Young Lawyers Division

The Young Lawyers Division is the national home for the new attorney, providing members tools to navigate the early years of a career, opportunities to build a national network of peers and mentors, and vital resources to help members grow personally and professionally.

Student Loans & Finances

Student Debt Resources

New: The 2021 Student Debt Survey

Most young lawyers struggle to pay off their student loans—with 65 percent saying they suffer from overwhelming stress because of mounting debt. That's according to the ABA's 2021 Student Loan Survey, which compiled responses from more than 1,300 lawyers. Read the complete survey and get more information on finances on the YLD's Student Loans & Finances page.

Student Loans & - Finances

Student Debt Resources

Recapping the Results (Video)

The ABA hosted a panel to discuss the findings of “Student Debt: The Holistic Impact on Today’s Young Lawyer” at a Facebook Live event. Learn more about the impact of debt in the lives of attorneys and how it affects mental health.

Watch the - Survey Recap

About the report

The ABA YLD administered the 2021 Student Loan Debt Survey over three weeks in April and May of 2021, targeting members aged 36 or younger and who graduated law school or were licensed within the last 10 years. AccessLex Institute received complete responses from more 1,300 young lawyers. See the full findings of the report here.

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Join the Young Lawyers Division

The ABA provides tons of resources and benefits to help Young Lawyers throughout their careers. Sign in to update your info to start receiving information for free CLE credits, publications, and more.

Programs and Initiatives

Learn more about Disaster Legal Services

The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to create Disaster Legal Services — a program designed to help survivors navigate the aftermath of presidentially-declared disasters.

About the - Program

Women of Color Taskforce

Women of Color Taskforce

Realism, Resilience, and Well-being in the legal profession

Join our panelists on October 20 as they share their experiences as women lawyers of color and provide tips to increase your effectiveness as a lawyer while reducing your stress level. This is the inaugural event of the Women of Color Taskforce and first in the Blue Jeans Brunch Series.

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2022 Spring Conference

Have a program idea? Now's your chance to share it!

The YLD is planning for its spring's conference for 2022! The theme is Renewal, Realignment and Revitalization: Moving with Purpose, Commitment & in Servanthood. We are currently asking for program proposals and ideas centered around this theme. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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Advice For New Lawyers

Advice for New Lawyers

Tools For Your Professional Life

Our digital publications, TYL magazine and After The Bar, are here to guide new lawyers through the early stages of their legal careers as the experts talk about job search tips, strategies for building your practice, and the best resources to add to your professional toolkit.

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Career Tools

The ABA can help you navigate your career. Scan your resume and get instant feedback or have an AI video chat tool analyze your interview style with ABA Career Forward (powered by Korn Ferry Advance®). If you’re on the job, we can help you enhance the skills that will help you grow.

YLD Podcast

YLD Podcast

Listen to Young Lawyer Rising

New! Young Lawyer Rising covers issues pertinent to young lawyers, from newly minted attorneys to lawyers 10 years into practice and beyond.

Latest - Episodes

Projects & Awards

Offering help through opportunity

The YLD takes pride in making positive contributions to communities in which we practice, shaping the legal profession, and helping young lawyers succeed. Through initiatives such as A Seat at the Table, The Men of Color Project, No Limits, and #Fit2Practice, there are many ways you can get involved.

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Your generous gift to the YLD will be combined and leveraged with other donations to further such initiatives as the YLD Disaster Legal Services, Annual Public Service Project and Diversity and Inclusion programs.