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Welcome to the HBA Law Student Center! This page is a guide for students at Houston’s three law schools on getting involved with the HBA. It includes information on continuing education programs open to law students, scholarships available through HBA sections, volunteer opportunities, career development opportunities and helpful links to additional resources. Involvement with your local bar association is a foundation for building a successful career after law school. And as professionals, many HBA members enjoy networking with law students to keep up-to-date on legal education and the talent pool coming out of local law schools.

 

The HBA does not have a formal law student section, and you do not have to pay dues to the HBA to take advantage of the opportunities described on this page. If you have ideas or information for the HBA Law Student Center, email Tara Shockley.
 
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HBA Work Programs for Law Students

MOILP 1L Summer Clerkship Program:
The HBA’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee sponsors the area’s only summer clerkship program for 1L law students. The positions provide mentoring and real work experiences for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a clerkship at a law firm, corporate legal department or legal nonprofit. Participating students also have the opportunity to attend seminars on professional writing, getting the most out of internships, and making the best impression on your employer. Watch for informational seminars at your law school and contact your career services office for more information.

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Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program – An Employment Opportunity:
The HBA hires law students from all three Houston schools to assist with its Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program, conducted in four sessions in eighth grade classrooms throughout Harris County. Law students work with HBA staff to help students develop a case story, prepare witnesses, write attorney questions, and educate those chosen as court personnel about their roles. Law students work during two five-week classroom units each fall and each spring. At the conclusion of the classroom unit, law students help the eighth graders enact their mock trial in real Harris County courtrooms. For more information, contact HBA Education Director Ashley Steininger.

Now Hiring Law Students for 2017-18 Mock Trial Program

 

Equal Justice Works Fellowships
Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide the opportunity for lawyers to positively impact vulnerable communities around the country. Have you ever wondered how to make the job of your dreams a reality? Equal Justice Works provides the blue print for young lawyers to pursue their public interest law career dreams. Each year the Equal Justice Works Fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Click here for more information and a link to the application. Click here for the website.
 
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HBA Benefits for Law Students

Free HBA Membership for Newly Licensed Attorneys

Are you a Newly Licensed Attorney? Join the HBA today!

The Houston Bar Association offers Newly Licensed Attorneys free HBA Membership and one free HBA Section membership during the bar year.

To join using our online membership application, click here to begin enrollment.

The Houston Lawyer Magazine – Available for Students

Law students are welcome to stop by the HBA office, located at 1111 Bagby, FLB 200, Houston, Texas 77002, anytime from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and pick up a copy of the latest issue of The Houston Lawyer, the HBA’s bi-monthly substantive legal publication.

 

 

Law Student Scholarships Available Through the HBA

Find out which HBA sections offer scholarships and how to apply for them. Also, find out how to apply for the Houston Bar Association Auxiliary Scholarships. Click here for the list of scholarships. For more information, contact the HBA office at (713) 759-1133.
 

 

HBA Section Luncheons Available to Law Students

A number of HBA Sections invite law students to attend their monthly CLE luncheons and activities, and some offer discounted prices for law students. The sections listed below regularly allow law students to attend their luncheons. Learn the policies of each of the sections here.

 
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Resources for Newly Licensed Attorneys

Out of law school and entering practice? The resources below will help you as you transition from legal education to legal career.

 

FREE Online CLE:

The HBA presents free CLE programming for members only. For more information, click here.

 

Mentor-Mentee Program:

The HBA Mentor Mentee Program, sponsored by the HBA Professionalism Committee, pairs attorneys licensed three years or less with more experienced attorneys who will provide advice on career development.The program is a member benefit and requires HBA membership. Upon becoming licensed as an attorney, the Mentor Mentee program can help with career advice and general professional development. Mentee Application. The form can be emailed to ronr@hba.org.

 

Guidelines for Women Attorneys Juggling Work/Life Balance

The HBA Gender Fairness Committee has developed a list of things to consider when interviewing with law firms or legal departments. Guidelines.

 

TYLA Presents “Office In a Flash”

A guide provided by TYLA for aspiring solo attorneys who are newly licensed or ready to be their own boss. This site is full of useful information on each aspect to help get your new business started. Click here for Office in a Flash.

 

After the Bar Exam:

A free resource for persons who have taken the Texas bar exam and are awaiting the results. Visit www.afterthebarexam.com

 

Law Practice Management Resources

Click here for helpful resources on managing a law practice.

 

Texas Legal Answers

Become a volunteer with TexasLegalAnswers.org to help answer Texans’ legal questions online.

 

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Events/Links for Law Students

Special upcoming events at Houston law schools and helpful links for law students.

 
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Houston Law Schools

HBA MOILP Informational Seminars

South Texas College of Law Houston
November 2, 12:30-1:30 pm
Contact Pia Das

Thurgood Marshall School of Law
November 7, Noon-1pm, Room 203
Contact Ashley C. Scott

University of Houston Law School
November 8, Noon-1pm
Contact Tiffany J. Tucker

 
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