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Job Description

Not only will you join your peers on the Law Student Division Council, but you will also be a voting member of the ABA Board of Governors and ABA House of Delegates. Meaning, you have some serious power. In this role, you cannot forget Uncle Ben’s warning, “With great power, comes great responsibility,” because you are the liaison between the students and the greater ABA when it comes to initiatives and changes being made in the ABA.

Your previous organizational leadership experience will come in handy in this position. A lot of your time will also be spent working closely with the high ranking officials in the ABA, so your punctuality, articulate communication, and positive attitude will help you succeed.

  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours weekly.
  • Election Method: Elected in March by an electronic vote of the Assembly.
  • Officer-Elect Period: Serves immediately upon election in a non-voting, Officer-Elect capacity on the Council through the conclusion of the next ABA Annual Meeting in August.
  • Term: Assumes the official one-year term starting at the next Annual Meeting through the following Annual Meeting (August to August).
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.

Application Requirements

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

  • Your Required Certification Form PDF
  • Your Required BOG Petition Form and Biographical Sketch (BOG requirement)
  • Statement/resume PDF
  • Headshot image
  • Publicly available video statement link (optional, 5 minute maximum time limit, and not needed for editorial positions).

Travel Required

This position is expected to frequently attend in-person events and or meetings. Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division or ABA Board of Governors, subject to guidelines.


To be certified as a candidate, an individual must be:

  • A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
  • An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
  • Premium Law Student Division member;
  • A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
  • A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
  • A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2023;
  • A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All application forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
  • A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements; and have completed the Board of Governors Petition Form.

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