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MJ-LEL Study Group = Lifelong Friends and Mentors

In January of 2021, I started Tulane University’s Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law program. It certainly felt like a precarious time in the world to start this endeavor, but I can tell you the secret to my success was building a great study group around me. During the very first live class in 6910 Employment Discrimination, I remember thinking… “What have I done, I am not cut out for this.” Immediately after class ended, despite being filled with fear that I had made a terrible mistake and joined a program I was not cut out for, I started drafting an email to the entire class to see who was interested in joining a study group. To my relief, an email came through from a classmate with the exact same thoughts and I immediately replied and joined our study group, which has remained intact for the entire 2-year program.

Together, we have helped each other understand the material, talk through assignments, and vent when we needed it! As a student who changed jobs in the middle of the program and found it difficult to attend live classes, and in some cases, stay on track with the work, I knew my study group would support and cheer me on as I worked to catch up. We helped each other choose which electives to take, paper topics, understand the material, and will continue to support each other for years to come.

While individuals can certainly be successful in this program without a study group, I know that my success is directly attributed to the amazing study group that started 2 years ago and will continue to support and cheer each other on as we grow in our education, careers, and lives.

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