Membership to the Minnesota State Bar association is now free to students of Minnesota's law schools. All new student MSBA members will also automatically be registered to the Hennepin and Ramsey County bar associations at no charge.
This change comes as the result of a new bar initiative to better engage with law students. "Students enter the profession on their first day of class," notes MSBA Executive Director Tim Groshens. "We are renewing efforts to engage them in the practice of law, to do all we can to help students identify a path toward their career goals just as we do with all our members."
Through this initiative, students will have access to all MSBA, HCBA and RCBA services including:
- Practice-area Sections and the invaluable networking opportunities found at section listservs and CLEs.
- Online practice tools like practicelaw and Fastcase. Online Services Director, Joe Kaczrowski, notes that "we understand students have free access to a lot of tools, but the MSBA can demonstrate efficient, practical use of those real-world tools that students are very likely to use once in practice."
- Members-only events. This year, for example, the MSBA will host 'Headshot Days' where student members can receive free professionally shot portraits that may be used on social media profiles like LinkedIn or the MSBA Colleague Directory.
- Publications including Bench & Bar and the Legal News Digest.
- Volunteer opportunities. For example, students often help with high school Mock Trial competition. MSBA members have consistently helped Minnesota teams advance to the national competition.
Students may enroll online by visiting mnbar.org and clicking the Join link or, by contacting Mike Carlson at (612) 278-6336.