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Law Students

Law Student Membership and Involvement in the CBA


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The Young Lawyers Section's (YLS) Law Student Committee provides a forum for Chicago area law students to not only participate in CBA events, but also bring student issues to the attention of bar association leadership, make career contacts and learn more about the realities of practicing law. Each bar year, the YLS plans and hosts several annual events that area specifically designed for law students. In addition, law student members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Young Lawyers Section. Below is a quick reference guide of upcoming events law student members are encouraged to attend as well as links to additional CBA services and programs that may be of use to the student member.




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Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities:


Continuing Legal Education:


Law Practice Management & Technology:


Upcoming Events:
(Also visit the YLS Events page for the most recent Section news and events)

Lunch with a Judge-October 16
You're invited to have lunch with Hon. Larry Axelrood, Circuit Court of Cook County. The judge will give thoughts on his experience before becoming a judge and offer helpful tips on what young lawyers should know.  You must be a CBA member or law student member to attend and you must register in advance of the lunch. Limit 100 persons. Click here to register.

8 0'Clock Call with the Judges - October 17
Members are invited to attend the Association's 8 O'Clock Call with the Judges on Friday, October 17, 2014, at 8:00 a.m., at the CBA. Judges from Cook County's Chancery Division will participate in a moderated question and answer session with the Hon. Thomas Hogan, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County. Panelists from the Chancery Division will include: Hon. Diane J. Larsen, Hon. Thomas R. Allen, Chancery Division, and Hon. Franklin Ulyses Valderrama.

 0.75 IL MCLE. Free for members. See details and register online: in-person or Webcast.

Pro Bono Week - October 20-24
The CBA and Chicago Bar Foundation are planning a week long celebration of pro bono. Visit for a list of free educational and social events.

Building Your Financial Future: Creating (and Sticking to) Long-Term Goals -November 13
Do you ever stress about money? Whether tackling student loan debt, looking to invest, or just needing some assurance, managing your finances can be one of the most emotionally fraught aspects of your life. Practicing law today also brings additional challenges that too often prevent attorneys from adequately addressing their own situation. During this session, Kristin Brandli Independent Financial Consultant, will provide practical tools and tips to help you define your goals and create long-term financial strategies that address every level of your "financial house."
Free for members. 
Click here to register.