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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

Video: Your expertise starts today

November 13, 2015

What will your resume look like in four years' time? Ron Marmer, past chair of the Section of Litigation, says what you do now can help you build your track record — and help define your sphere of expertise on your resume. "Think about how the total resume will look," Marmer says


Interested in arbitration? Ask about this scholarship.

November 11, 2015

The Section of Dispute Resolution is offering a limited number of scholarships to its webinar, Ethical Aspects to Consider While Building an Arbitration Practice, on Dec. 8. Two established arbitrators and two of the country’s leading alternative dispute resolution service providers are going to give practical advice and insights to arbitrators

ABA Legal Career Central

Mark your calendar: Enhance your online presence

November 10, 2015

What is better than free advice? Free advice every month. The ABA Free Career Advice Series is a monthly webinar series that offers practical tips on selected topics — some for seasoned lawyers and others for new lawyers or law students. Coming up Dec. 13, your digital footprint is in the spotlight. 

Mark your Calendar: Power up with Ms. JD

November 09, 2015

Get your early bird tickets to “Superwomen JDs” - Ms. JD's eighth annual Conference on Women in the Law - through Dec. 1. Join other aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in

National Association of Law Students with Disabilities

Meet a group: National Association of Law Students With Disabilities (NALSWD)

November 08, 2015

The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD) is a coalition of law students dedicated to disability advocacy and the achievement of equal access, inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination in legal education and in the legal profession. NALSWD's conference is coming up Nov. 20-21 at the University of Maryland in

Before the Bar Blog guidelines

Blog Guidelines

November 01, 2015

Mission Bringing together a diversity of opinions, experiences, and voices from people associated with the law anywhere in the world (but primarily, the 50 states). The content is targeted to law students, current, past, and future. Size of blog posts