Other Bar Associations
In addition to the SBA, students at The John Marshall Law School have an opportunity to become members of various other bar associations, including:
Illinois State Bar Association
Law Student Division membership provides many practical benefits, as well as opportunities to meet with Illinois attorneys and become active in the state bar association. Benefits include subscriptions to the Illinois Bar Journal, the Law Student Division newsletter, the Young Lawyers Division newsletter, and seven of the 37 substantive law section newsletters. Education seminars sponsored by the Law Student Division, Young Lawyers Division, and the Law Ed Series programs held throughout the state are free with membership. Law student members are eligible to participate in ISBA-sponsored insurance plans and association discount programs. Membership is only $11 per year or $25 for up to four years of law school.
American Bar Association
The Law Student Division (LSD) provides activities for the student body throughout the year, most notably the Law Day program. The group also participates in the LSD convention in the summer and in the 7th Circuit activities, such as the fall roundtable and the spring caucus. LSD members are also eligible to be appointed as liaisons to sections and committees of the ABA, as well as to hold appointed and elected offices in the national organization of the LSD. Benefits include a one-year subscription to Student Lawyer magazine and the ABA Journal, an opportunity to become a member of the various sections of the ABA at reduced membership cost, and an opportunity to participate in the ABA-sponsored insurance plan. The membership fee for law students is $25 per year.
Law student membership offers the unique opportunity to become familiar with day-to-day operations of the legal profession before being admitted to practice. By attending committee meetings and seminars, law students are exposed to current legal issues and recent developments in the law. In addition, they can learn about practices and procedures prevailing in the courts and various administrative agencies. Furthermore, participation in CBA activities allows students to develop contacts and networks with leading practitioners in the organized bar. The CBA is easily accessible to Chicago area law students and offers the following benefits for only $8 per year: half-price admission to continuing legal education seminars; participation in Young Lawyer Section committees, activities, and sports leagues; opportunities to participate in law-related community service projects; subscriptions to CBA Record, YLS Journal, and the YLS seminars and activities booklet; cash use of the CBA's dining facilities; discounts on car rentals, health club memberships, and magazine subscriptions; and various entertainment coupons. Law student members also are invited to attend special programs designed to meet their particular needs. Such programs include seminars on career options, interviewing techniques, and the bar examination.