Dear Katie column – Making friends at law school
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Dear Katie column – Making friends at law school

I am struggling with the social side of law school. How do I make friends with my law school peers? – Struggling, 19   I’m sorry to hear you are struggling, Struggling. University, for all its social clubs and events, can be an isolating place and social stuff can definitely get hard. Law school in … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?
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Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?

“How do I know what area of law to practice in? I am worried that everyone says practicing law is very different from studying law, and that I might end up somewhere I hate. There are subjects I like studying, but how do I know if I should pursue them in practice? Can you offer any advice … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How important are grades?
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Dear Katie column – How important are grades?

Dear Katie – How important are grades? “I’m currently studying at VUW and there has recently been a data release that seems to indicate we are graded much more harshly than other law schools. Even before this, I feel there is a real atmosphere that you must have the best grades otherwise there are no … Continue reading

A Theory of M&Ms and Bowls
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A Theory of M&Ms and Bowls

by Katie Cowan Let’s say everyone starts their day with a hundred M&Ms and several bowls with neatly-printed labels. I know I am jumping in at the deep end here, but just go with it. M&Ms represent units of personal capacity, or mental bandwidth. I say M&Ms rather than “units” or “coins” because M&Ms are … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How can I stay optimistic about a career in the law?
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Dear Katie column – How can I stay optimistic about a career in the law?

“How can I stay positive and optimistic about a career in the law, in the face of all the bad news stories that are popping up at the moment? There have now been a number of articles written by women who used to work in senior positions within the law, but who have jumped ship. … Continue reading