Today’s law students are bombarded with more choices than ever, and must decide where and how to spend their time, energy, and money to get the most “bang for their buck.”
What school extracurriculars, externships, or courses will help them stand out from the pack in their employment search? In the stacks of applications, law students have to separate themselves to get those coveted positions. Adding bar associations—local, state, national, and affinity—into the mix complicates matters significantly for law students.
How does a first-year student choose? A national bar? One that caters to their state or county? Or maybe even one that focuses on the area of law they're interested in? Students think of bar associations as the purview of gray-haired attorneys and expensive CLEs, and wonder how joining any such association can benefit them.
During our tenure as officers in the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, we attempted to learn from the law student perspective to make ABA and other bar association programs as accessible as possible to eager law students. Using our experience from those two years, we’ve flipped the tables to give you some insight on how you can make sure your association is appealing to the lawyers of tomorrow.