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Kareem Aref

Presenting our 2016-2017 Board of Governors

March 14, 2016

The Law Student Division is pleased to announce its incoming Board of Governors. Chair-Elect Kareem Aref University of California - Davis School of Law Vice Chair - Elect Marcus Sandifer Emory University School of Law Law Student Representative to the Board of Governors-Elect John Louros New York Law School Secretary-Treasurer-Elect Eun Hyung "Thomas" Kim Arizona State University - Sandra Day O’Connor College

Mental Health Day 2016

Ending the stigma: Mental Health Day 2016

March 11, 2016

The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28, 2016 as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country, and will be getting the word out to break the social stigma many still face when it comes to discussing mental health. To help address mental health and

Window of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity

March 10, 2016

Before the Blog gets a lot of news on events, openings, and competitions. We'll be keeping you up to date with some of them in occasional roundups. Here is our first installment of Windows of Opportunity.


Special invitation for students to ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago

March 09, 2016

Here is a special invitation for law students from Steve Best, Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Committee: Back in 1986, when the very first ABA TECHSHOW took place, we were using this great new technology called fax machines. Now, we’re using little "know-it-all" handheld devices called smartphones

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One more week to apply to become a liaison!

March 08, 2016

If you want to network, the ABA Law Student Division's liaison program is the way to do it. A liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity. Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison

Marcus Sandifer, Madison Burke, Carol Rugh

The Docket: Circuit meetings on tap

February 19, 2016

February brings a flurry of activity to the ABA. It started with the Midyear Meeting in San Diego. Now it's time for the Law Student Division's 15 circuits to hold their gatherings. Here's a roundup of what you can find in your area: 1st Circuit: When: February 27 at 11 a.m. Where: Suffolk University,


It's our awards season, too

February 19, 2016

Last week, it was the Grammys. In two Sundays, it's the Oscars' turn. It's not just the stars' turn for award season, though – we'd like to hand out some hardware as well. It's time for you to tell us who the Law Student Division should honor for the 2015-2016 year. Each

Legal Career Quiz

What kind of lawyer will you be? Take the Legal Career Quiz

February 18, 2016

Some attorneys knew what kind of law they want to practice long before law school. Others may be well into their career and still trying to figure it all out. For the latter, we've got a new tool for you. ABA Legal Career Central has teamed up with

Uniform Bar Exam

Update: List of UBE states grows to 20

February 17, 2016

Yesterday, Vermont joined the states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam! That brings the total to 20 states that have signed on to the UBE.

Uniform Bar Exam

Watch: ABA adopts Uniform Bar Examination resolution

February 12, 2016

In this video from the ABA Midyear Meeting, ABA delegates to the House of Delegates debated Resolution 109, which urges bar admission authorities in each state and territory to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination in their respective jurisdictions.

The 2016 Negotiation Competition: Final results

The 2016 Negotiation Competition: Final results

February 09, 2016

The final rounds of the 2015-2016 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition were held Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 in San Diego during the ABA's Midyear Meeting. The winners were the team of Mackenzie Drutowski and Jeffrey Wysong of Northwestern University School of Law (pictured at top). More photos are available

Sun sets on another ABA Midyear Meeting

Sun sets on another ABA Midyear Meeting

February 09, 2016

We're back from San Diego, where the American Bar Association went to catch some sun and do some business at the 2016 Midyear Meeting. And since most students just aren't able to make it, here's a recap of what happened. Resolution 109 passed at the House of Delegates on Monday! That's

Student Debt Webinar

Webinar recap: 'Paying Down Your Law School Debt'

February 02, 2016

On Jan. 25, the ABA Young Lawyers Division presented “Best Practices for Paying Down Your Law School Debt,” a webinar co-sponsored by DRB Student Loan. If you missed it, now you can catch the recap and PowerPoint slides on YouTube.   The details The average attorney graduates with $100,000 in student loan

A bit of midyear music: Catch up with Paula Boggs in San Diego

A bit of midyear music: Catch up with Paula Boggs in San Diego

February 01, 2016

You may have seen our testimonials on our homepage. One of them comes from Paula Boggs, the retired executive vice president and general counsel of Starbucks Coffee Company. We're glad to feature her reasons for being an ABA member. And we're also excited to catch her show this week in San Diego,

February starts with a full calendar this week

February starts with a full calendar this week

February 01, 2016

February brings us a host of special days. We put our meteorological hopes for an early spring in a rodent on Groundhog Day tomorrow. National African American History Month gets an extra day with Leap Year upon us. And while you might be gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday, the

Arbitration Competition: The 2015-2016 winners

Arbitration Competition: The 2015-2016 winners

January 28, 2016

On Jan. 22 and 23, the regional champions in the 2015-2016 ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition gathered in Chicago to battle it out and crown the overall winner. This year's topic was data security breach. Here are the results: First Place: Mississippi College School of Law Caylan Dunnells Ira Rushing Matt Walton Ed

Webinar recap: Demystifying federal clerkships II

Webinar recap: Demystifying Federal Clerkships II

January 27, 2016

Earlier today, the Law Student Division and the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges held its second webinar in a series on judicial clerkships. This installment was titled “Demystifying Federal Clerkships Part II: Specialty Courts.” These are opportunities beyond the U.S. District Courts

Uniform Bar Exam

Uniform Bar Exam: 19 and counting

January 25, 2016

This month when Student Lawyer magazine came out, Christopher Jennison mentioned that 17 states had adopted the Uniform Bar Exam. We're happy to report that number is already out of date – it's up to 19 now. Last week, South Carolina announced that in February 2017, it would begin administering

Katy Goshtasbi

Leadership profile: Katy Goshtasbi of the Law Practice Division

January 21, 2016

Katy Goshtasbi is the secretary of the ABA’s Law Practice Division. She talked with Peggy Liu, ABA Law Student Division delegate and liaison to the division, about her experience and role. Q: How did you decide on pursuing law as a career?  A: I always wanted to be a securities lawyer because (1)

John Cartafalsa

Testimonial: Why you should be a NAAC judge

January 12, 2016

The Law Student Division is currently seeking judges for its four competitions, including for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The regional rounds will be held in Boston, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., so there might be a regional not far from where you are. 

Get on board our Board of Governors

Hangout recap: Becoming a law student leader

January 11, 2016

Earlier today, Jordan Glasgow, 8th Circuit governor and elections chair, led a Google Hangout on our upcoming elections. The panel talked about the leadership positions that are available in the ABA Law Student Division. Applications for these positions are due Jan. 15. On the panel with information about our

Learn more about becoming a Law Student Division leader

Learn more about becoming a Law Student Division leader

January 06, 2016

Last month, we told you about joining our Board of Governors for the 2016-2017 year. The Jan. 15 deadline is fast approaching to get your application in for chair, vice-chair, secretary-treasurer, rep to the ABA's Board of Governors, Student Lawyer student editor, or one of our 15 circuit governorships. Still

January Student Debt Webinar

Webinar: Get a handle on your student loan debt

January 04, 2016

Getting to a better place financially is a common New Year's resolution. So the ABA Young Lawyers Division is going to get your 2016 off to a good start on that front with a webinar later this month. "Best Practices for Paying Down Your Law School Debt" takes place

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

December 22, 2015

With lower starting salaries and higher tuition rates, today’s law students face tough decisions when it comes to financing their education. In addition to school rank, employment rates, and average starting salaries, future lawyers need to be aware of loan terminology and how it affects their future ability to pay. But