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Patent Office

Understanding the patent landscape: An inside look

August 16, 2019

A patent is a type of intellectual property which protects any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A claim cannot be patented if it was previously “patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on

What can you do with your diploma

What can you do with your law degree? (podcast)

August 14, 2019

Many law students are motivated by the desire to make a difference, but how can they hone in on opportunities that align with their personal and professional goals? Host Ashley Baker talks to Gaylynn Burroughs about her work at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human

Johnnie Nguyen

Meet the incoming Law Student Division Council

August 06, 2019

As the Law Student Division heads into annual meeting, our new council wants to say hello. Here's a brief bio of the our incoming law student leaders. Chair-Elect Johnnie NguyenUniversity of Colorado School of Law Hello! My name

CareerForward

Rev up your legal job search with ABA Career Forward

August 02, 2019

As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we've got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward, 

Florida State College of Law

The envelopes please: Announcing the 2019 Law Student Division Awards

July 29, 2019

The ABA Law Student Division is proud to announce the winners of the yearly Law Student Division Awards. Congratulations to this year's winners, who will be recognized at our ABA Annual Meeting awards breakfast held in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division on

What law students can get out of Annual Meeting

July 17, 2019

As a law student, you may not have attended an ABA event before. The 2019 Annual Meeting, August 8-10, is a perfect place to get to know the ABA while still taking part in programming that is specific to your goals and interests.

Debbie Harry

Blondie—shaping the landscape of music from CBGB to the DMCA

July 08, 2019

It’s crazy to think that there was once a world before music technology as we know it. But long before there was iTunes and iPods, there were portable CD players and the Sony Walkman. I remember my first Walkman. My Dad bought it for me for my

New York

Albany vs. Buffalo: How to choose a site for the NY bar exam

July 02, 2019

Should you take the bar exam in Albany or in Buffalo? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Because costs for ride-share companies and meals do not differ substantially from one location to another, we will focus here on the differences in travel, housing, and testing rooms each

Selfie

Don’t miss your shot when setting up the perfect selfie

June 28, 2019

In 2013, “selfie” was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year. The dictionary defined selfie as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

How I took a moot court hypothetical to a law review article

June 27, 2019

I was introduced to appellate advocacy through my law school's first year oral advocacy competition. Prior to beginning Syracuse University College of Law, I was largely unfamiliar with "appellate advocacy." I went to law school to be a litigator and was eager to participate in any type of

Guardian ad Litem

The role of a guardian ad litem in a child-centered divorce

June 20, 2019

What children experience in the legal system is something law students often do not personally understand from first-hand experience. Within family law, children often become exposed to the legal system⁠—whether they like it or not. Children who are placed in foster homes, adopted, or attend youth court experience

Juneteenth

Why every law student should know the importance of Juneteenth

June 19, 2019

“What is Juneteenth?” Well, Juneteenth (June 19th) is the one of the oldest recognized celebrations of the ending of the institution of slavery within the United States. It commemorates when federal troops marched down through the south, specifically to Texas, to notify slaves

The belief system: How to do anything you want

June 18, 2019

Have you ever had an instance where you texted your significant other on an early afternoon asking what he or she wanted to eat for dinner? And then, crickets. Let’s call your significant other “Jamie.” You think to yourself, “This is odd. I am totally not a control

Summer Reading

Summer syllabus: Books to read before starting law school

June 12, 2019

Soon-to-be law students, this is your summer reading list. Okay, you don’t need to read all these books—with 30+ books, they’re probably too many for one summer anyway! But they are helpful, inspiring, and empowering picks all law students might consider.

Hilarie Bass

Former ABA President Hilarie Bass talks pro bono, wellness (podcast)

June 10, 2019

In this edition of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kris Butler sits down with Hilarie Bass to discuss her career highlights and advice for today’s law students. Together, they explore her chosen path and what led her to become president of the American Bar Association.

Bar Exam

Empire Prep: Tips for choosing between handwriting and typing the bar exam

June 06, 2019

Should you handwrite or type the Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs) and Multistate Essay Exams (MEEs) portions of the bar exam? Do the bar examiners grade the handwritten essays differently from typed essays? Maybe I can’t answer that second question for you, since grading can be

Mirror

Fragility or courage? The state of law students today

June 04, 2019

I had a conversation earlier this month with a former director of a state bar Lawyers Assistance Program. This person shared that during regular meetings with the LAP, administrators at law schools in the state often complained, “Students today are just so fragile.” But

Journal Notes

Journal write-on made simple—7 tips to keep in mind

May 23, 2019

For law students aspiring to be on a journal, the satisfaction of finishing 1L year is short-lived. Write-on is just around the corner. As soon as you’re about to regain your life and your sanity, the 3L board members hand you a packet and a deadline.