The ABA Law Student Division is the largest member organization for US law students. The Editorial Board of the ABA Law Student Division oversees and writes content for Before the Bar blog and the Division’s flagship magazine, Student Lawyer.
This is an opportunity to sit on one of the most impactful law student publishing boards in the country. The Division has over 100,000 members. Student Lawyer‘s circulation reaches over 60,000 – more than half of the entire US law student population. The award-winning Before the Bar blog was named an ABA Blawg 100, and it reaches tens of thousands of visitors every month. And you’ll get to meet, interview, and network with experts in the legal industry.
Few, if any, school law student editorial boards have such a wide-reaching audience and national recognition and prestige.
You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:
- Your Required Certification Form PDF
- Statement/resume PDF
- Headshot image
- Links or single PDF of three non-academic writing samples (blog, news, or social media).
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2020 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.
Experience in journalism is a plus, and responsiveness and flexibility is essential. Ability to produce up to four original articles for various law student channels during the year is an absolute must. This role deals with tight magazine production deadlines, so members must be able to return phone or e-mails from the staff editor or ABA Law Student Division Council leadership within 24 hours.
- Time commitment: 20 hours monthly
- Selection Method: Up to 6 law students will be appointed appointed by the Division Chair, with input from the Delegate of Communications.
- Term: One year (September – August)
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*
Members who are selected for the Editorial Board will collaborate with a group of top law students from across the country, working remotely. The Editorial Board is responsible for writing and editorial assignments for Student Lawyer and Before the Bar blog as agreed upon with the staff editor. In addition members may be asked to act as lead editors on individual Student Lawyer issues, or a themed series of posts for the blog. The magazine is published September through May (4 issues).
Editorial Board Member Duties Include:
- Writing at least one article per issue of Student Lawyer magazine (published four times a year).
- Producing at least four original articles for the magazine and/or blog. Students who cannot meet this minimal requirement need not apply.
- Working with staff, Law Student Division Council, and fellow Board members to generate content and topic ideas.
- Seeking out, reporting, and writing on Law Student Division news for the magazine and blog, and filing articles on deadline as established by the staff editor.
- Reviewing magazine copy prior to publication and alerting the staff editor to any oversights or potential problems.
- Assisting in judging of the Law Student Division’s law school newspaper contest.
- Carrying out other minor assignments to assist the staff editor.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
All Editorial Board work and collaboration is done remotely. No travel is required for this role, and reimbursement is not available through the Division. However, attending Annual Meeting in August is strongly encouraged, and some schools may offer reimbursement.
To be certified as a candidate for Student Editor, an individual must be:
- A law student attending an ABA-approved law school in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
- An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
- A Premium Law Student Division member, or will become one upon appointment;
- A law student attending law school during the entire upcoming academic year;
- A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.