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Law School Loan

Free student loan debt webinar on Jan. 17

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 ABA Law Student

Conservative Liberal

Political disequilibrium on law school campuses

During winter break, many law students reflect on their decision to enroll in law school. Full cost may be as high as $85,000 annually for an experience they hoped would teach them new ideas and perspectives. While the legal curriculum exposes them to new concepts, the students will receive it

Legal Career Chat

Talk about sports law in the first #LegalCareerChat

ABA Legal Career Central is proud to introduce #LegalCareerChat, our new twitter chat series showcasing various practice areas. The chat will debut on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2pm ET. Our first chat guest will be David Cohen (@DavidCohenEsq), General Counsel of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A graduate of California Western School of

Doctor-Lawyer

Becoming a doctor and a lawyer – at the same time

Recently, I had the opportunity to lead an ethics forum at the American Medical Association meeting. It was the first time I’ve been publicly introduced as an “attorney.” I was caught off guard since I haven’t sat for the bar yet, but it was a reminder that my time in

Discharge Certificate

Pitt Law fights for military discharge upgrades for OIF/OEF and Vietnam Vets

In 2014, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates urged law schools to establish legal clinics to serve veterans.  Dozens of law school veterans clinics have since opened or are in development. There are various models for law school veterans clinics.  Some law school clinics focus on helping veterans who enter

Asahi Metal Industry Co. v. Superior Court

Three countries, one tire – who has jurisdiction?

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of our Premium Legal Ethics

Scholarship

Florida personal injury lawyer creates scholarship

Once upon a time, I was a student just like you. At the time I had dreams, goals, and a fire which would help me in everything I did.  It's hard; it's difficult; but at the end of the road you will reap what you sow. I started practicing law

The 2016 Negotiation Competition: Final results

3 tips for the ABA Negotiation Competition (from last year's winner)

Let me first commend you on your excellent decision to participate in the ABA Negotiation Competition. As you practice with your team and go through back-to-back negotiations in the competition, you will grow both personally and professionally by getting to really know yourself as a negotiator and learning how to

Student Lawyer 2016

Student Lawyer magazine's top stories of 2016

Yesterday, we covered the top posts that started here on Before the Bar. Today we're going to look at the Law Student Division's publication, Student Lawyer magazine. Our online archives of the mag took the long journey across a few USB drives to reside here, and they date back to 2010. Many

2016 In Review

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

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 online since

Reindeer Earmuffs

Want people to talk to you? Show them your crazy.

There are many places in this world where it's just not acceptable to talk to people. For example, the burly guy in biker gear who sidled up to the urinal beside me at the pool hall bar and asked "Do you come here often?" Very bad timing. Everywhere else? You can make a

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

ABA sues over Public Service Loan Forgiveness denials

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 – including many attorneys

LegalTech

The importance of legal tech and continued education

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

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 Student Division board

Join our board: Your path to leadership starts with us

You get some great opportunities as a law student locally. But joining the ABA Law Student Division council will raise your profile to a national scale. The Law Student Division is accepting applications for our council through Jan. 15. Our council takes the lead in advocating for the needs of law students and shapes policy

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Truman's show goes too far in steel mill takeover

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of our Premium Legal Ethics

Defendant

General criminal defense vs. niche criminal defense

As a law student, you may be approaching the point in your academic career where you are thinking seriously about which type of criminal law you will practice. And while it is certainly possible to be a general criminal law attorney defending any criminal matter that comes through the door,

LGBT law student

1L Fears: Advice to LGBT law students

Many LGBT individuals decide to pursue a legal education each year. Like other law students, they have to navigate the difficult waters of law school’s first semester. Many LGBT law students, however, face unique questions and anxieties their classmates do not. Should I tell people I am LGBT or keep it

Law School Nation (all states)

Law School Nation

It's the holidays, and today's Law School Nation has a sack full of scholarships and contests. A contest to sing about The deadline for the 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition is Jan. 6. The contest, co-sponsored by The Grammy Foundation and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, asks law students to

cybersecurity

Military lawyers discuss legal challenges of cyber threats

The ABA’s Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law (SCAFL), together with George Washington University Law School’s Military Law Society, National Security Law Association, and Cyberlaw Students Association, sponsored a cybersecurity law panel on September 21. The panel brought together lead military attorneys responsible for handling cybersecurity law issues for the

International Shoe v. Washington

How SCOTUS said this Shoe fits personal jurisdiction

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of our Premium Legal Ethics

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

Student Lawyer: Civility in the Profession Issue

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. Want

Vocal Fry

Chatting about oral advocacy and 'vocal fry'

Make eye contact. Speak up. Stand up straight. Gesture only to make a point. Oral advocates and students of oral advocacy regularly get advice about the nonverbal aspects of their presentations.  But what is an advocate or a student to do if the advice perpetuates harmful stereotypes? This was the topic

Silence

When small talk leads to ethics trouble for attorneys

On those rare occasions when you might be able to leave the office and attend a networking event or maybe just to meet some friends, you might not be thinking of your ethical obligations but maybe you should. Consider the following scenario. The answer and explanation can be found at the bottom. One of

Arbitration Program

Chat with Miami about a full-tuition LL.M. scholarship

The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration) have introduced an essay competition for one full-tuition scholarship ($48,000) to be awarded to an outstanding Young ICCA member to attend Miami Law’s White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Whether a newcomer to the field or