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Welcome Law Students!

You've invested time, money and brainpower, as well as your heart and soul to make the grade in law school. Soon, you face the biggest challenge yet - building a successful legal career. Get the professional edge you need by joining The Iowa State Bar Association today!

Why join? First, there is no cost to join - membership is free for law students like you. At the ISBA, we want you to succeed in Iowa's legal profession and believe membership with the association starts those entering the profession on the path to success.

Secondly, The Iowa State Bar Association is the voice of Iowa's legal community, offering career-building services and opportunities, advocating for the profession and promoting the rule of law throughout the State of Iowa. Membership with the ISBA gives you, the law student, the tools and resources you need to succeed in school and beyond. As an additional benefit, ISBA members get access to benefits and discounts you can’t get anywhere else.

Finally, not only is law student membership free, you have free access to all ISBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs. That's over 200 hours of live seminars, live webinars and telephone presentations! With free access to all ISBA CLE opportunities, the cap on your legal knowledge is unlimited.

To sign-up, simply click here or call the ISBA Membership Department at (515) 697-7870.

ISBA student membership provides these benefits:

The ISBA offers a variety of practice resources to student members including: Fastcase advanced legal research, Model Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions, Ethics Opinions any many more practice tools.

Get in touch with Iowa's legal community by reading the ISBA's monthly magazine, the
Iowa Lawyer, or our weekly e-newsletter, the Iowa Lawyer Weekly. These publications examine legal trends and issues through feature articles. Regular columns include commentary on professional ethics, an overview of the latest news from the Iowa legislature and reports on ISBA activities. Students are encouraged to submit articles for consideration.

Committees and Sections
The ISBA has 
24 sections and more than 20 committees that focus on specific areas of the law. Getting involved in committee and section work as a student is an excellent way to get more involved in the ISBA. It can also assist you in determining the area of law in which you might ultimately want to practice. Committees and sections work to accomplish their goals and objectives by amending and drafting legislation and developing legal/public education and networking programs. Committee membership is free to all interested ISBA members. Student members can join one section free.

At ISBA and Young Lawyers Division (YLD)
activities, meet and network with lawyers who share your interests and concerns. Also, join the YLD at social hours to mingle with other young lawyers. There are many online networking options available as well. Take advantage of the online community on the ISBA website created for students and young lawyers alike or join the ISBA’s LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook page.

Career Resources
Get a head start on your job search by exploring our online career center
which has access to local and national job ads, a resume bank, career articles, career publications, and career links.

Upcoming Events
2017 High School Mock Trial Judges Sign-Up
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Economic Development and Revitalization of Cities (Live Webinar)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
2017 Justice Fore All Golf Tournament (Eastern)
Thursday, June 8, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2017
2017 Bridge the Gap Seminar
Thursday, September 14, 2017


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