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Apply for ABA Law Student Division Grant Funds
LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS at your law school can apply for ABA Law Student Division grant funds (up to $500!) for a new program! Tell me more
Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships
Career Development Opportunities and Resources
Writing Competitions and Awards
Are You Stressing Over Your Student Debt?
Find the latest information from the ABA on how to get through the economic downturn. The ABA Economic Recovery Resources portal contains resources and tips on a variety of topics from job searching, to practice management, to professional development and more. Tell me more
Careers in Tax Law Panels
The Section of Taxation co-hosts annual Careers in Tax Law Panels at law schools around the country. The panels introduce students to careers available in the tax practice area. Panelists relate information about how they pursued their careers, pitfalls they may have encountered, and any advice they may have for the students interested in pursuing a career in tax law. A Q&A session concludes the panel, followed by a networking reception for all attendees. If you’re interested in having a career panel at your law school, please contact Yolanda Lee.
Pathways to Employment for International Law Programs
The 2010-2011 Pathways Program brings international lawyers together with law students to share career paths and options. If you are interested in bringing a Pathways program to your school, contact Angela Benson (202) 662-1664.
Upcoming Pathways Programs:
University of Ottawa School of Law
Spring Meeting in Washington, DC
John Marshall School of Law (Atlanta) – Spring 2011
The John Marshall Law School Center (Chicago) – Spring 2011
Specialty Group Meetings
Other Items of Interest
University of Connecticut
Free CLE is now accessible to ABA Law Student Division members. Programs are digital downloads that you can access at your convenience. Visit the ABA website for a complete list of ABA CLE programming, including Live Teleconferences and Audio Webcasts Tell me more
Don't Lose Your Privileges of ABA Law Student Division Membership
Licensed law professionals pay up to $400 a year for the valuable benefits of ABA membership. As a law student, your dues are substantially reduced at only $25 and if you enroll and pre-pay for all three years during your first year of law school, you have the option of paying only $60 for all three years of law school (only $20 per year). As an added bonus, once you are admitted to the bar, dues for your first year in the ABA Young Lawyers Division is waived. So that's four years of uninterrupted ABA membership for only $60.00.
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Good Works Law Student Competition
Careers for Lawyers (5th Edition)
This guidebook will show you what you can do with your law degree, besides practice law. More importantly, this book will illustrate how to use your legal skills to rise above the competition. The authors lead you step by step through the process of assessing the special skills that legal training provides, choosing a nonlegal career, and conducting a nonlegal job search. PC 5110567
Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer (5th Edition)
This is one of the ABA's best selling career guide books that has been updated to address the unique needs of today's law students seeking both career satisfaction and a healthy life balance in the profession. PC 5110667
to Start and Build a Law Practice (5th Edition)
This definitive guide to starting, growing, and maintaining a solo law practice is full of practical advice and guidance on setting up a practice, finding clients, setting fees, maintaining ethics and professional responsibility, marketing your practice and much more. PC 5110508
Free Law Student Podcast Series
Hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights on this exciting area of law. Recorded during a series of free teleconferences, these podcasts are designed to help law students understand the field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once they graduate from law school. Contact Simeon Carson for more information. Tell me more
PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases
Free and Special Reduced Rates for Law Student Division Members
Interested in learning more about the Supreme Court? PREVIEW provides expert, plain-language analysis of all cases given plenary review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Published before each Supreme Court oral argument session and one wrap-up issue at the conclusion of the Supreme Court term (eight issues total), PREVIEW is written by experts in easy to understand language. Also, be sure to bookmark the ABA’s Supreme Court website for a complete collection of Supreme Court merits and amicus briefs. Other free features include interviews with PREVIEW authors after oral argument and the opportunity to sign up for a weekly briefs email update. Tell me more
State and Local Government Law
The Section's new resume database gives students who are interested in state and local government law an opportunity to connect with employers looking for applicants in a variety of areas. If you are looking for a summer or permanent position in any area of state and local government law, including land use, administrative law, environmental law, public education, public finance, public utility law, regulatory practice or zoning, upload your resume now! Tell me more
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of tax law and how it relates to law students. The ABA Tax Section’s Student eNEWS highlights career information, interviews with prominent tax practitioners, and upcoming Section meetings and events. Tell me more
Careers in Tax Law Book – NEW LOW PRICE of $25!!
Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You
An informative guide presented in a series of offerings—autobiographies in miniature—by a broad cross section of working tax professionals. Each contribution stands as a unique story of paths taken, choices made, and lessons learned. Get a composite portrait of the profession and its possibilities for the next generation of tax lawyers. Nowhere else will you find such an honest and entertaining portrayal of the tax profession and what it holds for you. Tell me more
To be eligible to participate in the writing competitions listed below, you must be an ABA Law Student Division member unless otherwise indicated.
