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.

Student Debt Resources and Survey Report

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

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.

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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Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Portal

Find a way to help those in need during a disaster

The YLD Disaster Legal Services Program and Paladin have launched the first national disaster relief pro bono portal. This free centralized, sortable database will list opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19 and other natural disasters.

Find Your - Opportunity

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.

On The Rise

Presenting the 2020 On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Awards

Meet the 40 young lawyers the YLD is honoring this year with its On The Rise Awards! These attorneys exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service.

2020 - On The Rise Awards

Webinar Replay

So you want to serve on a nonprofit board?

Serving on a non-profit board can be a great way to get more involved in the local community and contribute to a cause that is personally meaningful. This program will provide tips for lawyers considering joining a nonprofit board, as well as provide some practical and ethical considerations for the lawyer who has been asked to provide legal advice.

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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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Thank You to Our Premium Provider

Bloomberg Law is proud to be a sponsor of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Raise your profile, develop practice area expertise, and conduct faster and more accurate research with content and tools from Bloomberg Law.

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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.