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ABA LawStudent Division Launches New Online Site

The American Bar Association LawStudent Division has launched ABA for LawStudents, a new Web site designed to better serve its lawstudent community. The site,, which went live in November 2015, features information about student member benefits, including free membership for students in ABA-accredited schools; free membership to five ABA practice specialty groups; free six-month access to study aids from Quimbee; discounts on ABA events and books; and consumer discounts through ABA Advantage.

The site also features Before the Bar, a new blog that brings together information and news from the ABA alongside contributions from law school educators, lawstudents, attorneys, judges and legal marketing professionals. The blog welcomes contributions from new writers as it works to help students succeed in law school, pass the bar exam, find a job after they graduate and continue to develop as lawyers. It will be the home of future digital editions of Student Lawyer magazine.

A key part of the site is the Law School Podcast, a collaboration with Legal Talk Network. Podcast hosts Fabiani Duarte, chair of the LawStudent Division, and Madison Burke, 12th Circuit Governor on the division’s Board of Governors, have addressed topics ranging from student loans to Public Service Loan Forgiveness to the bar exam, with guests such as ABA president Paulette Brown, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and BARBRI founder Richard Conviser.

ABA for LawStudents offers additional information for lawstudents: a calendar of events targeted toward students; details on its four competitions (Arbitration, Negotiation, NAAC and Client Counseling); leadership opportunities through its Board of Governors, representatives, national directors and liaisons; news on grants, scholarships, internships, fellowships and competitions; and information on succeeding in the legal profession from the ABA’s practice specialty groups.

“There’s no other resource in one place where you can get guidance and all the necessary tools you need to be a successful lawyer,” Brown said. “You don’t have to join five other organizations to get everything you need. You can get everything you need right here.”

For more information on the ABA LawStudent Division, visit 

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