Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

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Following are career-related services/resources offered by some ABA Sections:

Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice

  • Section leadership opportunities: serve as student liaison to the Section's Council, and participate in the work of one or more of the Section's 40 substantive committees.

  • Free section membership - mentoring opportunities

Section of Antitrust

  • Law Student website

  • Law school program: Why Antitrust? created to encourage law students to consider antitrust law as a career. It has been an overwhelming success!

  • Law student list serve

  • Free registration to all CLE programs and Spring Meeting

  • Writing competition - the winner receives free transportation and hotel accommodations to the Spring Meeting and $1000. For more information, visit

  • "Law Student Lounge" at the Spring Meeting as well as a "Career Day" where firms and government agencies host information tables for the students to learn more.

  • ABA Minority Judicial Externship Program

Section of Business Law

  • Web page dedicated to Law Students:

  • Law student list serve

  • Free registration to Spring Meeting for ABA law student members (50+ CLE programs, including basic level and special programming for law students)

  • Career Forum at Spring Meeting. For more information, visit Fair

  • Mendes Hershman Student Writing competition - the first place winner receives free transportation and hotel accommodations to the Annual Meeting and $2,500. Monetary prizes are also awarded to second and third place winners ($1,000 - second prize and $500 - third prize). Each law school nominating a winning author will also be awarded the same monetary prize. For more information, visit

  • Section of Business Law awards scholarships up to $5,000 for CLEO Fellows interested in a career in Business Law. Scholarship recipients will be invited and subsidized to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting. For more information visit

Criminal Justice Section

  • William Greenhalgh Law Student Writing Competition - $2,000 prize, paid trip to ABA Annual Meeting, publication of article in "Criminal Justice" magazine.

  • Co-Sponsorship of National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition - held at The John Marshall Law School during April of each year. This is an invitational competition at which 20 schools participate.

  • Co-Sponsorship of Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competitions held in the fall - One held in Northeast at Quinnipiac University School of Law. One held at Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law.

  • Ad Hoc Committee on Law School Outreach - Examines how the ABA Criminal Justice Section can better interface with law schools, faculty and students on criminal justice education and legal career issues.

  • Law Student Fellowship (Tentative) - Designated law student would work under supervision of a law professor in researching and writing on a contemporary criminal justice issue. Research and writing work product to be considered by the Criminal Justice Section Council and possibily the ABA House of Delegates in development of related ABA policy on this issue.

Section of Dispute Resolution

  • Boskey ADR Essay Competition for law students. The winning law student is invited to attend the ABA Annual Meeting (transportation expenses paid) where the winner is honored and awarded the $1000 prize.

  • Conference discounts. Significantly discounted registration at the Section's Annual Conference.

  • Law Student Internships. Internships with the two attorneys and other staff at the Section of Dispute Resolution.

  • Representation in Mediation Competition. An opportunity to showcase skills serving as representatives in the mediation process. Also an opportunity to meet with mediators and lawyers who serve as judges for the competition.

  • Law Student Activities page of the Section website.

Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

  • Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to selected bar associations throughout the country that commit to establishing a minority law student fellowship program in environmental, energy and/or natural resources law. Anticipated placement of law students would occur during the summer of 2001. The funds would be used to pay law school fellows a stipend. This program is modeled on a highly successful program started by the New York State and New York City Bar Associations nearly eight (8) years ago. Because of limited funds, no more than one project in a state will be selected.

Family Law Section

  • Recently launched website for law students: (then click on the left "Law Students" navigational button. Currently there is an article posted about one lawyer's career path to Pediatric Law.

  • Family Law Careers book in the Career Series

General Practice Section

  • Law school program: Succeeding in Solo and Small Firm Practice

Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

  • Public Lawyer Career Center – “members only” portion of the Division's website where members can connect with experienced mentors via e-mail, access a comprehensive list of public law offices across the country including job listings, and download resources on career development.

  • Law school program: Public Lawyer Career Panel in cities where the council is meeting

  • In conjunction with the National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL), published a comprehensive book guide for law students interested in establishing a Loan Repayment Assistance Program or Public Interest Scholarship Program in their school. Cost: $10.00 for students, $20.00 for others. For ORDER information please call NAPIL at 202-466-3686 or visit .

Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities

  • Unpaid Legal Internships - Interns work directly with the Section's
    two full-time attorneys and other staff members on policy and project
    development and implementation. IRR interns conduct legal research and
    assist in monitoring state and federal legislative developments on various
    civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. Other duties may
    include attending congressional hearings, Supreme Court arguments, meetings
    of civil rights and civil liberties organizations and coalitions, and other
    events involving individual rights issues. Please contact Assistant Section
    Director Tanya Terrell-Collier (202/662-1030) for more information.

  • Paid Legal Assistant Positions - The Section's AIDS Coordination
    Project employs two law students as project assistants for part-time, paid,
    year-long terms. Please contact Project Director Michael Pates
    (202/662-1030) for more information.

  • Section Leadership Opportunities: serve as student liaison to the
    Section's Council, participate in one or more of the Section's 18
    substantive committees, and contribute to the Section's quarterly
    newsletter, IRR News Report.

  • Section membership for law students is only $7.50 a year. For more
    information, contact the Section office at 202/662-1030 or visit the Section
    web site at .

Section of Intellectual Property

  • Information on careers in IP law: visit

Section of International Law and Practice

  • Program: Pathways to Employment in International Law which takes place during seasonal meetings

  • Careers in International Law- the 2nd edition recently published

  • A Career Advice Webboard facilitated by a group of mentors

  • Law student web page

  • "How to Find A Job in International Law" tip sheet

Section of Labor and Employment Law

  • Law student website at

  • ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. Each year the Section and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., invites law schools around the country to participate in the annual ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. The intent of the project is to honor superior academic performance and to encourage student interest in the field of labor and employment law. Law schools may select up to three (3) second or third-year students with the highest grade point average or similar criteria in a basic labor and/or employment law course. If the school has separate day and evening programs, duplicate awards will be offered. Winners receive certificates and their names are published in the Section newsletter.

  • Law School Project. In March 2001, the Section began a program that brings Section members into ABA accredited law schools to discuss the career opportunities and special dimensions of this legal specialty. Through the program, panels of experienced practitioners representing a variety of perspectives on labor and employment law share real-life experiences and information during one-hour lunchtime programs.

  • Registration waivers for Section CLE programs.

Section of Law Practice Management

  • Law Practice Management Book Publications "Career Series". The series is published jointly with the Law Student Division. See page 36 of the attached PDF catalog.

  • "How to Start and Build a Law Practice". Jay Foonberg's tirelessly relevant masterpiece.

Section of Real Property

  • 2 career related list serves located on the web page linked below. One deals with real property jobs, the other in probate and trust, and the submissions come from those who join the list.

Young Lawyers Division

  • Lists career-related websites that may be useful in a job search at (these sites are external to the American Bar Association and are not endorsed by the ABA or the Young Lawyers Division)

  • Published a report on career satisfaction based on the results from a random survey that the American Bar Foundation undertook among more than two thousand members of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The report is available on line at

  • Center on Children and the Law is developing a children’s law career site to include profiles of lawyers doing different types of children’s law, job postings, etc.:

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