ABA Law Student Membership
Join the American Bar Association as a student member for only $25 a year, and received the benefits of networking in the largest professional organization or attorneys in the world.
Networking, simply put, is the process of building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. While effective networking is undoubtedly a critical element of nearly every law student’s successful job search, the true value of networking extends far beyond your 1L or 2L summer. Forming authentic relationships with professionals who willingly take a personal interest in your professional development requires time and thoughtful execution, but will bring about a host of benefits throughout your career.
Start your online networking as a law student with a professional Linkedin profile. Use this to network with your law school classmates and professors, but also other lawers and legal professionals with whom you've worked or interacted wtih, and start using a tool now that could help you in practice for years to come.
Remember to keep it professional, and treat your profile like an online version of your resume and a window into you as a future employee, colleague, or referral source.
Check our the resources below for tips on creating and updating your Linkedin profile, and making the most out of its use:
- LinkedIn® or Locked Out, ABA Student Lawyer Magazine (Jan. 2013) (offering tips for law students to create and manage a professional online profile)
- Essential LinkedInDos and Don'ts for Law Students, LAWPRO Magazine, Student Issues #1 (2012) (suggestions for what to do, and not to do, with your LinkedIn profile)
- Linkedin: How to grow, nurture your network and obtain results, YourABA (May 2012)
- Want Proof That LinkedIn Works for Lawyers? Here It Is., The National Law Review (Aug. 12, 2014)