Young Lawyers Division

The Young Lawyers Division is the ABA’s home for the new attorney, giving members tools to navigate the early years of a career, opportunities to network, and resources to grow skill sets.

Civic Engagement Summit

Civic Engagement Summit

Lead the Way: The Importance of Civic Engagement

Have you thought about improving your community but don’t know where to start? Join us on May 26-27 as we spotlight the critical importance of young lawyers’ meaningful involvement at every level of government and provide you will the tools to make a difference in the issues you care about.

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Join the Young Lawyers Division

The ABA provides tons of resources and benefits to help Young Lawyers throughout their careers. Sign in to update your info to start receiving information for free CLE credits, publications, and more.

Student Debt Resources and Survey Report

Student Debt Resources

The 2020 Student Loan Debt Survey Report

With few exceptions, all law school graduates are impacted by student loan debt. And for many, that debt continues to grow after graduation, impacting personal lives, career paths, and mental health. The 2020 ABA YLD Law School Student Loan Debt Survey Report examines the issues at the heart of the student loan crisis, and offers recommendations. Get the findings on our new student loan advocacy page.

Loans & Finances - Resources

Advice For New Lawyers

Advice for New Lawyers

Tools For Your Professional Life

Our digital publications, TYL magazine and After The Bar, are here to guide new lawyers through the early stages of their legal careers as the experts talk about job search tips, strategies for building your practice, and the best resources to add to your professional toolkit.

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YLD Podcast

YLD Podcast

Listen to Young Lawyer Rising

New! Young Lawyer Rising covers issues pertinent to young lawyers, from newly minted attorneys to lawyers 10 years into practice and beyond.

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Career Tools

The ABA can help you navigate your career. Scan your resume and get instant feedback or have an AI video chat tool analyze your interview style with ABA Career Forward (powered by Korn Ferry Advance®). If you’re on the job, we can help you enhance the skills that will help you grow.

Awards & Nominations

YLD Awards Ceremony Photo

The 2021 On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Awards

Make your nominations for the 2021 On The Rise Awards! Send us your recommendations for a lawyer who exemplifies high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. The deadline is March 1, 2021.

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Projects & Awards

Offering help through opportunity

The YLD takes pride in making positive contributions to communities in which we practice, shaping the legal profession, and helping young lawyers succeed. Through initiatives such as A Seat at the Table, The Men of Color Project, No Limits, and #Fit2Practice, there are many ways you can get involved.

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Support Young Lawyers

Your generous gift to the YLD will be combined and leveraged with other donations to further such initiatives as the YLD Disaster Legal Services, Annual Public Service Project and Diversity and Inclusion programs.