my own peace and will find breathing space regardless of my surroundings. It’s August and many of us are packing up and heading out of town for family vacations, reunions, or much needed solo retreats. August’s sleepy energy beckons us all to slow down. In one way or another, we all lead hectic lives. Whether you are billing hours, applying for a second-year associateship, preparing for trial or navigating maternity leave, the legal profession presents unique stressors. The stress associated with balancing our personal and professional lives is a constant we can anticipate will continue;…

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annajo

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Barriers To Women Taking The Bar Exam

The bar exam is a rite of passage and major source of stress for all new lawyers, but for women in the profession, there are unique challenges. When coupled with the standard challenges that exist for both genders, it’s clear that women face an uphill battle when it comes to passing the exam and pursuing long, successful careers in the Field. Challenges Women Face The bar exam is something that law students dread from the moment they enroll in law school until the second they receive confirmation of a passing score. And it doesn’t matter who you are, there are serious…

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hrohn

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Going Virtual: An Option to Achieve Balance

There is no question that working parents struggle with trying to “have it all.”. Having worked full-time, part-time and then "opted out" to care for my young sons, I have come to the conclusion it will always be hard. Each presents its own challenges in achieving balance (yes, even stay-at-home moms find it hard to find time and energy to nurture their own personal interests and keep one foot out the door in between careers) so major kudos to all you working and non-working parents out there!! I worked full-time at law firms in estate planning for a few years, then…

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pdeleon

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Take a few days off and get away!

I'm in a rut. A career rut. A life rut. Just a rut. For some reason I was under the impression that once I accomplished my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer that all the obstacles and difficulties would vanish or at the very least seem less daunting but no. I was wrong, very wrong.  I've been a lawyer for two years now and I find myself more lost than ever. I read article after article about mid quarter life crisis and overcoming work burn out. While the advice in those articles are helpful it still doesn't offer me a solution…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Sexual Harassment and the Intern’s Dilemma

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was asked out on a date by another intern at our office. She awkwardly and politely declined, and we laughed about it a little later because it was so unexpected. My friend asked me if I thought it would be weird at work for the two remaining weeks she had there. I said that I didn't think so, but that if it was, she could always explain to the guy that she just didn't think it was professional to date within the work place. Little did we know that the next…

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gennieantono

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: “Table of Contents”

Are you a pre-law student or professional? Read this post first! Hello and welcome to Ms. JD Pre-Law! Our goal is to serve as a resource to, and build a supportive community of, pre-law women around the country. Whether you're a college freshman just starting to develop an interest in the legal profession, or if you already know that you're going to law school this Fall—we have something for you! In addition to organizing in-person events, we also regularly post interviews and other articles on the wider Ms. JD blog. The list below serves as a helpful index to many…

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gennieantono

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#MsJDPreLaw: “What type of law are you interested in?”

Although we (obviously) haven't gone to law school yet, people LOVE asking pre-law students this question.  A few years ago, my pre-law self would have smiled politely and shrugged in response. ("I think I like law......??") It took me a lot of research and introspection to come to my (current) answer, which is: "I'm generally interested in corporate transactional work. I find Funds very interesting, although at some point I also want to explore deal/M&A work." So what can a pre-law student do to come to a more concrete answer about his/her legal interests? Research, research, research! (1) Google, (2)…

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annajo

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7 Tips for Planning a Wedding While in Law School

Two dreams are coming true: you’re working on your law degree and you’re getting married. But when it comes time to plan a wedding, will you be able to keep up with that and your educational responsibilities? Less than one third of practicing attorneys are female, and many don’t make it through law school. That makes it even more important for you to finish your degree, even if you’re distracted by upcoming nuptials. Planning a wedding while you’re attending law school will be difficult. If there’s a way to avoid it, most would recommend that you wait until after you’ve…

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GOSOLOFORSUCCESS

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Why a Woman CAN Take a Break from the Law

My mother has a saying: “Women can have it all…just not at the same time.”  She was a stay at home mom.  Once my sister and I were older, she went to the New York School of Interior Design and started her own design business. I thought I could prove her wrong.  I started in banking, went to law school at night while working a full-time job and worked my way to become president and general counsel of a financial company. I enjoyed immense responsibility, put in long hours, and made good money. I figured that if I became indispensable…

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