The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which is in charge of setting academic standards for law schools as well as forming model ethical codes for the legal profession. The ABA is a great resource for national access to career-building networking opportunities and the specialized legal information you need to help guide your career path. To learn more about the ABA, please click here. To view the ABA calendar and see all the events ABA members can access, please click here.
ABA member resources include:
- Legal Career Central: Not sure where you want to go with your career? Visit the Career Counsel website for practice area information, attorney profiles, and a job search service.
- Law Student Division: Stay ahead in school and start building a network to launch your career with timely information, resume-building opportunities, special discounts, and annual awards programs.
- National Competitions: Participate in a variety of competitions, including: the Arbitration Competition, the Client Counseling Competition, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the Negotiation Competition.
- Professional Discounts: Get discounts on ABA books and publications, along with others ranging from travel discounts to retail stores.
- Student Lawyer: This monthly magazine provides informative articles on the Law Student Division, legal education, socio-legal issues, career guidance, and the practice of law.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Join thousands of students across the ABA in assisting low-income taxpayers with tax-return preparation. Gain valuable experience while helping your community.
- Sections, Divisions, and Forums: Find out all about the professional groups within the ABA that will help you increase your knowledge, network with colleagues, and take control of your professional advancement. Many of these sections and divisions are free to join once you have an ABA Membership, which comes at a reduced rate for law students. These specialty groups focus on specific areas of law or career stage – allowing for more in-depth examination of issues, regulations, and national trends. You will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts and your colleagues from across the United States about your legal area of interest. You can click on the links below to learn more about a specific ABA Section that interests you. For a complete list of ABA sections, please visit the ABA website.
- Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
- Business Law
- Communications Law
- Criminal Justice
- Dispute Resolution
- Environment, Energy, and Resources
- Family Law
- Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
- Health Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Law
- Public Contract Law
- Science & Technology Law
- Tort Trial and Insurance Practice