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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 January February 2018

Student Lawyer: Becoming tomorrow's legal leader

January 12, 2018

How do you create career opportunities for yourself? One way is to develop leadership skills—and it’s never too early to do that. The January/February 2018 issue of Student Lawyer gets you off the starting square and on your way.

Start now to become tomorrow’s legal leader

January 01, 2018

Leadership is a skill that’s essential to most legal roles. As student now and shortly a new lawyer, you may think you’re not qualified to assume a leadership role today or when you land your first legal job because of youth, inexperience, or your short tenure on the job. However,

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How ABA leadership roles shaped my career

January 01, 2018

You’re busy with school. The bar exam looms, and career choices are pending. You’ve got no time to think about how the American Bar Association fits into your world right now. Maybe you can get to active involvement with the ABA later. I completely understand that mentality. But based on my own experience, it may mean that you’ll miss out on opportunities that could, literally, shape your career.

It started in the Law Student Division

January 01, 2018

It began in 1976 when I was the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division representative for my law school. It—meaning my active involvement in the ABA— has continued for the past 41 years. And it has positively impacted me as an attorney and a person

How to succeed (and have fun) at informational interviews

January 01, 2018

It can be difficult trying to figure out exactly how you want to use your law degree. Do you want to work in the government? For a large firm? A smaller or medium-sized one? A public interest group? Lucky for us, we lawyers have lots of options. One of the best

I Wish I'd Known: Put away your ladder

January 01, 2018

Up until now, you’ve been climbing a ladder. You got good grades in high school, which helped you get into a good college. Then you worked hard in college so you could get into a great law school. Now you’ll be tempted to view law school as just another ladder. You’ll

Law School Nation

Law School Nation: January 2018

January 01, 2018

News from law schools across the country including a new child-abuse prevention program, DACA assistance, an animal law legal clinic, and defending the rights of military veterans in Massachusetts.

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Student Lawyer: The New Lawyer

November 02, 2017

What does the lawyer of the future need to know? It's a lot more than just the law. No matter where you land after graduation, fluency in technology and skills that go beyond the legal field will help you shine. The November/December 2017 issue of Student Lawyer gets you on


Be an asset to your law firm's bottom line from day one

November 02, 2017

Your first job out of law school can be exhilarating and terrifying. You’ll likely be making more money than you ever have before, but the pressure to perform will also be unprecedented. One of the areas where you may find yourself off balance is in dealing with firm finances. Unfortunately, few

Law Practice Division

Why the LPD is the place to be

November 02, 2017

You’ll join the Law Practice Division after you graduate, you say? No need to wait. You’ll benefit in so many ways from participation that starts today.

Student Lawyer: Behind the scenes of 'Marshall'

September 07, 2017

Written by a practicing lawyer, a film analyzes the start of Thurgood Marshall’s career. Here, the movie’s star, Chadwick Boseman, talks about his experience playing the larger-than-life character. Student Lawyer's September October 2017 also visits with Michael Koskoff, the writer of the movie.

Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall

In 'Marshall,' Chadwick Boseman brings the early career of a legal icon to life

September 01, 2017

When was the last time you watched a movie that was both entertaining and edifying to your legal education experience? If your answer is never, have no fear. The movie “Marshall,” released in October 2017, is a biographical film based on the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

ABA Law Student Division Competitions

Why I entered an ABA Law Student Division competition

September 01, 2017

Did you know that the American Bar Association sponsors four skills competitions for students nationwide? For the record, they’re the: Arbitration Competition Client Counseling Competition National Appellate Advocacy Competition Negotiation Competition Also for the record, they’re pretty easy to enter. You’ll need to fill out some forms,

Caylan Dunnells

Arbitration Competition: An invaluable three-year tradition

September 01, 2017

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition was certainly my favorite moot court competition in law school. I competed three consecutive years, during one of which my team won the national title. The first year, I served as a 1L witness, and I genuinely had no idea what to expect. Aside

Client Counseling Competition

Client Counseling Competition: From an excuse to hang out to win after win

September 01, 2017

If you haven’t yet experienced that moment of clarity when you realize you might actually be a great lawyer someday and change people’s lives, then you probably haven’t participated in a law student competition. ABA competitions provide the opportunity to showcase your talent and build your legal resume while having fun—yes,

Mackenzie Drutowski

Negotiation Competition: An opportunity to become a better person

September 01, 2017

I learned about the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition through my negotiation and mediation courses, which I was taking because I wanted to practice corporate law and thought they’d make me a more effective advocate in a transactional setting. I was loving the classes and professors, so when I

Michael Koskoff

Advice from the Inside: How I love practicing law and still pursued my dream

September 01, 2017

I was admitted to the bar in 1966. Since then, I’ve been a trial lawyer—at first criminal defense and later plaintiffs’ malpractice, product liability, and civil rights. Yet, unlikely as it may seem, after 51 years of practice, a movie is about to be released that I co-wrote with my

Law Library

1L Corner: Your law library is way more than just books

September 01, 2017

In today’s modern world, you may be among the law students who believe the law library is a relic of the past, a giant space filled with books you’ll never use. And honestly, that last bit about never using the books may well be true for some of you. But a


Head of the Class: Beating poverty in Africa, one child at a time

September 01, 2017

Imagine that, in addition to the challenges you face in juggling all your law school activities, you find yourself making calls to Kenya at 3 a.m. or having a Skype meeting with Kenyan lawyers between classes. To Stephen Fleischer, a third-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, this is

Law School Nation

Law School Nation: September 2017

September 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country including help for 2016 Louisiana flood victims, new degree programs in Hawaii, and welcoming the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. California A guide to help California’s public charter schools address absences and decreasing parental participation among immigrant families as a result of recent federal policy