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Judicial Intern

Learn how to make the most of your judicial internship or externship

April 27, 2017

Congratulations, you've made it to the judiciary! Well, you've gained a spot in chambers working with a judge as an intern. So ... what will you actually be doing? Prep for your stint with "Making the Most of your Judicial Internship/Externship," a webinar from the Law Student Division and the ABA Judicial Division. Watch

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Building the best construction lawyers one writing competition at a time

April 26, 2017

The American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law is looking for the best law student writers in the country in its Law Student Writing Competition. The Forum introduces itself to the next generation of construction lawyers and strives towards its mission of Building the Best Construction Lawyers. And, deserving law student writers

Making a Murderer

Defending Steven Avery with 'Making A Murderer’s' Dean Strang

April 25, 2017

It’s a question that has haunted the nation: did Steven Avery kill Teresa Halbach? The Netflix series "Making A Murderer" has brought the Steven Avery case to the forefront of everyone’s minds and, in doing so, has also brought attention to the lawyers involved. In this episode of the ABA Law

TIPS

Get a bite of The Big Apple with the TIPS writing competition

April 20, 2017

Law students, you have a little over a week to enter the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Law Student Writing Competition! The competition is open to any law school student in good academic standing, over the age of 18, who is a member of the American Bar Association

Using The Force of your network

Using The Force Of Your Network

April 20, 2017

It is a time of unrest in the 3L universe. The LAW SCHOOL wars are nearly over. The fiendish phantom known as THE BAR EXAM is a few months away. While your secret plans might be to rebel against reality, we say it's time to strike back and build your

Ethics Series

What are the parameters of 'practice' if you're not yet a lawyer?

April 19, 2017

Law students often receive their first practical experience in the practice of law as a law student employee of a law firm. This can be a great experience for law students, but a law student is not a lawyer and what the law student is allowed to do is limited. Our

Tax Law Chat

Don't fear tax law - Kelly Phillips Erb tells you why

April 14, 2017

ABA Legal Career Central welcomed Kelly Phillips Erb – a tax attorney, teacher, writer, and Senior Editor for Forbes – to #LegalCareerChat on Monday, April 10. Kelly received her JD and LL.M in Taxation from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia and started blogging about tax law on

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Your second chance to become an ABA liaison

April 13, 2017

Our first round of applications for ABA Law Student Division liaison posts has ended – but we've still got plenty of ABA groups who want to work with you! So if you're looking for a leadership opportunity – and you will be a 2L or 3L next year – why are you waiting?

ABA Stands 4

Law students, what do you stand for?

April 12, 2017

People are talking about how to make a difference in a world that is becoming increasingly divisive. And that’s great.  Talking is a good starting point. Doing is better. The ABA has been doing amazing things to promote justice, inclusion and the rule of law.  And, we want you to join us.

NAAC

St. Mary's repeats as NAAC champions

April 10, 2017

The winner of the 2016-2017 American Bar Association Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is the St. Mary's University School of Law team of Billy Calve, Devin deBruyn, and Sophia George. This is the second year in a row that St. Mary's has won NAAC.

Legal Aid Defender

What causes us madness in March? Threats to legal aid!

March 30, 2017

We are under attack, law students. As you may have heard, President Donald Trump recently released a budget proposal that completely eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corporation. As the largest single funder of civil legal aid in the country, eliminating funding for LSC would have a devastating impact on communities

Client Counseling Competition

Nebraska wins Client Counseling Competition

March 29, 2017

The finals of the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition took place on March 17-18 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla. Here were the results: National First Place University of Nebraska College of Law Jenna L. Cope, Kari Krier Schmitz, Alan Frank National Second Place Lewis &

Mental Health Day 2016

More resources for Mental Health Day

March 28, 2017

If you're looking for more information and help with mental health issues, visit these links from the  ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: Webinars “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” “I’ve Got Your Back; You’ve Got My Ear: Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession” “Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion

Federal Law Clerk

Hear what a federal law clerk does from the experts

March 24, 2017

Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Now, you can hear all about it from current law clerks in “A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk,” a webinar in

Thomas Kim and Meredith Parnell

Meet the newly elected ABA Law Student Division officers

March 23, 2017

You, the voter, have spoken – spring council elections are over, and the results are in! The ABA’s Law Student Division would like to introduce Thomas E. Kim as the 2017-2018 Division Chair and Meredith Parnell as the 2017-2018 Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors. Thomas is a rising 3L at

Carl E. Douglas

Discussing the O.J. Simpson Case with Defense Attorney Carl Douglas

March 22, 2017

Labeled the “trial of the century” by many, the O.J. Simpson case brought forth issues of race, celebrity, and police dishonesty. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to Carl Douglas, one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case, about the

New Orleans

Big business, Big Easy, big free event for law students

March 21, 2017

Is your spring break coming up? Want to spend some time in warmer climates and work on your legal future? It's so easy we'd classify it as Big. Join the ABA Business Law Section in New Orleans for its Spring Meeting from April 6-8. Law students are encouraged to register today –

Here's what A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk looks like

March 21, 2017

Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Expanding on our “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” program, our panel of federal law clerks and a federal judge will share their

Discipline

Keep your practice out of disciplinary trouble with these tips

March 09, 2017

There are bad examples in every profession, even in the law. This webinar will help you from becoming the next bad example. "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline" addresses several pitfalls of the trends in today's legal field. Many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm settings or are

Attorney Discipline

Learn how to steer clear of lawyer discipline

March 08, 2017

No law student or lawyer sets out to become a disciplinary statistic. Sign up for our next webinar, "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline," on Thursday to learn how to stay out of trouble. In today’s challenging legal services marketplace, many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm

Library Of Congress

The Law Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource

March 01, 2017

Research may not be the most exciting part of law school, but there are ways to make it easier, more interesting, and (perhaps most importantly) free. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Sandy Gallant-Jones and Chris Morgan talk to Sheila Hollis and Barbara Bavis about the

Environmental Law

Get your feet wet in environmental law with SEER conferences

February 23, 2017

The 46th Spring Conference and 35th Water Law Conference will be held the week of March 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources invites Law Student members of the Section to apply for a Law Student Scholarship. Selected students will be given a waiver for their

Civility

Civility is the Core of Your Successful Career

February 15, 2017

Not only do lawyers serve as representatives of their clients, they serve as officers of the legal system and public citizens having special responsibility to the quality of justice. But how can lawyers go about being professionals while remaining civil with the person on the other side of the table? Learn

ABA Liaisons

Become a liaison and advance your career – and the profession

February 15, 2017

We're nearly two months into 2017. By now, you're probably thinking about summer internships and other ways to get ahead in some niche of the law profession. Here's one great opportunity you shouldn't miss – apply to become a liaison to an ABA practice specialty group for the 2017-2018 school year. Around

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