Law Students

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    Welcome Law Students!
  • Pathway to the Profession Book
    Pathway to the Profession: From Law School to Lawyer This new book, designed to assist new attorneys as they enter the profession, is free to all students and newly-admitted attorneys! Visit www.nysba.org/pathwaybook.
  • Upcoming Events
    • Final Exam Preparation

      Final Exam Advice

      It does not matter what year you are, there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of any law student "Final Exams!"  At the mere mention of these two innocuous, two syllable words; blood runs cold, pulses race, sweat drips and panic sets in.  Months of hard work will be reduced to a few questions on which a law school career can be made or broken.  

      Relax, the New York State Bar Association is here to help.  Take a deep, cleansing breath and get something to drink as we are providing students with the best advise on prepping for and taking the dreaded final exams.  

      "One thing I would recommend is that students not fall into the trap of gathering and discussing the exam just before they sit down and take it.  The number of times I saw people melt into panic in the minutes before the door opened and people rushed in to get their “favorite” seat was astounding." 
      - Kevin Getnick, NYSBA Executive Services Counsel


      Helpful Links - 

      Law School Toolbox - 
      "To write a great law school exam answer, you’ve got to do one critical thing: Deal with the ambiguity. Why is ambiguity important? I know, you want there to be one “right” answer. Time to get over that. Why? Because the points are in the debate."

      This Girls Guide to Law School -
      "From an old student outline: Similarly, starting with a well-organized prior outline which makes sense to you can help clarify the law you studied and show you what you really need to know. Make sure the outline is from your professor! Studying what someone else taught in detail is unlikely to help."

      Legal Solutions Blog - 
      "While you are working on your outline and/or after you’ve completed it, take note of any specific cases, statutes, or general themes that seem to come up more often than others."

      Law School Academic Support Blog - 
      "Learn the material before an open-book exam. You will not have time to look everything up. You want to organize the materials you will have available, but learning is more important than 200 tabs."

      The Law School Hacker - 
      "Okay, law school exams are weird. Why? What is going on?"

      Good Luck!



    • Criminal Law: The People, the Practice, and the Lifestyle

      Sponsored by
      Criminal Justice Section | Young Lawyers Section | Pathway to the Profession

      This event is for both law students considering a career in criminal law and for those who have already decided, but want to know about the profession.

      A three person panel, including a prosecutor, defense attorney and criminal court judge will discuss their roles in the criminal justice system.  Additionally, they will give a "play by play" account of their roles through a case study based on the hit HBO mini-series "The Night Of..."  A Question and Answer session will conclude the panel discussion.

      Following the panel, please join us for a Networking Reception where you will have the opportunity to talk with the panelists and other attendees.  

      Special Guest:  Jay Shapiro, Esq., White and Williams, LLP

      November 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

      White and Williams, LLP
      7 Times Square, Ste. 2900
      New York, NY 10036

      This program is free for NYSBA members.

      To register, CLICK HERE

      RSVP by November 28, 2016
      Contact Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org with questions.

    • 10th District Holiday Party

      Young Lawyers Section | Real Property Law Section | Family Law Section, Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section | Nassau County Bar Association New Lawyers Committee

      10th District Holiday Party
      A Benefit for Toys for Tots

      THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

      Twas the holiday season, when all through the firm
      Associates were tired and ready to squirm.

      The subpoenas were sent, by courier with care
      In the hopes they’d be answered, without much of a scare.

      While partners were out, celebrating with glee
      Junior associates were sweating, but wanting to flee.

      When, all of a sudden and without any notice
      Just like a new ruling, from the vaunted, high SCOTUS.

      Their weary eyes read with delight and disbelief
      An invitation for all, to a party, what relief.

      It read: “Come join us and spread some holiday cheer,
      Don’t worry; there really is nothing to fear.”

      So, off they all ran, with meriment and delight
      Eleanor Rigby’s was calling, let their spirits take flight

      The party was free, bring just one toy
      Giving doesn’t hurt and creates lots of joy.

      SO, join us on Thursday, December of One
      For food, fun and spirits, there will be tons.

      Then they heard a partner exclaim, as they partied ‘til nine
      “Happy Holidays to all, and have a grand old time!”

      Please bring ONE unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots!

      Eleanor Rigby's
      133 Mineola Blvd
      Mineola, NY 

      RSVP HERE 

      Register before November 30, 2016

      Contact Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org with any questions.

    • District 1 Holiday Party

      Young Lawyers Section | New York City Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee | New York County Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Section | Federal Bar Council First Decade Committee

      T'was the holiday season, when all through the firm,
      Associates were tired and ready to squirm.

      The subpoenas were sent, by courier with care,
      In the hopes they'd be answered, without much of a scare.   

