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.


Competition Programs

The 21st Annual Student Negotiations Competition

The Student Negotiations Competition is back for 2020 and it is scheduled for March 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the UCLA School of Law (385 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095). As always, the first place prize is $1,000 and the second place prize is $500. Be sure to submit your registration by January 31, 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 2019. Learn more here.

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