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Rachel Gezerseh

Updates
May 13, 2016

Future Lawyers Share Their Stories: Introducing BIBL Voices

Hello BIBL readers, I am excited to announce that the guest post section of the BIBL blog, Voices, has now launched with an inspiring post by current USC law student and Huffington Post contributor, Stephanie Rector. Read it here. Stephanie is passionate about public interest law. Her story illustrates how passion and drive can overcome pesky supposed barriers like grades and typos on resumes. She also provides a long list of resources for those of you interested in pursuing public interest volunteer opportunities. These are great opportunities even if you are really looking to break into BigLaw, because you will…
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Updates
May 2, 2016

BIBL Readers: Big Updates!

Good evening Break Into BigLaw ("BIBL") readers. Those of you who have followed the Blog over the past year have undoubtedly noticed that as of last week, big changes are afoot.  The BIBL Blog is now morphing into a real website!  I'm really excited to be building something new for this community and I welcome your feedback and suggestions. I am particularly thrilled about a new section of the BIBL Blog, called "BIBL Voices" where I will feature your stories, told in your words.  This will launch very soon. Many of you have already sent me written submissions and it is not too late…
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Inspiration
April 30, 2016

Follow your bliss

“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't…
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Debt
March 29, 2016

Former Law Student Gets Her Bar-Study Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy

I am not going to comment further on this development except to say that this is HUGE. Please read the full article @ abcnews and even better @above the law, because they have the full decision available for you to download.  Also, shoot me an email with your reaction, I would love to hear from you:        
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Career Strategies
March 27, 2016

You Can Still Get A BigLaw Job Despite The “Glut of Lawyers”

At first glance, this article in the Houston Chronicle is somewhat depressing/discouraging. It kicks off with a student who is graduating from University of Houston Law Center but doesn't yet have a job. According to the article: "He's making cold calls. He's introducing himself to lawyers who come to the school for lectures. He's even dropped in unannounced at law firms, something he discovered is frowned upon in the white-shoe world." Okay, hold on... let's unpack that a little. First of all, I think at any law firm, white-shoe or otherwise, big no-no on the dropping in "unannounced." Nobody wants to hire someone…
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Job Search
February 8, 2016

How To Get A BigLaw Job – Interview With A Hiring Partner

Over the next series of posts I will offer some actionable advice for BIBL readers who want to work in BigLaw.   To kick off the "How to Get a BigLaw Job" series, I recently sat down with a friend who is a litigation partner and oversees lawyer hiring in the office of large law firm .  Below are the partner’s thoughts on her path to BigLaw and some advice for BIBL readers: A nontraditional background.  I am a litigation partner at a large international law firm where traditionally most lawyers graduated from a top ten law school. This has changed…
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Law School Rankings
January 27, 2016

Regarding The Admissions “Crisis” At Top Law Schools

Yesterday, Bloomberg Big Law Business posted an article noting the downward spiral in applications to even the top law schools.  For BIBL readers, a couple of interesting takeaways: First, for my prelaw readers, especially those who are studying for the LSAT or who have taken the LSAT and achieved a desirably high score on the test, ie: “165 and above” according to the article, you should feel pretty good about these developments. Looks like you may have a better shot now at getting into these top law schools, even though they are “slashing class sizes”: “As applications have dwindled, some…
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Diversity
December 2, 2015

The least diverse profession.

 The statistics are disturbing: "Women constitute more than a third of the profession, but only about a fifth of law firm partners, general counsels of Fortune 500 corporations and law school deans. The situation is bleakest at the highest levels. Women account for only 17 percent of equity partners, and only seven of the nation’s 100 largest firms have a woman as chairman or managing partner. Women are less likely to make partner even controlling for other factors, including law school grades and time spent out of the workforce or on part-time schedules.Studies find that men are two to five…
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Updates
December 1, 2015

A Special Message to BIBL Readers

Greetings, I know it has been some time since I last posted, and I apologize for that. I have been crazy busy at work, which is a good thing.  In August I was staffed as a key team member on a high profile bankruptcy case and since then I have been working with attorneys I admire, gaining experience at a senior associate level in a field that is entirely new to me.  It’s been an eye opening experience. I will share more about it soon, so stay tuned. Please know that no matter how busy I am at work, because…
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