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How to create your financial plan for the New Year (with a little help from the experts)


Managing real-life expenses and trying to save for your long-term financial goals are difficult tasks for most people, not just law students.

The ABA and AcceessLex are here to help!

Get for tips on creating a financial plan that will get you on the right track for the coming year and beyond.

This Virtual Office Hour Session is with Amy Tien-Gordon, AFC®.

Amy has spent over 20 years helping students and families achieve their dreams of pursuing higher education with financial self-awareness and confidence. Having an academic background in Economics, Amy helps students recognize the opportunity cost in each decision – leading to balanced, informed financial strategies.

Amy has worked on both the for-profit and nonprofit side of the student loan business for most of her professional life and understands the personal and professional balance many people desire. Her passion is to assist students and families in successful repayment of their student loans while enjoying a successful personal and professional lifestyle.

Resources: Student Loans and Finances

The ABA Young Lawyers Division advocates for lower financial barriers to the legal profession by reducing law school costs and minimizing student loan burden. We also offer guidance for new lawyers on managing debt.

Through student-focused initiatives, research and policy advocacy, nonprofit AccessLex Institute works to help purpose-driven students find their path from aspiring lawyer to fulfilled professional. In partnership with our nearly 200 member law schools, improving access and positively influencing legal education has been at the heart of our mission since 1983.

MAX by AccessLex® is the personal finance program for law students used in over 80% of law schools nationally. If you’re at a MAX-participating school and haven’t set up your free account yet, register today to access financial lessons, online events, and free financial coaching whenever you need it. The MAX by AccessLex® app is also available for download at the iOS and Android app stores.

AccessConnex is a free financial coaching service available to all law students, whether they are at a MAX-participating school or not. Register today for a free appointment to discuss the financial matters that matter most to you!

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