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How ABA leadership roles shaped my career

January 01, 2018

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.

John Weber

You're building more than a network as a law student

October 11, 2017

Now, I look at the term “network” differently now than I did when I entered law school. I may have tended to think of a network as more of a rolodex (linked image for those younger than me!) of business cards and faceless names at one point, but I realized that it is a network of friends, a group with shared experiences and fun memories, with whom I rolled up my sleeves and worked over the years.

Junior Associate

Be strategic: How associates can create an impactful law firm experience

September 27, 2017

I wish I had been more thoughtful about my legal career.  When I started my legal career, like many new law firm associates, I did not fully appreciate what it meant to be a law firm associate nor did I have a plan for being successful.  After practicing for several

Shayda Le

Start building your professional community: Bar involvement as a law student

September 13, 2017

As a law student, there are numerous opportunities for you to build and expand your professional community outside of the classroom environment. Becoming active in your local bar association during law school is an excellent way to get a jump start on building the community you will rely on as

Chicago

Network with business law pros in Chicago in September

August 28, 2017

Chicago-area law students, RSVP now to join the ABA Business Law Section on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Grand Chicago & Towers to learn from the substantive panel and networking event, “Pathways to a Successful Career in Business Law.” Hear from Business

Chris Jennison and Josephine Bahn (right) talk with Circuit Governor Morgan Nelson at the 2016 ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Lessons from year one: Networking really is that important

June 15, 2017

You may be reading the title and thinking – really?  Law school administrators and career services already tell us about the importance of networking, and some 1L teachers push us or even require us to interview a practitioner or to attend an event here and there. Still, law school doesn’t teach

Networking

Networking starts on day one

June 12, 2017

Most law students quickly realize that law school is so much more than attending classes and studying. While your schoolwork is a critical component (and obviously the primary purpose of your being there), law school truly is the beginning of your legal career and, more importantly, your network. Each day

Blogging

Why blogging is a great learning tool for law students

May 10, 2017

Before I say anything else, I first want to make it clear that starting a brand new law blog is a difficult job. This is why there are very few people running one and why a lot of people don’t dare to take this step. However, there is a process

Using The Force of your network

Using The Force Of Your Network

April 20, 2017

It is a time of unrest in the 3L universe. The LAW SCHOOL wars are nearly over. The fiendish phantom known as THE BAR EXAM is a few months away. While your secret plans might be to rebel against reality, we say it's time to strike back and build your

Juggling act

Finding the balance in your law school curriculum

April 06, 2017

I graduated from law school this past May, took the bar in July, and was fortunate to land a job as a federal judicial law clerk that started in September.  What this really means: I’m no expert on law school curriculum. I do, however, have some sage advice to give

Finish Line

Three things a law student should do in their last year

March 31, 2017

I’m in my last year of law school, and every day it seems like an arms race to the finish line and seems like as if everything is happening at once. You’re worried about getting those final assignments done and about keeping your GPA right to graduate with honors and

Holiday Networking

Tis the season to be networking

December 05, 2016

The is the first full week of December, and we all know what that means…Holiday party invitations are coming.For introverts like me, holiday parties are probably not high on your list of exciting December “to dos” – it’s not that we don’t love them; it’s just that they’re rather

London Arbitration Program

Your future in arbitration: Global arbitration law and practice in a shrinking world

November 01, 2016

As the world has gotten smaller, the globalization of law has enlarged the range of opportunities for recent law school graduates.  At the center of global law and practice sits international commercial arbitration.  Some two decades ago, The Economist called international commercial arbitration “the Big Idea set to dominate legal-reform

Opening Doors

Your network can open doors, but you must walk through them

October 20, 2016

I just forwarded a resume and other materials to several of my contacts at other law firms on behalf of someone who asked me to do so.  Initially, that person only asked me to identify any people I knew at a list of law firms in the Chicago area.  I

Bill Johnston

When I was a law student and how the ABA Business Law Section helped me

September 22, 2016

The ABA Business Law Section would like to introduce you to our its 2016-2017 Chair, Bill Johnston. He participated in the section's Leader Spotlight to share his experiences when he was once a law student and how the ABA has helped him.Q: Where did you attend law school?

John Weber

Mentors and mentees: Develop your own support network

September 21, 2016

This past year as a 1L (for about 2 more weeks) I was reminded of what it was like to be the new person on campus. It’s all so new. I had no idea what to expect. What’s a law school class like? Final exams? Will I make friends? Will

Pizza

Keep your eyes on the whole law school pizza

September 15, 2016

Grades are the pizza crust of law school.  Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic.  Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether.  But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing

Networking

How 5 students rocked their networking skills

September 01, 2016

Networking. It’s a single word that can strike fear into the hearts of law students. From the moment you step onto campus as a first-year student, networking is championed by career services, experts, and scores of experienced lawyers. Here, your fellow students across the country tell their stories of how they landed an interview or a job by just being themselves, being resourceful, and using fate to their advantage.

Annual Meeting

3 things you missed if you weren’t at annual

September 01, 2016

If you weren’t there to take advantage of the learning, networking, and futurebuilding that happened at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, here are just three things you missed.

Business Law

Bringing business law to Boston next week

August 31, 2016

Boston-area students, the ABA Business Law Section is bringing the knowledge to you with a substantive panel and networking event on Sept. 7. "Pathways to a Successful Career in Business Law" will be held at five Boston-area schools and will feature business lawyers from across the country discussing emerging business