Editorial Board of the Law Student Division

The ABA Law Student Division is the largest member organization for US law students. The Editorial Board of the ABA Law Student Division oversees and writes content for Student Lawyer.

This is an opportunity to sit on one of the most impactful law student publishing boards in the country. The Division has more than 100,000 members, and Student Lawyer reaches tens of thousands of visitors every month. And you’ll get to meet, interview, and network with experts in the legal industry.

Few, if any, law school student editorial boards have such a wide-reaching audience and national recognition and prestige.

2022-2023 Editorial Board

John Skakun, University of Akron School of Law
Student Editor-in-Chief, 2022-2023

  • Kaitlyn Hyun, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Jordan Lambdin, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law
  • Hannah Leone, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Timothy McCartney, Widener University School of Law Delaware
  • Richard Omoniyi-Shoyoola, Washington University School of Law (St Louis)

2021-2022 Editorial Board

Taylor DiChello, University of Connecticut School of Law
Travis Thickstun, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Student Editors-in-Chief, 2021-2022

  • Elizabeth Badovinac, Thomas M Cooley Law School
  • Emily Elmer, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • Haley Taylor Schlitz, SMU Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Harrison Long, South Texas College of Law
  • Sallie Moppert, Syracuse University College of Law

Application Requirements

You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:

  • Your Required Certification Form PDF
  • Links or single PDF of three non-academic writing samples (blog, news, or social media).

Job Requirements

Experience in journalism is a plus, and responsiveness and flexibility are essential. Applicants must produce up to four original articles for Student Lawyer during the year. This role deals with tight deadlines, so members must return phone or emails from the staff editor or ABA Law Student Division Council leadership within 24 hours.

  • Time commitment: 10 hours monthly
  • Selection Method: The Division Chair will appoint up to 6 law students, with input from the Delegate of Communications.
  • Term: One year (September – August)
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member* during the bar year you will serve.

Job Responsibilities

Members selected for the Editorial Board will collaborate with a group of top law students from across the country, working remotely. The Editorial Board is responsible for brainstorming, writing, and other editorial assignments. 

Editorial Board Member Duties Include:

  • Producing at least four original articles. Students who cannot meet this minimal requirement need not apply.
  • Working with staff and Law Student Editor in Chief, and fellow Board members to generate content and topic ideas.
  • Seeking out, reporting, and writing content that is of interest to law students of all levels and filing articles on deadline as established by the staff editor. All articles are published online, but it is possible articles written by the editorial board will end up in the magazine, which is printed in October and January.
  • Assisting in judging the Law Student Division’s law school newspaper contest.
  • Carrying out other minor assignments to assist the staff editor.
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

Travel

All Editorial Board work and collaboration is done remotely. No travel is required for this role, and reimbursement is not available through the Division. However, attending Annual Meeting in August is strongly encouraged, and some schools may offer reimbursement.

Eligibility

To be certified as a candidate for Student Editor, an individual must be:

  • A law student attending an ABA-approved law school in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
  • An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
  • Premium Law Student Division member, or will become one upon appointment;
  • A law student attending law school during the entire upcoming academic year (2023-2024);
  • A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.

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