ABA Law Student Division
October 2010 News and Activities


Are You Stressing Over Your Student Debt?
Click here for advice and resources

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


Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

Business Law - Diversity Clerkship

Children and the Law - Internship

Dispute Resolution - Internship

Immigration - Internship

Individual Rights - Internship

International Law - Internship

Litigation - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Internship

Public Service - Internship

Rule of Law - Domestic and International Relations Internship


New Law Students

Now Available Online!

How to Survive Your
First Year of Law School


Career Development Opportunities and Resources

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Interviewing Seminar

Health Law - Law Student Podcast Series

Science and Technology Law - Wanted: Student Editors (application deadline 11/1/10)

Young Lawyers Division - Podcast: Networking in a Difficult Economy


Awards and
Writing Competitions

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Construction Industry - Law Student Writing Competition

Entertainment and Sports - Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Health Law - Writing Competition

Taxation - Tax Challenge Competition


2011 Graduates

Now Available

2011 BarBri Scholarship Application
Application Deadline:
November 30, 2010
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ABA Specialty Groups Visit Law Schools

Criminal Justice - Careers in Criminal Justice

International Law - Pathways to Employment in International Law


Specialty Group Meetings
and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2010 Conference (11/4-5/10)

Labor and Employment Law - 4th Annual Conference (11/3-6/10)

Labor and Employment Law - Careers in Labor and Employ Law (11/6/10)

Taxation - 2010 Midyear Meeting (1/20-21/11)


Live Teleconferences
and Webcasts

Lawyer Websites: Ethical Traps and How to Avoid Them (11/2/10)

Defending the Drug User ...PS Your Client is a Liar (11/17/10)

CLE Now!

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, including Live Teleconferences and Audio Webcasts Tell me more


This Month's Featured
ABA Entities

ABA Legal Technology Resource Center - Leverage Technology from Law Student to Lawyer

Litigation Section - Securing the Vitality of the Legal System

Senior Lawyers Division - Discover Careers in Elder Law

Taxation - Student eNews

Women in the Profession - Perspectives eNews


Visit the ABA Job Board

Job Locator Program

Continue to check the ABA Section of Taxation’s Job Locator site for jobs available in tax-related fields.   The site lists employment opportunities in law firms with tax practices, government entities in the tax profession, accounting firms and others.

State & Local Government Law
Exclusive Law Student Resume Database

Allows employers to find candidates that fit employers’ specific needs. It is searchable and current, providing employers direct access to a pool of talented students and recent grads whose interest and expertise for state and local law is assured. If you are a job seeker, upload your resume now. If you are an employer looking for your next rising star, we invite you to meet our candidates! Check it out now!


New Law Student
Member Benefit!

Save on all purchases of West, Foundation Press, and Gilbert study guides and selected publications.
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Don't Lose Your Privileges of ABA Law Student Division Membership

To check your membership status or to bring your dues up to date, visit MyABA or contact the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 for assistance.

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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with the ABA

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For assistance, contact the ABA Service Center via email or by phone at 800.825.2221.


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Law Student Division Competitions
NOW AVAILABLE -- 2010-2011 Competition Entry Forms

Entry forms for the 2010-2011 competition season are still available.  Tell me more
  • Client Counseling Competition
    Entry deadline: October 22, 2010
    A competition promoting preventive law and counseling functions. Tell me more

  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) *
    Entry deadline: November 5, 2010
    A traditional moot court competition focusing on written and oral advocacy skills. Tell me more

Schools may enter one or two teams on a first come first serve basis until 192 teams are registered.  All schools that register after 192 teams have been accepted will be wait listed.  Wait listed schools will be notified after the entry deadline if space is available due to cancellations.  As of October 12, 175 teams have registered for the NAAC. Space is available for only 17 more teams.

