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About Student Lawyer Magazine

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

Student Lawyer magazine subscription is included in ABA membership for law students. Non-law students can subscribe to Student Lawyer for $25. Student Lawyer is published four times a year and available online for members.

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Browse the entire Student Lawyer archive of issues dating back to 2010. Only available to ABA Premium students.

The Future Is What You Make Of It

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The legal future is more techy: 8 tips on how law students can adapt

Whether you’re a “tech person” or not, technology is changing the legal field, and you need to embrace technology if you’re going to thrive in your career. But what, exactly, must you know? Here are eight tech tips any law student needs to know to avoid becoming a luddite attorney.

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

We’ve got some challenging news for you: What you’re learning today may be out of date in no time at all.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 are here to help by predicting the biggest shifts they foresee in the profession and offering suggestions on how you can be ready.

Go forth without this legal career advice

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 all that advice and figure out which is worth absorbing into your core. People who’ve been where you are now reveal the worst guidance they got when they were newbie lawyers.

Why I’m glad I engaged with the ABA

When we suggest you get involved at the ABA, you don’t have to take just our word for it. There are thousands of lawyers nationwide who’ve joined the ABA and then seen their involvement expand in ways they never anticipated. Not sure why you should dive into ABA activity? These legal professionals explain how their careers have flourished because they jumped in.

The Pro Bono Issue

Want to help build empathy, starting with your own little corner of the world? Pro bono is your best move.

January/February 2021

The Civility Issue

Attorneys hold a unique position in society and have a responsibility to be peacemakers. That starts with practicing with civility.

November/December 2020

The Pandemic Issue

Lawyers do exceptional things every day. For many, that continued, even increased, during the pandemic.

September/October 2020

The Law Student Evolution Issue

There’s lots to accomplish from 1L to 2L to 3L, so make sure you’ve got it covered so you’re ready to devote your full attention to that ultimate final exam—the bar.

March/April/May 2020

The Career Paths Issue

Not-your-typical law students and first-generation law students tell how they adjusted to and even thrived in law school.

January/February 2020

The Pro Bono Issue

Helping immigrant families at the border. The YLD’s Disaster Legal Services program. And student pro bono stories and advice on how you can begin making your own legal impact.

November/December 2019

The Advice Issue

Lawyers and law students come together in this issue to help you become the lawyer you’ve always dreamed you’d be.

September/October 2019

The #MeToo Issue

This issue of Student Lawyer lays down the law on office behavior, combating bias, finding those willing to help, and working to stem sex trafficking.

March/April/May 2019

Justice For All

How Americans are reevaluating what justice means in the context of criminal law and how law schools are taking the public interest path to applying the concept of “justice for all.”

January/February 2019

Financial Intelligence

We take to the stormy seas of your own personal choices on how to study in law school. Experts weigh in on what works and doesn’t in studying and share their best advice for figuring out what will work for you.

November/December 2018

Navigating your own law school experience

The issue of Student Lawyer takes to the stormy seas of your own personal choices on how to study in law school.

September/October 2018

Law School Mental Health and Wellness

How can you evaluate your stress level and find tools to help deal with the pressure of law school? Read on.

March/April/May 2018

Becoming Tomorrow’s Legal Leader

How do you create career opportunities for yourself? One way is to develop leadership skills—and it’s never too early to do that.

January/February 2018

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