We just rounded up all of our best law school resources for women onto one page, and we thought this would be a great mini-topic for today: For the lawyers out there, what do you think the best blogs for women law students are? Some of the ones that I would add for your consideration (in addition to Corporette, of course!) would be these:
Above the Law – If you want all the scoop on different law firms (particularly regarding bonuses, raises, and Dumb Memos), ATL is a must-read. They just launched a new podcast for women in the law called The Jabot and have a corresponding Facebook group for women in law. They also feature columns from women in the law like Jeena Cho, author of The Anxious Lawyer, as well as the self-proclaimed “Old Lady Lawyer,” Jill Switzer.
The Girl’s Guide to Law School – There are a ton of great resources for all law students here, including guides on Law School 101, how to write law review articles, and how to leave BigLaw.
Ms. JD – Run in conjunction with the National Women Law Students’ Organization, Ms. JD features a blog and they run conferences and programs throughout the year.
The Careerist – Law.com can be a little overwhelming if you’re new, but I always find Vivia Chen’s writing to be witty and concise takes on matters of interest to women.
Honorable mentions – I’m not that familiar with her books or the blog, but Best Friends at the Bar looks like a great resource — I only just found it now, though. Also, Rebecca notes that she really liked the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine, and April gave a shoutout to what looks like an incredibly thoughtful blog, A Lawyer’s Life.
Personal style blogs run by practicing lawyers
As a little subcategory, I can’t help but list some personal style bloggers who are also practicing lawyers! Readers, please share your favorites!
- Attorneys on Fleek
- Blue Collar Red Lipstick
- The Directrice
- The Fashionable ESQ
- Gold Dust & Sugar Lust,
- Lawyers’ Fashion (Australia)
- Nine-Thirty to Five
- She’s So Overdressed (IG only)
- Style by Aggie (Australia, IG only)
- A Working Wardrobe (IG only)
OK, ladies, let’s hear it: What do you think the best blogs for women law students are? (What do you think the best blogs for ALL law students are?) Do you follow any law school lifestyle bloggers like Brazen and Brunette, or The Legal Duchess?
Psst — check out all of our must-have school supplies for law school; some of the more random things are below (see the post for the fuller explanations!):
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Does anyone have advice for a first time home-buyer? Particularly for one buying in a HCOL area with less than 20% down? Not sure what I’m looking for here, but it’s all just overwhelming/terrifying.
Get a good agent. Ask around for a recommendation, it makes the biggest difference, esp. for a first time buyer.
+1 to a good agent. Also make sure you have a good loan officer – ask your good agent for a recommendation.
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Your loan officer is as important as your agent — you’ll be paying that loan a long time! You can use one loan officer to get your preapproval for the offer, but you should shop again for a loan once you have a ratified contract. A minor rate change could cost you thousands over the life of the loan. Don’t forget to ask about closing costs as well. You can also shop for title services which can save you money at closing.
Currently in this process! We are putting our offer in tomorrow with 10% down in DC so I can let you know in a week. :) I stalked the market for about 12 months and from my conversations, I think 10-20% down is very common in DC. The bigger issue for us has been how fast the market moves and how often things escalate. We travel a lot for work so we weren’t able to move fast enough and tour the places we were semi-interested in before they were snatched up. We found the place we’re interested in off-market through our real estate agent mailing residents in a particular building we liked. Apparently it’s pretty common–apparently there are two other buyers interested in this same unit, and it’s never even been listed.
Mortgage broker. There are a few lending sources for first time home buyer programs that do not require PMI if you put down < 20%. I found one on my own (our local sleepy savings bank aptly named The Savings Bank with a website that looks like 1995), but I know a mortgage broker directed a friend to this bank, too.
Yep a good agent can make all the difference. Also don’t discount things that sound silly, like writing a letter to the sellers. Some friends got a house in the Bay Area this way (they had 20% – or maybe more – to put down, but that’s an insanely competitive market and it’s hard to buy if you need a mortgage at all, which they did).
Yes, unless there’s a compelling reason why you are making this purchase, I would not do so given that it’s HCOL and you have a down payment of less than 20%. If you have a safety net, a stable job, 9 months emergency savings, maxed out retirement… and proceed with purchasing a home, be prepared for others who are able to put 100% cash down, getting outbid, etc.
It really depends on the HCOL city. In DC, I’m the only one I know that put down 20% and tons of my friends have purchased homes. Some lost a bid or two to someone paying cash, but most didn’t have a problem with a smaller down payment.
I’m in DC – so this is super helpful! Yeah – I think this would be a different conversation in SF or NYC, but in DC, from what I’ve heard, it’s fairly common.
I have a friend who bought just outside DC (northern VA, close in) with a 97/3 conforming. There are definitely options out there! She’s done it twice now (is renting out her first condo) — I can get her agent’s name if you would like, she loves him.
A long shot but I love the lipstick on the Blue Collar, Red Lipstick blog. I couldn’t find the info there, anyone know of a similar color?
She’s really active on instagram, if you use that at all, and would probably happily share that with you! bcrladinaj is her handle
Lag Liv–practicing attorney, has done biglaw and gov., has 3 kids
Kat, I totally loved the Blog at http://www.sweethotjustice.com/
It had alot of great articles, which are still there, but it has not been updated recently, I think b/c the girls there all got MARRIED. Once you have a guy, you do NOT have to blog all the time.
That’s what happened to Julia Allison. She was my favorite go to person when she wrote for Time Out NY. I just read an article she wrote where she said that men would just want $ex, but would never commit to her, so she kind of went into purgatory for a while. If you read this article from the NY Post, you can see what I am talking about.
I think the problem is for pretty women like us, Men just want the raw $ex, but NOT what comes with it. Men do NOT communicate with us unless they are literaly on top of us, huffeing and puffeing, but trust me, that is NOT fun after a while (if ever). My ex did NOTHING but huff and puff, and he was a mess. That is NOT what we want in life, either as a lawyer, or as a business woman like Julia. We want more from men then their $exueal behavior. We want to be able to talk with them and have them respond inteligently. Why is that so hard to find in NYC? FOOEY!
Thanks for the shout out!
Would it be possible to create a similar list for consultants? I would love to read about women who travel four days a week, live the road life, etc.
Great list will check these law blogs out!
Thank you so much for giving Brazen and Brunette a shoutout! I love Corporette so I’m honored to be included!