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Webinar recap: Demystifying federal clerkships II

Webinar recap: Demystifying Federal Clerkships II

January 27, 2016

Earlier today, the Law Student Division and the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges held its second webinar in a series on judicial clerkships. This installment was titled “Demystifying Federal Clerkships Part II: Specialty Courts.” These are opportunities beyond the U.S. District Courts

Enter the Section of Family Law Schwab Essay Contest

Enter the Section of Family Law Schwab Essay Contest

January 27, 2016

With law school enrollment down, and a glut of lawyers in the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for law students and young lawyers to find meaningful employment as a lawyer.  While it may seem like an overwhelming task to network and market yourself, the ABA can help. Students and young

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

January 26, 2016

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) offers a variety of opportunities for you to get involved and to meet and work side-by-side with some of the best tort, trial and insurance lawyers in the country.  The TIPS Standing Committee on Outreach to Law Students (SCOLS) provides leadership and

Building your online presence

Building your online presence

January 25, 2016

Becoming a lawyer today requires a handle of the Internet that previous generations of lawyers never had to deal with. LinkedIn, Avvo, websites, social media – lawyers need to be familiar with all of it. Whether you’re researching opposing parties on social media or looking to market your firm online, familiarity with

Resolve to advance your career this year

Resolve to advance your career this year

January 22, 2016

The start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on past accomplishments and to commit to changes that will take your practice to the next level. DLA Piper partner Christina L. Martini recently wrote about the importance of new year’s resolutions on the Ms. JD blog. But

Tales of the unexpected: Tornadoes and law school grades

Tales of the unexpected: Tornadoes and law school grades

January 20, 2016

It was the day after Christmas, and the last thing I had expected was to look out my front window and see a tornado swirling in the sky across the highway. You’ve probably heard about the huge tornadoes that ravaged Dallas on December 26 and took 11 lives. Well, one of

Networking hacks from undergrads

Networking hacks from undergrads

January 19, 2016

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for networking because we’re all thinking of fresh starts and how we can make new connections. As law students, you may be looking to engage with potential law firm employers or senior lawyers who can serve as mentors. There are thousands

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The popular private law firm internship – is it for you?

January 15, 2016

The view into the world of private practice may appear very cloudy to law students.  In fact, after speaking with many students, it is sometimes surprising how little they understand about the basics of law firms.  Without this basic understanding, how can you make an informed decision on your career

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How speakers push tolerance levels

January 14, 2016

When it comes to drinking, we all have a tolerance level for what we can handle. Unfortunately, we only learn this lesson by crossing the line and vomiting, if not worse. The same is true for how much a person talks within a given time frame. If someone has used up 3

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Testimonial: Why you should be a NAAC judge

January 12, 2016

The Law Student Division is currently seeking judges for its four competitions, including for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The regional rounds will be held in Boston, Brooklyn, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., so there might be a regional not far from where you are. 

Learn more about becoming a Law Student Division leader

Learn more about becoming a Law Student Division leader

January 06, 2016

Last month, we told you about joining our Board of Governors for the 2016-2017 year. The Jan. 15 deadline is fast approaching to get your application in for chair, vice-chair, secretary-treasurer, rep to the ABA's Board of Governors, Student Lawyer student editor, or one of our 15 circuit governorships. Still

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Five predictions for divorce lawyers in 2016

January 05, 2016

With the new maintenance (spousal support laws) becoming effective in late January, there will be a lot of strategic divorce planning going on. For the non-monied spouses who are going to need spousal support, they will be racing to file for divorce before the end of January so they are not

January Student Debt Webinar

Webinar: Get a handle on your student loan debt

January 04, 2016

Getting to a better place financially is a common New Year's resolution. So the ABA Young Lawyers Division is going to get your 2016 off to a good start on that front with a webinar later this month. "Best Practices for Paying Down Your Law School Debt" takes place

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Take a deep look at 2015 – and where you're headed in 2016

December 30, 2015

As we make our voyage into 2016, it is a great time to consider not only where we hope to go, but importantly, where we have come from over the last 12 months. Reflection and introspection is welcome at any time, but for those of us whose days are filled with

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Aftermath of a Ponzi scheme collapse

December 29, 2015

Since the Bernie Madoff scandal grabbed headlines several years ago, investors have become more aware of what a Ponzi scheme is and how they operate. While the Madoff scandal was big news, most people don’t realize that at any given time in this country, there are countless Ponzi schemes being

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

December 28, 2015

You want meaningful employment and career advancement. The question is how to use your time in law school most effectively to achieve your goals. In the current period of challenging market changes, law students secure meaningful employment by differentiating themselves from other law students. The problem, Indiana law professor Bill Henderson

How to choose the right law schools to apply to

How to choose the right law schools to apply to

December 23, 2015

You’ve decided that law school is your next step. But, there are approximately 200 accredited law schools in the U.S. How do you choose which schools to apply to? Many applicants want to apply to only the top schools as ranked by US News and World Report rankings or a similar

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

Podcast: Student loans – look before you leap

December 22, 2015

With lower starting salaries and higher tuition rates, today’s law students face tough decisions when it comes to financing their education. In addition to school rank, employment rates, and average starting salaries, future lawyers need to be aware of loan terminology and how it affects their future ability to pay. But

Find out more about clerkships with this January webinar

Find out more about clerkships with this January webinar

December 22, 2015

Last month, the Law Student Division and the ABA National Conference of Federal Trial Judges joined to present the “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” webinar. In January, we'll continue answering questions with a second webinar about specialty courts. These are opportunities beyond the U.S. District

What you’ll wish you had known about law school – grades

What you’ll wish you had known about law school – grades

December 22, 2015

The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. In the first post, I wrote about why the law school you choose to attend matters. Without further ado, here is the second thing many of us wish we had known before starting law school: Your Grades

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Building your future in construction law

December 18, 2015

“It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.” If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that, I would probably drop out of my last year of law school and retire to a private island in the Caribbean. As law students we are constantly bombarded with networking

The course schedule dilemma

The course schedule dilemma

December 17, 2015

As their last semesters approach, several 3L students have come into my office with the same question: “During my last semesters, should I take as many courses as possible that will appear on the bar exam?” I admit that the question itself caught me off guard. When I was in law

How to start considering alternative legal paths

How to start considering alternative legal paths

December 16, 2015

So, you're a law student looking for an alternative career path. Your mindset isn't the problem — in fact, you're pretty darn sure that if you made it through law school, you can excel in just about any industry. The only problem being, you're not sure where to start. How do you

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

How to be a professional from day one (audio)

December 15, 2015

Think what happens in law school stays in law school? Think again! In this MP3 audio presentation, Hear Rachel Dawson — an experienced law school career counselor and then-associate director at the ABA Section of Litigation who ultimately served as director of the Young Lawyers Division — shared her savvy advice on how to