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Foster Boy

Chicago attorney examines for-profit foster system in 'Foster Boy'

January 16, 2020

Chicago attorney and playwright Jay Paul Deratany was already a successful practitioner of the law when the case came across his desk.  Something was different about it.  It involved a woman who’d brought a 15- year-old-boy into her home

Get Organized

5 basic things 3Ls should be considering and doing to get a job

January 14, 2020

It is n­­ever too early to start your job search. As soon as you finish your last 2L class, you should be thinking about finding a job. Assuming you took the time in your first and second years of law school to polish your resume, writing sample(s), and

Networking

13 best practices for attending networking events

January 10, 2020

As you begin to get your 2020 calendar of events lined up, it’s time to think seriously about how to make the most of the opportunities that you have, so that you’re best leveraging your limited time. Here are some quick tips for making the most out of your attendance!

Indiana Bar Exam

Who's your next UBE adopter? Possibly the Hoosier State

January 08, 2020

As the calendar turns to 2020, the ABA Law Student Division was waiting for a sign, any sign, that indicated one of the remaining 16 holdout states would consider adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. It's been 8 months since last we heard from a jurisdiction

Your GPS to summer bar success

January 01, 2020

Intensive bar preparation is a “long, strange trip” (apologies to the Grateful Dead). You need your Bar Success GPS—something you don’t want to be frantically pulling together in June and July. Start early. Start now.

Recruiting

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I hire a legal recruiter?

December 20, 2019

Q: How do I find a legal recruiter I can hire to help me find a job after I graduate and pass the bar? A: Congratulations on nearing the finish line for law school! And congratulations on thinking ahead about your job search. As you’re already seeing, earning

Finals don’t finalize who we are: Let’s re-define 'success' in law school

December 04, 2019

As law school exam season approaches, the tension in academic hallways thickens like soup. Over the past few weeks, as I’ve met with students in office hours, I’ve seen worries etch into their furrowed brows right before my eyes. Everyone seems to be ahead of me in their outlining. I still don’t

Jason Dunn

Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn talks about his career (podcast)

November 18, 2019

Learning from seasoned lawyers truly helps law students gain perspective on where they want to take their legal career in the future. In this edition of the Law Student Podcast, New ABA Law Student Division Chair Johnnie Nguyen talks with Colorado’s U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn about his career experiences and how he came

Study Groups

Should I join a study group in law school? 5 reasons for and against

November 15, 2019

Study groups can be helpful for test preparation, but relying heavily on others in law school is not always the greatest strategy. This article will provide tips and tricks on figuring out if study groups will help or hurt you as a student, beginning with five

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

Legal Writing

10 top tips for legal writing

November 07, 2019

Good legal writing is a lawyer’s stock-in-trade. Use these tips to up your writing game. Make it easy for your reader Legal readers are busy. They don’t want to have to stop and think to figure out what you mean or

The 2019 Law Student Council

Get your applications in for the 2020-2021 council!

November 04, 2019

Our student leaders are the the voice of law students in the American Bar Association. The opportunity to learn leadership skills, advocate on behalf of your peers, and make connections with attorneys encompasses the main role of those that serve on the Law Student Division's Council. Applications

Student Loan

PSLF and LRAPs: The facts on loan forgiveness

November 01, 2019

It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about paying off law school loans. In some cases, if you go to the right school, make the right amount of money, and follow confusing steps that may go horribly awry at any point, you

Black Cat

Black cats in law school: Appreciating our feline friends

October 28, 2019

When I made the decision to go to law school, I honestly gave serious contemplation to leaving my two fur-babies behind. I wasn’t sure that I could fit them into my already stressful student budget. I had to account for monthly pet rent, food, cat litter, and medical

Asking

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I ask for letters of recommendation?

October 22, 2019

Asking for—and getting—letters of recommendation is not as hard as you think. The law professors and practicing attorneys you’re nervous about won’t be surprised by your request. They know jurisdictions can require bar candidates to submit these letters as part of their bar application. They were in your shoes once too—they all applied for bar admissions, and likely they had to collect similar letters from people they didn’t feel they really knew well.