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 8, 2011
The first place winner will receive $500 plus an additional $500 to be used towards attendance at the Section's Spring Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida or the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Papers should address a topic that relates to Admiralty and Maritime law. Authors should be able to address these issues by considering cases published in this area, as well as the changing market place in the maritime world. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, not state-specific issues. Tell me more
Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 8, 2011
The first place winner will receive $500 plus an additional $500 to be used towards attendance at a Section Meeting of your choice; possible publication is the Section newsletter or Journal. Papers should address the topic “Recent Developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution.” Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, not state-specific issues. Tell me more
Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
6th Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 11, 2011
Award: $2,000 cash prize, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI. Submit any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay addressing a topic related to recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. For more information, contact Louise Yeung or click here.
William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Application deadline: April 25, 2011
This contest is open to all ABA Law Student Division members who, at the date the entry is submitted, are in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. Entries should address any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law. A winning entry will contain an original discussion of the issue chosen, will be substantively accurate, will be supported by citations, and will be grammatically correct, concise, and clearly written. Tell me more
Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
Program of the Year Award
Application deadline: May 16, 2011
Recognizes the best student-organized educational program or public service project focusing on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law. For questions, contact Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602. Tell me more
Student Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2011
Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. The first place entry will be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Tell me more
Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2011
Cash prize is $2,500, free Section membership, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting. For complete contest rules, please contact the Section at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
Nomination deadline: June 15, 2011
$1000 to the first prize winner and posting of the winning essay and runner-up online. The purpose of this competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among law students. The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Tell me more
Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 19, 2011
First prize: $2,500. Open to all law students attending an ABA-approved law school. This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writing on real property, trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest. Tell me more
April 5-9, 2011 (Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC)
Attend CLE programming geared towards young lawyers and law students and network with over 1,000 leading international practitioners from around globe during daily luncheons, networking breaks and receptions. Don’t miss out on special programs such as International Practice Boot Camp, Speed Networking, Pathways to Employment in International Law, and the YIN/SIN/WIN/GIN Outreach Reception. Tell me more
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
April 8-10, 2011 (Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville, VA)
Interested in wine and beverage law? Food and drug law? Securities regulation after Dodd-Frank? The Section of Administration Law and Regulatory Practice’s Spring Conference in Charlottesville, VA features these cutting edge seminars and a Friday morning job fair. Contact the Section to register or for more information. Tell me more
2011 Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting
April 14-17, 2011 (Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, FL)
Student Registration Fee: $25
Held in conjunction with the Section of Litigation Spring Meeting. Tell me more
Can Good People Be Good Prosecutors? A Discussion of the Role of Prosecutors in the Criminal Justice System
April 14, 2011 (5:00pm) - University of Miami School of Law (1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Student Lounge) Reception to follow
This insightful panel discussion will consider how an increase in minorities in public sector positions will reduce racial bias and disparity in the criminal justice system. Additionally, the panelists, along with other invited guests, will serve as a resource for law students and young lawyers, highlighting the value of becoming active in the bar and providing real world examples of how professional associations can assist law students and young lawyers in their legal careers and enhance their opportunities now and in the future. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with public sector agency representatives and receive information on how to obtain internships or permanent employment in the public sector at a reception following the panel discussion. RSVP to Tami Behland no later than Thursday, April 7.
Section of Litigation and Criminal Justice Section
Trying Children as Adults: Are We Doing it Right?
Friday, April 15, 2011 (3pm - 6pm)
Morton's Steakhouse (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL)
Registration is requested for this complimentary training: email Cathy Krebs (202 547 3060)
This panel will address the crime prevention and community safety goals of directly filing a child into the adult criminal system while taking into consideration scientific evidence about adolescent development and the lasting effects a criminal conviction has on a young person. The panel includes leaders from prosecution, defense, the judiciary and a clinical psychologist who will consider both sides of the issue and will also debate the question of whether these decisions should be left in the hands of prosecutors or should be made by judges.
37th National Conference on Professional Responsibility
June 1-4, 2011 (The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN)
Free registration for ABA Law Student Division members who pre-register no later than May 7!
Take this opportunity to hear nationally known ethics experts and learn about issues that will help you build an ethical practice in your legal career. Space is limited so you must pre-register no later than May 7, 2011 by sending an e-mail to the Center for Professional Responsibility with your contact information, law school and year of graduation. Tell me more
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