If you’re reading this post, you may be one of the many people who have an upcoming internship or externship and no idea what to wear. Therefore, you’re probably wondering whether your wardrobe warrants an upgrade. Will you need to push your bank account to the edge and grab a couple of suits or can you sneak by with more casual attire considering the relaxed and edgier atmosphere most organizations tend to be shifting to? Well if you’re having these concerns, you’ve come to the right place. How you present yourself will be extremely important to the reputation you’re building and, as you know, reputation is everything. Therefore, doing your research and planning your wardrobe ahead of time is a step in the right direction. [Read more…] about What to Wear to your Law School Internship or Externship
Raise your hand if you’re a 1L and you’ve felt personally victimized by your law school experience so far? Ok maybe victimized is too strong of a word but if you’re a few weeks or months into your first semester of law school, I’m sure you get the gist. After getting some experience under your belt, despite the grueling hours that you’ve spent going through case law, reviewing your class notes or even outlining, if you feel like you have no idea what is happening, you’re not alone. I want to reassure you that it’s normal to feel lost despite your hard work. You’ve been exposed to a wealth of information that will take some time to completely process.
So, if you’re wondering whether it will all click, the answer is it absolutely will, but only if you take proactive efforts to process the catalog of information muddled in your head. Recognizing your confusion early on and proactively straightening this out will inevitably make you more confident and trusting of your ability to excel.
So how does one build this confidence? Although these methods aren’t foolproof, I would recommend: refocusing your mindset, asking questions and actively internalizing each lesson.
As you pack away your swimsuits, pull out your favorite pieces of flannel and begin to make space in your closet for your winter boots, two things may come to mind: 1) you are about to be bombarded by a flood of ads for Pumpkin Spice Lattes and 2) job interview season is upon us. During law school, the beginning of Fall simply meant it was time to begin stressing about: classes, interview callbacks or the lack thereof and doubling down on the job search. Doubling down on my job search meant that I had to strategically juggle my new class schedule between rushing to interviews, my off-campus externship and moot court practice. This vicious cycle which was consistently marred by the anxiety of not receiving a job offer, made my Fall semester stressful to say the least. Chances are, if you’re a 2L or 3L without a permanent job offer, you may be experiencing some of what I just described.
Fall semester stress is an inevitable by-product of this interview heavy season. Sadly, I wish there were a magical means through which to zap this angst away. However, until a genie grants you your three wishes, how about trying these five mindful tips to get your anxiety in check and prepare for all the interviews coming your way?
After you’ve received your passing LSAT score and the excitement of getting into law school has gradually waned, there’s only one thing left to face: the unknown haze of what to expect during 1L year. This enigma is essentially an open secret. I mean all you need to do is a Google search to find blog posts and articles outlining experiences and helpful tips about 1L preparation. However, this information, if offered with no structure or feedback leaves much to be desired and could have the opposite effect and instead overwhelm incoming students. So what options are left for the incoming student who is uncertain of what’s to come and equally uncertain of how to prepare? Yes, you guessed it, aside from seeking guidance from a mentor, a law school prep course is just about the only option available for the incoming 1L seeking a practical means for law school preparation. Now before you throw this article through the window, just hear me out. [Read more…] about Contemplating How to “Start Law School Right?”
Last summer I had the pleasure of attending a women’s career development conference. As I settled into the crowded room bursting at the seams with women, it took little time to notice that we were all unified in our desire to absorb the secret formula that fuels the female masterminds and professionals of the world. Armed with our notepads and pens in hand, we beamed with anticipation as we learned the many ways to tackle difficult conversations with coworkers and our superiors, methods to reactivate our serotonin levels when faced with inevitable stressors on the job and finally what area within our work space we should place a bowl to activate wealth. Yes, you read that correctly, as I reviewed the agenda for the conference sessions that day, I was surprised to see an entire session dedicated to the art of “Feng Shui” and how it can positively impact our growth, prosperity and overall career development. We therefore learned how the placement of something seemingly trivial as a crystal bowl could generate wealth and how different colors and greenery could impact our mood and focus.
As I hit about a year to the date that I attended this conference, I got to thinking about how this method could serve to benefit a law student. It’s no secret that your surroundings can directly impact your ability to focus. Therefore, before you pass on this as some “mumbo jumbo,” consider that it’s reasonable to surmise that better focus could ultimately lead to better grades. However, creating a space based on the “Feng Shui” method is not the only method for success. It may simply mean being intentional about the study spaces you select simply by decluttering your surroundings Marie Kondo style. Regardless of your preference, your work space should at its core be inspired by what works for you. So if you’re looking to improve your focus and improve your grades check out the study space options below.
When you’re in law school, it’s easy to view your summer through a singular lens. This lens comprises of one in which you find a summer job in the US, work as hard as you can, pray to get an offer for the next summer, or if you’re a 3L, a permanent offer for a full time post. Very rarely do we ever learn of alternative summer options, such as working abroad or even less of studying abroad. In fact, I was entirely unaware that the latter was even an option until I was on my way out of law school. Now I must concede that I do understand the justification for the lack of publicity surrounding study abroad programs. I mean, these programs are not cheap, and they would require law students to spend their summer paying additional tuition instead of earning money to offset some of the hefty tuition costs they’ve racked up during the year. However, it’s extremely important for students to be aware of these programs because they can be essential towards career development, depending on your selected career path. [Read more…] about Study Abroad Law School Programs