An HBS Entrepreneur Promoting Career Flexibility

Click here to listen to our conversation with Allison O'KellyPeople looking for traditional 9 to 5 desk jobs almost seem to be the exception in 2015. HBS grad and entrepreneur Allison O’Kelly is all for the change.

Want to know more? Listen to the full recording of our talk with Allison, Founder/CEO of Mom Corps and champion of the Flexibility Movement.

00:01:31 – Introducing Allison O’Kelly and Mom Corps.

00:04:13 – The value of the “traditional route” of spending a few years in the workforce before launching a startup.

00:05:41 – How an I-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life moment shaped Allison’s future.

00:07:27 – Pros and cons of “staffing up” your small business.

00:10:37 – How helpful is b-school for an entrepreneur?

00:16:10 – What people simply get wrong about Harvard Business School.

00:17:46 –The “flexibility movement” – beneficial for employers and employees.

00:20:52 – Want to join the flex movement? Here’s what you need to do.

00:24:23 – Thoughts on enhancing your profile for HBS admissions.

00:26:56 – Advice for future entrepreneurs. (And a word to those who “don’t have it in their blood.”)

00:29:14 – What the future holds for Mom Corps.

Listen to the full conversation to learn more!*Theme music is courtesy of podcastthemes.com.

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5 Ways To Increase Your Chance of Getting Into Law School as a College Junior

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Spend time around lawyers – It’s helpful to get an idea of what lawyers do and the types of options available

Let’s say you’re a college junior considering applying for law school in the fall. What can you do now to prepare?

1. Study, study, study for the LSAT. A high LSAT score is important, especially if you went to a lesser-known college or have a lower GPA. Consider taking a course to prepare. There’s no real advantage to taking the summer LSAT except to get it out of the way. Plan three months to study.

2. Forge relationships with professors. Come fall, you will need to ask for letters of recommendation from professors and/ or people who have overseen your work. Start going to office hours for the professors whose classes you enjoyed or excelled in. Excellent letters of recommendation come from people who know you well. Don’t discount professors in classes where you didn’t get an “A” if you really connected with the instructor or the material. Some professors grade harder than others and will write an excellent letter.

3. Spend time around lawyers. If you don’t intern with a lawyer or law office, consider asking people if you can observe them for a day. Maybe you can tag along with a public defender or accompany a solo practitioner to court. It’s helpful to get an idea of what lawyers do and the types of options available.

4. Start brainstorming for the personal statement. Applications season is busy between the LSAT and your classwork. Start jotting down ideas for the personal statement so that you aren’t panicked in the fall. Giving yourself time to think makes the final product much stronger.

5. Start researching schools and programs now. Take time to evaluate and decide what types of programs best fit your career goals.

What conclusions can you draw? The summer is the time to gather your resources and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in preparation for application season. The fall moves quickly, so it’s best to be as prepared as you can in advance.

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JessicaPishkoJessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s PostBac Program and teaches writing at all levels. 
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The Business of Law

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Advice for future lawyers: Learn accounting.

As lawyers seek to find more-lucrative jobs that keep pace with today’s market demands, more law schools are beginning to offer business classes for lawyers. The New York Times reported that Brooklyn Law School partnered with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services to offer boot camp-style classes in reading financial statements and basic accounting principles. Cornell University Law School offers a similar program called “Business Concepts for Lawyers,” a 1-credit course which offers basic information on valuation and other business concepts.

Law schools have often seen themselves as a contrast to business school – the practice of law has traditionally relied on research and writing more than team work and statistical models. But, as more document review is being outsourced and the practice of law becomes more enmeshed with business, law schools are responding in kind. Last year, Harvard Law School conducted a study asking 124 employers, “What courses should law students take?” Their overwhelming response? Corporate finance and accounting, as well as business strategy and teamwork.

As you being your preparations for law school application season, consider whether you can begin to gain these business tools now. Look for classes in accounting and other coursework or internships that focus on working as part of a team.

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JessicaPishkoJessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s PostBacc Program and teaches writing at all levels. 

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5 Summer Jobs that Will Enhance Your Law School Profile

Avoid these 5 fatal flaws in your essay and personal statement!

Use your summer to make your law school application stand out.

Are you trying to decide what to do this summer that will make your law school application stand out? Consider these ideas:

1. Intern at a district attorney’s or public defender’s office. Usually, these organizations don’t have the resources to pay interns, but you can approach them individually and ask if they would be willing to let you come in a few days a week to observe lawyers. Even if there’s no official program or internship, it doesn’t hurt to ask. It’s a great way to get exposure to the court system.

2. Take a job that you are passionate about. Have you always considered being a journalist or filmmaker? Try getting a job that fascinates you. Law schools look for people with initiative who are willing to try new things.

3. Travel with purpose. Have you always wanted to see Peru? Consider traveling with a volunteer group where you will gain experience and spend time in an international location.

4. Volunteer, but make it count. Law schools look for people who care about people. Look for a volunteer position where you will have contact with a wide diversity of people – crisis center counseling or children’s advocacy. Explore positions where you can take on a sustained and meaningful role to show dedication and follow-through.

5. Be a leader. Accept responsibility when it’s offered to you. Look for ways that you can improve the organization you volunteer with either by improving a current system or filling a gap. Law schools look for people who are resourceful and take ownership of their work. Don’t wait for people to come to you – give them something that they need.

The conclusion is that there’s no one job you should pursue for law school. Certainly, a law-related internship or job will enhance your application, but you can also look for a part-time job or volunteer opportunity during the school year.
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JessicaPishkoJessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She spent two years guiding students through the medical school application process at Columbia’s PostBacc Program and teaches writing at all levels. 
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