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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 We're happy to report that number is already out of date – it's up to 19 now.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

Find out more about clerkships with this January webinar

Find out more about clerkships with this January webinar

December 22, 2015

Last month, the Law Student Division and the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges joined to present the “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” webinar. In January, we'll continue answering questions with a second webinar about specialty courts. These are opportunities beyond the U.S. District

Podcast: Graham - 'a law license is an incredible thing to have'

Podcast: Graham - 'a law license is an incredible thing to have'

December 21, 2015

In July, the Law Student Podcast sat down with Sen. Lindsey Graham, who suspended his campaign for the Republican party presidential nomination today. He talked with hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke about his background and his thoughts on several topics in the law. Here's a

Get on board our Board of Governors

Get on board our Board of Governors

December 18, 2015

It's that time of year when we start looking toward the 2016-2017 school year. And that means we're looking for the next set of leaders for the Law Student Division. Do you want to lead, advocate, and shape policy on a national scale? Feel like networking with prominent attorneys and law

How many shopping days until law school? This data will help.

How many shopping days until law school? This data will help.

December 17, 2015

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles once told the world that you better shop around. The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar agrees and has provided information on law schools in 11 categories through its database of required disclosures to help students choose the school they

30 Tips: Bar Prep

30 Tips in 30 Minutes: Bar Exam Prep

December 16, 2015

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get into condition to achieve your best performance. Check out these tips from BARBRI President Mike Sims and new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams. This webinar is brought to you by ABA’s

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

December 15, 2015

Think what happens in law school stays in law school? Think again! In this MP3 audio presentation, Hear Rachel Dawson — an experienced law school career counselor and then-associate director at the ABA Section of Litigation who ultimately served as director of the Young Lawyers Division — shared her savvy advice on how to

Podcast: Which practice specialty ABA groups should you join?

Podcast: Which practice specialty ABA groups should you join?

December 14, 2015

The American Bar Association Law Student Division is free, and its members have the opportunity to join five additional ABA practice specialty groups. But with 64 ABA groups to choose from, which is the best entity for each law student’s career path? In this episode of The Law Student Podcast, Fabiani

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Meet a group: Intellectual Property Law

December 11, 2015

And by "meet the Section on Intellectual Property Law," we mean that literally. The section is looking for law student reporters for its 31st annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Bethesda, Md., from April 6-8. Their program allows law students to interact with and learn from IP practitioners

Tom Bolt

Leadership profile: Tom Bolt, chair of the ABA Law Practice Division

December 10, 2015

Tom Bolt is the chair of 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. How did you decide on pursuing law as a career?  I grew up in the family law firm.  I

Practicing yoga

Chat wrap: #Fit2Practice, Dec. 9

December 10, 2015

The ABA Young Lawyers Division hosted its second chat with Christie Miller of Eat, Train, Win yesterday. Missed it? Here's a quick recap of advice and tips on staying fit in the legal field. Miller answered questions on staying in shape, mentally and physically, as a lawyer or law student. Look for

Fit2Practice and Brown Bag event

There's a lot you could learn today - for free!

December 09, 2015

If you've got an hour — or three — today, you could learn quite a lot. And you've got three ways to do it. The #Fit2Practice Chat The ABA Young Lawyers Division is hosting its latest Twitter chat, #Fit2Practice, at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Christie Miller of Eat, Train, Win will answer

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

You could be one of the stars of the Grammys

December 08, 2015

Justin Timberlake (pictured) might not be taking your photo at the Grammy Awards. Or maybe he could if you win this year's 8th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Recapping the week from Legal Career Central

Recapping the week from Legal Career Central

December 07, 2015

The week after Thanksgiving is generally a busy one, and it certainly was over at ABA Legal Career Central! Check out what happened this week below and register for next week’s free webinar, Enhancing Your Online Career Presence, with Harvard University’s Mark Weber, legal hiring expert Amanda Ellis and

FASPE Summer Fellowship

Act fast for FASPE's 2016 summer fellowship

December 07, 2015

Here's an opportunity for law students to travel to Europe to learn about legal ethics through the lens of the Holocaust. FASPE Law — Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics — is now accepting applications for its 2016 summer fellowship in law and ethics. With the

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Contest alert! Show us your business law writing skills

December 04, 2015

Canada is lovely in April. Or so we've heard. If you have an interest in business law, your expertise and writing skills could get you there courtesy of the ABA's Business Law Section. Enter the 30th Annual Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest for a chance to win up to $2,500 and

Webinar: Demystifying judicial clerkships

Webinar: Demystifying judicial clerkships

December 02, 2015

Securing and preparing for a federal clerkship can be a daunting task for even the best law students. How do you stand out in the application stacks?  What are judges looking for in applicants?  What should you expect during an interview? Should you being taking a specific class? "Demystifying the Judicial

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

TIPS for beginning your law career

November 24, 2015

Here's a free resource for you: The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Law Section (TIPS) has an archive of podcasts, teleconferences, audio webinars, and videos dating back to 2010. And one of the more recent ones is essential listening for law students. In August, TIPS assembled a

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

November 23, 2015

If you are in or plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive was intended to attract and keep employees in public sector positions such as district attorney or public defender by offering student loan forgiveness following