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!



    • Publications Committee

      The mission of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section (the “Section”) Publications Committee (the “Committee”) is to manage and assist in all of the Section’s publication efforts.  Membership in the Committee will be limited to fifteen (15) members, comprised of law students and those admitted to the bar for three (3) years or less.  

      The specific tasks of the Committee members will be:
       

      • appointment as “Assistant Editors” to the Section journal, the New York Litigator.  Committee members will assist the Editor in reviewing and editing articles and section reports submitted for publication;
      • attending Section events, free of charge, and draft summaries of said events of publication in the Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionNewsletter (the “Newsletter”);
      • working with the Editor of the Newsletter to keep abreast of changes to court rules, and update the Section website accordingly;
      • assisting with the Section’s social media outreach;
      • offering research and writing assistance for reports/projects coordinated, and as requested by, the Section Committees; and
      • participating in any other discrete projects as assigned by the Committee Chair.

      The Committee is now accepting applications for membership for 2017-2018.  Interested applicants should submit the attached application, along with a resume and brief writing sample (five (5) pages or less) by email to: 

      Daniel K. Wiig, Esq.
      Chair, Publications Committee
      Editor, NY Litigator
      dwiig@nymcu.org 

      Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2017.  Preference will be given to those applicants with journal experience.  Successful applicants will be notified by late May 2017, with the one-year appointment effective as of June 1, 2017.  Appointment to the Committee will be contingent on Section membership.

      PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE APPLICATION 

    • July 14, 2017: New York State Bar Association 2017 Committee on Animals and the Law, Student Writing Competition

      Animal Law

      The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Student Writing Competition.  The deadline for submission is July 14, 2017.  

      The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal‑related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.  This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law.  This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.  

      Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.  The winner will be chosen in accordance with the competition rules.  The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement.  The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.

      Rules for the competition can be found here.  For more information, please contact Alex Englander at aenglander@nysba.org or 518.487.5578

    • November 10 - 11, 2017: 3rd Annual Judith S. Kaye Arbitration Competition

      Save the Date!

      Dispute Resolution Section | NYSBA Pathway to the Profession | American Arbitration Association

      The Competition will be administered and conducted as a real arbitration; organized under the supervision of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), governed by the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judged by the best AAA arbitrators in the
      State of New York.

      Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. There will also be a cocktail reception on Saturday evening after the Awards Ceremony.

      This is a great opportunity to gain valuable arbitration experience, attend training sessions led by experts in the field, and to network with top arbitration enthusiasts.

      AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION (AAA) 

      150 East 42nd St.
      17th Floor
      New York, NY 

      Open to students from all law schools in New York State and the New York Metropolitan Area.
      Special "EARLY BIRD" Registration Fee:  $150.00 per/team (max of 2 teams per school)

      CASH PRIZES TOTALING $5,000.00

      First Place Team - $2,000.00
      Second Place Team - $1,250.00
      Third Place Team - $750.00
      Judith S. Kaye Advocate Award - $1,000.00

      CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND JUDGES:

      Hon. Michael J. Garcia - New York State Court of Appeals
      Hon. William G. Bassler - Ret. United States District Court , District of New Jersey
      Michael Miller, Esq. - President-Elect, New York State Bar Association 

      To Register your team, go to:  www.nysba.org/2017drcomp

      Please contact Ross Kartez with questions or for more information at rkartez@rmfpc.com

  • Law Schools in New York State
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    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

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    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

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    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.