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

In this Issue

Teleconferences, Webinars, and Audio Webcasts

Internships, Clerkships and Fellowships

Competitions and Writing Contests

Law Student Division Career Series Publications - Top Picks

Career Development Resources

Specialty Group Meetings and Events


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!


March 29-31, 2012
Chicago, IL

ABA TECHSHOW 2012 is the event that brings lawyers and technology together in a format that suits beginners through the techiest of techies. Admission to the Expo is free. [Tell me more]

Law Student Study Abroad Programs

Law students planning to study abroad should refer to the criteria provided by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Vice Chair and Liaison Program

Application deadline: March 5, 2012
Each year, more than 32 students are appointed as vice-chairs and liaisons to TIPS general committees. [Tell me more]
Note: The TIPS Vice Chair and Liaison Program is not part of the ABA Law Student Division Liaison Program

Section of Science and Technology Seeks Social Media Gurus

Do you want to develop specific expertise and raise your profile among prospective employers as an ABA Section of Science & Technology Law committee contributor? The Section seeks additional social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter), blurb, and website editors to focus on targeted subject matter from our committees. To apply email Maria Gamboa with the following:

  • Resume and cover letter indicating why you should be considered.
  • Whether you prefer to edit a blurb, committee website, or serve as a social media contributor.
  • For social media, please identify your preferred platform(s).
  • Identify the Section Committee(s) that most interests you.
Other Law Student News

National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) Builds Environmental Justice Coalition with National Latino American Law Students Association (NLALSA) and Others [Tell me more]

ABA 2012 Annual Meeting

Registration Now Open

2012 ABA Annual Meeting
August 2-7, 2012
Chicago, IL

Register Today!

Information regarding ABA Law Student Division activities during the Annual Meeting will be released in April.


ABA Battle of the Lawyer Bands Contest

The ABA is now accepting submissions for the Battle of the Lawyer Bands Contest to be held at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago! Questions please send an email to [Tell me more]


Keep Your Member Profile

Has your address changed? Did you forget to pay your dues? Don't lose out on the valuable benefits of ABA Law Student Division membership because we can't find you. Log on to [MyABA] today and confirm that your dues are up-to-date and your profile is in order.

Opportunities from
Outside the ABA

Legal Studies Institute
Summer Internship in Washington DC

for 1st and 2nd Year Law Student
[Tell me more]

Street Law, Inc.
How to Start a Street Law Program at Your Law School
(Free Teleconference)
February 27, 2012 - 1:00pm (ET)

[Tell me more]

National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
44th Annual National Convention
Washington, DC
March 7-11, 2012

[Tell me more]

National Association of Law Students with Disabilities
2012 Annual Conference
Washington, DC
March 9-11, 2012

[Tell me more]

University of Puerto Rico Law Review - Nilita Vientós-Gastón Legal Writing Contest
Entry deadline: April 13, 2012
Award: $1,000.00 (USD) and possible publication in the University of Puerto Rico Law Review. Contact Tzeitel Andino, Associate Director, University of Puerto Rico Law Review for details.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) - 2012 Robert T. Matsui Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2012
Award: $1,500, and possible publication by UCLA School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Journal. The competition is open to all law students in the United States.
[Tell me more]

The opportunities above are provided for your information only. These organizations are in no way affiliated with the American Bar Association and their programs are not sponsored or endorsed by the American Bar Association or the Law Student Division.

Get Ahead of the Pack
with ABA Member Entities

As the premier legal organization, the ABA gives law students access on a national scale to career-building networking opportunities with peers, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals online or in person. Log on at [MyABA] to join a specialty section or an electronic discussion group. For assistance, contact the [ABA Service Center via email] or by phone at 800.825.2221.


Back Issues of the eNewsletter

Previous issues of the eNewsletter can be found [online]. Law school administrators who wish to be added to our eNewsletter monthly mailing list, may request a free subscription [by sending an email to the ABA Law Student Division].


