Glad to have you all back for another #FebruaryFeature. Hopefully, you are all caught up. If not, check out the post this month:
- Introducing Caleb Green
- New Year, New Decade, Let Me Introduce Myself
- Keith Stephens: Co-Founder of Views From the 8th
- Kameron Monet: Law Student, Influencer, & Entrepreneur
- Jen the JD: Attorney, Writer, Poet, and Lifestyle Blogger
- Miya Angel’e; Founder of PRO-Girl Inc.
Today, I’m excited to introduce to you another attorney. She is also a fellow blogger. On top of that, she is a writer and poet. Enjoy learning from Jen the JD!
Who is Jen the JD?
I’m a writer, poet, attorney and lifestyle blogger. I encourage through my thought provoking and inspirational prose & poetry. I inspire & inform by providing career & bar exam tips, while sharing natural hair & fashion tips from the court room slay to a night of play. I am a proud HBCU graduate and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Why did you choose law school?
My path to law was not a linear one. I went to college to become a physician. Majored in Biology and participated in science internships and everything. I did not get accepted to Medical School and pursued a Master’s in Public Health. During graduate school, I realized that I did not want to treat patients but help develop interventions that would reduce racial and ethnic disparities. I realized that policy is a great tool to address racial and ethnic disparities and applied to law school.
Entering law school, did you see yourself on the traditional legal career path? Why or why not?
I did not see myself on the traditional legal career path. I never wanted to practice criminal law and I did not think I would enjoy being in a courtroom. That sentence literally made me laugh out loud as that is exactly what I do now.
Why did you choose to become an entrepreneur while still deciding to be an attorney?
I graduated from college in 2007. In 2008 I lost my first job. I learned first hand the dangers of putting all of your eggs in one basket, figuratively speaking. I learned then that if I could figure out how to make money on my own terms then I would never be in that position ever again. If I can generate income outside of my 9-5, then I’m good.
What is the purpose of your business?
I inspire & inform by providing career & bar exam tips while sharing natural hair & fashion tips.
Did law school teach you how to be an entrepreneur?
In my experience, law schools may teach some on being a solo practitioner, but not directly to being an entrepreneur in general. However, the analytical thinking skills and networking skills one gains in law school are definitely assets to any entrepreneurial pursuits. Lately, I noticed many attorneys have side hustles totally unrelated to
What skills have you learned as a law student or attorney that have translated to how you operate as an entrepreneur?
I am not afraid to negotiate contracts. I am not afraid to reach out to businesses and “sale” my services, so to speak. Law school absolutely improved my communication skills.
What are some of your professional goals?
Some of my professional goals include: writing a book, developing multiple streams of income, and achieving work-life balance.
If you could go back in your law school career, what would you change or keep the same? Why?
I would study abroad. I would not stress about not being a perfect student. I would focus more on relationship building. Relationships are extremely important to a legal career.
Any tips for law students or attorneys who want to be an entrepreneur?
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do something totally unrelated to law.
I hope you all pulled some nuggets out from Jen the JD. Head over to her website, www.jenthejd.com, to read her blog post that ranges from prose to bar tips to post about beauty. Also, she has some products you can purchase here! Follow Jen the JD on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She also has a Medium profile here, be sure to check that out too.