“Many of Charlotte Law’s faculty members are involved in various ABA divisions and share their collective experiences with students,” said Jones. “In addition, current students are encouraged to share their positive experiences, such as ABA conferences, internships, scholarships, and success with writing competitions, with other students. We even encourage students to attend the CLEs that the ABA offers to enrich their résumés.”
In order to promote ABA membership, all 1Ls and transfer students receive a brief presentation about the ABA during orientation, and throughout the first few months of school there is consistent tabling.
“We table throughout the first few months of school to ensure that the ABA has a strong presence on campus and [we are] readily available to help students navigate ABA resources,” Jones said. “First year and transfer students genuinely appreciate having successful 2L and 3L students that they can reach out to on a whim.”
In addition, Jones said that Charlotte Law encourages students to become involved in the ABA by applying for the national and regional leadership opportunities.
“Charlotte Law values ABA membership because past and current ABA Law Student Division members are living proof that membership in the ABA can ensure that your résumé rises to the top. Charlotte Law students have a presence within the ABA’s national, regional, and entity liaison leadership positions. In addition, several of our students have successfully completed internships with the ABA’s Judicial Internship Opportunity Program and have competed in various ABA advocacy competitions.”
Jones said one of the school’s most successful events was a program entitled “ABA Mental Health Awareness Panel: How Law School Really Affects You.” The panel consisted of students, professors, and local attorneys who were ABA members, with each panelist relaying their personal struggles with maintaining their mental health during law school and into the legal profession. n