Tell Us About Your Law School's
2010 Work-A-Day Community Service Project
Law's Cool: Creating Change with Civic Education

Work-A-Day is the annual public service project of the ABA Law Student Division which brings law students from across the country together to participate in a one day public service project in their community. Tell us how your law school used Work-A-Day 2010 to reach out to your community. Tell me more

Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered for the opportunities listed below unless otherwise indicated. Tell me more

Internship and Clerkship Program
ABA Washington, DC Office
Application deadline for Spring/Summer: December 1, 2010

The ABA Commission on Immigration seeks talented law students to assist in cutting-edge national advocacy work for immigrants, refugees and newcomers to this nation. You will participate in research and development of various policy initiatives to ensure that immigration laws respect the due process rights of immigrants, to benefit adult and children immigrants and refugees detained by the ICE, and to promote pro bono practices across the country. Tell me more

Public Service
Internship Program
ABA Washington D.C. Office
Application deadline for Spring/Summer: December 1, 2010

The Division for Public Service provides summer internships to design and carry out a public interest legal research and writing project of particular interest to the law student. Typically involves conducting project research and writing; developing information for directories and other databases; coordinating survey development, distribution and results; or editing manuscripts for publication. Tell me more

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law
Internship Opportunities         
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline for Spring (January to May): Mid-December, 2010

Duties include using Westlaw to research disability law issues, cite-checking cases and legislation, and assisting with various other Commission projects. Tell me more

Judicial Intern Opportunities Program (JIOP)
Application deadline: January 7, 2011

The JIOP provides opportunities to students who belong to racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, as well as students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.

This past year, the JIOP placed 170 law students in judicial internships. These positions are made possible through the generous judicial officers at state, federal and appellate levels. In 2011, Internships are available in the following locations:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • Illinois
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas
  • Seattle, WA

Qualified students who pass through the initial screening interview will receive a judicial interview.  Interns will receive an award of $1,500. Tell me more

Business Law
Diversity Clerkship Program
Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE
Application deadline: January 21, 2011

Provides summer business law internship placements to qualified first or second year law students. This program is designed to expose participants to essential business practices. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student. Tell me more

Children and the Law
Internship Opportunity
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Internships are available during the summer, spring and fall for students with an interest in child welfare issues.  Summer internship positions will be focused on child and adolescent health; a background in health or psychology is strongly preferred for this position.  Tell me more

Dispute Resolution
Internship Opportunity
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Law student interns focus on ADR research into emerging critical issues under the supervision of an attorney, conduct needs assessment and systems design for dispute resolution in specific practice areas or institutions, and make site visits to local programs such as the D.C. Court's Multi-Door Program. Tell me more

Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Internship Opportunities
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

The Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities is the only entity within the ABA dedicated solely to civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. Legal interns work directly with Section attorneys and other staff members on policy and project development and implementation: conducting legal research and assisting in monitoring state and federal legislative developments on various civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. Tell me more

International Law
International Internship Program
Application deadline: Varies by program

Designed to give law students the opportunity to apply for internships all over the world including Latin America, Europe and Asia. For questions, contact Angela Benson, Section Membership Director. Tell me more

Rule of Law Initiative
Domestic and International Relations Internships
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Responsibilities will vary depending on the section’s immediate needs. Duties may include assisting the department with the management of international programs, monitoring the political and economic developments in a region, researching areas of interest, aiding with correspondence, working with program and in-country staff on day-to-day support tasks, and performing administrative duties requested by the relevant office staff. Tell me more 

Career Development
Opportunities and Resources

Science & Technology Law
Student Editors
Application deadline: November 1, 2010
Behavioral Sciences Committee and Committee on Rights and Responsibilities of Scientists each seek a motivated student to edit their quarterly electronic blurb, which will be similar to SciStatus Update. This student will receive guidance from Committee leadership.  Please submit your resume and a brief note about why you would like to serve in this role to Maria Gamboa. Students will be informed about their application as soon as possible.  All applicants must be a member of the Section of Science & Technology Law.  Click here to join for free.

