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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

Guardian Ad Litem

Gaining experience as a guardian ad-litem

June 23, 2017

Our duty as future and present lawyers requires that we engage in social involvement and remain active as members of the legal community. When I started law school, my community and social involvement was limited, mainly due to time constraints.  Upon learning that my school required all students to fulfill


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

10k scholarship winners

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

Kamala Harris

Nobody wants to fail the bar exam, but it happens – even to Kamala Harris

June 20, 2017

This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia and possible ties to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Some of the more memorable exchanges came between Sessions and Sen. Kamala Harris of California. I won't go into the merits of


'Deadly' tweets: Is social media today’s newest platform for weaponry?

June 19, 2017

You receive a Twitter message. You open it to find a still image with a “play” option. You hit play. All of a sudden, an image flashes at you, continuously, displaying the words, “YOU DESERVE A SEIZURE FOR YOUR POSTS!” Next thing you know, you regain consciousness on the floor

Chris Jennison and Josephine Bahn (right) talk with Circuit Governor Morgan Nelson at the 2016 ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Lessons from year one: Networking really is that important

June 15, 2017

You may be reading the title and thinking – really?  Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach

Asking Questions

The beauty of asking

June 14, 2017

How many times have you been staring at a document for a long time, scratching your head only to find out that you had no clue at all how to approach the problem it contained? How many times have you looked back and wished you could have known an important


Networking starts on day one

June 12, 2017

Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day

James Comey

The audacity of 'I Hope' – 2 law school lessons from the James Comey hearings

June 09, 2017

It is not even halfway through 2017, and already, it has been a fascinating year for those practicing in fields of law that intersect with the law at the highest levels of government. We've had the continuing travels of President Donald Trump's executive order on travel limitations from several predominantly Muslim

Quimbee Ambach v Norwick

U.S. citizenship a teacher's pet peeve in Ambach v. Norwick

June 09, 2017

This is the latest in a series of 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

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


Dear law student: The future of law is now

June 07, 2017

The Future Is Now. Not only is that title prophetic, it was also the name of a conference hosted by my organization, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, last month. Held in the Art Institute of Chicago, we welcomed almost 400 attorneys to a series of TED talks


When what you don't know can end your legal career before it starts

June 06, 2017

Every year around this time, graduating law students are preparing to take the bar exam; and completing the Character & Fitness questionnaires with the hope that the Committee will find they are fit to practice law. Perhaps you know a law student; or you have one working in your office;

BARBRI Practice

BARBRI tip: You'll play like you practice

May 30, 2017

In sports, those athletes who can recognize where and how they are falling short in execution, and then focus relentlessly to build upon the necessary skills, most often rise to an elite level of performance. Like the old saying says, “practice makes perfect.” Yet what happens when you practice the

Quimbee Allgeyer v. Louisiana

Due process argument bails out bale shipper in Allgeyer v. Louisiana

May 26, 2017

This is the latest in a series of 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

Council of Appellate Lawyers

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

F. Lee Bailey

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

Faking It

Fake it till you make it – everyone else is doing it too!

May 23, 2017

I remember entering law school thinking that I had so much experience in the world. After having run a nonprofit organization with professional staff representing 240,000 students statewide, creating and leading a mock trial program, all while finishing my undergraduate degree in three years, what was left to learn about work