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The Student Division of the ABA is holding its 2009 ABA Annual Meeting and Career Fair on July 30th to August 4th in Chicago, Illinois. The two events overlap with the ABA law Student Division Annual Meeting Activities scheduled from July 29th to August 2nd, 2009. The events will be held at different hotels in Chicago.

The Career Fair

The Career Fair Is located in the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel this year. The events at the career fair include a table-talk event, where in one day; employers have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to Law Students and graduates. The students will meet hiring agents from leading law firms, government and the public interest organizations who are there to discuss careers available in their niche of law. The firms are also looking for summer interns and associate positions.
  • Resume Review and Career Advice
    The Annual meeting staff will have law school career counselors and recruitment experts who will examine resumes and give helpful suggestions to make their qualification and get attention when read by legal employers.
  • Accredited CLE programs
    A CLE Center will be offering credits at the Career Fair that cover all areas of law. This allows recent graduates the convenience of earning a year of CLE credits at one location.

2009 ABA Student Division Annual Meeting

The 2009 ABA Student Division Annual Meeting is scheduled from July 29th to August 2nd, 2009.

Housing for this event is at the Chicago Marriott Hotel. The ABA Annual Meeting gives students and graduates access to professionals located across the United States. There will be educational programs and events to socialize with new acquaintances. Network opportunities with other law students arise during the Meeting.

Join the ABA Student Law Division

Law Students at ABA accredited Law Schools can join the ABA Student Law Division for a small fee which entitles them to attend gatherings and meeting held be the ABA. Some Law Schools like to see the student making a path to the ABA early in their careers. Students can go on line to register with the Student Law Division at

There are benefits to being part of the ABA Student Law Division and a few of them are listed:
  • ABA Economic Recovery Teleconference Series: The ABA is giving free teleconference programming for Law Students who are interested in exploring the advice of professionals during the economic slow down. A series of four meetings will cover ''Practical Tips and Strategies for Success in Today’s Career Climate.''
  • Student Debt Relief Web-seminar Series
  • Law Student Division Monthly eNewsletter
  • 2nd Annual National Conference on the Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities. Scholarships available for law students with disabilities.
  • Group Health Insurance for students and first year graduates.

If you would like to join the ABA Student Law Division, (and you attend an ABA approved school) it is an organization worth your time and consideration. You can go to the ABA Student Law Division website to check out planned events and other benefits for Law Students. Enrollment is $25.00 for the year.

ABA Website for Law Students:


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