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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


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 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