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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.

Pro Bono Changes Lives

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Cover Stories

Law student debt: Our profession’s compounding crisis

As 2020 was happening, we reviewed the results that would be the basis of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Law School Loan Debt Survey. And like 2020, they were, frankly, a bit grim. The survey report demonstrates the growing crisis of lawyer debt. Here’s how that impacts law students.

How law students helped others during the pandemic

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 cases. They’ve helped tenants fight evictions and incarcerated people seek compassionate release. And they’ve assisted consumers facing debt collection, residents without water, and communities seeking to organize for legislative changes.

How the ABA stepped up legal aid efforts during the pandemic

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. The pandemic has worsened the difficulties for people who struggle to find and afford representation for their legal matters.

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