Engaging Future Lawyers


What Do Lawyers Do? Toolkit

Get the resources you need to implement a What Do Lawyers Do? program in your local community. 

Origins of What Do Lawyers Do?

During the 2016-17 bar year under the leadership of former ABA Young Lawyers Division Chair Lacy Durham, the ABA YLD partnered with the Texas Young Lawyers Association to expand What Do Lawyers Do? (WDLD?) into a national resource.  

WDLD? is an interactive web-based is designed to educate undergraduate students about how to become a lawyer. The project focuses on preparation for law school, the law school experience, and different career paths for law school graduates. Among its many goals, the project seeks to encourage a discussion about the different aspects of a legal education and the seemingly endless options open to those interested in pursuing a legal education. Students will have a newfound understanding of the important roles that lawyers play in society, and that a legal education and a legal career are well within the reach of anyone willing to put in the time and effort to succeed. 

In addition to the web-based tool we are identifying opportunities at our Conferences and throughout the country to bring the WDLD? experience directly to local-area high school and college students via in-person events.

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