Law Students


We encourage law students to join the Section of Family Law! Our student members receive all the benefits our attorney and associate members do, including:

  • an electronic subscription to our nationally recognized magazine, Family Advocate;
  • online access to Family Law Quarterly  (our scholarly journal);
  • online access to our monthly eNewsletter;
  • online access to Case Update, a monthly e-digest that keeps you informed about recent decisions in family law cases; and
  • the opportunity to join over 20 substantive committees.


When you join the Section, you can sign up for FamLawStudents, our e-mail discussion forum designed especially for students to share ideas, discuss topics of interest, and receive announcements for students only.

It's easy to opt-in to the list. Just log in to the ABA website with your member ID and password and then click on the link in the "Lists" box on your personalized page. Once you're there, you'll find a link for other lists you may join; FamLawStudents should be among them.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

The Section of Family Law holds the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest annually to stimulate curiosity and investigation into the field of family law. All law students are encouraged to enter.

Learn more about the contest

Law Student Division

Did you know that the ABA has national competitions that you can participate in annually? There are also many scholarship opportunities for law students. Find lawyer profiles, career opportunities, articles, and become a member of the Law Student Division.

Visit the Law Student Division website