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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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Law Student Podcast

Podcast: Law School and Depression

April 20, 2016

Fact: 20% of lawyers suffer from depression, more than double that of the general population. Beyond that, 60,000 law students suffer from depression by the end of their second year. What resources are available for lawyers who find themselves battling the rigors of the profession and the struggles of depression? In

Growth Mindset Webinar

Webinar recap: Making The Grade With Growth Mindsets

April 15, 2016

The pressure of law school can make many law students feel so exhausted and uncertain that, regardless of how well they do academically, they still feel like failures or impostors. One way that science has found to enhance resilience is through the “growth mindset” framework. Research has linked the growth mindset

Uniform Bar Exam

#UBEWatch: Jersey Shore edition

April 14, 2016

Our resident Uniform Bar Exam watch correspondent Chris Jennison informs us today that New Jersey will join the list of states accepting the test starting next February.

Tom Grella

Leadership Profile: Tom Grella

April 14, 2016

Tom Grella is a House of Governors delegate from the ABA’s Law Practice Division. He talked with Peggy Liu, ABA Law Student Division delegate and liaison to the division, about his experience and role. Q: How did you decide on pursuing law as a career?  A: I was actually studying to

2016 NAAC Champions

2015-2016 National Appellate Advocacy Competition results

April 13, 2016

The finals of the 2015-2016 ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition were held at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago from April 7-9, 2016. Here are the winners of the team and individual awards. Photos can be found on our Facebook page. National Champion St. Mary's

Law School Nation 04-08-16

Law School Nation

April 08, 2016

The Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation is taking applications for its 41st scholarships. This opportunity is open to full-time and part-time law students in their second, third, or fourth year who attend an accredited law school and intend on practicing law in the Southern California area. The scholarship is available

ABA Forum on Communications Law

The Force is strong with the Forum on Communications Law

April 08, 2016

It may not seem like a long time ago, nor did it first happen in a galaxy far, far away, but the ABA Forum on Communications started its Representing Your Local Broadcaster event 35 years ago. The 35th celebration, which takes place on the desert planet that is Las Vegas

ABA ROLI

Meet an ABA group: ABA ROLI

April 07, 2016

Did you know that the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is making an impact worldwide? ABA ROLI has been working worked in more than 100 countries for the past 25 years with a presence in five regions – Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; Latin America and

Law Student Podcast

Podcast: The intersection of law and social science

April 06, 2016

Have you ever wondered how many lawyers continue to practice after acquiring their Juris Doctor Degree? Perhaps you’ve pondered how your legal knowledge can be applied to different types of public work or social activism. This episode attempts to answer these questions with American Bar Foundation director Ajay K. Mehrotra.

Glenna Morgan and Kellan Potts

Albany Law duo takes Client Counseling title

April 05, 2016

Last weekend, the finals of the ABA Law Student Division's Client Counseling Competition took place at Baylor Law School in Waco, Tex. This year's topic was criminal law and procedure.

President Barack Obama

ABA's Brown: 'Supreme Court needs a full complement of justices'

April 04, 2016

President Barack Obama is going back to law school this week – at least to the University of Chicago Law School, where he will push for the U.S. Senate to confirm his nominee, appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Last month, ABA

Law School Nation 04-01-16

Law School Nation

April 01, 2016

A quick roundup of upcoming events going on across the country: • The Law Student Division is co-sponsoring the ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries International Legal Symposium at the University of Miami on  April 7 and April 8. The event includes a law student career counseling and mentoring breakfast and

Mindfulness Meditation

Webinar: Learn about 'Mindfulness Meditation'

March 31, 2016

Watch the video of our latest Google Hangout, "Mindfulness Meditation: Managing Stress and Shifting from Surviving to Thriving." The host, Cory Muscara of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness, shared the evidence-based practice of mindfulness meditation. Here's the event's summary: Lawyers rank among the most anxious, depressed, and suicidal professional. It is essential that they

Mental Health

SlideShare: Mental Health in Law School

March 29, 2016

For its last circuit meeting, the 15th Circuit prepared this set of slides on mental health for law students. The information comes from the ABA Law Student Division, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), and the Dave Nee Foundation. It was created by Annie

Liaison - Dictionary

Mental Health Day: Two opportunities to make an impact

March 29, 2016

So you've been following our Mental Health Day content for the past two days. Now you think it's time for you to make a difference. Well, we've got two great opportunities for you to get involved through the Law Student Division.

Student Lawyer March 2016

Student Lawyer: The Tech Issue

March 25, 2016

The latest edition of Student Lawyer is out today – and it's all about the latest technology you need to know and the apps you'll use in your education and career. Watch for your copy by mail or check out the online versions of the information. You should understand and embrace

10 Questions Live

Do Supreme Court clerks beget clerks? Ask Beth Heifetz live!

March 23, 2016

10 Questions LIVE is the ABA’s monthly Google Hangout On Air with innovative lawyers who have developed practices off the beaten path. This month, tune in to learn how mentoring drives the country’s top judicial clerk recruiter, Beth Heifetz on Friday, March 25. Register today and submit your

SciTech Internet of Things

Take part in SciTech's Internet of Things at a special rate

March 23, 2016

The ABA Section of Science  & Technology Law is hosting a first of its kind Internet of Things National Institute at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. starting a week from today on March 30 and 31. The best thing about it: There’s a $49 student rate! This program in this

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

Podcast: Shaping Your Career Path with David Lat

March 17, 2016

As the law becomes ever more complex and the legal market continues to shift and grow, entering the workforce can be incredibly intimidating to a current student or recent grad. Sifting through the options and finding the career path that is right for you can sometimes feel daunting for even

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.

ABA TECHSHOW 2016

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