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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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Lemonade Stand

Lawyer Moms of America taking a (lemonade) stand for immigrant families

July 26, 2018

Last month, Before the Bar wrote about ways law students can volunteer to help organizations immigrants at the southern border. This weekend, you may see another group of people on the corner taking action as Lawyer Moms of America sponsors the Kids Take a Stand event on Saturday, July 28.

2018 Annual

2018 Annual Meeting: A magnificent mile of things to do

July 25, 2018

It won't be long before one of our favorite times of the year, as we welcome more than 200 law students to Chicago for the ABA's Annual Meeting, starting August 2 and running through August 7. We know most of you will only be around through Sunday, August 5 – so we want to help you make the most of your time in town.

OCI

How do you ace OCI? The experts help you prep for on-campus interviews

July 19, 2018

Are you getting ready for on-campus interviews? Nervous about how you'll do? To help you get ready for OCI, lawyers from both sides of the interview table shared their advice on the interview process and how to land the “call-back” in this webinar. https://youtu.be/7TZi7HjVqxE Speakers: Tiffany J. deGruy, Partner, Bradley, Birmingham, AL

Immigrants

Letter: ABA opposes separation of children, parents at the border

June 20, 2018

American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing the association’s strong opposition to recent actions by the Department of Justice and DHS that have resulted in a drastic increase in the separation of children from their parents when arriving at the southern border.

Special Education

Diary of a part-time special education lawyer (podcast)

June 08, 2018

Being a lawyer can sometimes seem like an all-consuming profession, but for lawyers with external responsibilities, part-time practice is a good option. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to Melissa Waugh about her experience as a mother to hyphenated kids and a part-time lawyer specializing in

Bar Exam

Need help with bar exam prep? Give us 30 Minutes.

May 31, 2018

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams will share tips on: • Study Schedule • Mindset and Attitude • Practice Tests • Exam Week • Exam Day https://youtu.be/ibON7QpQfoc   Note for

Survey

Help NALP, Center for Women in Law with this survey on career opportunities

May 30, 2018

NALP Foundation and the Center for Women in Law’s are looking for law students to participate in their latest research study that explores how career opportunities are shaped in law school. The survey addresses such topics as networking opportunities, departmental guidance, and study groups. The study seeks to determine whether there

Stetson Competitions Champion

Meet the first-ever ABA Competitions Champion: Stetson University College of Law

May 23, 2018

The NCAA has its March Madness and its BCS National Championship. Now, for the first time, the American Bar Association has tallied the results from its four practical skills competitions for law students – and it's time to announce the first-ever ABA Competitions Champion. A total of 1,300 students at 156

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Documenting an icon: Talking with the makers of the RBG documentary

April 25, 2018

Betsy West and Julie Cohen discuss their movie, the documentary RBG, as well as what makes the film unique, why they chose the subject, and what makes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg worthy of her own documentary in this episode of the Law Student Podcast.

Uniform Bar Exam

The UBE, from sea to shining Tennessee

April 18, 2018

The moment #UBEWatch has been waiting for has arrived (well, one of them anyway). The Uniform Bar Exam now stretches from coast to coast! And we have Tennessee to thank for it. Today, Tennessee volunteered its entry as the 29th state accepting the UBE. That connects North Carolina

University of Oklahoma College of Law

NAAC champs: Oklahoma wins 2018 National Appellate Advocacy Competition

April 10, 2018

Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma College of Law team of Johanna Roberts, Jennifer Hartsell Puckett, and Colby Byrd, champions of the 2017-2018 National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The final rounds were held from April 5-7 in Washington, D.C. Photos from the competition are available on the ABA for Law Students Facebook page:

Full Weight of the Law

Learn how to deal with the Full Weight of the Law, starting in law school

March 27, 2018

Law students and lawyers experience much higher rates of depression, anxiety, stress, and alcoholism than the general public. These problems usually start, or escalate, in law school.  Drs. Jeff Fortgang and Shawn Healy, two psychologists with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Massachusetts, examined the various contributing factors, ways of recognizing distress, and suggestions for getting help and staying healthy in "The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression."

Twitter-Wellness

Join us for a Twitter chat on Law Student Wellness on Mental Health Day

March 26, 2018

Students face countless issues and stressors as they transition both into law school and ultimately from law school into the profession. Some students will seek assistance when issues and pressures mount, while others will attempt to go it alone. In recognition of National Mental Health Day for law schools, this

March-for-our-Lives

Meet up with law students at March for Our Lives

March 23, 2018

Planning to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday? So are other law students. They will be meeting at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 4th Street at 11:30 a.m. You can sign up that you're coming via Facebook.

Negeen and Matthew

Meet your next ABA Law Student Division officers: Chair, BOG rep

March 23, 2018

The votes have been counted, and the law schools have spoken. Now, we'd like to introduce you to the next Chair, Negeen Sadeghi-Mohaved, and the next Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors for the ABA Law Student Division, Matthew Wallace.

Mental Health Podcast

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School – a Law Student Podcast

March 19, 2018

It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. But, because wellness helps with success, students are taking action to change how law schools approach this subject. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Caitlin Peterson talks to