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Initiatives and Awards

Law students receiving awards at ABA Annual Meeting.


Grant Program

The ABA Law Student Division Grant Program provides support to student organizations to establish first-time programs and other activities that emphasize diversity, ethics, professionalism training, mental health and public interest/service activities.
Applications accepted September through May.

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Work-A-Day Community Service

Each year, the Division’s Committee on Public Interest coordinates a Work-A-Day Program and toolkit. The Work-A-Day usually occurs in early October.
Month of October

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) offers free tax basic income tax return preparation for low-income taxpayers or those in need. ABA VITA programs are managed independently by student groups with the direction of their law school.

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Diversity Day

The ABA offers an array of resources and guidance for law students of color and those from low economic backgrounds.
March 2

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Law Student Mental Health Day

The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28, as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. Law schools are encouraged to sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster breaking the stigma associated with severe depression and anxiety among law students and lawyers.
March 28

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Each year, the ABA Law Student Division recognizes the achievements of individual law students, law school organizations and law schools on a national level through the Division’s Annual Awards program.
Deadline for Award Nomination: April 1

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Volunteer Opportunities

Law students who wish to volunteer their time to promote a positive image for law students, the legal profession, and the justice system can find many options available to them from various legal sources.

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