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Student Lawyer Student Lawyer magazine provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA Law Student Division members and other subscribers. It is published four times a year by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Student Lawyer is available online to members of the ABA Law Student Division and to print subscribers.

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Student Lawyer: Imagine, Then Build Your Future

April 05, 2022

It's time to construct your legal career—and Student Lawyer's latest issue has some more tools for your toolbox. What's ahead in the future of legal ethics? Can open-source textbooks help defray the costs of law school? How is the pandemic affecting your law student peers? And what do

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Student Lawyer: What is Justice?

January 14, 2022

As Student Lawyer turns 50, we take a look at how law students can pursue justice in their careers. This includes career paths big and small, such as legislative work, public interest, and working in pro bono.

Celebrating 50 Years of Student Lawyer

January 01, 2022

Imagine, as you open your latest copy of Student Lawyer magazine, you begin by reading a discussion of eliminating the LSAT for law school admissions or finally reforming the bar exam. You find concerns about the rising tally of debt faced by law students. Another writer wonders when

The New World of Careers

Student Lawyer: A whole new world for legal careers

December 06, 2021

Today, there’s a greater opportunity than at any point in the last 100 years to reinvent the idea of work—namely, where, when, and how people choose to make a living. The legal profession is no exception. So be prepared to tailor your job applications to new standards, set

Student Lawyer: How to get good grades in law school

October 01, 2021

There's a lot to learn in law school. The September/October 2021 issue of Student Lawyer magazine is here to help you learn how to learn. Our first issue of the school year covers a balanced approach to studying, studying as a group effort, and how to ace legal

The Future of the Legal Profession

Student Lawyer: The future is what you make of it

March 30, 2021

Change is always in the air in the legal profession. How do you position your career to be ready next shift? Our writers look at what's on the horizon in technology, networking, and the bar exam. Plus, we offer advice you should absolutely not listen to. It's all

Law Career Leaders

Change is afoot in the legal field: Here's how you can be ready

March 01, 2021

We’ve got some challenging news for you: What you’re learning today may be out of date in no time at all. You see, the legal world, like the rest of the world, is on a hyper pace of change. Have no fear. Your soon-to-be colleagues

Bad Advice

Go forth without this legal career advice

March 01, 2021

Your future is vast and largely uncharted, and you’ll make many decisions over the next decades as you seek happiness and contentment in your career. You’ll hear gobs of advice as you weave through that process. The key to your success lies in how well you sift through

ABA Annual Meeting

Why I’m glad I engaged with the ABA

March 01, 2021

Not sure why you should dive into ABA activity? These legal professionals explain how their careers have flourished because they jumped in.

Practicing Law With Civility

Student Lawyer: How to lead in your legal career with civility

November 18, 2020

Attorneys hold a unique position in society and have a responsibility to be peacemakers. That starts with practicing with civility. Here’s how to do your part. Learn how to be mindful of others—and be aware of when you're potentially being uncivil—in the latest issue of Student Lawyer magazine.

The Pandemic Issue

Student Lawyer: The Pandemic Issue

September 24, 2020

Unlike the popular perception, lawyers have always been willing to help others. The pandemic is just the latest example. This issue of Student Lawyer Magazine looks at the summer of change for all its beauty.

Student Lawyer: The Law Student Evolution Issue

April 01, 2020

Ever feel like you’re going to forget something important while you’re immersed in law school? No worries. Student Lawyer has rounded up a handy guide of to-dos—things to not forget as you evolve from a law student to a lawyer. There's lots to accomplish from 1L to 2L

Path to Law

Student Lawyer: There are many paths to the career you'll love

January 02, 2020

It can be incredibly isolating to feel like your experience is dramatically different from that of everybody else around you and that few others will understand where you come from. That can feel especially true in law school, where the vast majority of students are young, single, child-free

The Pro Bono Issue

Finding the pro bono path that's right for you: Student Lawyer Magazine

November 14, 2019

Find out how the ABA is helping immigrant families get due process at the border and survivors of natural disasters recover through the YLD's Disaster Legal Services program. Plus, students tell their pro bono stories and offer their advice on how you can begin making your own legal

Words to live by: The Advice Issue of Student Lawyer

October 01, 2019

Lawyers and law students come together in this issue to help you become the lawyer you’ve always dreamed you’d be. Lawyers reveal the best advice they’ve received from their colleagues

MeToo

Student Lawyer: The #MeToo Issue

March 28, 2019

#MeToo is perhaps the most complex topic we’ve covered in Student Lawyer, but it’s also arguably one of the most important. This issue of Student Lawyer lays down the law on office behavior, combating bias, finding those willing to help, and working to stem sex trafficking.

Student Lawyer: The Justice For All issue

January 31, 2019

On the heels of the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, Americans have demonstrated an ideological shift in the way previously-incarcerated individuals are treated, as well as a reevaluation of which activities constitute a crime. This issue of Student Lawyer examines how Americans are reevaluating what justice means in

Public-Interest

Law students speak: Why I do public interest work

January 01, 2019

Nine students who’ve devoted part of their law school career to public interest opportunities explain why they chose the path they’ve taken, along with the most satisfying—and most challenging—aspects of their efforts.

Law Student Division Council

Meet your national law student leaders

November 01, 2018

Last issue, we mentioned that the ABA’s Law Student Division Council comprises seven law students with distinct positions. We introduced you to the education director last issue, and this month, we want you to meet seven other students who have your back when it comes to ABA policies and programs.

Law School Nation

Law School Nation: March 2018

March 01, 2018

News from law schools across the country including a legal incubator program, the business of recreational marijuana, Standing Rock Legal Connect, and a scholarship offer.