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The Science of Well Being

Eureka! Discovering the science of well-being for lawyers

February 20, 2020

Lawyer well-being and wellness is more than just a theory. There is a whole science underlying the benefits of increasing lawyer effectiveness by encouraging wellness, well-being and implementation of personal and systemic strategies. It’s quantum physics. Seriously. Quantum physics is the study of how the universe works. It explains how

Kanban Board

So you want to join a nonprofit board? Read this first.

February 20, 2020

Question for you – have you ever been asked to serve on a nonprofit board? I'm an attorney for nonprofit organizations, so I get hit up for board service A LOT. It's an exciting and flattering thing to be asked to participate in the org's mission.

Student Loan Forgiveness

ABA, DoE settle student loan forgiveness case

February 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to recognize employees who work for the American Bar Association as public service workers who are eligible for student loan forgiveness. This settles

Woman Sleeping

This one weird trick could improve your law school performance: Sleep

February 19, 2020

I’ve recently learned of an amazing trick that can help law students improve every aspect of their law school experience – from preparing for class, to memorizing case names, to studying for exams, to handling stress. And it’s absolutely free. So what is this amazing, no-cost, pharmaceutical-free trick? Sleep.

UC Berkeley Law

The Law Student Podcast talks with Berkeley Law's Erwin Chemerinsky

February 14, 2020

New ABA Law Student Podcast host Jake Villarreal sits down with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, constitutional law scholar, and prolific appellate litigator, to discuss his career and passion for training future generations of lawyers. They discuss how he came to

ABA Negotiation Competition Winners

Southwestern Law School wins 2020 ABA Negotiation Competition

February 10, 2020

The Southwestern Law School team of Vanessa Barnett and Tamar Chobanian won the 2020 ABA Negotiation Competition, besting the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law duo of Emilie Alexandra McConnachie and Conner Collins on Feb. 8 at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago.

Social Media

Running with it: Combining your passion with relationship development

February 08, 2020

As I was scrolling through Instagram recently, I came across a post from a lawyer I know (shoutout to Craig Levey) who announced that he’ll be running the Boston Marathon in 20 weeks. What’s more, he’s using those 20 weeks as an opportunity to spend a training

EJW Summer Legal Programs

Gear up for a summer of service with Equal Justice Works

February 05, 2020

Looking to make an impact this summer? If you’re a first or second-year law school student, apply to one of these Equal Justice Works law student programs: Rural Summer Legal Corps (RSLC) and Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC). Rural

ABA Mental Health T-Shirts

Buy your ABA LSD Mental Health gear today and support CoLAP

February 04, 2020

Join the ABA Law Student Division and CoLAP in supporting mental health awareness in the legal profession. You can buy a t-shirt or hoodie with our contest-winning design to raise awareness for the mental health of lawyers and law students across the country. Each comes in a variety of colors, and all proceeds benefit the ABA Commission for Legal Assistance Programs.

Bar Exam Stress

How to alleviate bar exam stress

January 30, 2020

You have completed law school and are ready to take on the world and start helping people. However, before you hang up a shingle of your own, you will need to undergo even more studying in order to pass the bar. This is incredibly stressful, as no one is a lawyer until

Texas Tech competitors

Texas Tech wins 2020 ABA Arbitration Competition

January 27, 2020

Texas Tech University School of Law won the 2020 ABA Arbitration Competition on Saturday, Jan. 25 at ABA Headquarters in Chicago. This year's topic was Wage and Employment Law. The team of Drake Pamilton, Patricia Cabrera-Sopo, Emily Fouts, Michael Samaniego

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