Letters to the Editor

For comments or suggestions to the eNewsletter, please [contact the Law Student Division]

National Law Student Diversity Day
March 2, 2012

Each year, the ABA Law Student Division recognizes March 2, as the official Diversity Day at law schools across the country. On this day or throughout the month of March, law schools are encouraged to sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster respect for different races, genders, religions, sexual orientations and individuals with disabilities. [Tell me more]

Law Student Mental Health and Wellness Day
March 27, 2012

The ABA Law Student Division recognizes March 27, as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. Law schools are encouraged to sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster breaking the stigma associated with severe depression and anxiety amongst law students and lawyers. [Tell me more]

Nominate Your Law School for a Law Student Division National Award -- Deadline for Nominations: April 1, 2012

Each year, the ABA Law Student Division recognizes the achievements of individual law students, law school organizations and ABA-approved law schools on a national level through the Division's Annual Awards program in the following categories:

  • Diversity Award
  • Public Interest Award
  • Student Bar Association Award
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Awards
  • ABA Membership and Activity Award
  • Law School Newspaper Award

All national awards are announced and presented at the ABA Annual Meeting in August. [Sneak Preview]

Teleconferences, Webinars, and Audio Webcasts

Live Webinars and Teleconferences
Fees to participate on ABA Teleconference, Webinars and Audio Webcasts 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].

Children and the Law

Communications Law

Entertainment and Sports Industries

Family Law

Health Law

Lawyers Professional Liability

State and Local Government

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice

CLE Now -- Access digital downloads of programs at your convenience. [Tell me more]

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to participate in the opportunities listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Homelessness and Poverty - ABA John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship and 2012 Summer Legal Internship Program
Application deadline: March 26, 2012
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with individuals living in poverty or the issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply.

International Law Internship Opportunity
Application deadline varies by location
Intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for U.S. law students interested in the practice of international law with overseas law firms.

Competitions and Writing Contests

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

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: March 5, 2012
Award: $1,500 cash, airfare, and hotel accommodations to the Section's portion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, and possible publication in the Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal.

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition
Entry deadline: April 1, 2012
Award: $5,000, and airfare to the Section's 2012 Administrative Law Fall Conference in Washington, DC.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Admiralty and Maritime Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 6, 2012
Award: $500, and a maximum of $500 reimbursement towards attendance at the Section's Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC or the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

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, 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 and 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.

Career Development Resources

IT'S BACK - ABA Law Student Division Career Resources Website
The American Bar Association can help you construct a sturdy foundation to a successful and meaningful future. This newly reconstructed portal contains information on networking opportunities, internships, job boards and other resources to get you started as you embark on your legal education and/or begin your legal career. [Tell me more]

ABA Job Board
Access these FREE benefits:

  • Search and apply for high-quality legal jobs – more than 400 associate positions waiting to be filled
  • Upload your resume for review by hundreds of potential employers
  • Receive email alerts when new jobs are posted that meet your search criteria

Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC)

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Science and Technology Law - Networking Luncheon Program
March 6, 2012 - 12:00 Noon-1:30pm (ABA Building, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL)

Pre-Registration required. Your $10 registration fee includes lunch.

Entertainment and Sports Industries - Video Games and Digital Media Conference: Current Business and Legal Issues in the Interactive Entertainment Space
March 6, 2012 - The Palace Hotel (San Francisco, CA)

Environment, Energy and Resources Law Student Speed Networking Event - 41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law
March 22-24, 2012 - The Grand America Hotel (Salt Lake City, UT)

Law Practice Management - ABA TechShow 2012
March 29-31, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Communications Law 31st Annual CLE Program on Representing Your Local Broadcaster
April 15, 2012 - Encore Wynn Hotel (Las Vegas, NV)

Dispute Resolution - 14th Annual Spring Conference
April 18-21. 2012 - Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC)

ProBono and Public Service 2012 Equal Justice Conference
May 17-19, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (Jacksonville, FL)


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