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Career Research: Starting Points

This guide focuses on BLS Library's career research sources, publicly accessible sources and bar association sources that are free to U.S. law students.

BLS Students & Graduates: Contact the BLS Career Development Center

The Career Development Center counsels BLS students and graduates on how to 1) search for jobs and externships, 2) draft resumes and cover letters and 3) achieve career goals.  The Career Development Center's website describes its many resources and programs.  BLSConnect (the BLS portal) > Career provides this Center's manuals and handouts, videos and career skills tutorials.  The calendar on the home page of BLSConnect highlights this Center's upcoming programs. 

Log in to BLSConnect by entering your BLS username and password.

BLS Students: Join the American Bar Association for Free

American Bar Association (ABA) law student membership is free

  • FYI: On 05/27/2023, the ABA membership form stated: "All ABA Law Student Members and ABA Lawyer Members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for ten years or less are automatically enrolled in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) at no additional charge."

A law student can join five free ABA groups.  ABA groups include:

Law Student Division - Offers articles, videos and podcasts on:

Career Paths I Career Resources I Diversity, Equity and Inclusion I Professional Development

Young Lawyers Division - Offers articles, videos, webinars and the ABA YLD Young Lawyer Rising Podcast.

Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

  • BLS Library provides Human Rights (this Section's magazine covering many human rights and civil rights topics) in HeinOnline database.  Remote access requires implementation of the BLS proxy server instructions for 1 web browser. 

Practice-focused ABA groups, such as: Business Law Section, Forum on the Entertainment & Sports IndustriesGovernment and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Litigation Section, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and Section of Intellectual Property Law.

ABA also provides:

ABA Career Center - Includes a publicly accessible job board.

New Lawyer Practice Area Resource Library

  • Tip: Some ABA practice area resources might require both ABA membership and ABA group registration to access.

BLS Community Members: Ask a BLS Librarian for Help

Want to learn how to:

BLS librarians can help!

BLS Students: Join the New York State Bar Association for Free

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) law student membership is free.  It includes:

  • Career resources
  • Digital subscriptions to a student e-newsletter (monthly), NYSBA Journal (monthly) and New York State Law Digest 
  • Opportunity to join practice-focused NYSBA Sections

NYSBA also provides:

  • NYSBA Career Center - Includes a publicly accessible job board.
  • Under NYSBA for Law Students > tab: Articles: "Ten Tips for Practicing in ..." Series - This publicly accessible NYSBA page provides attorneys' tips for practicing in: antitrust law, commercial/federal litigation, dispute resolution, family law, general practice, health law, real property law, and tort/insurance/compensation law.

When Was This Guide Last Updated?

This LibGuide was last substantively updated:

On: March 31, 2024

At:  7:24 AM

By: Jean Davis