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YLD Provides Opportunities for Young Lawyers


After spending three to four years as a law student and a member of the Law Student Division, membership with the ABA doesn’t have to stop. The next few years can be spent as an active member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD). With more than 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, YLD is the largest young lawyer organization in the world.

YLD is committed to ably representing the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success.

New this year, YLD launched its Emerging Leaders Program, which is designed to fast track former Law Student Division leaders in the substantive work of YLD after graduation.

“I truly credit both the Law Student Division and YLD for making me the lawyer I am today and for providing me with the opportunity to be of service to my fellow young lawyers, the profession, and my community,” says Mario A. Sullivan, YLD 2012–13 Chair-Elect.

Individual membership in YLD is open to ABA members under 36 years of age or admitted to practice for 5 years or less.

To discover more about YLD or to join, please visit

—Eileen M. Laux

Vol. 41 No. 9

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