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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.

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Legal Aid Work

A career in legal aid: Perspectives from Sally Fisher Curran

June 12, 2020

Legal aid is crucial to those unable to afford legal services, and a career serving the underserved can be hugely rewarding. ABA Law Student Podcast host Meghan Steenburgh talks with Sally Fisher Curran about her passion for increasing access to justice and her career experiences working in legal aid.

Get 30 tips for your bar prep in 30 minutes

May 14, 2020

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. Start your conditioning now so you can achieve your best performance. To help, the Law Student Division brings you "30 Tips in 30 Minutes: Bar Prep," a webinar featuring two young lawyers who

Bar Exam Information

COVID-19 Bar Examination and Admission Changes

May 12, 2020

It's an uncertain time for recent law graduates and other prospective bar exam takers. Which states will be administering the bar exam in July as planned? Which states have postponed the bar exam until the fall? Which states are admitting law school graduates with supervision from an attorney?

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Preserve the Public Loan Forgiveness Program

April 22, 2020

Help preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF), which enables law school graduates and other professionals to embark upon, and remain in, less remunerative public service careers by offering partial student loan forgiveness for a service commitment of ten years. This important program

Ayat Nizam

Ayat Nizam elected Chair of the 2020-2021 LSD Council

April 21, 2020

The Law Student Division has tabulated the results of its elections for the 2020-2021 Council—and some familiar faces are returning in new roles. Ayat Nizam, who served as Vice Chair, will move up to Chair. Her predecessor, Johnnie Nguyen, won his election for Law

Client Counseling Winners

Quinnipiac takes Client Counseling Competition title

April 14, 2020

Congratulations to the National Client Counseling Champions, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Megan Spicer and Brandy Parry. This year, the Client Counseling National Competition was held completely virtually. Competitors used a combination of prerecorded sessions, written statements, and live video calls to compete. Quinnipiac

Online Learning Podcast

Law school innovators talk about taking legal education online (podcast)

April 09, 2020

Even before the pandemic forced law schools to close their doors, forward-thinking educators were working hard to increase the accessibility of legal education through online learning. In this ABA Law Student Podcast, host Meghan Steenburgh talks with Dean Craig Boise and faculty director of online education Nina Kohn about

Michigan State Team

Michigan State wins NAAC Best Brief Award

April 08, 2020

Congratulations to Allison Kruschke, Hannah Buzolits, and Jordan Giles of Michigan State University College of Law for winning the 2019-2020 National Appellate Advocacy Best Brief Award. This year, the ABA Law Student Division was able to complete the written portion of the competition, and we

Coronavirus resources and information for law students

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus has upended the legal education landscape. We know you have questions about how to study online, whether the bar exam will proceed this summer, and the myriad questions about how you're supposed to function on a daily basis. We've assembled this guide with a

2020 NAAC Regional Results

March 13, 2020

The regional rounds of the 2020 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) moot court wrapped up over the past few weeks. Here are the regional winners. Boston Regional Best Advocate Awards

Experiential Learning

How experiential learning makes better future lawyers (podcast)

March 13, 2020

In this edition of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Jake Villarreal welcomes Rodney Smolla, dean of the Delaware Law School of Widener University, to hear insights from his prolific career as a legal educator and litigator. Dean Smolla discusses his longtime efforts to provide enriching experiential

Student Loan Forgiveness

ABA, DoE settle student loan forgiveness case

February 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to recognize employees who work for the American Bar Association as public service workers who are eligible for student loan forgiveness. This settles

UC Berkeley Law

The Law Student Podcast talks with Berkeley Law's Erwin Chemerinsky

February 14, 2020

New ABA Law Student Podcast host Jake Villarreal sits down with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, constitutional law scholar, and prolific appellate litigator, to discuss his career and passion for training future generations of lawyers. They discuss how he came to

ABA Negotiation Competition Winners

Southwestern Law School wins 2020 ABA Negotiation Competition

February 10, 2020

The Southwestern Law School team of Vanessa Barnett and Tamar Chobanian won the 2020 ABA Negotiation Competition, besting the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law duo of Emilie Alexandra McConnachie and Conner Collins on Feb. 8 at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago.

ABA Mental Health T-Shirts

Buy your ABA LSD Mental Health gear today and support CoLAP

February 04, 2020

Join the ABA Law Student Division and CoLAP in supporting mental health awareness in the legal profession. You can buy a t-shirt or hoodie with our contest-winning design to raise awareness for the mental health of lawyers and law students across the country. Each comes in a variety of colors, and all proceeds benefit the ABA Commission for Legal Assistance Programs.

Texas Tech competitors

Texas Tech wins 2020 ABA Arbitration Competition

January 27, 2020

Texas Tech University School of Law won the 2020 ABA Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 25 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year's topic was Wage and Employment Law. The team of Drake Pamilton, Patricia Cabrera-Sopo, Emily Fouts, Michael Samaniego