The website of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) offers a great deal of information and many resources for all students wishing to make the most out of their legal education. The website is divided into several sections, but some features and resources are available only to Division members.
The Membership section provides an overview of members’ benefits, including access to law-related publications, networking opportunities, career development resources, and discounted rates on auto, home, and renters’ insurance. The membership fee is $25 per year.
The News & Announcements page gives students access to a monthly e-newsletter, which discusses products, services, programs, and initiatives offered by the ABA. The newsletter also spotlights internships, clerkships, writing competitions, local networking opportunities, and other useful benefits for law students.
The Events & Competitions section contains information that allows students to become more engaged in their legal education. First, there is a calendar that lists members-only professional and educational events for law students. This section also provides an overview of the practical skills competitions sponsored by the ABA, including arbitration, client counseling, appellate advocacy, and negotiation competitions. One of the best features of this section is its listing of writing contests – many of which have monetary prizes and offer winners opportunities to be published in periodicals – available to students.
In the Initiatives & Awards section, the website describes opportunities for students to participate in school-related and extracurricular activities, such as volunteering, to further their legal education and make an impact in their school and local communities.
Finally, the Publications page allows students to obtain periodical and non-periodical resources published by the ABA. Some of these are included with the annual membership fee, but others require additional payment.
Overall, the ABA Law Student Division’s website is essential for students wishing to make the most of their membership fee. The site is easy to navigate, and the multitude of opportunities for involvement makes it easy for any student to find some way to further his or her education and career. Additionally, its provision of access to many publications and other resources make this site a great stepping-off point for staying current with developments in the legal profession.