Law Student Resources

Law students are invited to join three free one-year student memberships to the California Lawyers Association (CLA). Membership only runs through the calendar year. You may submit a new form in the beginning of the year for every year you are enrolled in law school.

Below are some offerings that may interest you as a law student. Some programs require the applicant to be a member of that Section.

Mentorship Programs

Labor and Employment Law Section

The Labor and Employment Law Section connects individuals as mentors and mentees. The Section makes the initial introduction between the mentor and mentee, and the mentor and mentee are responsible for contacting each other and developing their relationship. If you are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee, please sign up here.

You MUST be a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section to participate in this mentorship program.

Taxation Section

Access to mentoring and constructive feedback early in one’s career is an important indicator of long term professional success. The Taxation Section is proud to support mentoring through its Odyssey Mentorship Program with the goal of shaping future productive and confident leaders of the profession.  The Odyssey Mentorship Program provides Mentees with a confidential forum to ask questions, be exposed to other members of the profession, and gain expertise so they can be assured, skilled tax practitioners.  It also provides Mentors with the opportunity to give back to the tax community and help support the future of the profession by ensuring its new members are best prepared for the professional challenges they may face. Learn more about the Odyssey Mentorship.

You MUST be a member of the Taxation Section to participate in this mentorship program.

Educational Programs

Some sections offer free or discounted price for educational programs to law students. Check back periodically to see if any new programs have been added.

February 27, 2020 | From the Trenches … Start to Finish as a Solo Practitioner in California

Presented by the Solo and Small Firm Section

Join us on February 27, 2020 for the program “From the Trenches … Start to Finish as a Solo Practitioner in California” in Chico, CA. Learn more about the conference.

Students qualify for a discounted price of $25.

March 5, 2020 | Fourth Annual “Celebrating Women in Competition Law in California”

Presented by the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

In a conversation moderated by the Honorable Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the panel of female leaders of the competition bar will share their paths to leadership, discuss the role of gender in their leadership styles, and provide advice for navigating gender-based obstacles. The evening will conclude with a hosted networking reception featuring delectable bites and beverages. Learn more about the conference.

This event is free for law students.

March 12-13, 2020 | Estate and Gift Tax Conference

Presented by the Taxation Section

Join us for the 2020 State and Gift Tax Conference in San Francisco, CA. Learn more about the conference.

Students qualify for a discounted price of $50.

Competition Programs

Public Law Writing Competition | Public Law Section

The Public Law Section is seeking entries for its annual Public Law Writing Competition. Historically, the competition has been open to law students. Now, lawyers who have been practicing for 8 years or less can submit entries. Three entries will be recognized, including a $2,000 cash prize for the winner. The author of the winning piece will be recognized at an awards reception sponsored by the Public Law Section, and their reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the reception will be included.

Submissions will be accepted from January 15 to April 1, 2020.

More information here.

Section Reporter

Intellectual Property Section

Are you interested in becoming an IP Section Reporter? The Intellectual Property Section of the California Lawyers Association is looking for 2Ls, 3Ls and recent graduates to serve as IP Section Reporters for 2020. Learn more here.

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