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Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates


Applications for this position are OPEN! Deadline no later than 11:59pm (CST) on June 15th, 2016

What being a delegate means

Current delegates Zac Berkstresser and Andrew Rhoden talk about their positions, what the goals of a delegate are, and the benefits the position has offered them.

Job Description

The control and administration of the ABA is vested in the House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the association. The House meets twice each year, at ABA Annual and Midyear Meetings.

There are three Law Student Division Delegates to the House of Delegates who are responsible for attending and participating in each meeting, where they represent the interests of the Division. Division Delegates also serve as Officers on the Law Student Board of Governors.

This is one of the most important and prestigious positions a law student can hold in the ABA. You will interact closely with high ranking officials in the ABA. Punctuality, dress appearance, appropriate conversation, and mature behavior are critical. An interest in policy is a must.

Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly.

Election Method
Three Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates are elected by the Law Student Division Assembly (the Student Bar Association President and primary ABA Representative from each ABA-approved law school). Assembly delegates who wish to participate in the election must be members in good standing of the ABA Law Student Division.

The successful candidates serve a one-year term of office as Division Delegates beginning at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting through adjournment of the following Annual Meeting

Job Responsibilities

Law Student Division Delegate responsibilities include:

  • Attending and representing the Division to the ABA House of Delegates sessions at the Midyear and Annual Meetings. Vote as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
  • Coordinating with ABA entities to promote resolutions of concern to law students.
  • Working with the ABA House of Delegates on adoption of Division resolutions and resolutions directly affecting law students.
  • Informing the Division Board of actions pending before the House, as well as action taken by the House, at the conclusion of the Midyear and Annual meetings.
  • Communicating regularly with Division officers, circuit governors, ABA Representatives, SBA Presidents, and liaisons.
  • Preparing and submitting comprehensive reports on Association, Division, and ABA House of Delegates activity and action. (6 reports annually).
  • Serving as the primary contacts and coordinators to the 65+ Law Student Division Liaisons to other ABA entities.
  • Working in cooperation with Chair to oversee and coordinate the Division’s liaison program.
  • Working with the Chair to execute the Division’s legislative agenda.
  • Preparing materials, attending and participating in the Division’s annual lobbying delegation to Congress related to current ABA policy, and other appropriate lobbying efforts relevant to law students.
  • Working with the national officers and circuit governors on the Division’s Board of Governors. Attending Division Board of Governors meetings (September, February, and August) and reporting on their activities, soliciting governors’ views of matters pending in the House of Delegates.
  • Serving on the Division’s committees as appointed.
  • Assisting in judging the Division’s national awards.
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

Travel Requirements

  • Section Officers Conference (SOC) and Fall Board of Governors Meeting in September
  • Fall Circuit Meeting(s) as needed (travel not reimbursable)
  • ABA Midyear Meeting in February
  • Spring Circuit Meeting(s) as needed (travel not reimbursable)
  • Spring Board of Governors Training Meeting in March or April
  • ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer)

Other travel as needed to fulfill commitments on committees as appointed throughout the year

Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division subject to Division guidelines.


To be certified as a candidate for Delegate, an individual must be:

  • A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
  • An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
  • A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
  • A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
  • A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2016;
  • A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All nomination forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
  • A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.

Application Instructions


Deadline no later than 11:59pm (CST) on June 15th, 2016