The ABA student liaison program immerses students into ABA leadership by placing them in ABA entities. There’s no better way to make connections with experienced ABA lawyer members!
About the Liaison Program
- See the list of 2020-2021 Liaisons.
- The application process for 2021-2022 will open in January 2021 (list of positions).
Some positions include funding for meetings such as the ABA’s annual and midyear meetings and individual entity events. Liaisons also vote in Law Student Division’s Assembly.
Each law student is limited to one liaison position. If more than one ABA entity selects an individual law student, that student will have to choose one position, and the entity will have an opportunity to select a different candidate. Law students who wish to work with more than one entity can still do so in other capacities.
What a Liaison Does
The liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity; help that group develop content, programs and events for law students focused on that group’s special expertise; and report progress back to the Division.
Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison travel to entity meetings.
To be appointed as a liaison, you must be an enrolled for the 2020-2021 law school year and you must be an ABA Law Student Division Premium member.
Time commitment: Roughly 10 hours monthly, varies by entity.
- Raise awareness of and actively promote law student membership and involvement in the ABA entity.
- Work with entity leadership to facilitate law student content and events/programming centered around that entity’s specialty:
- Law Student Division Blog – Consult with the Web Editor on writing a post for the law student blog.
- Entity Articles – Work with appropriate entity leaders to produce a law student section newsletter column or student specific webpage on entity website.
- In-Person Experiences like campus visits and law student specific events at entity meetings. The Law Student Division can help with campus visits (see the Law School Visit Guide)!
- Digital/Virtual Programming like videos, podcasts and webinars/virtual campus visits. The Law Student Division can help with webinars/virtual campus visits (see the Guide for Engaging Law Student with Online Programming)!
- Represent the Law Student Division to ABA entities and represent the ABA entities to the Law Student Division, keeping each other informed of the other’s activities.
- Write a letter of introduction to the entity chair outlining liaison duties and offering to become active.
- Attend the entity’s required meetings. If funding is unavailable from the entity, the liaison should attempt to secure alternate funding from his/her law school.
- Submit monthly reports to the Division by the 1st of every month.
- Participate in the LSD Assembly.
- Work closely with and under the purview of nationally elected student officers, as assigned.