American Bar Association - Law Student Division

Law Student News and Activities

November 2011

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

Specialty Group Meetings and Events


Graduating Students

BARBRI Partial Scholarships

Application Deadline:
November 16, 2011

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

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Criminal Justice Citizens Amicus Project - U.S. v. Jones and the Fourth Amendment

Law students from around the world are weighing in on one of the most important Fourth Amendment cases in the last decade.  Tell me more

Meeting Scholarship Opportunities

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

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.


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ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Update on Job Placement Data

The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is developing new standards for the management collection and publication of graduate placement data. Tell me more

Teleconferences, Webinars and Podcasts

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 Unpublished discounts and scholarships for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.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.

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

Health Law (Free Podcast)
How to Kick-Off a Successful Health Law Career

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Call-In Brownbag Series (Teleconferences)

  • Careers in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - November 15, 2011
  • Careers in State and Local Government Law - February 2011

State and Local Government (Live Webinar)
The Bully at School Goes High Tech: Protecting Students in the Internet Age
November 16, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Center for CLE (Free Live Webinar)
Trying High-Profile Cases in Today's Media Environment
November 21, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Legal Technology Research Center
Tech Tuesdays (Webinars)

Entertainment and Sports Industries (Live Webinar)
Legal Issues in Performance Arts Spaces
November 29, 2011 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm EST)

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Practice (Live Webinar)
Client Satisfaction and a Paid Lawyer: Your 2012 New Year's Resolution
December 1, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Entertainment and Sports Industries (Live Webinars)
Sports and Entertainment Facility Agreements: Nuts, Bolts, and War Stories
December 7, 2011 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm EST)

Labor and Employment Law (Teleconference)
When You Write It's Never Wrong: The Ethics of Client Representation
December 7, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Business Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Understanding Third Party Legal Options
December 8, 2011 (1:00pm-3:00pm EST)

Business Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
How to Use Forms Wisely in Secured Transactions
December 15, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

Health Law (Live Webinar)
Fundamentals of Medicare/Medicaid
December 17, 2011 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm EST)

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

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

Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program
Application deadline: December 23, 2011
This 8-week summer clerkship placements for qualified diverse candidates who are first or second year law students. For more information, contact Leslie Banas via email or 312/988-5630. Tell me more

Litigation Summer 2012 Judicial Internship Opportunity Program
Application deadline: January 6, 2012
Applications now available for 2L and will be available for 1L beginning December 1, 2011. This program places minority or economically disadvantaged students with state and federal judges for summer internships. Tell me more.

Competitions and Writing Contests

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

Health Law Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 3, 2011
Award: $500 honorarium, airfare, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, February 23-25, 2012 in San Diego. Contact Simeone Carson for additional details. Tell me more

Construction Industry 2011 Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 31, 2011
Award: $2,000 plus travel expenses and registration to attend the 2012 Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. Copy of the rules. For more information, contact Amanda Raible or Marilyn Klinger.

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
Awards: Cash prizes of $500 to $2,500 plus travel expenses to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting. Tell me more

Antitrust Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
Award: $2,000 cash plus an invitation to the Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting (March 28-30, 2012) in Washington, D.C.  Airfare (if living outside DC area), accommodations, and registration will be paid by the Section. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition
Entry deadline: April 1, 2012
Award: $5,000, free round trip airfare to Washington, DC for the 2012 Administrative Law Fall Conference. Contact the Section to register or for more information.  Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Admiralty and Maritime Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 6, 2012
Awards: $500 plus a maximum of $500 reimbursement towards attendance at the TIPS Spring Meeting in Charleston, SC or the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Tell me more

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

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
Career Development Resources

Business Law Helpful Articles

Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC)

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). Tell me more

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Fall Conference
November 16-17, 2011 (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)
Student admission to CLE sessions is free.  Contact the Section to register or for more information.

Antitrust Law Networking Mixer
November 29, 2011 (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant (Mezzanine Level, 900 F Street, NW, Washington, DC)

Standing Committee on Law and National Security 21st Annual Review of the National Security
December 1-2, 2011 (Ritz-Carlton Washington DC Hotel, 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC)
This event is open to Law Student Division members at a discounted price.

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







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