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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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Law School Nation

Law School Nation: November/December 2016

December 01, 2016

News from law schools across the country, including a mobile legal clinic, pro se help in Ohio, an innovation lab to address legal issues, and a certificate in entertainment, media, and sports law.

Student Lawyer Magazine September October 2016

Student Lawyer magazine: September/October 2016

October 03, 2016

In the September/October 2016, we look at the look of the Modern Lawyer – do you have to change your personal style to get hired? We'll also tell you how easy it is to not get hired, introduce you to five rock start student networkers, and bring you up to speed on what happened at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

What not to do

Job hunting: What not to do

September 01, 2016

Hiring managers and partners across the country offer their best tips for avoiding these mistakes they still see way too often.

The Power of Premium Membership

September 01, 2016

Last year, the ABA Law Student Division made a significant change as membership became free for all law students for the first time. This year, we’re offering something even better— a chance to upgrade to Premium for only $25 a year to enjoy exclusive benefits and discounts.

Legal Writing

Don’t believe the rumors about legal writing

September 01, 2016

If you’re a first year student, chances are you’ve already heard rumors about Legal Writing. Every year, news spreads among entering students that the first-year legal writing course is something to be survived, a necessary but dreaded part of your required curriculum. Here are the top three reasons you should ignore the naysayers and embrace your writing course from day one,

Annual Meeting

3 things you missed if you weren’t at annual

September 01, 2016

If you weren’t there to take advantage of the learning, networking, and futurebuilding that happened at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, here are just three things you missed.

Michael Dumas (right) introduces panelists for the TIPS (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section) breakfast at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

5 ways to maximize your ABA membership

September 01, 2016

MIchael Dumas, immediate past vice chair of the ABA Law Student Division, offers his advice on leveraging the more than 60 different practice, interest, and specialty groups to your career's advantage.

Alan Dershowitz

I Wish I'd Known - Alan Dershowitz: Be wary of representing acquaintances

September 01, 2016

Alan M. Dershowitz says: "Although I learned a lot of theory from great professors, law school didn’t prepare me for the rough and tumble of practicing criminal law, particularly defending people accused of some of the most heinous crimes. One thing I didn’t learn, and wish I had, was how to deal with acquaintances or friends who ask for legal help."

Members of the Law Student Division House of Delegates vote on resolutions at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Law Student Division tests new caucuses

September 01, 2016

Now that the Law Student Division has elected to alter its bylaws to cut the circuit governor structure and work more directly through the LSD Assembly, it’s a good time to reflect on the process and the division’s future.

You should understand and embrace legal tech. Here’s why.

March 01, 2016

For law students, becoming proficient in technology tied to the practice of law presents a huge opportunity. You can add value for your employer by leveraging technology to enhance productivity. And in a challenging job market, you can set yourself apart and develop a strong personal brand by demonstrating a meaningful understanding of legal technology.

Catch up on the podcasts you’ve missed, then spread the word

March 01, 2016

Surely you’ve heard that in addition to unveiling a brand new website in the fall, the Law Student Division also launched the ABA Law Student Podcast, produced by Legal Talk Network. Since then, we’ve been recording episodes every month that tackle issues affecting law students, law schools, and recent grads.

Students may soon earn credit, pay for work

March 01, 2016

Interpretation 305-2—which has stopped law students across the country from earning pay and credit for internships or externships they perform—has been severed from Standard 305 and effectively eliminated from the notice and comment sent in January.

Book Review: How to get more out of IRAC

March 01, 2016

It’s easy to feel intimidated by the onslaught of acronyms you hear upon getting to law school: IRAC, CRAC, CREAC, IRARARAC. For new students, these words may as well be the incantations of an ancient mystery cult.

My life as an ABA delegate

March 01, 2016

Get involved, they say! It’ll be good for your career—and it’ll be fun! If you’ve heard that recommendation and been wondering what volunteering for an ABA role might involve, I can offer insights based on my position as a 2015-2016 delegate.

Take it from startups: These tools rock!

March 01, 2016

As a recent law school graduate and startup founder, I can tell you the experiences are surprisingly similar. Both require tremendous amounts of time and work, and both destroy your social life.

10 apps and tools for every student lawyer

March 01, 2016

As a new law school graduate—and someone who’s run startups that included developing apps and software—I have insights into technology others may not necessarily see. Here are 10 wonderful tools and applications I think every law student should use.

The future is bright for cloud storage

March 01, 2016

Cloud storage can make your work life much easier. However, you must properly manage the professionalism challenges cloud storage presents in the legal world. Here’s what you need to know.

Appellate briefs: Law school lessons adapted to the real world

March 01, 2016

Your goal when writing an appellate brief should be to craft a document that the intended audience will want to start reading at the very beginning and not put down until the end. Your audience should feel a sense of understanding and appreciation for how you were able to tie the whole thing together.

Tech tools to simplify legal research and writing

March 01, 2016

If there’s one class law students love to hate, it’s Legal Research and Writing. Although it’s clear LRW is important—arguably it’s the most important class you’ll take as a 1L—the reality is that it can take over your life if you’re not careful.

The art of legal writing: How to find your voice

March 01, 2016

In most law school seminars, the instruction of legal writing usually gets broken down into technical details. However, legal writing—just like every other form of writing—is more art than science. You must learn how to tell a story, appeal to an audience, and—after you’ve gotten the mechanics of analysis down—trust your instincts. Over almost a decade of