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…]

Why Being A Woman In Law Is An Advantage

Why Being A Woman In Law Is An AdvantageThis week we welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to talk about some advantages to being a woman in the legal field.

As women, we constantly hear about all of the reasons why the legal profession can be difficult. Clients assume we’re not tough. We have to earn clients’ respect. We have to earn the respect of our peers. We have to work twice as hard for half the pay. It’s impossible to have work-life balance. And, a family? Forget it.

But, there are many ways in which being a woman in law can be a great advantage. When you think of all the ways that being female is an asset (not a hindrance), you can see how to empower yourself in your career. Play to your strengths and you can accomplish whatever you set out to do.

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Three Women Who Are a Reminder That You Can Persevere

Three Women Who Are a Reminder That You Can PersevereThis week we welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to discuss some well-known female role models and what lessons we can learn from them.

Woman; the epitome of strength, resilience, courage and empathy in human form. The personification of power and perseverance and if we’re keeping it all the way real, the backbone behind movements that have truly shaped this world. I mean I could sing our praises all day. Either through the words of Beyonce, who reminds us that we’re “Flawless” and that we “run the world,” or through the words of Kelly Clarkson, who reminds us that, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” We have so many positive characteristics that lay embedded at our core, however, this repository of powerful characteristics, is sometimes embedded far too deep, allowing life’s fears to outshine our power and causing us to quickly forget who we truly are. [Read more…]

Manifesting the Life you Want – Law School Edition

Manifesting the Life you Want - Law School EditionThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about how to work on creating the life you want later on.

Have you ever heard of The Secret? It’s a lovely movie, and book, that came out in the early 2000s. It states that anything you want, you can have, just by manifesting it. This idea is not new, it’s been touted for thousands of years in different ways by nearly every religion. There are multiple books and tapes (yes I said tapes) on the subject, and it all boils down to if you build it, they will come.

Why is manifesting the life you want important for law school? Because law school is inherently negative. We are battered by not feeling good enough, trying to compete with our classmates, and worrying over the future career we hope to have. It is very easy to get bogged down by this negativity, anxiously slog our way through school and the bar exam, only to start a career and inevitably feel overwhelmed and burned out.

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Why Law School Friendships Are Essential for Your Sanity

Why Law School Friendships Are Essential for Your SanityThis week we welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to talk about the importance of friendships in law school.

If someone were to ask me what my absolute favorite memory of law school is, it would undoubtedly be the hours my friends and I spent on the first floor of our library, with our case books, highlighters and supplements splayed across the table, as we talked about everything under the sun besides the work we were actually doing. This ritual quickly became routine, the person who completed class the earliest would scout the ideal table, one with ample seating, close to the entrance but most importantly on the first floor. This was the only floor with limited talking restrictions and as loud as we were, we were tired of getting reported. [Read more…]

How to Have a Social Life in Law School

How to Have a Social Life in Law SchoolThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about balancing a social law and law school – it can be done!

It can be extremely hard to balance having a social life and being in law school. I witnessed this a lot in law school and found that there are two types of law students: those that party too much, and those that don’t let themselves have a break.

When I was in school, I fell somewhere in the middle. I was a bit older than my classmates, and I really enjoyed both my alone time and my family time. But I knew a lot of individuals who fell into both categories. My friends tended to fall into the “party too much” category, always attending every social function with the same fervor as they would have on a night out in Boston when they were 19.

I had a very regimented approach to balancing school and social activities: I micromanaged my time so efficiently that I knew how many hours I could take off to hang out with people and still get enough sleep to be able to study or go to school the next day. I micromanaged my balancing act, and it worked out very nicely. I rarely had FOMO (fear of missing out), and I always had all my work done. Win-win.

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Three Signs You Need To Slow Down

Three Signs You Need To Slow DownThis week we welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to discuss some obvious signs that you need to take a breather and slow down your pace in law school.

There’s no way around it. Law school is stressful and busy. You are expected to read more than you have ever read before. You are expected to analyze cases you’ve never heard of. You must plan to answer questions on said cases in front of your peers. You need to prepare for summer clerkships or internships. You should be thinking about the bar exam. Participate in extracurricular activities. Write for law review. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep. Volunteer. Exercise. Read for fun. Apply for jobs. Re-read your notes. Prepare for exams.

The list of things you are advised to do as a law student is truly expansive. But, sometimes? Sometimes you’re just sick and tired of law school and everything associated with it. That’s ok. We all need to slow down occasionally, even if it’s for a short sabbatical before we tackle our never-ending to-do list again.

Here are three signs you’re ready for a break.

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Having It All In Law School – At Different Times!

Having It All In Law School – At Different Times!This week we welcome guest writer Elizabeth Knox to talk about what it’s like to go to law school as a parent – an offers some advice for making it through!

She was beaming, thrilled by the pomp and circumstance. The crowd cheered for her as much as they cheered for me. Holding my five-year-old daughter’s hand as I crossed the stage to accept my diploma at my law school graduation was one of the proudest moments of my life so far. [Read more…]

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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Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy in Law School

Ways to Stay Mentally Healthy in Law SchoolWe welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to discuss mental health  in law school and some advice for keeping yourself mentally healthy during the stressful time that is law school.

Nothing about law school has stayed with me more than the comments I got when I was applying to school. My roommate’s response was, “Why? It’s like supposed to be…awful.” Then, a few weeks after I sent my application in, I spoke to a friend who was a first year, and she told me she was dropping out after one semester. The anxiety and depression had just become too much for her, and she wasn’t willing to continue the downward spiral.

To say these remarks scared the crap out of me, and added to the fear I had about starting law school, is an understatement. I don’t think I can actually do it justice. My first year was fraught with anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It’s hard for me to admit that my mind spent time in that dark place, but I think it’s important to be upfront about the emotional struggle I went through in law school because it ultimately led me to the path I’m on.

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