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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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2017 NAAC

National Appellate Advocacy Competition: A chance to compete with the best

August 22, 2017

I was a 1L when I first heard about the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. It was right before finals in 2016, and I remember receiving an email from our school telling us that St. Mary’s had won the championship. I remember thinking how incredible a feat

Undocumented Immigrants

Student Lawyer: Achieving Justice for All of Today’s Diverse Students

March 27, 2017

Imagine getting into, paying for, and succeeding in law school—and then not being permitted to practice. That’s the risk for students who aren’t U.S. citizens. Student Lawyer's March April May 2017 issue starts with their stories. Uncertain future awaits undocumented

Moving Mountains

Success: It’s all in your head

March 01, 2017

Everyone goes through periods of self-doubt, even the most successful people, according to the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, Roberta Liebenberg. “Everyone has these moments where they feel like they’re an impostor, that someone’s going to find out that they’re actually not

Law School Energy

E = LS2 (Energy = Law School Success)

March 01, 2017

You might think it’s your writing or speaking skills that will shape your law school career. They will. But your energy is even more important to your law school destiny. Many things will play into your law school success. But above all traditional skills, your energy will define your law school


Advice from the Inside: How I got a U.N. internship

March 01, 2017

The summer of 2016 is one I’ll never forget. As a law student, I was privileged to be afforded the opportunity to work at my dream job, while also getting to travel Europe – and I have some advice on how you can land a similar opportunity. Over the summer, I

Summer Internship

No internship? What to do with your 1L summer

March 01, 2017

Getting an internship is generally the first option when it comes to how to spend the summer after your first year. But what if you haven’t been successful in securing one? Here’s my recommendation: Go abroad! There are many summer abroad programs offered by various law schools. I happen to direct

The ABA Family

Why the ABA matters to graduating 3Ls

March 01, 2017

Dear Graduating 3Ls, Congratulations on reaching and being really close to wrapping up this final semester of law school. Besides passing your final exams and making sure you cross that stage on graduation day, your top priority is (and should definitely be) getting ready for (and passing) the bar exam. Everyone

ABA Annual Meeting

ABA Annual: Why I’ll be in New York in August

March 01, 2017

The ABA’s Annual Meeting — mark your calendar for Aug. 10-15, 2017 in New York City — is a must-do for students who’d like to engage in really meaningful and productive discussions that are important to every law student in the United States. Here’s what just a few of your

Law School Nation

Law School Nation - March April May 2017

March 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country, including an opportunity to study and work for a semester in Olympia, Wash., represent underrepresented individuals, help homeowners recover from floods in Louisiana, participate in a New York diversity and inclusion program, take a new course in the Coastal Law Field Lab and

Student Lawyer: Breaking the Legal Career Mold

January 18, 2017

Student Lawyer magazine begins 2017 with a slate of articles on how to do things differently in your legal career. Here's what you'll find in the January/February 2017 issue. How to resist the allure of a traditional practice Let those who’ve taken

Student Lawyer 2016

Student Lawyer magazine's top stories of 2016

January 04, 2017

Yesterday, we covered the top posts that started here on Student Lawyer. Today we're going to look at the Law Student Division's publication, Student Lawyer magazine. Our online archives of the mag took the long journey across a few USB drives to reside here, and they date back to 2010. Many of

Mark Geragos

I Wish I'd Known: Mark Geragos

January 01, 2017

Mark Geragos: "My experience shouldn’t simply demonstrate that it’s possible. It should also demonstrate that there’s a higher calling in this practice."


Be brave: Take this personal challenge

January 01, 2017

I’m proud to welcome you to this issue, which provides invaluable information about what you can do with your degree while going off the beaten path.

Cincinnati Summit

Going solo: My first division meeting experience

January 01, 2017

I was in a car on my way to the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and I wondered what I was doing. I live in San Diego. What was I doing in Cincinnati? The short answer is that I was attending an ABA meeting for the General Practice, Solo

Free Money

Tuition discounts: The price of free money

January 01, 2017

Law schools are giving away more money to students than ever before. But that’s not necessarily good news for you today or for tomorrow’s law students. Here’s why. Most law students receive some form of financial aid. In 2015, PreLaw Magazine calculated that the average tuition discount for law school was

Law School Nation January 2017

Law School Nation - January 2017

January 01, 2017

News from law schools across the country, including a grant for a domestic violence position, a website targeting the access to justice gap, a new entrepreneurial program, a cybersecurity opportunity, and two new initiatives to combat sex trafficking.


Want a successful legal career? Be nice

December 01, 2016

You can zealously represent your clients without being a schmuck, and lawyers promise your career and your clients will be the beneficiaries.


What to know about your first summer internship

December 01, 2016

The 1L summer internship is the capstone to the first year of law school. You can finally get out of the classroom and put what you’ve learned to use in actual legal practice.


It’s okay to get nervous

December 01, 2016

Here's how to turn your nerves into a strength, not a weakness that keeps you from continually challenging yourself.

Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred: Follow your instincts from the start

December 01, 2016

I Wish I'd Known By GLORIA ALLRED. Throughout my legal career I’ve taken what I’d call educated risks and followed my instincts. If I hadn’t done that, my life would have been very different. Early in my career, Judge Arthur Alarcon, for whom I clerked in law school, told me, “Gloria, you shouldn’t

DREAM Initiative

LSD dares to DREAM with Initiative

December 01, 2016

By KAREEM AREF This year, the ABA Law Student Division is raising the bar and working toward the law student dream. At the 2016 ABA Annual meeting in August, LSD leaders created a plan to make strides in five essential policy areas for law students across the nation. Coined the DREAM Initiative,