      While partners were out, celebrating with glee,
      Junior associates were sweating, but wanting to flee.   

      When, all of a sudden and without any notice,
      Just like a new ruling, from the vaunted, high SCOTUS.   

      Their weary eyes read with delight and disbelief,
      An invitation for all to, a party, what relief.   

      It read: "Come join us and spread some holiday cheer,
      Don't worry; there really is nothing to fear."   

      So, off they all ran, with merriment and delight
      Howl at the Moon was calling, and their fancies took flight.   

      The party is free, there is no hidden cost,
      Just remember the address, or you may get lost.   

      SO, join us on Thursday, December fifteen
      For food, fun and spirits, you know what I mean.      

      Then they heard a partner exclaim, as they partied 'til nine
      "Happy Holidays to all, and have a grand old time!"

      Howl at the Moon

      240 West 52nd St. 
      New York, NY 10019

      Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

      REGISTER HERE!

      Contact Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org with any questions.

  • Law Schools in New York State
    Law Students Pathway to the Profession 2

    Click on your school to find out more information about the New York State Bar Association's Pathway to the Profession.


    Albany Law School

    Brooklyn Law School
    Cardozo School of Law
    CUNY School of Law
    Cornell University Law School
    Columbia University School of Law 
    Fordham University School of Law
    Hofstra University School of Law
    New York University School of Law 
    New York Law School
    Pace Law School
    St. John's University School of Law
    SUNY Buffalo Law School
    Syracuse College of Law
    Touro Law Center


    To take advantage of your complimentary membership to the New York State Bar Association, CLICK HERE!
    Don't forget to take advantage of Student Section Member Discounts.

    Interested in being part of the Pathway Team?  We have Campus Fellow and Student Content Editor positions available.  
    If you are interested, please email Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org
  • NYSBA Section Membership

    Join NYSBA Sections and Section Committees TODAY! Now is the time to start making your professional connections.


    Sections are groups that focus on various areas of practice. 
    Membership in a section entitles you to:

    • Exclusive programs
    • Publications
    • Web-based resources
    • Networking opportunities with leading practitioners in the field

    **Your Law Student Membership gives you deep discounts on section memberships.  With sections costing as little as $5.00 a year, why not take advantage of everything YOUR membership can provide?**


    Join TODAY


    NYSBA Sections:

    Antitrust  $15.00
    Business Law  $5.00
    Commercial & Federal Litigation  $20.00
    Corporate Counsel  $15.00
    Criminal Justice  $10.00
    Dispute Resolution  $10.00
    Elder Law  $15.00
    Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law  $17.50
    Environmental Law  $17.50
    Family Law  $17.50
    Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law  $12.50
    General Practice  $12.50
    Health Law  $5.00
    Intellectual Property Law  $15.00
    International  $12.50
    Labor & Employment Law  $5.00
    Municipal Law  $15.00
    Real Property Law $0.00
    Tax  $12.50
    Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law $5.00
    Trial Lawyers  $15.00
    Trusts & Estates Law  $5.00
    Young Lawyers  $0.00

    TO LEARN MORE, OR TO JOIN CALL 518.463.3200 / 800.582.2452, OR GO TO WWW.NYSBA.ORG/JOIN TO BECOME A NYSBA LAW STUDENT MEMBER TODAY. 

  • Law Student Resources

    Law Students Pathway to the Profession 2

    Online Law Student Community

    • Discussion boards
    • Event listings
    • Student blog
    • Library

    The New York Bar Foundation

    • Fellowships
    • Writing Competitions
    • Scholarships

    New York State Bar Association - Career Center

    • Search postings from all across the United States
    • Post your resume 
    • Set-up job alerts

    Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)

    • Addiction recovery
    • Wellness and personal development
    • Help with anxiety disorders
    • For CONFIDENTIAL assistance call 800-255-0569 

    Alternative Legal Careers 

    NYSBA Events & Calendar

    • CLE's
    • Section meetings
    • And other programs

    New York State Bar Association Practice Sections

    • Chose from 23 different practice sections
    • Network with member attorneys in your specialized field
    • Keep informed by receiving your section's quarterly newsletter

    What Every New York Attorney and Law Student Needs to Know

    • Information on the Bar Exam
    • Attorney registration and admissions to the NY Bar
    • Attorney search and certifications of good standing
    • Court identification and secure pass

    Links


    Other Benefits of Membership

    FastCase - Free legal research from Fastcase
    SoFi Student Loan Refinancing - $300 bonus for refinancing your loans through USI. 
    JuryVoice - Online jury research
    Clio - Practice management software

    To Join Call 518.463.3200 or 1-800.582.2452
    Go to www.nysba.org/pathway.