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Job Description

When you are appointed by the Division Chair to serve as a non-voting member of the Division’s Council, don’t think that this role won’t make a meaningful impact on law students and members. As the Student Editor-in-Chief, you will be on a team that is responsible for the editorial oversight of the Division’s publications. Student Lawyer is read by members across the country, meaning that your ideas and work will be educating, influencing, and entertaining law students everywhere.

While your traditional journalism skills are crucial in this role, your ability to work with our staff team, meet deadlines, and recruit other law students to write pieces for the Division’s publications are just as crucial to being successful in this role.

  • Time commitment: 10-15 hours monthly
  • Election Method: Appointed each year by the Law Student Division Chair
  • Term: One year
  • Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member* during the bar year you will serve.

Job Responsibilities

Student Editor-in-Chief Duties Include:

  • Lead the Editorial Board of the Law Student Division.
  • Work with staff and students to generate content and topic ideas.
  • Prepare a report of student editor activities for the Division Council for each of the council’s meetings.
  • Assign articles to student writers as deemed appropriate by the student editor and staff editor, and ensure their timely filing and editing.
  • Alert law student section liaisons to the requirement to write liaison notes, follow up on these requests, and edit articles.
  • With the staff editor, review all article copy prior to publication and alert the staff editor to any oversights or potential problems.
  • Assist in judging the Law Student Division’s law school newspaper contest.
  • Carry out other minor assignments to assist the staff editor.
  • Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.

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).


To be certified as a candidate for Student Editor, 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.

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