Law Student Scholar Program

The ABA Business Law Section is pleased to invite law students to participate in their inaugural Law Student Scholar Program. The program is designed to help law students navigate Section Meetings and meet with practicing business lawyers to network and learn more about a career in business law. Participants in the Law Student Scholar Program receive:

  • Mentorship. Each Scholar will be paired with a Section mentor who can help you navigate the Meeting and share advice for a successful career in business law.
  • Professional recognition. After completing the program requirements, each scholar will receive a certificate recognizing their participation in the program.  Scholars are also encouraged to list involvement in this program on their resume.
  • Enhanced law school experience. Scholars will receive continued opportunities for involvement in the ABA Business Law Section to help you stand out from your peers.

Sign Up to Become a Law Student Scholar

The sign-up period for the 2019 Section Annual Meeting Law Student Scholar program has now closed. Law students that have not pre-registered may still participate in the program however will not receive a Mentor assignment. 

If you would like to participate but have not pre-registered, upon arrival at the Section Annual Meeting please proceed to the Membership Desk in the Section Lounge to receive your participation form. Contact gina.dickinson@americanbar.org with any questions.

Check back later this fall for details about the Scholar Program at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, MA, March 26-28, 2020!

Law Student Scholar Program Requirements

The program has been designed with law students’ busy schedules in mind. Participants complete the activities during the Section Annual Meeting  but required events can be completed in 1-3 days. Students are invited to attend as many days of the meeting as they’d like!

To fulfill the requirements of the program, you must complete any combination of the activities below to earn a score of at least 20 points.

  • Meet with your Assigned Mentor (10 points)
    Each Scholar is connected with a Business Law Section member who can help you navigate the Meeting and share advice for a successful career in business law. Connect with your mentor at a Meeting reception or grab coffee in between programs.
  • Attend the Law Student Institute (10 points)
    Dedicated law student programming is hosted on Thursday afternoon, from 2:30 PM-5:00 PM. The afternoon kicks off with “Building a Business Lawyer Law Student Series: How to Find Your First Job” and continues with a Speed Networking, connecting law students with accomplished business law practitioners from across the country.
  • Attend a CLE Program (5 points)
    The Section Annual Meeting is full of innovative CLE programming covering an array of business law topics. Use the Young Lawyer Track to narrow down the programs and identify those most pertinent to law students.
  • Attend a Committee Meeting (5 points)
    The Section Annual Meeting features over 300 committee and subcommittee meetings covering every niche topic in business law. Every meeting is open, so stop in to learn about cutting edge developments any topic that might be of interest to you or beneficial to your practice.

For additional information, contact gina.dickinson@americanbar.org or 312-988-5316.