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Are You Interested in a Career in Labor and Employment Law?


By Darrious Baker.

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law has 25,000 members and is one of the largest sections of the ABA. Section members hold positions in private law firm practice, government, in-house counsel, and unions. Additionally, members represent employers, unions, employees as individuals or in class actions, and the public.

The Section offers countless benefits to your education and career, such as:

  • Committee involvement. The section gives you the opportunity to participate in any of its 18 standing committees. The committees range from Equal Employment Opportunity to International Labor and Employment Law. Law student members may apply to be a Law Student Division liaison to one of the section’s standing committees (next availability August 2014).
  • Continuing legal education. The section is the leading provider of continuing legal education in the labor and employment law arenas. There are many programs that are offered across the country that are available to students for low-cost or no-cost program fees.
  • Publications. The section, through a partnership with Bloomberg BNA, publishes the leading labor and employment law treatises. These resources are available to section members at a substantial discount. Also, as a student member, you will receive the Section law review, The ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law, the section quarterly newsletter, and the Flash, an e-newsletter.
  • Networking. As a student member, you will have access to the section’s online membership listing. This provides detailed information on labor and employment law practitioners across the country. As you embark on future career opportunities, these practitioners are an excellent resource for career information.
  • Writing competitions. Law students are invited to compete in the 2012–13 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition. The deadline is May 15, 2013 (see for more details).
  • Competition. Last fall, 392 law students from 98 teams participated in the section’s Ninth Annual Trial Advocacy Competition. The participants presented trials in court houses in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. Approximately 500 section members, including federal and state court judges, served as judges and jurors to evaluate the presentations of the student advocates. Our Trial Advocacy Competition Committee soon will begin preparations for the 10th annual competition in the fall of 2013.

We hope that you will take a moment to join the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law. Law student members of the ABA may join the section for free. See the section’s website for more information.


Darrious Baker (, a 2L at the University of South Carolina, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Labor and Employment Law.

Vol. 41 No. 9

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