Law students do more than just go to class. Your role will help create valuable programming for ABA law students like webinars, in-person events, and other resources that occupy students’ oh-so-precious free time. Study tools, mental health support systems, career development opportunities, and anything you think would truly help your peers are all topics ABA leaders want to help you explore.
Additionally, you will serve as one of three voting members of the ABA House of Delegates from the Law Student Division. Through direct programming and decisions you vote on, you will have a huge impact on law students across the country.
- Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly.
- Election Method: Elected in March by an electronic vote of the Assembly.
- Officer-Elect Period: Serves immediately upon election in a non-voting, Officer-Elect capacity on the Council through the conclusion of the next ABA Annual Meeting in August.
- Term: Assumes the official one-year term starting at the next Annual Meeting through the following Annual Meeting (August to August).
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.
You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:
- Your Required Certification Form PDF
- Statement/resume PDF
- Headshot image
- Publicly available video statement link (optional, 5 minute maximum time limit, and not needed for editorial positions)
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2020 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.
Law Student Division Delegate of Programming’s responsibilities include:
- Promote the Division’s programs, activities, and national competition through regular communications with the ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums.
- Serving as the primary contact for Division Liaisons to other Association entities (other than the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar) to the 65+ Law Student.
- Work in cooperation with Chair to oversee and coordinate the Division’s liaison program.
- Develop live and virtual events, programming, and content for law students, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division and other Association entities, as well as in-person programs at Association conferences and law schools in collaboration with Association entities and members.
- Help to coordinate programming at Annual and Midyear meetings.
- Represent the Division in the Association House of Delegates inform the Division Council of actions taken by senior bar entities.
- Work with the Chair to execute the Division’s legislative agenda.
- Oversee and communicate regularly with the Division Council, liaisons to ABA entities, and Assembly.
- Solicit the opinion of the Division Council and Assembly on matters subject to vote in the House of Delegates and abide by instructions of the Assembly regarding such matters.
- Keep the Assembly informed of votes and activities on behalf of the Division.
- Keep the membership of the Division informed of matters of the Association pertaining to law students.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following in-person events or meetings. Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division, subject to guidelines.S
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2020 in Chicago (as officer-elect)
- Section Officers Conference (SOC)/Fall Council Meeting in September 2020
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2021 in Chicago
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021 in Toronto
To be certified as a candidate for Delegate, 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;
- A 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 nomination 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.