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Law Students
WBA Law Students

About Law Students Division

The WBA is committed to maintaining a legacy of excellence and service. To that end, the Law Students Division was established in 2007 to specifically begin fostering these attributes in the next generation of lawyers.

The LSD is a pipeline for the law students to establish relationships with Law Students, Attorneys, Judges, and other legal professionals during their law school career. The LSD works to provide forums for networking, informal mentorship, career advice, and volunteer opportunities.

A Fair to Remember

This is the WBA's annual fair and is designed to equip law students with the tools they need to compete in a tough market. Held in the early Spring semester, the fair is held each February and includes sessions on resume critiques, mock interviews and the dos and don'ts of interviewing. The fair also provides an opportunity for law students to apply for summer internships and meet members of the judiciary who are seeking interns.

Use Our Veterans

The WBA is fortunate to be the only voluntary bar association with a Judicial Council that boasts more than 100 members of the state and federal courts. Working with the Judicial Council the WBA-LSD has established a Judicial Internship Program and Law Clerk Boot Camp. The WBA is committed to ensuring that students are prepared to compete for position of Law Clerk and thrive once they obtain the positions after graduation.

Find a Mentor

The WBA’s "Raising the Bar" is a mentorship program that matches third year law students who are sitting for the bar exam with already licensed attorneys who will guide the students through the bar examination process from the moment they submit their application to the day they receive their test results. This program is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and is a demonstration of their commitment to making sure that members of the Law Student Division pass the bar examination on their first try.

This program is open to all recent graduates taking a bar examination. However, persons taking the bar for an additional jurisdiction and repeat test takers are also welcome and encouraged to apply for a bar mentor.

Giving Back

The Young Lawyer's Division has partnered with the Thurgood Marshall Academy to provide mentors and tutors to high school students who attend this law-prep public chartered school. Housed in Ward 8, one of the District's most impoverished areas, TMA is a shining light with a 100 percent high school graduation rate and a 100 percent college admission rate compared to Ward 8's college graduation rate at a dismal 8 percent.

LSD members serve as an invaluable resource to TMA students who may otherwise act as role models and mentors. The Young Lawyers and Law Students work hand in hand to help these high school students apply to college, assist homework, and plan for their professional lives.

Keilah Roberts

Keilah Roberts is a 3L at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. Keilah is currently serving as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mentorship Program

Mentors / Attorneys

Raising the Bar is a mentorship program designed for 3Ls who are preparing for the bar examination process. The WBA is recruiting lawyers of all ages to assist in this effort to help students of color increase their first time bar passage rate. There is no minimum time requirement involved with mentoring. However, mentors are expected to offer critical advice to their mentees regarding the application and examination process. The student and mentor will establish the parameters for the mentoring relationship. The mentoring relationship officially concludes AFTER bar examination results are released. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to stay in touch beyond the examination process.

Types of assistance offered to mentees includes but is not limited to:

  1. Giving advice on time management and testing taking skills
  2. Lending bar materials
  3. Acting as a cheerleader (source of encouragement)

To enroll in the program, please complete the application form here, or e-mail Raising the Bar Initiative Committee at wba.yldraisingthebar@gmail.com.

Mentees /Students

Raising the Bar is a Washington Bar Association mentorship program designed for recent law graduates who are preparing for the bar examination . The objective of the program is to increase first time bar passage rates for law graduates. There is no minimum time requirement involved with mentoring. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on a set of established criteria, including the state where the mentee is sitting for the bar examination. The mentee and mentor will establish the parameters for the mentoring relationship. The mentoring relationship officially concludes AFTER bar examination results are released. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to stay in touch beyond the examination process.

To enroll, please complete the application form here, or email Raising the Bar Committee at wba.yldraisingthebar@gmail.com by June 9, 2017.

Quick Links

Mentors / Attorneys

To enroll in the program, please complete the application form here, or e-mail Raising the Bar Initiative Committee at wba.yldraisingthebar@gmail.com.

 

Mentees /Students

To enroll, please complete the application form here, or email Raising the Bar Committee at wba.yldraisingthebar@gmail.com by June 9, 2017.