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Editorial Board of the Law Student Division

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The ABA Law Student Division is the largest member organization for US law students. The Editorial Board of the ABA Law Student Division oversees and writes content for Before the Bar blog and the Division’s flagship magazine, Student Lawyer.

This is an opportunity to sit on one of the most impactful law student publishing boards in the country. The Division has over 80,000 members. Student Lawyer’s circulation reaches over 60,000 – more than half of the entire US law student population. The award-winning Before the Bar blog was named an ABA Blawg 100, and it reaches tens of thousands of visitors every month.

Few, if any, school law student editorial boards have such a wide-reaching audience and national recognition and prestige.

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Job Requirements

Experience in journalism is a plus, and responsiveness and flexibility is essential. This role deals with tight magazine production deadlines, so members must generally be able to return phone or e-mails from the staff editor or ABA Law Student Division Council leadership within 24 hours.

  • Time commitment: 20 hours monthly
  • Selection Method: Up to 6 law students will be appointed appointed by the Division Chair, with input from the Delegate of Communications.
  • Term: One year (September 2017 – August 2018)
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*

Job Responsibilities

Members who are selected for the Editorial Board will collaborate with a group of top law students from across the country, working remotely. The Editorial Board is responsible for writing and editorial assignments for Student Lawyer and Before the Bar blog as agreed upon with the staff editor. In addition members may be asked to act as lead editors on individual Student Lawyer issues, or a themed series of posts for the blog. The magazine is published September through May (4 issues).

Editorial Board Member Duties Include:

  • Working with staff, Law Student Division Council, and fellow Board members to generate content and topic ideas.
  • Seeking out, reporting, and writing on Law Student Division news for the magazine and blog, and filing articles on deadline as established by the staff editor.
  • Assigning articles to student writers as deemed appropriate by the student editor and staff editor, and ensuring their timely filing and editing.
  • Alerting law student section liaisons to the requirement to write liaison notes, following up on these requests, and editing articles.
  • Reviewing magazine copy prior to publication and alerting the staff editor to any oversights or potential problems.
  • Assisting in judging of the Law Student Division’s law school newspaper contest.
  • Carrying out other minor assignments to assist the staff editor.
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

Travel Requirements

All Editorial Board work and collaboration is done remotely. No travel is required for this role, and reimbursement is not available through the Division. However, attending Annual Meeting in August is strongly encouraged, and some schools may offer reimbursement.

Eligibility

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

  • A law student attending an ABA-approved law school in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
  • An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
  • Premium Law Student Division member, or will become one upon appointment;
  • A law student attending law school during the entire academic year subsequent to June 1, 2017;
  • A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.

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