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About Marlen

Originally from Cuba, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence Nashville School of Law, 2014 Areas of Interest: -Employment and Labor Law -Immigration Law -Family and Juvenile Law

You learn by living

Hrs away from the very last law school class. At a wonderful immigration law seminar by the TBA learning to help others to avoid deportation. I’m soooo ready to practice!

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steps and more steps…

As my mind wonders about the value of my legal education at NSL and whether to start my law practice here in TN, in FL, or both, the doubts and hopes are fighting with each other. Hard to predict the future when the focus now is to pass the BAR exam.
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Building support. Building clientele

Excited about finishing school. Working hard not only to have a grupo of lawyers and paralegals I can call if I need to for consultation, but also a clientele who will trust me. I believe things are going in the right direction: I started helping an attorney with translations and legal research. Learning and letting others know that I’ll be graduating soon. The market looks promising. The goal is to build self-confidence and trust in others. The rest is to pass the BAR;)

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This week !

Negotiable Instruments Final tonight. MPRE Saturday. Any tips on the MPRE ?

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Debt negatively affects empathy. Empathy makes superior lawyers. A personal story.

Research and common sense tell us that a debt–ridden lawyer is more stressed, will make more mistakes, and is more limited in job choices than a debt-free graduate. But more importantly, debt negatively affect empathy, a key component of the attorney-client relationship. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s issue from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Without empathy, a lawyer is lost, and if you have any doubt, take a look at the article below. Empathy takes time but the effort can distinguish a winner from a loser.

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This is how I feel today ;)

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by | September 7, 2013 · 5:52 pm

“The art of law school is largely the art of persistence.”

By: Marlen Santana Perez

Date: August 26, 2013

Three years later I still remember my father’s look when I showed him my new law student ID card. “Again,” he asked with a harsh accent. I made no attempt to persuade him about the greatness of being an attorney in America and left convinced that I could do this one more time. From that day, whenever I have to miss a drink, a gathering, a family event, to read hundreds of unintelligible legal jargon, I have auditory hallucinations saying “Again.” I am forty-four and this is my twenty third year in school. After all, my father wasn’t all wrong.

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