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The Future of the Legal Profession

Student Lawyer: The future is what you make of it

March 30, 2021

Change is always in the air in the legal profession. How do you position your career to be ready next shift? Our writers look at what's on the horizon in technology, networking, and the bar exam. Plus, we offer advice you should absolutely not listen to. It's all

Law Career Leaders

Change is afoot in the legal field: Here's how you can be ready

March 01, 2021

We’ve got some challenging news for you: What you’re learning today may be out of date in no time at all. You see, the legal world, like the rest of the world, is on a hyper pace of change. Have no fear. Your soon-to-be colleagues

Bad Advice

Go forth without this legal career advice

March 01, 2021

Your future is vast and largely uncharted, and you’ll make many decisions over the next decades as you seek happiness and contentment in your career. You’ll hear gobs of advice as you weave through that process. The key to your success lies in how well you sift through

ABA Annual Meeting

Why I’m glad I engaged with the ABA

March 01, 2021

Not sure why you should dive into ABA activity? These legal professionals explain how their careers have flourished because they jumped in.

Law careers in the wake of COVID

March 01, 2021

Nobody can predict the future, something COVID has so painfully taught us. Anyone who feels certain they know what’s going to happen next is either prescient or prophetic. While I’m a huge believer in doing what you love, I’ve also been around the career-transition business long enough to

George Washington 1L giving back by pairing parents and students

March 01, 2021

Take it from Claire Cantrell: The job market is rough today. “I submitted and still submit so many job applications, probably nearing 200 at this point, with very few followups and interview requests because everything is so saturated right now,” recalled the recent George Washington

Roberta Kaplan

I Wish I'd Known: Roberta A. Kaplan

March 01, 2021

When I graduated Columbia Law School in 1991, women made up 21 percent of the legal profession. As I entered the profession, it was common for a male attorney to have never worked with a female colleague. As a result, I often wondered: Could I

Working on a Pro Bono Plan

Student Lawyer: Pro Bono Changes Lives

January 07, 2021

Want to help build empathy, starting with your own little corner of the world? Pro bono is your best move. You can make a career out of it, develop projects and initiatives to meet every situation, or pave the way for the next generation of lawyers.

Zoom Consultation

How law students helped others during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

Law students have leveraged their legal training to pursue relief for tenants and prisoners confined during the pandemic. While some have worked though their law schools’ clinical programs or local legal aid societies, others have teamed up directly with local attorneys engaged in pro bono

Student Intake Interview

How the ABA stepped up legal aid efforts during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

The pandemic has affected people and businesses of all varieties—and pro bono services and legal aid organizations haven’t escaped its devastation. That has exacerbated the justice gap. Eighty-six percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans were handled with inadequate or no legal help,

Working With Empathy

Pro bono: The cradle of empathy in our profession

January 01, 2021

Pro bono work is work undertaken without charge. It’s shorthand for the longer phrase pro bono publico, which literally means “for the public good.” It’s something the legal profession has always encouraged for many reasons. That’s mostly because it’s the profession’s contribution to the community,

Growth Mindset

Motivation, growth, and the bar exam

January 01, 2021

This winter, as 1Ls reflect on their first completed semester, 2Ls—who are halfway done— consider what they want to do in the remaining year and a half, and 3Ls think about finishing up their final semester and passing the bar exam, I encourage all of you to think

Pro Bono Skills

Putting the pro into pro bono

January 01, 2021

Simply put, we need more productive people to provide more help to more people. If living through this pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we’ve learned how interconnected we truly are. To borrow a line from Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all.”

Diversity Event

ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center supports diverse students

January 01, 2021

What does the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center do? The better question might ask what doesn’t it do. Between awards, scholarships, programs, CLEs, webinars, networking events, and pipeline programs, the center’s entities work to strengthen networks of attorneys and civil rights professionals inside and outside the ABA.

Practicing Law With Civility

Student Lawyer: How to lead in your legal career with civility

November 18, 2020

Attorneys hold a unique position in society and have a responsibility to be peacemakers. That starts with practicing with civility. Here’s how to do your part. Learn how to be mindful of others—and be aware of when you're potentially being uncivil—in the latest issue of Student Lawyer magazine.

The rules of civil(ity) procedure

November 01, 2020

Imagine being a third-year associate and heading to your first deposition without a more senior lawyer from the firm. You’ve sat second chair countless times, led the deposition for clients with the aid of partners, written and argued dozens of motions, and now gained the self-confidence—as well as

Seeking civility during your job search

November 01, 2020

You open the glass doors and enter the law firm for your interview. A quick glance around and you notice the office-facing walls act more as windows. Staff smile as they walk around, giving you bright grins and promising looks. You think you’ve hit the utopia of law

Minimize microaggressions: How to avoid unintentional offenses

November 01, 2020

You’d have to have been cut off from all news for the past several years not to have heard the term microaggression. In its simplest terms, it’s an unintentional slight that’s usually based around someone’s identity. For Simon Tam, the term means disrespect. It’s an

Civility made simple: It's the right choice

November 01, 2020

There’s no shortage of incivility in the country today. On what seems like a daily basis, we’re witness to more divisiveness, more violence, and more ugly rhetoric than I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, as lawyers and future lawyers,