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
2010 Administrative Law Conference Interviewing Seminar
November 4, 2010
Capital Hilton (Washington, DC)

Join senior interviewing and hiring attorneys at a breakfast presentation, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” featuring tips to help you navigate the interviewing process.  This breakfast is free for all ABA Law Student Division members.  Contact the Section to register or for more information.  Tell me more

Health Law
Law Student Podcast Series | Free to the General Public
Is a career in health law for you? Hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights on this exciting area of law. These free teleconferences are designed to help law students understand the field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once they graduate from law school. For more information, contact Simeon Carson with the Health Law staff. Tell me more

Young Lawyers
Podcast - Networking in a Difficult Economy
Available only to ABA members (Free)
Whether you are a young lawyer or law student, are currently employed or not, this program will help you build a solid network. Downloadable topics include the following. Tell me more

  • Networking based on your practice setting
  • “Starting out” as a new lawyer or law student
  • Best types of events to attend with limited free time and resources
  • Preparing to attend an in-person event
  • Following-up after an in-person event
  • Using Social Media

Awards and Writing Competitions

Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC)
Submission deadline: November 5, 2010
An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, each two-person team is asked to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in an everyday tax practice. View slideshows of students and judges in action from past competitions! Winners accept their awards after the final decisions are rendered. This year's J.D. problem focuses on the personal income tax effects of a famous athlete's divorce from his wife, as well as his subsequent attempts to revive his marriage and his professional sports career. The LL.M problem focuses on a wealthy energy tycoon's attempt to reorganize his existing investments and acquire an interest in the burgeoning electric car business. Tell me more

Health Law
9th Annual Writing Competition
Nomination deadline: December 3, 2010

The first place award includes publication in an issue of The Health Lawyer, a $500 honorarium, airfare, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, February 23-25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, contact Simeon Carson with the Health Law Section staff. Writing competition guidelines / Tell me more

Construction Industry
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 30, 2010
The winner will receive travel expenses and registration to attend the annual meeting of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, April 14-16, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ, where the prize will be presented: $2,000 plus possible publication in the Forum Newsletter, Under Construction or the Forum Journal, The Construction Lawyer. Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industries
13th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 3, 2011
The first place winner will receive $5,000, one Grammy Awards show ticket, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, one ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner. The ELI Essay Competition invites law students focusing on the entertainment practice to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon on February 11, 2011. For details, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative on Facebook.com and search for “The Entertainment Law Initiative” or click here.

Business Law
Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 14, 2011

The first place winner will receive $2,500, travel and lodging to attend the Section Spring Meeting; possible publication in The Business Lawyer. This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest. Tell me more

ABA Specialty Groups Visit Law School Campuses

Criminal Justice Section
Careers in Criminal Justice
November 4, 2010 - Howard University School of Law (Washington, DC)

A panel of criminal justice practitioners will highlight opportunities in the field of criminal justice law. Hear their stories as they share their professional experiences and highlight the benefit of utilizing bar associations to network with other legal practitioners and expand their practice.

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Pathways Programs bring experienced international lawyers together with law students and young lawyers to share career paths and options.  For more information, please contact Angela Benson with the International Law staff at (202) 662-1664. 

  • University of Illinois College of Law – October 19, 2010
  • International Law Weekend – October 25, 2010
  • ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting in Paris – November 2, 2010
  • University of Baltimore School of Law – November 4, 2010
  • Widener University School of Law – November 9, 2010
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law – November 9, 2010
  • Suffolk University School of Law – March 1, 2011
  • George Washington University School of Law – Spring 2011
  • The John Marshall Law School Center (Chicago) – Spring 2011

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Labor and Employment Law
4th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
November 3-6, 2010
Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown (540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois)
This program will be attended by more than 1,000 attorneys from around the country. This event is complimentary to all ABA Law Student Division members who are also members of the Section of Labor and Employment law. To join the ABA Law Student Division and/or the Section Labor and Employment Law, click here. Membership in the Section of Labor and Employment Law is free for law students. Membership in the Law Student Division is $25 per year or you may purchase a three-year membership for $60. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
2010 Administrative Law Conference
November 4-5, 2010
Capitol Hilton (1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC)

Free to ABA Law Student Division members
Join national experts as they discuss current issues in election law, government affairs, immigration, environment and energy, and rulemaking and regulatory policy.  ABA Law Student Division members are also invited to a free breakfast and presentation, “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: What Legal Employers Look For In Candidates,” featuring senior attorneys discussing tips to help you navigate the interviewing process.  Contact the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for more information.  Tell me more

Labor and Employment Law
Complimentary Law Student Luncheon: Careers in Labor and Employment Law: How-To Exploration of Options and Advice for Law Students on Finding the Right Job
November 6, 2010 (1:00pm-2:15pm)
Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown (540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois)

