The ABA and Law Students: An Overview

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.

Benefits of joining the ABA as a GW Law student include:

  • Staying on top of the latest developments in the law and the legal community.
  • Gaining access to a nationwide network of lawyers, judges, and faculty, as well as career advice and other important benefits to help you launch your career.
  • Taking advantage of valuable discounts on the products and resources you need.

To learn more about the ABA, please visit: To view the ABA calendar and see all the events you will have access to as an ABA member, please visit:

ABA member resources include:

GW and the ABA

For more information about ABA membership and about ABA opportunities for law students and student organizations, please contact GW ABA Representative Mallory Kruper at

Upcoming ABA events GW is Participating In:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at GW Law:

One ABA-sponsored event that GW Law students have been involved with in the past is The GW Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA. VITA is a student-run annual program that provides free federal income tax preparation and filing for DC residents who make less than $49,000 for the year. Students work with IRS personnel to train for federal income tax work with professional software, before becoming certified as preparers and meeting with taxpayers. The GW VITA program provides students with opportunities to help the DC population while learning useful skills and earning pro bono hours, and provides a needed service to those DC residents who qualify for volunteer assistance. To learn more about the GW Law VITA program please email or visit the VITA page on the SBA website.

Work-A-Day Program at GW Law:

GW Law students also participate in the annual ABA Law Student Division Work-A-Day program. Work-A-Day is a public service project that brings law students from across the country together to participate in a one day public service project in their community. Previous Work-A-Day themes include: Veterans advocacy; homelessness and poverty issues; and more recently, programs related to economic crisis solutions. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event!