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Real Estate

Consider this event a down payment on your real estate career

August 24, 2016

Are you sold on a career in real estate? Hear how to become a successful commercial real estate attorney. Our speakers will share their path into commercial real estate transactions, financing, leasing, acquisitions, and distressed real estate. They'll provide invaluable insight into what skills you'll need to break into this area,

Canada Considers Marijuana

Infographic: What's guiding Canada's legalization of marijuana

July 11, 2016

One of the hottest legal topics these days is the legalization of marijuana. As law students, you’re in the perfect position to analyze and develop your own perspective and knowledge on such a controversial issue before you head out into the real world as a practicing lawyer. Right now, the United

Seeking asylum

Family ties and making an asylum case in immigration court

June 27, 2016

After an outburst of violence, horrific crimes and a gang war, the number of asylum claims filed by El Salvadorian nationals increased dramatically in the United States. Many of such cases involve claims related to violence or threats of violence by gang members, threats or attempts of forceful gang recruitment,

Prince Memorial

The future of Prince's estate: Looming legal battles

May 09, 2016

The world was shocked and heartbroken to hear of the untimely and sudden death of music icon, Prince last month.  Prince’s career spanned three decades and involved selling more than 100 million records and amassing an estate reportedly worth more than $350 million.  In addition to that, record sales in the


'I Never Meant to Cause You Any Sorrow' -  Lessons from Prince on intestacy

May 09, 2016

On April 21, the world was shocked to learn that the musician Prince had died in his home near Minneapolis. As family, friends, and fans mourned with tribute concerts and purple lights, another story emerged: the singer may have died without executing a will. His sister, Tyka Nelson, filed documents


The largely unknown National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

April 11, 2016

As part of the Vaccine Injury Clinic at the George Washington University Law School, I am lucky enough to have been a part of a clinic that was the first of its kind in the country. Students in the clinic represent young children and adults who are seeking compensation for vaccine-related injuries and death. The student-attorneys are able to practice before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and have the opportunity to handle cases in different stages of a claim filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).


Meet an ABA group: ABA ROLI

April 07, 2016

Did you know that the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is making an impact worldwide? ABA ROLI has been working worked in more than 100 countries for the past 25 years with a presence in five regions – Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; Latin America and

U.S.S. Midway

LAMP casts a light on the issues of armed forces, veterans

March 01, 2016

Law students who are interested in military law or providing legal assistance to active servicemembers, veterans and their families should consider joining the ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP).

Still for Sheevani Patel Post

Do you hear that? That’s the world, and she’s screaming.

February 29, 2016

Why does international law matter? Well, here’s one of the myriad reasons. Earlier this month, I listened to an incredibly brave woman tell her story. She's young, only 21. Yet, her hardened, distant look and silent expression are those of a woman who has experienced horrors and seen demons far beyond

Breaking Bad

Divorce on film: 'Breaking Bad'

February 24, 2016

Season three of AMC’s landmark TV show “Breaking Bad” features a plot in which one of the show’s primary characters – Skyler White, wife and reluctant partner-in-crime to antihero meth cooker Walter White – considers whether to file for divorce from her possible sociopath husband shortly after learning that he

Knocking at the Door

What to expect when you're not expecting (visits from the feds)

February 11, 2016

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management of the investigation from the very beginning is critical to achieving the best possible outcome, no matter

Word Cloud: Divorce

A year of family law transition: The top states with legal changes

February 05, 2016

Every January, thousands of new state laws across America go into effect. Of course, 2016 was no exception. Some states, as one may expect, enacted more new measures than others in a given year. Texas, for example, enacted more than 1,200 new provisions over the last few months. Throughout the

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

Five Tools to Help You Become a More Confident Public Speaker

January 05, 2016

For most people, few things are more stress-inducing than having to speak in front of a group. We all know the old adage that most people fear public speaking more than death. Unfortunately, law students are not immune from these nerves. Whether it is the proverbial 1L oral

Divorce graphic

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

How I spent my summer abroad

January 01, 2016

Updated 1/19/2017: If you're interested in studying abroad, look over your options with our comprehensive law school study abroad directory. Studying abroad is more than a fun jaunt. You immerse yourself in education, network, and achieve personal growth. Here’s what studying

International Lawyer

Inside secrets from an international lawyer

January 01, 2016

The opportunity to write an article for Student Lawyer on international law and practice gave me a good excuse to ponder the last 35 years of my professional life and share my insights. Here are my thoughts on  the questions you may have about the practice. Q: What does an international

Power of attorney use and abuse captures attention

January 01, 2016

By Josephine Bahn JOSEPHINE BAHN is a third-year student at New York Law School; the vice chair-Student Bar Associations of the ABA Law Student Division; and the law student member of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Focusing on power of attorney use and

Conference highlights path to being effective litigator

January 01, 2016

By Ayan Islam AYAN ISLAM, 11th Circuit Governor, is a 4L student at University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. A panel of litigation experts offered students insights on how to be effective litigators at an October event at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law co-hosted

Ponzi Scheme

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

Cyber Thief

Four practical tips to succeed in the cybersecurity and privacy law market

December 09, 2015

October marked National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law (SciTech) hosted its second-annual Legal Careers in Cybersecurity, Privacy & Information Law event on Oct. 14th at Crowell & Moring LLP. Angela Styles, chair of the firm’s executive committee, and moderator David Bodenheimer, partner at

How to get the most out of your TIPS membership

TIPS for beginning your law career

November 24, 2015

Here's a free resource for you: The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Law Section (TIPS) has an archive of podcasts, teleconferences, audio webinars, and videos dating back to 2010. And one of the more recent ones is essential listening for law students. In August, TIPS assembled a

Kyle Jackson: Scoring a Touchdown in a National Mock Trial Competition

April 01, 2015

By M. Blair James M. BLAIR JAMES, a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law, serves as lieutenant governor of communications for the ABA Law Student Division's Sixth Circuit. The Georgia State University College of Law Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) has a rich tradition of success in the national mock

University of Manitoba Students Out-Negotiate Competitors

April 01, 2015

By Avery Mayne AVERY MAYNE is a 3L at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served as national student director for the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. The media glorifies lawyers as heroes of the courtroom. Many law students rank the portrayals popular characters such as Atticus Finch, Assistant D.A.

FIFTEENTH CIRCUIT: Taylor Smurthwaite: Presenting on IP Trends in China

October 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel Taylor Smurthwaite, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, landed the opportunity to journey to the Far East and present at the sixth annual Chinese IP Counsel Congress. “The conference highlighted China’s prominence in intellectual property, a subject matter traditionally associated with the