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

In this Issue

Teleconferences, Webinars and Podcasts

Internships, Clerkships and Fellowships

Competitions and Writing Contests

Law Student Division Career Series Publications - Top Picks

Career Development Resources

ABA Midyear Meeting

Specialty Group Meetings and Events


Graduating Students

BARBRI Partial Scholarships

Application Deadline:
February 10, 2012
For the July Bar Exam

[Tell me more]


Law Student Division
Spring Circuit Meetings
and Governor Elections
[Dates and Locations]

1st Circuit
February 24-26, 2012
New England Law / Boston
Boston, MA

2nd Circuit
February 17-19, 2012
Columbia University School of Law
New York, NY

3rd Circuit
March 2-4, 2012
Drexel University School of Law
Philadelphia, PA

4th Circuit
February 10-12, 2012
Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte, NC

5th Circuit
February 24-26, 2012
University of Mississippi School of Law
Oxford, MS

6th Circuit
February 10-12, 2012
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Lansing, MI

7th Circuit
February 10-12, 2012
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL

8th Circuit
February 10-12, 2012
Drake University Law School
Des Moines, IA

9th Circuit
February 24-26, 2012
Chapman University School of Law
Orange, CA

10th Circuit
February 24-26, 2012
University of Oklahoma
School of Law
Norman, OK

11th Circuit
February 17-19, 2012
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC

12th Circuit
February 17-19, 2012
Lewis & Clark Law School
Portland, OR

13th Circuit
March 2-4, 2012
Loyola University New Orleans
College of Law
New Orleans, LA

14th Circuit
February 17-19, 2012
William S. Boyd
School of Law - UNLV
Las Vegas, NV

15th Circuit
February 10-12, 2012
Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law -
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

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

Meeting Scholarship Opportunities

A limited number of scholarships are available to law students interested in the the following Environmental Law Conferences. You must be an ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law member.

30th Annual Water Law Conference
February 22-24, 2012 (San Diego, CA)
Application deadline: January 17, 2012

Submit a 2-3 paragraph letter outlining your interest in water law and why you wish to attend the meeting.

41st Annual Conference on Environmental Law
March 22-24, 2012 (Salt Lake City, UT)
Application deadline: February 14, 2012

Submit a 2-3 paragraph letter outlining your interest in environmental, energy, or resources law and why you wish to attend the meeting.

ABA Campus Visits

Pathways to Employment
in International Law Series

New York University
International Interview Program
- January 29, 2012

American University Washington College of Law - April 5, 2012

Suffolk University School of Law -
Spring 2012

Valparaiso Law Career Center -
Spring 2012

University of San Francisco School of Law - Spring 2012


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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]

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.

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with ABA Member Entities

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Letters to the Editor

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



Join Our Leadership Team
Nomination Deadlines: January 15, February 1, and February 15, 2012

If you enjoy a challenge and are ready to work toward improving the legal education experience of your fellow law students, then we strongly encourage you to submit your nomination or application for an ABA Law Student Division leadership position. [Tell me more]

Reminder -- ABA Law Student Division Member Survey
Submission Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2012

If you have not completed the ABA Law Student Division Member Survey, we urge you to do so today as the survey will be taken off-line on Sunday evening, January 15, 2012. The information you share will enable the Division to better serve the needs of today's law student. [I wish to complete the survey]

Don't Lose Your Privileges of Membership
Deadline for Paying Your 2011-2012 Dues: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

If you have not already submitted your 2011-2012 dues payment, we urge you to visit [MyABA] to bring your ABA membership up-to-date or to call the ABA Service Center with your credit card information at 800.285.2221. Please do not let your ABA membership lapse on February 15, 2012.  For an annual fee of only $25, you can continue to be part of a 42,500+ member strong collation of law students, the largest in the country.  Log on to [MyABA] today and confirm that your dues are up-to-date and your profile is in order. [Tell me more about the benefits of membership]

Update - ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Comments Invited for Law Schools Scheduled for Accreditation Site Visits in Spring 2012
Interested parties wishing to comment on current compliance with accreditation Standards by law schools undergoing accreditation site visits during spring 2012 are encouraged to submit signed, written comments to the Office of the Consultant on Legal Education by January 15, 2012. [Tell me more]

Improvements to Collection and Publication of Job Placement Data
The Section has approved significant changes in the Section's collection and publication of graduate placement data provided by law schools. The changes are meant to enhance the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and specificity of the data. [Tell me more

Teleconferences, Webinars and Podcasts

Free Podcast Downloads

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].

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Free Call-In Brownbag Series. Registration is required to obtain dial-in information. [Contact the Section] to register or for more information.

Disability Rights

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm

Health Law

Intellectual Property Law

Labor and Employment Law

Professional Responsibility

Tort Trail and Insurance Practice

Young Lawyers

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 poor people or on 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.

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
Award: $2,500 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section's Spring Meeting.

International Law - Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
Award: $1,000 cash, and a $1,000 travel stipend to the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York City.

Antitrust Law Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
Award: $2,000 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting (March 28-30, 2012) in Washington, DC.

Dispute Resolution - Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
Award: $1,000 cash, and featured at the Section's Spring Conference in April and on the Section's webpage.

Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP Essay Contest
Entry deadline: February 17, 2012
Award: $5,000 cash, and travel expenses to attend the Section's Spring 2012 National Legal Malpractice Conference (April 18-20, 2012) in New York City.

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

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.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Fall/Winter Student TIPSter Newsletter 

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

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]

Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC)

ABA Midyear Meeting
February 1-7, 2012 -- New Orleans, LA

ABA Midyear Meeting
February 1-7, 2012 (New Orleans, LA)

[Tell me more]

Justice Center - Law Student Volunteers Wanted
ABA Justice Center/Judicial Division seeks law student volunteers to assist with staff support for the meetings and programs during the Midyear Meeting. [Register here] or contact [Christie Breitner] (312.988.5450).

General Practice Solo and Small Firm - How To Become Practice Ready As A Solo Attorney
February 2, 2012 (12:00 Noon-1:00pm) - Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
For more information contact [Jonitta Dockens].

State and Local Government Law Complimentary Networking Reception
February 2, 2012 (6:00pm-7:30pm) -
Tulane University Law School (Club-Faculty/Student Dinning Room)
Features guest speaker Brian E. Lawlor, City of New Orleans Director of Housing Policy and Community Development. RSVP to [Marsha Boone] or (312) 988-5649.

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Science and Technology Law Student Lunch - Cloud Computing: Healthcare IT Models ($10 per person)
January 27, 2012 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm) - ABA Headquarters, 321 N. Clark (Chicago, IL)

Entertainment and Sports Industries - Joint Panel with the CSUSA
February 3-5, 2012 - Beverly Hilton (Los Angeles, CA)

Labor and Employment Law - Careers in Labor and Employment Law Luncheon
February 7, 2012 - University of South Carolina - Contact the University of South Carolina Career Services Office to RSVP

Communications Law 17th Annual Conference
February 9-11, 2012 - Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes (Orlando, Florida) 

Taxation 2012 Midyear Meeting
February 16-18, 2012 - Manchester Grand Hyatt (San Diego, CA)
Registration for full-time JD/LLM/MT candidates is waived

Business Law - Gaming Law Minefield 2012
February 23-24, 2012 - Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa (Las Vegas, NV)

Criminal Justice White Collar Crime 2012
February 29-March 2, 2012 - Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach (Miami, FL)

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

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

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

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


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