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Meet up with law students at March for Our Lives

March 23, 2018

Planning to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday? So are other law students. They will be meeting at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street at 11:30 a.m. You can sign up that you're coming via Facebook.

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Meet your next ABA Law Student Division officers: Chair, BOG rep

March 23, 2018

The votes have been counted, and the law schools have spoken. Now, we'd like to introduce you to the next Chair, Negeen Sadeghi-Mohaved, and the next Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors for the ABA Law Student Division, Matthew Wallace.

Mental Health Podcast

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School – a Law Student Podcast

March 19, 2018

It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. But, because wellness helps with success, students are taking action to change how law schools approach this subject.In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to

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University of Illinois wins 2017-2018 Client Counseling Competition

March 19, 2018

The finals of the 2017-2018 ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition were held last weekend at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. The winners were Julie Holdener and Benjamin Paulsen of the University of Illinois College of Law.


Opportunity knocks: Apply to become an ABA LSD liaison

March 14, 2018

If you've been wanting to get more involved with both the Law Student Division and your practice area, your time is now! We're opening up applications for our next round of LSD liaisons to ABA specialty groups.There are more than 50 openings this year. And starting this


Endorsement of increased transparency in reporting employment outcomes

March 02, 2018

Dear Chair O’Rourke and Esteemed Members of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar:Since the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is being inundated by letters from various stakeholders including law students, the ABA Law Student Division Council


Revising accreditation standards for greater transparency for incoming law students

March 02, 2018

We, the American Bar Association Law Student Division Council affirm that the American Bar Association can and should do more to protect potential law students and current law students as they seek to enter the legal profession. We also affirm that greater transparency, achieved through accreditation rules, will ensure that students can make informed decisions. We, thus, call for the Council of the Section of Legal Education (“Council”) to increase the reporting requirements already authorized under Standard 509.

Haiku Contest

We proudly announce the winners of YLD's Haiku Contest (yay)!

February 28, 2018

If you count it out, that headline is indeed a haiku. If you've been counting the days since the ABA Young Lawyers Division ended entries for its annual Haiku Contest, you're in luck! We've got the winners right here.The theme this year was recent U.S. Supreme Court

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Nova Southeastern law students send support to Parkland community

February 27, 2018

Students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law delivered a banner to support students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.The banner, signed by the Davie, Fla., students and faculty, was delivered on Sunday to

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McGeorge wins 2018 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition

February 06, 2018

McGeorge School of Law won the 2018 ABA Law Student Division National Negotiation Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year’s topic was national security law.The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The

Southern Caucus

Get to know the Southern Caucus – and then get involved!

January 24, 2018

The ABA Law Student Division Southern Caucus’s goal is to address these issues from the law student perspective, focusing mainly on access to justice issues including the lack of attorney and intern resources in several rural areas and the retention rates of keeping these attorneys and law clerks in those areas post-law school.

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Drake wins 2018 ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition

January 22, 2018

Drake University Law School won the 2018 ABA Law Student Division National Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 20 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year's topic was intellectual property and trade secrets.For photos from the competition, visit our Facebook page, ABA for Law Students. Here is the complete

#DoYouABA on Jan. 23 to win with the Law Student Division

January 11, 2018

Do you want a chance to win a Platinum Quimbee Membership ($500 value)? Gather your favorite ABA memories, posts, pictures, articles, blogs, etc. and share them on Facebook or Twitter on January 23, 2018. Make sure your post is public and includes the hashtag #DoYouABA! If


Your new year deadline reminder: Don't miss out on those fellowships!

January 04, 2018

While we were enjoying the holidays, we noticed a flurry of announcements and reminders about applying for fellowships bouncing around Twitter. Here's a sampling:ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Deadline: Jan. 8 About: "The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship


Serving the underserved: BYU’s Immigration Clinic

January 03, 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration has brought a lot of attention to the topic of immigration and refugees. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host John Weber talks to Carl Hernandez about the immigration clinic at Brigham Young University.Their clinic is managed mainly by students and

Judiciary Internship

Learn with the judges with the Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

December 11, 2017

The Committee on Judicial Resources for the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization are accepting applications for its 7th annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2018.The deadline is Jan. 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.The project's goal is to provide

Women in Law

Summit examines the question: Why are women leaving law?

December 04, 2017

This year, ABA President Hilarie Bass launched an initiative focused on examining why women lawyers are leaving the profession in the prime of their careers when they should be taking on senior leadership roles. Titled “Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in the Law,” it includes multiple research projects with surveys

Marquita Christy

Remembering Marquita Christy, former LSD board member

December 03, 2017

The Law Student Division is saddened to learn of the passing of Marquita Christy, a former circuit governor and member of the Law Student Division Board of Governors from 2015 to 2017. Marquita was a student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, La.Funeral services

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Go inside The Life of a Law Professor with the Law Student Podcast

November 28, 2017

When you think of a law professor you probably imagine whiteboards, textbooks, and a red pen, but the life of a law professor is often not confined to the classroom.In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to professor Benjamin Davis about his experience as a law professor

Uniform Bar Exam

New UBE news from the Old North State: North Carolina is in!

November 27, 2017

North Carolina's state motto is esse quam videri - or, "to be, rather than to seem." We bring you this Latin phrase, which is used by many an institution, to admit that when we posted last week about Maryland's adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam, we seem to have missed

Uniform Bar Exam

Something to be thankful for in Maryland – Uniform Bar Exam coming in 2019

November 21, 2017

It's been a while since #UBEWatch has had anything to do. Mostly, it's been a waiting game.It's been a year since the Illinois Board on Admissions to the Bar held hearings into the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam. Sandy Gallant-Jones, then the Law Student Division’s 7th Circuit governor, spoke

Board Elections

Get your applications in for the 2018-2019 council!

November 09, 2017

Our student leaders are the the voice of law students in the American Bar Association. The opportunity to learn leadership skills, advocate on behalf of your peers, and make connections with attorneys encompasses the main role of those that serve on the Law Student Division's Council.Applications for these positions on the

Doctor Lawyer

A healthcare law event scholarship emerges

November 07, 2017

The Health Law Section of the American Bar Association is taking applications for its Fifth Annual Scholarship Program for law students. If you're interested in the health law field, the scholarship will help you attend the Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference from February 21-23, 2018 in Scottsdale, Ariz.Applicants must be