Young Lawyer Perspective – A Day in My Life, Working From Home

Young Lawyer Perspective - A Day in My Life, Working From HomeThis week we welcome back guest writer Shirlene Armstrong to talk about starting out as a new lawyer and working from home in the age of COVID-19.

If someone told me that I would spend my first year in practice working from home for numerous weeks (potentially months), I would think they were trying to pull my leg. However, this is the reality that we are living in. I have been working from home for several weeks now due to the current health crisis. Personally, I am fortunate that I am able to work from home and continue to advocate for my clients. However, this is a new world for me (and I am sure it is for you as well). In an interesting turn of events, my bar prep period kind of prepared me for this. During that time, I had to find a balance between studying and my personal life in order to maintain my sanity. However, how do you find a work-play balance when you are stuck in your home for both? Here is a look into my life working from home as a first year associate. [Read more…]

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…]

Easy Steps You Can Take to Get Your Finances in Order During COVID-19

Easy Steps You Can Take to Get Your Finances in Order During Covid-19This week we welcome back guest writer and tutor Ariel Salzer to talk about staying on top of your finances during the coronavirus pandemic.

I was talking with a friend from college the other day and I asked her how she is coping with the Coronavirus lockdown. “Not so bad, actually! Now is a great time to get your finances in order.”

Wait, what? Honestly, this was the last thing on my mind. She went on to explain that she had been teaching herself more about how the stock market works and where to make investments and basically just getting her financial house in order. And, she’s a pretty savvy VP of debt and structured finance at a big commercial real estate and investment firm, so I figured she probably knew what she was talking about. [Read more…]

Doing a COVID-19 Media Diet

Doing a Covid-19 Media DietThis week we welcome guest writer and tutor Ariel Salzer to talk about disconnecting somewhat from media coverage of the coronavirus.

“The Coronavirus,” “COVID-19,” “the Rona” if you’re trying to make light of things, or, even scarier, just “the virus”… It’s all anyone is talking about. And it makes sense, right? We are worried—worried for our friends and family members who staff hospitals, worried for elderly relatives and kids with health problems. Worried about our own lives and futures. And you know what? This pervasive and all-consuming uneasiness is skyrocketing our stress levels. And worse, it’s affecting all of us. [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…]

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 Therapy Should Be Embraced in Law School

Why Therapy Should Be Embraced in Law SchoolThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about why therapy can be an important aid for any law student.

There is a certain kind of person that goes to law school. They want to change the world, they hope to make a lot of money doing it, and, or, they want to impress their family. They are hard workers, very driven, and meet the demands of law school with outward ease and inward anxiety. Now, there are always a few outliers – those who went to law school to change the world and are calm and collected, outwardly and internally, without a care for grades or the bar exam. [Read more…]

What To Look For When Interviewing For Jobs

What To Look For When Interviewing For JobsThis week we welcome back guest writer Hillary Vaillancourt to talk about how to find the best fit in a job when you’re going through the interviewing process.

Job hunting can be a very scary process. Sometimes you just need to accept whatever you can get and start earning a salary. But, hopefully you’re in a position instead where you can choose where you want to start your career instead of settling for a job.

If you are so fortunate as to be more selective in your job search, there are several factors you should consider about a firm or company. The reality is, an interview should work both ways. The potential employer wants to get to know you, the potential employee, and see if you might be a good fit. But, you should also try to get to know the employer to determine if it is the kind of place where you want to work. [Read more…]

Bar Exam Perspective – Advice and Reflecting Back on the Bar After Passing

Bar Exam Perspective - Advice and Reflecting Back on the Bar After PassingThis week we welcome back guest writer Shirlene Armstrong to discuss her experience taking (and passing) the bar exam and what insight she’s gained since then.

That’s right, I passed the Michigan bar exam! After lots of hard work, sweat, and tears, I officially passed the bar, got sworn in, and I am now a licensed attorney! Okay, I’m done breaking my arm patting myself on the back. To be honest, even though some time has already passed, I feel like I am in a dream. How was I able to do that? (Jury is still out!) Now that I am on the other side of the bar exam mountain, I have been doing some reflecting back on my journey and how I got to where I am today. So here is some advice I have for you as I look back to one of the toughest times in my life. [Read more…]

Falling in Love With Law School (Again) – Mindful Reminders to Get Through the Semester!

Falling in Love With Law School (Again) - Mindful Reminders to Get Through the Semester!This week we welcome back guest writer Shirlene Armstrong to talk about keeping up your momentum during second semester of law school.

Do you remember the start of the school year or even the start of law school? When you were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? When you were excited for what this school year would bring you? When you were looking forward to the next steps of your legal journey? Ah, those were the days, right? Now you are a seasoned law student, hardened to the outside world and just chugging away to the end of the school year. It is the law school slump. The time of year when the end of the semester seems so far away, but you are already burnt out. I get it, I have been there too.

Law school is a stressful and difficult time. There are so many cases to read, activities to be a part of, and classes to attend. You fall into a pattern of just trying to make it until Friday (trust me, that doesn’t end with law school either) But there is a reason you went to law school, and you once had joy and excitement about being a law student. Allow me to give you some mindful reminders and tips on how to keep yourself going and help you fall in love with law school again!

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