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Student Editor-in-Chief – Law Student Division Publications


Job Description

When you are appointed by the Division Chair to serve as a non-voting member of the Division’s Council, don’t think that this role won’t make a meaningful impact on law students and members. As the Student Editor-in-Chief, you will be on a team that is responsible for the editorial oversight of the Division’s publications. The Student Lawyer blog and its flagship magazine, Student Lawyer are read by members across the country, meaning that your ideas and work will be educating, influencing, and entertaining law students everywhere.

While your traditional journalism skills are crucial in this role, your ability to work with our staff team, meet deadlines, and recruit other law students to write pieces for the Division’s publications are just as crucial to being successful in this role.

  • Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly
  • Election Method: Appointed each year by the Law Student Division Chair
  • Term: One year
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*

Application Requirements

You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.

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Job Responsibilities

Student Editor-in-Chief Duties Include:

  • Lead the Editorial Board of the Law Student Division.
  • Work with staff and students to generate content and topic ideas.
  • Prepare a report of student editor activities for the Division Council for each of the council’s meetings.
  • This student is responsible for writing and editorial assignments as agreed upon with the staff editor and generating (through writing or assigning/editing) 2,500-4,000 words for Student Lawyer’s Division Dialogue section.
  • Assign articles to student writers as deemed appropriate by the student editor and staff editor, and ensure their timely filing and editing.
  • Alert law student section liaisons to the requirement to write liaison notes, follow up on these requests, and edit articles.
  • With the Operations and Publications committee, review all magazine copy (feature pages and Division Dialogue) prior to publication and alert the staff editor to any oversights or potential problems.
  • Assist in judging of the Law Student Division’s law school newspaper contest.
  • Carry out other minor assignments to assist the staff editor.
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

Reimbursed Travel

This position is expected to attend the following in-person events or meetings. Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division, subject to guidelines.

  • ABA Annual Meeting in August 2020 in Chicago (as officer-elect)
  • ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2021 in Chicago


To be certified as a candidate for Student Editor, an individual must be:

  • A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
  • An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline
  • Premium Law Student Division member*
  • A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
  • A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
  • A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2020;
  • A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All application forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
  • A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.