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Student Lawyer magazine gives law students the guidance they need to get through law school and start a legal career.

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Becoming Tomorrow’s Legal Leader – January/February 2018

Cover Stories

Start now to become tomorrow’s legal leader

Leadership is a skill that’s essential to most legal roles. As student now and shortly a new lawyer, you may think you’re not qualified to assume a leadership role today or when you land your first legal job because of youth, inexperience, or your short tenure on the job. However, you don’t need to have the authority of a position to lead. Here are strategies that can help you develop strong leadership skills and avoid common mistakes along the way.

It started in the Law Student Division

It began in 1976 when I was the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division representative for my law school. It—meaning my active involvement in the ABA— has continued for the past 41 years. And it has positively impacted me as an attorney and a person.

How ABA leadership roles shaped my career

You’re busy with school. The bar exam looms, and career choices are pending. You’ve got no time to think about how the American Bar Association fits into your world right now. Maybe you can get to active involvement with the ABA later. I completely understand that mentality. But based on my own experience, it may mean that you’ll miss out on opportunities that could, literally, shape your career.

2018 Summer Study Abroad Directory

One of the most rewarding ways to spend your summer as a law student is a study abroad program. Here you’ll find our comprehensive directory of study abroad options for law students.

Finding a mentor: You don’t have to go it alone in law school

You’ve got your head down, and you’re focusing on your course work. Good plan. But it’s also smart to begin building the relationships that will help you plan and pursue your legal career goals. One way to do that is by finding a mentor who can help guide you down the smartest path.

The New Lawyer

What does the lawyer of the future need to know? It’s a lot more than just the law. No matter where you land after graduation, fluency in technology and skills that go beyond the legal field will help you shine.

November/December 2017

Behind the Scenes of 'Marshall'

Chadwick Boseman talks with Student Lawyer about his performance in the movie “Marshall,” a biographical film based on the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

September/October 2017

Achieving Justice for Today's Diverse Students

Imagine getting into, paying for, and succeeding in law school—and then not being permitted to practice. That’s the risk for students who aren’t U.S. citizens.

March/April/May 2017

Breaking the Legal Career Mold

Student Lawyer magazine begins 2017 with a slate of articles on how to do things differently in your legal career.

January/February 2017

Civility in the Profession

You can be civil and succeed as a lawyer. We teach you how to contend without being contentious and how to navigate office politics without alienating your co-workers.

November/December 2016

The Modern Lawyer

We ask - do you have to change your personal style to get hired? We’ll also tell you how easy it is to not get hired, introduce you to five rock start student networkers

September/October 2016