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Impact of COVID-19 on Recent Law School Graduates and Rising 3Ls

COVID-19 Webinar

Format: Webinar

Dates: 07/16/2020

Time: 3 PM EDT

Sponsor: ABA Law Student Division; ABA Young Lawyers Division; ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

List Price: Free

ABA Member Price: Free

Sponsor Member Price: Free

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This free online event is open to the public.

Current law school graduates and rising 3Ls who are entering the profession are now faced with unanticipated challenges upon entry. Along with the challenge of licensure with a delayed bar exam in most jurisdictions, there is also the changing landscape of legal employment.

In addition there are the financial challenges. Candidates of color generally enter the profession with $40K-$50k more loan debt than their white counterparts. And they are more likely to enter the profession in lower paying jobs. The impact of COVID-19 will only exacerbate this disparity. The combination of these factors serves to increase the stress response in an already stressful time.

This session discusses financial and emotional impact on recent law grads and rising 3Ls as they look ahead to their future. Panelists also provide practical tools and strategies to help navigate through these challenges both in the short and long term.


  • ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline
  • ABA Law Student Division
  • ABA Young Lawyers Division