Complimentary attendance and lunch for law students who RSVP in advance to Tracey Moore.
Take this opportunity to meet with leading labor and employment law attorneys and discover the many varied career paths available to new lawyers in this growing specialty area. You will receive concrete advice on how to get a job that interests you, whether in a big firm practice, a union legal staff, a boutique litigation firm, a federal regulatory agency, or a corporate legal department. This program is being presented as part of the 4th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference which will be attended by more than 1000 attorneys from around the country. Tell me more

2010 Midyear Meeting
January 20-21, 2010 (Boca Raton Resort, Baca Raton, FL)
Free to full-time J.D./LL.M/MT candidates who are ABA Law Student Division members!

Join tax attorneys from across the country for outstanding CLE programs – including ethics CLE. You’ll have the opportunity to network and participate in high-level discussions with private practitioners and government officials on the most important issues facing tax lawyers today.  For more details visit www.abanet.org/tax

Live Teleconferences and Webcasts

Fees to participate on ABA Teleconference and Audio Webcasts vary by program. Unpublished discounts for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.  For more information, contact the ABA Center for CLE

Professional Responsibility (Teleconference and Audio Webcast)
Lawyer Websites: Ethical Traps and How to Avoid Them
November 2, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
Based on the Standing Committee’s recently issued Formal Opinion 10-457 on Lawyer Websites, this webcast examines websites as commonly-used tools for bringing lawyers and clients together and compares them to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  The opinion works through what really happens when someone reads and responds to information posted on a lawyer's or a law firm's website. Listen to and ask questions of two members of the committee that drafted the opinion, and learn how to avoid possible ethics perils in the design and use of your existing or future website.  Tell me more

Standing Committee on Substance Abuse
Defending the Drug User…P.S. Your Client Is a Liar
November 17, 2010
(12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Join our expert faculty as they provide valuable information about technical applications, limitations, nuances, and myths of various drug and alcohol testing methods. This program will include a discussion about the products used to attempt to falsify or negate a test result or cleanse the system of toxins.  This presentation will also focus on the use of such information in presenting evidence in family law cases regarding substance use and compliance with court orders for testing.  Tell me more

This Month's Featured ABA Entities

Legal Technology Research Center
Looking for discounts on hardware and software? Want to learn how to get the most out of the software you already have? Come visit the resource page just for law students from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. Learn how to leverage technology from law school into law practice.  Tell me more

Who More than Litigators Have the Responsibility to Secure the Vitality of the American System of Justice and Equal Justice for All?
As the largest specialty section of the American Bar Association, the Section of Litigation is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients. In short, the Section helps its members, both lawyers and law students, to be better lawyers.
Law student members of the Section have access to valuable publications, audio information, and networking opportunities. Law student members can receive all written publication such the Litigation Journal, various Committee Newsletters and Litigation News. Students can also access Sound Advice Audio Library where experienced litigators provide meaningful advice and the iTunes Podcast: Tips for Trial Lawyers. Finally, the Section of Litigation boasts the largest membership of any other ABA entity. Students who attend Section functions as members have access to the largest body of litigators in the country.

Senior Lawyers Division
Begin a Rewarding Career Advocating for the Rights of Seniors
If you are interested in Elder Law as a career or as an area of pro bono work in the future, you should join the SLD. It’s a fact that the elderly population is expected to double between 2000 and 2025.  Law students interested in pursuing a general practice career focusing on issues affecting the elderly should consider gaining valuable experience and connections through membership in the SLD. The Division is currently developing a future program to connect members of the Division seeking assistance on cases with law students interested in gaining hands on experience.  For questions, contact the Senior Lawyers Division at 312.988.5582.  Tell me more

Student eNEWS
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of tax 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

Commission on Women in the Profession
Perspectives eNewsletter, the Quarterly Magazine For and About Women Lawyers
Free to ABA Members
Each issue of Perspectives confronts issues of interest to women lawyers, delivering lively, thoughtful discussions on topics ranging from work/life balance to the glass ceiling and the latest political and legal challenges to equality.   In addition, Perspectives provides practical advice for practitioners, career-building tips, and notices of upcoming events and programs that are of particular significance to women. Tell me more

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