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Law Student Associate Program Benefits

Your Law Student Associate status provides you with access to a number of important benefits:

  • A network of important contacts
  • Job search assistance
  • Diversity Clerkship Program
  • Resources to help you in your studies and professional career
  • Experience with issues and concerns you will encounter as a lawyer
  • A realistic sense of what to expect in your day-to-day professional life
  • Familiarity with the profession that could otherwise take several years to develop
  • Current information on the changes in law and impact of coming legislation
  • Free or special student discounts on publications

As a Law Student Associate, you are encouraged to participate in State Bar programs and activities, many of them free of charge to student associates.

Diversity Clerkship Program

The State Bar of Wisconsin commits to assisting legal organizations interested in diversifying their legal staff.  To further its goal of promoting diversity within the legal profession, the State Bar facilitates a diversity clerkship program that encourages diversity in the legal profession by providing a rich learning experience for participating students and employers.  Students are matched with private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

Networking Opportunities

Probably the most important factor in finding a job, besides graduating, is having a large, well-connected network of professional contacts on which to call. Becoming involved in the activities and programs sponsored by the State Bar helps you establish that network. You have opportunities to meet and interact with professionals in several ways, including:

  • Attending seminars
  • Attending Pinnacle institutes
  • Submitting articles for publication in section and division newsletters
  • Attending programs with practicing lawyers
  • Attending programs sponsored by the State Bar at your law school

Continuing Legal Education Opportunities – including Ultimate Pass Gold benefit

It is important for up-and-coming lawyers to understand what is happening in the here-and-now of law practice. We’ve made it even easier for you. Now, all Law Student Associates automatically receive all the benefits of an Ultimate Pass Gold and more! The PINNACLE Seminars Ultimate Pass Gold is a one-year subscription that allows each subscriber unlimited access to attend any live, video, webcast, webcast replay, telephone, or CLE OnDemand seminar produced by the PINNACLE Seminars Division*. These seminars include annual updates, national speakers, and the Build Your Practice series. This benefit, available only to State Bar of Wisconsin Law Student Associates, is worth a value of $1099, some restrictions apply. Law Student Associates still receive free attendance to PINNACLE Institutes.

Books UnBound

As a law student associate, you will receive complimentary access to Books UnBound™, a subscription-based online library of PINNACLE Books, featuring links to primary law through Fastcase™ legal research service. Books UnBound is accessible through the State Bar of Wisconsin website, and can be launched from the home page or through MyMedia.

After registering as a law student associate, students will receive a confirmation for their Books UnBound subscription via email. Please note that the Law Student Associate Program requires annual "academic year" activation.

Online State Bar Publications & Information

Your State Bar of Wisconsin Student Associate status will put you in touch with the latest news, trends and issues facing Wisconsin lawyers. As an associate, you'll have access to:

Wisconsin Lawyer magazine (online edition)

Wisconsin Lawyer publishes articles on changes in law, explores law related trends and developments, and provides a forum for the expression of ideas, concerns, and opinions that affect the practice of law in Wisconsin.

InsideTrack (emailed to you the first and third Wednesday of every month)

The State Bar newsletter, Inside Track, focuses on the State Bar of Wisconsin's activities and services.

Young Lawyers Division Newsletter (online edition)

The YLD newsletter provides information of interest to division members and Law Student Associates, updates on committee and board activities, and informs readers of upcoming events.

Access to Section Newsletters

As a Law Student Associate, you have the opportunity to receive any Section newsletter of interest. The State Bar has 24 Sections focusing on practice specialties; many of which publish their own newsletters. Section newsletters provide updates on specific practice specialties, information on upcoming section activities, and other information of interest. The following sections publish newsletters:

  • Appellate Law Practice
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights
  • Business Law
  • Children & the Law
  • Construction & Public Contract Law
  • Elder Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health
  • International Practice
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  • Litigation
  • Public Interest
  • Public Utilities
  • Solo/Small Firm & General Practice
  • Sports & Entertainment

Ethics information, advice and guidance

As a Law Student Associate, you will have access to informal guidance and help in resolving questions regarding Wisconsin's Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. From talking one-on-one with the State Bar's Ethics Counsel to accessing the full text of an opinion written by the State Bar's Committee on Professional Ethics.

The State Bar's Web site – WisBar, including select member-only areas

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WisBar provides you with the latest Wisconsin local court rules; searchable indexes of recent cases; a wide array of legal forms; a full list of legal vendors and products; back issues of Wisconsin Lawyer; legislative coverage; and the latest State Bar products, seminars, calendars and news.