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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lean In

I'm just finishing the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and I know the last thing a law student wants to hear is all about some other book they need to read. However, this is something I'd strongly consider reading over one of your breaks, after the bar, or put it on your reading list for "books I must read once I'm out of law school and can learn to read for fun again". Or do what I did, and get it as an audio book from the library. 
 If you're a woman in law school, or the business world in general, you already know you can do every single thing a man can do in the workplace. You know that women can be very successful partners in a big law firm...although you probably know there are no where near as many women partners are there are men. Chalk it up to all kinds of reasons, and as you start your career you'll probably think you'll never be one of those women that cuts back to raise a family...but then my biological clock started ticking...and I found myself actually considering it and making career choices now based on may potential future family life. I found that even a meer 2 years out of law school, friends were doing the same. 

Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) discusses so many things working business women need to hear. To some extent, I would call myself a that I believe women are equal to men. However, I do find myself doing some of the exact things she discusses that women often struggle with...sabotaging themselves in their careers by worrying about how their career will mesh with having kids years down the road. She talks about how she did the same, and sees lots of successful women turning down job opportunities because they may be planning for children in a few years. 

"Lean In" talks about the actual scientific research done on studies such as this, and a woman's desire to try to "have it all". If anything, it is good to be aware of what mistakes we ourselves may be making...without even realizing it. The book discusses great negotiating techniques, boundaries in the workplace, balancing the desire to be successful and love your job...with wanting to be home for dinner with your kids. You may think you already know this stuff...just by being a 20-something working women during this day and age...but this really hit home for me. It deals with things I constantly think about, worry about, but don't know how to vocalize my concerns to myself let alone my husband. 

A great read. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Amazon: My Favorite Textbook Resource

One of the ways I kept my law school loan debt manageable (I'm proud to say I graduated with only $17,000 of debt from law school) was making sure to be smart with how I bought my textbooks! Amazon was one of my favorite resources! I rented books there, bought books, and sold them back to amazon too for giftcards! There were multiple semesters that I had enough giftcards to buy the next semester's books...meaning that the $200-$300 I needed to put aside for textbooks each semester was able to go to other law school necessities! Give Amazon a shot before buying expensive new books at a school bookstore!

Also, if you want to read more about how we've paid off all $100,000 of our student loan debt in 2 years...check out our blog here! It has some great resources and tips for how we buckled down and became debt free on our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Read This.

During my clerkship between my 2L and 3L years of law school, an associate at the firm I was clerking for gave me her copy of The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law. Now 3 years later I stumbled across the book again and remembered how amazing it was.

It is short, a quick and hilarious read...however...if there is one book I suggest you read during law school, this book is it.

Take a break on a Saturday, sit by the pool for a few hours and read it. Buy it as a congratulatory gift for your son/daughter that was accepted into law school or just graduated and is starting their career. It is practical, honest, hilarious advice about law firm etiquette and practice.

I'll be re-reading the book again this fall as I enter my third year of practice.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2 Years Post Law School

2015 Headshot
I'll admit, I'm an absent blogger here on the A Law Student's Journey Blog. I moved in a different direction the last 2 years, away from the law school blogging and crafting and towards blogging about life as a newlywed, paying off $100,000 of student loan debt, and traveling. (View our new blog here)

2 years ago this month I was going through the glorious moment of graduating. It is shocking to me that it is has been 2 years since I last stepped foot in the law school as a student (I've been back once, which was to take the bar exam).

Do I have the hang of things yet? Oh sure, my day-to-day tasks are regular. But each case teaches me something new! One of the things I love and hate about general practice, it is seems that no case is ever the same.

What has been most surprising to me lately, was when we hired our newest clerk for the summer, and he is straight out of his first year of law school. I've always felt I was not too far removed from our clerks, who were still very new to law. Since I'm the youngest at the firm by far, I often find myself relating to the clerks more than the other attorneys. However, this year is different. I realized that I am now 4 years more experienced in law than our clerk...which is a huge difference. I've started to forget what I knew between my 1L and 2L years....compared to what I know today. 

First Day Of Law School
The realization that 5 years ago I made the decision to go to law school, even though I was unsure, skeptical and all around lost at what I wanted to do and who I wanted to become, is amazing. 

Would I say it is flown by? At times. Some days walking into a group of attorneys I still feel the same way I did my first day of law school. For those of you still in the trenches of law school, I'm excited for you to be able to look back two years from now, at where you are today...and realize it was all worth it. The long hours of studying at the library, the tears of frustration, the agony of finals...I truly believe it changes you. It changes how you think, and prepares you for life as a lawyer. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Study Aids from FSU Professor

Today I was contacted by a professor at Florida State University College of Law who has created free study guides for those of you who may be taking courses on Business Corporations. 

If you would like to use his videos for studying, please see below 

Module 1, Agency 
Module 2, Partnerships 
Module 3, Limited Liability Companies 

Best of luck to all the law students out there who may be taking finals!