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Catch a free screening of 'Marshall' with the ABA!

August 16, 2017

One of the most exciting things about this year's Annual Meeting came this summer when we started talking with the team behind "Marshall," the new film about an early case in the career of Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role. It was so exciting to get


Win a trip to see 'Marshall' with the ABA – or catch a free screening!

August 03, 2017

One of the most exciting things about this year's Annual Meeting came this summer when we started talking with the team behind "Marshall," the new film about an early case in the career of Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role. It was so exciting to get


Meet the law students running for our council before you vote!

July 13, 2017

We've got four positions up for election at this year's ABA Annual Meeting in New York. The three Delegates and the Vice Chair will work on issues that are important to all law students. And we want you to meet them – and see what they have to say before you

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Discuss Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession on Twitter

June 27, 2017

Join the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (@ABACoLAP) for a live Twitter Chat titled “Suicide Prevention and Postvention in the Legal Profession” today at 1 p.m. EDT. The guests will be Kate Bender, Programming Director of the Dave Nee Foundation (@NeeFoundation) and Yvette Hourigan, Director of the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance


The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

June 22, 2017

Young lawyers are needed to fill public service roles but often law school debt funnels them into higher paying positions. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was aimed to help this issue by forgiving student debt after ten years of qualifying employment at the local, state, or federal level. In

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These 1L scholarship winners are about to change the world

June 21, 2017

In the right hands, a law degree can be a powerful tool – and Amanda I. Sarmiento of Texas A&M School of Law has all the makings of a true change agent. BARBRI Law Preview and the ABA are proud to award this next great legal mind a

Top of The Class

Tell us who the Head of the Class is at your school

June 08, 2017

Who's at your Head of the Class? Do you have students doing interesting, unique, or noteworthy things while in law school? We at Student Lawyer Magazine want to hear about them. Each issue, in our Head of the Class column, we feature a law student making a name for

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Interested in appellate work? Work with the Council of Appellate Lawyers

May 25, 2017

If you have an interest in appellate litigation, serving as a student liaison for the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL) – the only national appellate bench-bar organization in the country – can be an invaluable experience. Serving as a student liaison for CAL provides unique networking, programming, and


Join the cybersecurity fight as an ABA liaison

May 24, 2017

These days, it seems you can't escape news about cybersecurity issues. Whether it's commercials on the radio about identity theft all the way to what's going on in Washington, the digital war is at our doorstep. Enter the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

ABA Leaders

Leadership: An opportunity you don't want to miss out on

May 24, 2017

You've got a little over a week now to apply for one of our four leadership positions on the ABA Law Student Division Council. And while the council will have a different look for 2017-2018, the opportunities to network and guide the future for law students remain the

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Talking with F. Lee Bailey about O. J. Simpson and reasonable doubt

May 23, 2017

The O. J. Simpson trial is still heavy on people’s minds, especially with the release of shows like “O. J. Simpson: Made in America” and Netflix’s “American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson.” In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to F. Lee

John Mitchell

ABA leadership profile: John Mitchell, Law Practice Division

May 18, 2017

Name: John “The Purple Coach” Mitchell Hometown: Chicago Position in Law Practice Division:  Chair Current Employer: KM Advisors, LLC Practice Areas:  I do not practice law and haven’t since 1995.  I own a boutique company that helps lawyers learn the many skills necessary to be successful owners of their firms or to

Job Search Chat

Searching for a job? This is the #LegalCareerChat you're looking for.

May 16, 2017

Join ABA Legal Career Central (@abalcc) for its next #LegalCareerChat talking to Kathy Morris (@LawyerCounselor), founder of Under Advisement, Ltd., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. Kathy Morris is a lawyer and long-time career counselor for lawyers and law students through her company, Under

Using the Force Of Your Network

Learn how to put your network to work after law school

May 11, 2017

You've just graduated from law school. You've got your JD. You're studying for the bar exam. So, how about a job for when you pass it? Now's the time to use the biggest power in your universe to work – and rule the job market galaxy as you put your network in motion. Take

Becoming an Irresistible Candidate

Simply irresistible: How to be the best job candidate you can be

May 11, 2017

Your qualifications have caught an employer’s attention. Now you have to convince the employer that you are the candidate that best fits the organization’s needs. Presenters of this webinar, "Interviewing: Becoming an Irresistible Candidate", discuss interviewing techniques: how to prepare, make a positive first impression, and present with confidence. The panelists

Legal Aid Defender

Badge of honor: The winner of our Legal Aid Defender contest is ...

May 11, 2017

In March, we challenged law schools across the country to join us in defending Legal Services Corporation, the single largest funder of legal aid for people who cannot afford a lawyer. While the fight to save LSC may not be over, our contest is. And our winners wear maroon. Yes, the

Virgin Islands

Another latitude heard from on the Uniform Bar Exam

May 03, 2017

We knew something was in the water as we noted Maine's entry into the ranks of states accepting a score from the Uniform Bar Exam. We just didn't know how far south that something was. Enter the U.S. Virgin Islands – the exquisite trio of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix

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Performing some overdue Maine-tenance on our UBE watch map

May 02, 2017

Two weeks from today, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will be hosting a webinar on the UBE called "The Uniform Bar Exam: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed?" If you haven't registered yet, feel free to do so. We'll give

Law Day 2017

Law Day 2017: Looking at the 14th Amendment

May 01, 2017

The text of the Fourteenth Amendment is often cited by litigators, civil rights activists, constitutional scholars, and, of course, judges. Here, we take a look at the most cited clauses and offer avenues to explore how they have shaped our constitutional understanding and our everyday experiences. Law

Law Day 2017

What is Law Day? A primer

May 01, 2017

Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share and also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in a constitutional

Law Day 2017

The 14th Amendment: Cornerstone of civil rights

May 01, 2017

The theme for Law Day 2017 – The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy – provides the opportunity to explore the many ways that the Fourteenth Amendment has reshaped American law and society. Through its citizenship, due process, and equal protection clauses, this transformative amendment advances the rights of all Americans. It also plays

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