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Law Student Outreach
The Tennessee Bar Association welcomes law student involvement and has a number of special programs to help law students enhance their education, get real-life experience in the legal profession and network with established attorneys. In addition, each law school campus in Tennessee has a TBA student representative to help provide access to TBA events and activities.
The Diversity Leadership Institute is a six-month leadership and diversity program for law students designed to:
* Develop the skills necessary to succeed as a law student and attorney;
• Empower law students to make greater contributions to the legal community;
• Match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and
• Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds
Second-, third- and fourth-year students studying at Tennessee law schools are eligible to apply. Applications are available in the fall for the program, which begins each January.
The TBA YLD's Judicial Internship Program matches first and second year law students (including third year students at the Duncan and Nashville schools of law) with judges across the state for summer internships. Applications are available in the fall each year for the upcoming summer.
The TBA's Diversity Job Fair is an initiative of the Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (CRED), whose mission is to enhance racial and ethnic diversity within the profession and the justice system in Tennessee. This job fair will provide an opportunity for employers to interview diverse law students from law schools in Tennessee and the surrounding states with a goal of making the profession and the justice system more reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division provides a number of resources to lawyers who are just beginning the practice of law. Access to these can be a big help to law students.
• Access the Tennessee Young Lawyer, the division's quarterly print magazine.
• Access E-DICT, the division's monthly electronic newsletter.
TBA Law Student Representatives
We have student representatives on the campuses of all Tennessee law schools to keep law student members up to date on upcoming programs and opportunities available through the TBA. In addition, these campus liaisons are available to hear your concerns and suggestions and communicate those to us, so we can adjust our programs to better meet your needs. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the liaisons are:
Belmont University College of Law
University of Memphis School of Law
Duncan School of Law
University of Tennessee College of Law
Vanderbilt University Law School
Law Student Membership Package
The TBA has a special membership package that makes joining affordable and beneficial for law students. For just $50 a year, law students have full access to TBA programs and resources, including:
• free access to all continuing legal education seminars (a savings of several hundred dollars)
• free membership in a TBA specialized section (a savings of up to $25)
• free access to TBA Joblink, an online career site
• free access to networking events
• free access to discounts with companies such as Office Depot, FedEx and Geico