Women in law speak: Career advice and gender equality

February 5, 2020

[ Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania ] Answers submitted anonymously by a mid-level female associate at a Big Law firm in a major U.S. city working in Labor and Employment At BARBRI, we respect people’s privacy so we never push participants to reveal their identity. That said, we do ask that you […]

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1L winter break: Massages, flu shots, binge watching and more

December 11, 2019

[ Mara Masters, 1L at Emory Law ] Congratulations! You made it through your first semester of law school. Whether you are feeling exhilarated by your overwhelming successes or discouraged by your perceived failures, you did it. This deserves many, many gold stars. It may be tempting to dive right into job application stress and […]

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The law student’s guide to thriving at legal conferences

October 8, 2019

[ Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania ] Legal Conferences Preparation Last year I had the opportunity to attend a legal conference in Washington DC as a representative of my journal. It was an out-of-state conference and I wasn’t sure what to expect, or what to pack. Since then, I’ve had the chance […]

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Three tips to begin and continue building your legal network

September 30, 2019

[ Stephanie Baldwin, 2L at the University of Arizona ] Building your legal network takes time. The saying goes “in 1L, they scare you to death and in 2L, they work you to death.” It is easy to see how this is true. During 1L and 2L years, you have the same pressures of preparing […]

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Mentally prepare yourself for the summer associate life … of luxury

September 4, 2019

Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Summer associate lifestyle If you come from a lower or middle-class family, the summer associate lifestyle may be a shock, so mentally prepare yourself so you’re ready when the time comes for you to purchase that $30+ salad. Though you chose your firm during the […]

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Working in BigLaw: A summer associate reflection

August 23, 2019

Makenzie Way, 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School Big Law Having spent my 1L summer working for a small public interest legal aid, I was curious and excited to see how working in a big law firm would differ from my prior experience. I knew the budget would be bigger, meaning we would […]

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Ten ideas for your 2L summer bucket list

May 15, 2019

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School We did it! 2L is under our belts, we are officially 1 year away from graduating and entering the legal profession. But before we enter 3L we have ten weeks of summer employment, and a month of vacation. Now that we’re incoming 3L’s, […]

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The biggest takeaways from my life as a 1L student

May 13, 2019

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona It’s hard to believe that I take my last final tomorrow and by the time you read this I will be done with my 1L, and likely so will you! In addition to the thousands of pages I read, the notes I’ve taken, and papers […]

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It’s not too early to get ready for your 1L summer position

April 22, 2019

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona We are in the last week of class, still need to work on outlines, take practice exams, and make sure everything is lined up for our summer positions. Whew… We can do this! While the summer job, still feels far off there are some things […]

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Random reflections: When you’re the only one in the room

April 12, 2019

Guest blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law As an African-American woman, I am accustomed to moving throughout social spaces that are predominately white. Growing up in relatively small West Tennessee town, my schooling atmospheres were typically predominantly white. Moving off to undergraduate school at a […]

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