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Resource Review: Website Review: ABA Law Student Division

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.

What's going on?: November 10-14

This week at Hulston Hall… If you are interested in a job opportunities in the public interest field and like visiting Chicago, you may want to consider attending the Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference Information Session on Monday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 7.  RSVP on Symplicity! On Wednesday, November 12th, Dean  Continue Reading »

Spotlight on the Profession: 16th Circuit Court Law Clerk

The 16th Circuit Court in the State of Missouri is unique in that, to my knowledge, it is the only circuit court in Missouri that employs attorneys as law clerks for each of the circuit and associate circuit judges, as well as two family court commissioners. I was lucky to be able to serve as  Continue Reading »

Career 411: Learn Good Time Management Skills Now

You are all in law school, which means that you were very successful in your undergraduate studies, and had to at least have some minimal proficiencies with time management skills.   If you didn’t you wouldn’t have completed your papers on time, attended classes, or aced your exams. However, while academia requires a certain level of  Continue Reading »

What's going on?: November 3-7

The 1L Career Boot Camp will be finishing up this week, but make sure that you have all of the events on your calendar: –1L Career Boot Camp Part II: Student Panel, Monday, November 3rd, 1:00-1:50 p.m., Room 7 — 1L Career Boot Camp Part I:Resume Workshop, Monday, November 3rd, 2:00-3:15 p.m., Room 7 –1L  Continue Reading »

Resource Review: AWL of Kansas City

The Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL) is an organization that promotes the equality of women within the legal profession and an excellent organization to become familiar with. Their website can be found at and has a wealth of information for women interested in practicing law in Kansas City. There are  Continue Reading »

Career 411: 5 Steps for Creating Great Cover Letters

So, you have decided that you are going to apply for your dream position. You have sat down and beautifully crafted your resume and are now beginning to work on your cover letter. You have written Dear Mr. Smith, and find yourself stuck with what to say. If this sounds like you, you should consider  Continue Reading »