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About the Young Lawyers Division

YLD Membership

Unlock early career-enhancing resources that will help you navigate the profession. Open to all ABA members under 36 years old or 10 years or less in practice.

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Our Vision

The Young Lawyers Division is the national home for the new and young attorney, providing members tools to navigate the early years of a career.

Our Mission

To serve the community and the legal profession; to represent young lawyers in the Association, and to represent the Association to young lawyers; to help shape the policies and priorities that affect young lawyers and the legal culture in which they practice; and to create a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of young lawyers’ views, and a voice to advocate those views.


The YLD has more than 200 leadership position openings—we've got one that's right for you! Leverage and develop your skills while helping us advance and advocate for national initiatives and causes.

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The Young Lawyers Division gives a number of awards, including On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award, the Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award and the Awards of Achievement.

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Projects & Initiatives

Learn about the First Gen Project, Disaster Legal Services, Diversity and Inclusion, and other projects that help young lawyers professionally and connect them to the importance of public service.

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Get Involved

Wanting to join your fellow young lawyers, expand your network, and work on important projects? The YLD has something for you.

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