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Student Editor – Law Student Division Publications



Job Description

The Student Editor, along with the staff editor, consulting managing editor, and the Division’s Operations and Publications Committee, is responsible for editorial oversight of the Division’s publications and communications, including Before the Bar blog and its flagship magazine, Student Lawyer.

The Student Editor is appointed by the Division Chair and serves as a non-voting member of the Division’s Council. This student is responsible for writing and editorial assignments as agreed upon with the staff editor and generating (through writing or assigning/editing) 2,500-4,000 words for Student Lawyer’s Division Dialogue section. The magazine is published September through May (4 issues).

Experience in journalism is a must, and responsiveness and flexibility is essential. This role deals with tight magazine production deadlines, so the Student Editor must generally be able to return phone or e-mails from the staff editor or Operations and Publications committee chair within 24 hours.

  • Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly
  • Election Method: Appointed each year by the Law Student Division Chair
  • Term: One year (March 2017 – March 2018)
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*

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Application Deadline: January 15, 2017


Job Responsibilities

Student Editor Duties Include:

  • Working with staff and students to generate content and topic ideas.
  • Preparing a report of student editor activities for the Division Council for each of the council’s meetings.
  • Seeking out, reporting, and writing on Law Student Division news for the magazine’s Division Dialogue section-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.
  • With the Operations and Publications committee, reviewing all magazine copy (feature pages and Division Dialogue) 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

Attending meetings of the Division Board of Governors (with most travel-related expenses reimbursed by the Law Student Division subject to Division guidelines):

  • ABA Annual Meeting in August
  • ABA Midyear Meeting in February (Passport Required)


To be certified as a candidate for Student Editor, 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
  • Premium Law Student Division member*
  • 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, 2017;
  • A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All application 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

Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

1) Complete the electronic Application Form. The electronic Application Form, all required documents, and video statement link, must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST on January 15, 2017. These are “strict liability” deadlines and requirements. No exceptions.

2) Include their Dean’s Certification Form (Download Now). The Certification Form (Download Now) must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: Editor-[your last name]-Certification. Example: Editor-Doe-Certification. The Certification Form must contain your Dean’s signature and be submitted electronically as part of your Application Form. Any dean at the law school at which you are registered may sign. Written or electronic signatures are acceptable.

3) Include a statement and resume. The statement and resume must be a PDF that follows this naming convention: Editor-[your last name]-S&R. Example: Editor-Doe-S&R. Statement and resume combined must not exceed three single-sided, 8.5” x 11” pages. Anything in excess of the limit will be truncated after the third page.

4) Include three published sample news writing clips/news releases scanned in their entirety into one document. The three published news writing clips must be one PDF that follows this naming convention: Editor-[your last name]-Samples. Example: Editor-Doe-Samples

5) Candidate Headshot. Guidelines:

  • Must be .jpg or .png
  • Must be less than 16MB
  • Must be 300px x 300px or less

6) OPTIONAL: Provide Video Statement Link. Guidelines:

  • All video statements should discuss candidate qualifications and platform.
  • Only the candidate can appear in the video.
  • The video statement content must be of a professional nature.
  • No music is permitted.
  • All video statements must adhere to copyright laws.
  • The video content cannot violate any provisions of the Elections Code.
  • The election committee will reject any video statements that violate these guidelines or the spirit of these guidelines.

*Premium Law Student Division Members receive exclusive benefits ranging from: $250 off BARBRI Bar Review, $25 off West Academic Casebooks & Study Guides, The ability to compete in student competitions and run for leadership positions, connections to ABA Lawyers for resume review, free books and eBooks, and access to a free Legal Ethics Course online. All for $25!