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ABA offers free membership for law students

By John Glynn

Effective immediately, the American Bar Association will offer free membership to all students enrolled at ABA-approved law schools. The membership grants law students access to resources tailored to their interests and needs, opportunities to build their professional skills plus access to the ABA’s job listings, clerkships, internships and career events.

It includes:

  • Access to the ABA Job Board, where members’ resumes are flagged with the ABA logo
  • Opportunities to connect with established lawyers and learn about specialized areas of law through ABA sections, divisions and forums
  • Four digital and print issues of Student Lawyer magazine, plus a digital subscription to the monthly ABA Journal
  • Access to the Free Career Advice Series of monthly webinars on various career-related topics such as interviewing wisely, tailoring your career to fit your strengths and putting social media to work for you   
  • Free monthly continuing legal education webinars, which deal with real legal issues in different practice areas
  • Access to member-only discounts on everything from Sprint cellular packages to Hertz car rentals to Brooks Brothers clothing

Through the ABA’s Law Student Division, students can also take advantage of leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming and practical skills competitions.

“The American Bar Association provides today’s law students -- the future of our profession -- with solid support and a strong foundation from which they can launch successful careers,” ABA President William C. Hubbard said. “It’s exciting that now all law students will be able to tap into the impressive ABA community and services to enhance their law school experience. Through their ABA membership, students will find resources tailored to their interests and needs, opportunities to build their professional skills, plus access to the ABA’s job listings, clerkships, internships, career events and national network of America’s top lawyers.”

More than 119,000 law students across the country are eligible for the free membership. The ABA will work with law schools to explain simple enrollment processes. Law students can enroll online at www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents or by calling the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.