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Mental Health Day 2016

Take a mental health screening. Today.

March 28, 2016

Once again this March, Screening for Mental Health will partner with the Dave Nee Foundation and the American Bar Association Law Student Division to raise awareness for Law Student Mental Health Day, today, March 28, 2016, and offer the important mental health-screening tool to law students across the country. It is our hope that this year we can screen 10,000 law students.

Student Lawyer March 2016

Student Lawyer: The Tech Issue

March 25, 2016

The latest edition of Student Lawyer is out today – and it's all about the latest technology you need to know and the apps you'll use in your education and career. Watch for your copy by mail or check out the online versions of the information. You should understand and embrace

Salary Negotiation

Sue your inner critic, get a higher salary

March 24, 2016

One crucial skill that is not (but should be) taught in law school is how to powerfully present the case that you would be an asset to your prospective employer and that you deserve a higher salary. This is a skill that is left out from the other valuable technical skills

10 Questions Live

Do Supreme Court clerks beget clerks? Ask Beth Heifetz live!

March 23, 2016

10 Questions LIVE is the ABA’s monthly Google Hangout On Air with innovative lawyers who have developed practices off the beaten path. This month, tune in to learn how mentoring drives the country’s top judicial clerk recruiter, Beth Heifetz on Friday, March 25. Register today and submit your

SciTech Internet of Things

Take part in SciTech's Internet of Things at a special rate

March 23, 2016

The ABA Section of Science  & Technology Law is hosting a first of its kind Internet of Things National Institute at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. starting a week from today on March 30 and 31. The best thing about it: There’s a $49 student rate! This program in this

Civility and Millennials

Are millennial lawyers less civilized?

March 22, 2016

Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. Some may be tempted to attribute this decline in courtesy to the influx of newly minted millennial attorneys to the profession.

Lucky Duck

How to be a Lucky Duck

March 21, 2016

When asked to write in celebration of the International Day of Happiness, I thought it appropriate to offer (for what they’re worth) these Principles of Happiness, or the 5 pieces of advice I wish I’d gotten as a law student.

Zika virus

How employers can avoid being bitten by the Zika virus

March 18, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of February 26, 2016, there are 107 travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States.  As the number of countries confirming the Zika virus infection continues to grow worldwide after the May 2015 announcement of the first confirmed

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

Podcast: Shaping Your Career Path with David Lat

March 17, 2016

As the law becomes ever more complex and the legal market continues to shift and grow, entering the workforce can be incredibly intimidating to a current student or recent grad. Sifting through the options and finding the career path that is right for you can sometimes feel daunting for even

Mind Games

Spaced Repetition: A tool to help you learn way more in way less time

March 17, 2016

A basic truth of expert exam performance is that, to do well, you have to know the subject matter, inside and out.  Traditional studying methods don’t do help you to do that very well.  One landmark study found that within 24 hours of memorizing new information, only about

Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law

Meet the SEER

March 16, 2016

As a law student, it can be difficult to find networking opportunities in particular fields of law. However, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law (SEER) provides one of the best opportunities that I have ever experienced. During my time at the

A Foot in the Door

How to get yourself a job two years from now

March 15, 2016

Never ask your academic adviser for a letter of recommendation. They usually come with a catch. Granted, not all of the catches are bad – but they're still catches. But if you work those catches the right way, they could land you your first job down the road.

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Opinion: End of the the pay-credit ban a welcome change

March 15, 2016

This past fall semester, I burned myself out. I took 17 credits at New York Law School, which included a clinic where I put long hours into client interaction; working two days a week as an unpaid intern at a federal agency; and working two to three days a week

Kareem Aref

Presenting our 2016-2017 Board of Governors

March 14, 2016

The Law Student Division is pleased to announce its incoming Board of Governors. Chair-Elect Kareem Aref University of California - Davis School of Law Vice Chair - Elect Marcus Sandifer Emory University School of Law Law Student Representative to the Board of Governors-Elect John Louros New York Law School Secretary-Treasurer-Elect Eun Hyung "Thomas" Kim Arizona State University - Sandra Day O’Connor College

Mental Health Day 2016

Ending the stigma: Mental Health Day 2016

March 11, 2016

The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 28, 2016 as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country, and will be getting the word out to break the social stigma many still face when it comes to discussing mental health. To help address mental health and

Window of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity

March 10, 2016

Before the Blog gets a lot of news on events, openings, and competitions. We'll be keeping you up to date with some of them in occasional roundups. Here is our first installment of Windows of Opportunity.

Law Student Reading a Fascinating Book

5 fascinating books for lawyers and law students

March 09, 2016

If you’re like a lot of lawyers I speak to, you’re constantly watching out for good books that might lead you to rethink the way you run your practice and/or the services you render to your clients. I’m just like you. The truth is, my computer bookmarks are full of links

ABA TECHSHOW 2016

Special invitation for students to ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago

March 09, 2016

Here is a special invitation for law students from Steve Best, Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Committee: Back in 1986, when the very first ABA TECHSHOW took place, we were using this great new technology called fax machines. Now, we’re using little "know-it-all" handheld devices called smartphones

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One more week to apply to become a liaison!

March 08, 2016

If you want to network, the ABA Law Student Division's liaison program is the way to do it. A liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity. Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison

Cindy Cwik and Donald Rosenberg

Smart phone patent wars through the eyes of Qualcomm's Rosenberg

March 08, 2016

The keynote speaker for the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) Leadership Dinner at the 2016 ABA Midyear Meeting was Donald J. Rosenberg, executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

Why

Applying the facts: Maximizing points in a law exam

March 07, 2016

Grades are in. You reviewed your exams. You talked with your professors, and they all told you the same thing: “If you had only ‘fleshed out’ your answers, you would have received a top grade.” As you now know, you failed to fully explain your analysis. Having heard this criticism, however,

Section of Antitrust Mentoring Program

Everyone can use a mentor: Let the Section of Antitrust help you!

March 04, 2016

Too often, we as law students are afraid to reach out for help. If you ask too many questions in class, you are considered to be a gunner by your peers. Asking a fellow law student about what to do with your legal career is not always wise because we

Fabiani Duarte

The state of the Law Student Division

March 03, 2016

It's the time of year in the Law Student Division when our 15 circuits hold their meetings. And leading up to them, Fabiani Duarte, division chair, updated the circuits on law student member benefits and advocacy issues – the Uniform Bar Exam, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and paid credit

Question Marks

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know

March 02, 2016

Remember that scene in "Jerry Maguire," at the beginning, where he’s frantically typing his “mission statement,” and words and ideas that he didn’t know he even had just came pouring out of him? Well, that was me a few years back, writing in response to an email sent out by