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ABA Law Student Division The Law Student Division empowers law student by providing them with meaningful connections to practicing professionals, job resources, relevant programming, and practical skills competitions. We represent the law student community by advocating for policies that improve legal education, champion diversity, and strengthen public service.

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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

Law Student Podcast

Fighting the Tide of Student Debt

February 07, 2017

If you want to be a successful lawyer, law school is a given. With the hike in student loans, however, it may be a while before you actually make any money.

ABA House of Delegates

Change to bar passage standard for law schools rejected

February 07, 2017

The American Bar Association House of Delegates rejected Monday a major change in the bar passage standard for ABA-accredited law schools. See more about the vote in this article from the ABA Journal. The proposal from the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions

Linda Klein

ABA President: 'There are no so-called judges in America'

February 06, 2017

American Bar Association President Linda A. Klein Monday called personal attacks on judges “attacks on our Constitution” and warned that it is vital that the judiciary remains independent and free from political pressure. “There are no ‘so-called judges’ in America,” she said Monday in a speech to the ABA’s governing House

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

What TIPS is (and why you should join)

February 01, 2017

Thinking of what sections to get involved with in the ABA? Today's message comes from Linda Wiley of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). Welcome to another term and for those new students, congratulations on entering law school and starting your legal career. Your experience in law

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Broken promises and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (podcast)

February 01, 2017

Law school is essential to becoming a successful lawyer but it doesn’t come cheap. Public Service Loan Forgiveness was a program put in place to entice young lawyers to take public service positions which have historically paid less than private sector positions. After ten years of making on-time, full payments

Miami MIdyear Meeting

Get involved with ABA Midyear, law students

January 31, 2017

The ABA is heading to Magic City this weekend – Miami will be playing host the ABA's midyear meeting from Wednesday through Tuesday. That's right in the backyard of University of Miami School of Law and down the coasts from several other of our Florida law schools. If you're a law

Texas Tech

Texas Tech wins 2017 Arbitration Competition

January 24, 2017

Texas Tech University School of Law won the ABA Law Student Division's 2017 Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Here is the complete list of finalists.

Law School Loan

Free student loan debt webinar on Jan. 17

January 13, 2017

How much student debt are you going to have after law school? The typical answer for a JD is "lots." Learn about the current landscape of paying for your education in "The World of Student Loan Debt: Understanding Options for You, Clients, and Employees." It's free to members of the

2016 In Review

Before the Bar's top posts of 2016 (and then some)

January 03, 2017

It's the time of year where blogs and other news outlets like the ABA Journal look back on 2016 and tell you what their greatest hits were. At Before the Bar, we're tackling the task in the same fashion – and giving it our own twist. See, we've only been

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

ABA sues over Public Service Loan Forgiveness denials

December 20, 2016

Last year, the American Bar Association started a grassroots effort to save Public Service Loan Forgiveness for lawyers in public service and law students who planned to enter public service. Today, the ABA sued the Department of Education to honor PSLF benefits after they were retroactively denied to lawyers


The importance of legal tech and continued education

December 20, 2016

Law school provides many young attorneys with the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to be a successful lawyer in today’s legal marketplace. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Chris Morgan and Sandy Gallant-Jones speak with Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Executive Director Kelly Lake

Holiday Sweater

The BTB Law Student Gift Guide

December 19, 2016

Maybe, in the last month, you've asked the special law student in your life what they would like for the holidays. Since it's finals, their response may have ranged from an unintelligible grunt to "PEACE AND QUIET!!!" The stress of the (finals) season should not put anyone on the naughty list.

Law School Nation (all states)

Law School Nation

December 12, 2016

It's the holidays, and today's Law School Nation has a sack full of scholarships and contests.

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

December 08, 2016

The November/December 2016 issue of Student Lawyer carries this one message: You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious, how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers, and update you on the DREAM Initiative and the Law Student Podcast.

Blawg 100

Our birthday present – getting ranked in the Blawg 100!

December 01, 2016

It was a little more than a year ago that the ABA Law Student Division launched, and Before the Bar shared its first post with the law student community.  Now, we have our first badge of honor. The ABA Journal has named our blog, a collection of tips for

Death Penalty Podcast

The challenges of trying death penalty cases

November 30, 2016

The process of trying criminal cases can be complex. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, hosts Chris Morgan and Sandy Gallant-Jones speak with Washington state trial attorney Mark Vovos about his journey toward trying death penalty cases and the difficulties and challenges these cases can present.

Arbitration Competition

Negotiation, Arbitration competition finalists named

November 30, 2016

The regionals are over – and several law students can start making plans for seeing Chicago in winter! We've named the finalists for two of our competitions: the Arbitration Competition finals will be Jan. 20-21; Negotiation Competition's final rounds will be in Chicago from Feb. 3-4. Here are your finalists! Arbitration Competition Finalists Creighton


How would $10K toward your 1L year change your world?

November 29, 2016

In the right hands, a law degree can be a powerful tool. History is filled with great accounts of leaders who made it their life’s work to embody the law and serve as agents of change. Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer who became known for his astute mediating and