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ABA Liaisons
Law students meet with members of ABA sections, divisions and forums during the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

We’re nearly two months into 2017. By now, you’re probably thinking about summer internships and other ways to get ahead in some niche of the law profession. Here’s one great opportunity you shouldn’t miss – apply to become a liaison to an ABA practice specialty group for the 2017-2018 school year.

Around 60 of the ABA’s sections, divisions, forums, committees, commissions, and other groups invite students to become leaders and advocates for their particular legal specialty. It’s your chance to meet experienced lawyers in areas such as intellectual property, real estate, or technology, and help get their news and opportunities out to thousands of law students who share your interests. It’s also your chance to help them shape the future of the law.

The liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity; help that group develop content, programs and events for law students focused on that group’s special expertise; and report progress back to the leadership.

Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison travel to entity meetings. That means heading to events such as the 2017 Annual Meeting in New York or 2018 Midyear in Vancouver! See what funding various entities offer in this chart.

And for the Law Student Division, we’re looking for two national directors to help us coordinate our activities for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and for our annual Mental Health initiatives.

Being a liaison is a great way to start your paper trail as an expert in your chosen legal specialty. You’ll write not only for the entities, but your work will also appear in Before the Bar, our law student blog.

You’ll only be asked to spend a few hours a week – but the networking you can gain from being an engaged liaison is priceless.

You can find out more about the liaison program here. Then head over to our application and become a leader today.

ABA Law Student Division The Law Student Division empowers law student by providing them with meaningful connections to practicing professionals, job resources, relevant programming, and practical skills competitions. We represent the law student community by advocating for policies that improve legal education, champion diversity, and strengthen public service.