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Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors


Job Description

The Law Student At-Large of the ABA’s Board of Governors is one of the ABA’s most prestigious and unique leadership opportunities for law students. This person’s duties are threefold:

  1. Member of the ABA Board of Governors.
  2. Member of the ABA House of Delegates.
  3. Member of the Law Student Division Council.

The 38-member ABA Board of Governors oversees the general operations and strategic direction of the entire ABA. Of those 38 members, many wait years for the opportunity to serve on the Board, yet only one is a law student.

Our Law Student At-Large is a critical and visible role in the ABA. You represent the Law Student Division positions to the ABA Board of Governors and work for adoption of initiatives supported by the Division. Not only do you have a vote in the ABA Board of Governors, but you have a vote in the ABA House of Delegates.

The ideal candidate for this position has either bar association leadership, or some type of board or organizational leadership experience. The successful candidate must appropriately and persuasively convey the views of the Division to the ABA Board of Governors, and in turn, report back to the Division leadership as a member of the Law Student Division Council. He or she will also interact closely with the high ranking officials in the ABA. Punctuality, dress appearance, appropriate conversation, and mature behavior are critical.

  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours weekly.
  • Election Method: Selected each year by the LSD Nominating Committee. Confirmation vote, electronically, before the Law Student Division Assembly.
  • Term: The successful candidate for this position serves as the Division’s Member-Elect from March to August before assuming a one-year term of office (August of this year – August of the following year) at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting.
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.*

Application Process

To be eligible for certification as a candidate for office, you must complete this application form, including the required attachments as instructed below, by 11:59pm (CDT) on January 15, 2018.

  • Certification Form (PDF). The Certification Form (download here) must contain your signature and the signature of any dean from your law school and must be submitted electronically. You and your Dean may sign electronically. Required file name: [CH, BOG, ED, or Editor]-[your last name]-Certification – Example: CH-Doe-Certification.
  • Statement and Resume for Posting Publicly (PDF). Your candidate’s statement and resume combined must not exceed three single-sided, 8.5” x 11” pages, which may be single-spaced.  Any statement, resume, or combination of statement and resume in excess of the three page limit will be truncated after the third page. Be mindful of your private or personal information. This PDF will be posted publicly. Required file name: [CH, BOG, ED, or Editor]-[your last name]-S&R — Example: CH-Doe-S&R.
  • Candidate Headshot. Headshot Guidelines:
    • Must be .jpg or .png.
    • Must be less than 16MB.
    • Must be 300px X 300px or less.
    • This photo will be posted publicly.
  • Optional Video Statement for all positions except Student Editor-in-Chief. This video will be shared and posted publicly.
    • Must be five minutes or less.
    • All video statements should discuss candidate qualifications and platform.
    • Only the candidate can appear in the video statement.
    • The video statement content must be of a professional nature.
    • No music is permitted.
    • All video statements must adhere to copyright laws.
    • The video statement content cannot violate any provisions of the Elections Code.
    • The elections committee will reject any video statements that violate these guidelines or the spirit of these guidelines

The Certification Form, candidate’s statement and resume, candidate headshot, and video statement link (optional) must be submitted with this application form no later than 11:59pm (CDT) on January 15, 2018, to be eligible for certification. No separate submissions of materials will be accepted. Receipt of applications is based on arrival time posted by the ABA server time stamp. Plan accordingly to allow for varying time zones and transmission delays.

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Job Responsibilities

Law Student Division Member of the ABA Board of Governors:

  • As directed by the Division leadership, promotes Law Student Division positions to the ABA Board of Governors.
  • Works with the ABA Board of Governors on adoption of Division initiatives and initiatives directly affecting law students filed with the ABA Board of Governors.
  • Attending and representing the Division to the ABA House of Delegates sessions at the Midyear and Annual Meetings.
  • Vote as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
  • Work with the Division Delegates to coordinate advocacy strategy on behalf of the Division in the House.
  • Informs the Division Council of actions pending before the Board, as well as any action taken by the Board, at the conclusion of each of the ABA Board of Governors meetings.
  • Seeks out and informs the Division Council of any pending resolutions before the Board that the Division may be interested in supporting.
  • Serves on an ABA Board of Governors’ Committee designated by the Board, and at the Board’s request, and must prepare to participate in the duties involved therein.
  • Works with the Division Chair and other council members to determine which issues to support.
  • Assists in judging the Division’s National Awards.
  • Serves on Division Council. Participates on Division Council conference calls.
  • Prepares and submits comprehensive reports on Association, Division, and ABA Board of Governors activity and action. (8 reports annually)
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

Travel Requirements

This position is expected to attend the following. Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division subject to Division guidelines.

  • ABA BOG Meeting in June
  • ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer-elect)
  • Section Officers Conference in September
  • ABA BOG Meeting in November
  • ABA Midyear Meeting in February (Passport Required)
  • ABA Day in April
  • ABA BOG Meeting in June
  • ABA Annual Meeting in August (as officer)
  • Other travel as needed to fulfill commitments on committees as appointed throughout the year
  • Most travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division subject to Division guidelines


To be certified as a candidate for Law Student Division Member to the ABA Board of Governors, 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, 2017;
  • 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.