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Before the Bar Blog guidelines

Mission

Bringing together a diversity of opinions, experiences and voices from people associated with the law anywhere in the world (but primarily, the 50 states). The content will be targeted to law students, current, past and future.

Size of blog posts

Roughly 1,000 words. Give or take 200. What this means is if a writer has a thought that can be done in 500, then that’s fine. If it deserves a slightly longer treatment, it can go longer. I don’t want anyone to feel limited by length or obligated to stretch a piece out unnecessarily.

Content Checklist: Each post runs with an author box that features the following:

• Bio (50 words)
• Head shot or logo (if the author is an organization or company)
• Social media links (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, personal site)

This is the space where you can tell readers about yourself and the things that you do.

Style

Conversational. Not academic. Write as though you’re talking to a student directly. No footnotes, we can link out if we want to refer to source information.

Target

Our audience is law students and not the consumer audience or potential clients for your organization. For example, we are looking for “how to be a DUI lawyer” – not “how to beat a DUI conviction.” (Not that we get repeat pitches on one particular topic or anything.)

Supplemental content

Photos are great to share along with the posts if you have photos that relate to you or your subject. We also encourage you to suggest an image from Shutterstock to go along with your post.

Charts, graphs or other visuals can be included. We also can post webinars, slideshares, Google Hangouts, videos and more. For events that we add to the calendar, we’d love for an organizer or panelist to tell students why they should go, not just the description of the event.

Author information

Each piece will run with a bio of the author (50 words) and a call to action (linking to their site, a cause, etc.) if they choose. We will also need a headshot.

Frequency

Up to the author. They can write once, monthly, occasionally. I’d like to keep things to those classifications to spread things out among authors. But if someone really wants more than once a month, we can work with that. I just don’t want the blog dominated by one author.

Reprints

Text of articles published in Student Lawyer magazine may be reprinted with permission and provided the following attribution is given to the magazine.

“©[Year] Published in [Publication Title], [MM/YY of Publication] [direct link to full article on abaforlawstudents.com], by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.”

You may not use graphics and images that run with the articles. Blog posts may not be reprinted without permission of both the ABA Law Student Division and the author of the post.

Topics

Also up to the author. We have a veritably unlimited set of interests, as long as whatever it is pertains to law or students or life as a lawyer. We will not assign topics, but I may occasionally suggest one based on initiatives, calendar holidays or a particular focus of the blog. Examples would be Pro Bono Week, graduation, mental health awareness, etc. See the list below for more ideas.

Many authors work with legal technology products they would like to introduce to students. You may talk about your product in the context of a general interest topic in a guest post. The product should not be the focus of a guest post. If you would like to focus on your product, we do offer paid guest post options.

For more information and scheduling details, contact web editor Adam Music.

Suggested Topics

The Law Student Division is focusing on the top topics for law students in our Law School Essentials guide, a sort of Law School 101 library covering topics and milestones that all law students will experience on their way through law school.

  • Pre-Law
  • Debt and Student Loans
  • In-School Milestones
  • 1L, 2L, and 3L Subjects
  • Exam and Study Tips
  • Extracurriculars
  • Work Experience During Law School
  • Internships and Work Experience
  • Landing a Job/Networking
  • Legal Career Paths
  • Alternative Career Paths
  • The Bar Exam
  • After the Bar
  • Mental Health in Law School

 

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