About Stephanie Nweke

Stephanie is a second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She is also the co-founder of Blademy, an online platform where Black millennials come to learn new skills, land better jobs, and reach their full potential. Stephanie is interested in the intersection of law, business, and technology and wants to create more access to the legal profession for first-generation and minority students.

5 Black Lawyers You Didn’t Know Changed History

5 Black Lawyers You Didn’t Know Changed HistoryThis week we’re hearing from guest writer Stephanie Nweke about five black lawyers you may not have heard about but who have had a big impact on the legal world.

Black History Month is a time of celebration of the stride black people have made and continue to make in this country. But, the celebration doesn’t stop in February! Many people mistakenly think that Black History exists apart from U.S. History. Black History is an intricate part of U.S. History, which is why we should be more knowledgeable about black history even after February ends. Today I want to spotlight five black attorneys who have had a lasting impact on this country. [Read more…]

Being a More Effective Communicator

Being a More Effective CommunicatorThis week we welcome back guest writer Stephanie Nweke to talk about learning to become a better communicator, a crucial skill for any lawyer.

“Communication” is a word we throw around all the time, especially when it comes to the job search. At one point, I used to think that communication meant my ability to get in front of a crowd and give a presentation on a topic I wasn’t passionate about. But I’ve learned that’s not an accurate depiction of communication. What does it actually mean to have good communication skills, and why is it that communication is a skill that seems to pop up in every application? In this post, I explore six different aspects of effective communication and how to incorporate better communication into our everyday lives. [Read more…]

Post- Semester Blues: How to Bounce Back from a Bad Semester

Post- Semester Blues: How to Bounce Back from a Bad SemesterThis week we welcome guest writer Stephanie Nweke to talk about how to recover if first semester didn’t go well.

It’s a new year, and a new decade. Congrats on making it through another semester, or if you’re a 1L, your first semester of law school.

Things happen unexpectedly during the semester, and it’s unfair that your class grade is usually the sum total of your performance on one exam. That’s why law school grades aren’t always indicative of how great of an attorney you will be.

Regardless of your satisfaction with your grades from last semester, you should always take time to reflect and prepare for the upcoming semester.

So, from my personal experiences, I want to share some of the things that have helped me bounce back!

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Supporting Your Friends of Color in Law School

Supporting Your Friends of Color in Law SchoolThis week we welcome guest writer and 2L Stephanie Nweke, to talk about some of the best ideas for supporting your friends of color as a law student.

Discussions on race, diversity, and inclusion can make people feel really uncomfortable. As a female, first-generation, and African American law student, I’ve had experiences with people who have negative stereotypes and unconscious biases towards me.

The best way to respond accordingly to discrimination and prejudice is to address it upfront. The legal profession has generally been slow to change, especially regarding matters of diversity and inclusion. A misconception is that the responsibility to provide more diverse and inclusive spaces is only for law firms and companies. Law schools are part of the problem by not being intentional about cultivating these environments for students of color to feel secure and excel. Law schools must also prioritize recruiting a diverse pool of talent, so that the ultimate goal of delivering quality legal services is fulfilled.

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