American Bar Association - Law Student Division
Law Student News and Activities
May 2012

In this Issue

Join Our Leadership Team

Attention 2012-2013 Law School Leaders - Report Your Leadership Position to the ABA

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

ABA Live Webinars

Awards, Competitions, and Writing Contests

Law Student Division Career Series Publications - Top Picks

Legal Entry-Level
Job Opportunities

Looking for an entry-level or junior-level position?  Visit the ABA job board for more than 400 associate positions waiting to be filled!


New ABA Benefit
Save up to 40% on
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ABA members can save 40% on award-winning computer security software from Norton. Discounted products include Norton AntiVirus, Norton 360 and more. [Tell me more]

Mentor Program for Law Students with Disabilities

The ABA Commission on Disability Rights invites law students with disabilities who are seeking career advice and guidance from a lawyer with a disability to participate in our Mentor Program. Tell me more

Resources for Law Students with Disabilities

Law students with disabilities seeking information about disability-related activities, organizations, programs, and courses offered at ABA-approved law schools, can find resources from the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. Tell me more

Articles of Interest

Hot Practice Profiles

Above and Beyond Will Set You Apart

Tips for Graduates

Understanding the Job Search Process

Standing Out From the Pack in Networking, Interviews and Beyond

How to Craft a Resume That Recruiters Will Love

Seeking Help For Substance Use Before the Bar Becomes a Bar

Addicted Lawyers Start as Addicted Law Students

Character and Fitness: How to Handle Substance Abuse or Mental Illness 


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Letters to the Editor

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ABA Annual Meeting
August 2-7, 2012 (Chicago, IL)
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012

The ABA Annual Meeting early-bird registration fee for law students is only $50 ($75 for ABA non-member law students*) until May 31. Beginning June 1, the student rate will increase to $75 ($100 for ABA non-member law students*). Your registration fee includes an "all access to CLE" student badge giving you free access to most educational events sponsored by the ABA's various practice-specific entities.

*Note: The additional $25 for non-member law students will be used to provide eligible registrants with a one-year membership in the ABA Law Student Division.

Join Our Leadership Team
Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2012

Submit Your Nominations for
Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
or Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations

Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
Position Overview and Nomination Form
The Law Student Division elects three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates (the ABA's governing body) to serve a one-year term. In short, these delegates are responsible for:

  • Representing the Division in the ABA House of Delegates and advocating Division positions to other ABA entities;
  • Working for ABA House of Delegates adoption of Division resolutions, co-sponsored resolutions, and resolutions directly affecting law students and legal education filed with the House;
  • Serving as the primary contact and coordinators to the 65+ Law Student Division liaisons to other ABA entities; and
  • Working with Division and other ABA leaders to promote, advocate and lobby for law student and legal education legislation.

Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations
Position Overview and Nomination Form
Student Bar Associations serve as an essential link between the Division and law students around the country. SBA Presidents bring the concerns and issues of their students to a regional and national level. The Vice Chair-SBA serves as the voice and representative of SBAs on a national level. Serving a one-year term, the Vice Chair-SBA is responsible for:

  • Strengthening relationships between the SBA and ABA organizations at local, regional, and national levels;
  • Facilitating discussions with SBA Presidents regarding issues of concern to law schools, law students, and legal education;
  • Representing the interests of student bar associations and assisting these organization leaders in drafting/filing policy recommendations on behalf of SBA Presidents; and
  • Maintaining and developing resources and materials for the Division's SBA webpage, handbook, conferences and law school organizations.
Attention 2012-2013 Law School Leaders
Report Your Leadership Position to the ABA Today

The Law Student Division requests that all SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives submit a Division Reporting Form so we may communicate information about important events and responsibilities relating to your leadership position in your law school.

SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives, are very important leaders in the ABA, as you serve as the (2) official voting delegates in the ABA Law Student Division Assembly - the Division’s 400-member governing body. In addition to electing the circuit governor for your region, as Assembly delegates, you also represent your school at the ABA Annual Meeting in August by electing the Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and the Vice Chair-SBA, and debating and voting on ABA policy issues affecting law students and legal education.  

By completing the Reporting Form, you will also be subscribed to our SBA Presidents or ABA Representatives list serves to allow you to connect with other law school leaders across the country, and receive important information and updates on legal education and accreditation issues, best practices, and other law student related issues.

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

ProBono and Public Service
2012 Equal Justice Conference

May 17-19, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (Jacksonville, FL)

Client Protection Council
28th National Forum on Client Protection
June 1-2, 2012 - Seaport Hotel and Conference Center (Boston, MA)
Law students may attend the event free of charge, but must register by sending their names and contact information to Selina Thomas, ABA Client Protection Counsel.

Live Webinars

Fees to participate on ABA Live Webinars vary by program. Unpublished discounts and scholarships for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.  For more information, [contact the ABA Center for CLE].

Business Law

Center for Continuing Legal Education

Construction Industry

Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Intellectual Property Law

Labor and Employment Law

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Awards, Competitions and Writing Contests

Criminal Justice Section “Citizen Amicus Project
Award: $500 and possible publication in the Criminal Justice Newsletter
Topic:  Fourth Amendment issues raised by law enforcement's warrantless use of trained narcotics dogs to detect narcotics from outside of a home based on the Florida v Jardines case currently before the Supreme Court. Submissions will be accepted until the case is decided. [Tell me more]

Labor and Employment Law
Bloomberg BNA Honors for Superior Academic Performance
Nominations taken year-round

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2012
Award: $2,500, free Section membership, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting

Law Student Division Career Series Publications -- Top Picks
Non-Legal Careers Careers in Animal Law
Hot off the Presses - How do I use my law degree to help animals? Combining profiles of lawyers from all areas of animal law practice with insightful, practical advice, the author lays out everything you need to know to pursue a legal career in animal law, find the job, locate the clients, identify the issues, and help the animals. [PC 5110723]
Non-Legal Careers Nonlegal 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 Careers The 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]
How to Start and Build a Law Practice How 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]

Other Publications of Interest to Law Students

Criminal Law - Careers in Criminal Law
Provides the reader with insight into the type of person who will do well in a career in criminal law and how to find your niche in this specialty.

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Directory of Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities (BIAD)
Review of state bar requirements for requesting accommodations for the bar exam in the form of questions asked for character and fitness (as they relate to disabilities).

Taxation - Careers in Tax Law Book
An informative guide presented in a series of offerings - autobiographies in miniature - by a broad cross section of working tax professionals.

The Road to Independence:  101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms 
A collection of 101 letters from women who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others.


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