ABA President Robinson Stresses Support for Law Students and Young Lawyers
The American Bar Association recognizes the challenges facing concerned law students who have yet to begin their careers and the frustration of those lawyers who are searching for work in this tough job market.
To meet the expenses of my own law school education, I sold my car and worked as a night watchman from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., attending law school full time each day, so I could get a law degree. I know first hand what it’s like to face financial obstacles in pursuit of a legal career that does more than pay the bills — it fulfills a lifelong dream.
I respect the dedication and good judgment of young adults who are pursuing their own dreams in the legal field. A law degree develops critical thinking skills and cultivates the creativity in problem solving needed to successfully access a world of opportunity.
The ABA is dedicated to helping people make an informed choice about entering our legal profession, and to providing law students and lawyers with the resources they need to sustain a fulfilling and successful career.
The ABA is committed to providing prospective law students with better and more transparent information about law school debt and legal employment in a clear, timely fashion. The ABA has changed and improved its annual questionnaire to law schools, requiring them to provide specific answers about where and by whom their graduates are employed and what types of jobs they hold.
The ABA is also providing career tools and opportunities for law students and lawyers, including an online career center, job board and the most up-to-date information about trends in the field of law.
No graduate-level degree provides better preparation for serving others and succeeding in the world at large than a degree from an ABA-accredited law school. Embarking on a legal career requires the commitment of time and resources. The ABA has the highest respect for individuals willing to make that commitment, and since 1878 has been supporting them in their decision to dedicate themselves to the service of others with the benefit of a legal education.