Good news! I was just accepted to be a Writer in Residence at Ms. JD. Well, actually I was accepted last fall, but just haven't figured out how to blog about it here. I don't know if it's the ranch upbringing or the German genes that makes me feel weird when I toot my own horn. But anyway, there it is.
Ms. JD. is a non-profit organization working to ensure the success of women in law school and in the legal arena. Officially, the mission statement says: Ms. JD seeks to support and improve the experiences of women law students and lawyers. Obstacles to equal participation hinder not only women in the law but also their colleagues, clients, children, and communities. Ms. JD consequently strives to give voice to why it matters that women continue to overcome barriers to achieve gender parity in the profession. In doing so, Ms. JD spreads the word: women’s victories are everyone’s victories.
It's been a great honor to be accepted as a 2013 Writer in Residence at Ms. JD.
As part of the Writer in Residence process, I'll write monthly posts about law school. My column, "A Life outside Law School" is as you can imagine, about being a non-traditional student (surprise, surprise, right?).
As a current law student, I'm working full time to put myself through law school. Therefore, as a non-traditional student, taking mostly evening classes, and in a part-time program at the University of Denver Law School, I have a much different perspective on law school than others. I have a husband, a toddler, a mortgage-- and a crazy amount of distractions outside of law school, including writing a novel, gardening, baking, quilting, and riding horses! There is no one path through law school, and I hope that I can share experiences I've had (and overcome!) with law school tests snafus, group study pressure, being distracted by an unexpected pregnancy at the end of 1L, applying for OCI, etc. Despite the craziness of law school, students must have some kind of life outside the law school bubble, in the real world.