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Student Lawyer magazine provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA Law Student Division members and other subscribers. It is published four times a year by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Student Lawyer is available online to members of the ABA Law Student Division and to print subscribers.


January/February 2016

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How I spent my summer abroad

If you’ve got the study abroad bug but have been wondering about the details, look no further. Here, five students who traveled to four inter-national destinations explain why they took the opportunity and how they financed it.

Inside secrets from an international lawyer By Salli Anne Swartz

The opportunity to write an article for Student Lawyer on international law and practice gave me a good excuse to ponder the last 35 years of my professional life and share my insights. Here are my thoughts on  the questions you may have about the practice.

ABA Rule of Law Initiative: Changing the world

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is training lawyers, police, and prosecutors to defend the rights of citizens and increase access to justice.


November/December 2015

November December 2015


Lawmakers Begin Taking on Student Debt By Barry Malone

“OVERWHELMING” IS HOW Irene Mo, a 2L at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, described the amount of money she was borrowing to finance her legal education. Student loan debt is a reality for many, if not most, law students. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, total U.S. student loan debt now tops $1.2 trillion, with more than 40 million borrowers owing on federal and private student loans.

10 Tips for Success in Your First Year By Steven Alvarado

Now that you’ve started law school, you aren’t quite sure what you got yourself into. Been there. Last year, I was in your very same shoes, starting my first day of law school…

Add Learning How to Dress To Your Curriculum By Amy Phan Taylor

One of the biggest hurdles you might face when putting together the perfect interview or workday outfit is the limited funds you have to work with. Officials at some schools are alleviating some of the money woes by teaming up with local retailers to give students clothing discounts periodically. But for the most part, the high price tag that can come with a professional wardrobe can seriously dent your bank account.


September/October 2015

November December 2015


What kind of job is right for you? By Dr. Larry Richard

When lawyers or law students look for a job, they often make a common mistake—they begin by asking “What’s out there?” This is a great second question to ask, but not a very good initial question. Instead, they should first be asking “What’s in here?” In other words, the first thing you need to know is who you are and the essential elements of your career identity that need to be satisfied by a job.

The new Legal Career Central By Kathy Morris

The ABA has launched a new resource to provide career guidance, the Legal Career Central. For pre-law students to law students to lawyers, the LCC’s mission is to serve as the predominant reservoir of career information, encouragement, and resources for the legal profession.

Do’s and don’ts for resumes and cover letters By Mark Weber

When you have approximately 15 seconds to grab the attention of an employer who’s scanning your resume and cover letter, how can you make a strong first impression? Here’s a road map.


Student Lawyer Archive – Full Issues through April/May 2015

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