You're focused on law school. You want to explore your career options and grow your connections. You're overwhelmed and could really use a break.
Now is the perfect time to get active in the HCBA.
Getting involved in your local bar association while still in law school is one of the best decisions you can make. Investing a little time now making connections with local lawyers can have a big impact later on as you start out in your career in the law.
At the Hennepin County Bar Association, law student membership is free and it gives you access to great member benefits and points of connection including:
Our substantive law sections provide the professional connections that you are looking for as a law student. Meet and network with attorneys in the areas of law that you are interested in. Stay current on the latest legal issues and real-world challenges facing today’s attorneys, while making the contacts that you will need when you join the profession. Plus, there is no extra fee for your HCBA Section memberships.
HCBA law student members can attend most Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars at the HCBA office for no cost. It's a great way to learn about the hot issues in different practice areas and to learn first-hand from local attorneys about the career options available.
Small Group Mentoring
Start taking part in HCBA's small group mentoring program, provided for legal professionals at every stage of their careers.
Socials & Events
HCBA social events and happy hours let you connect with judges, new lawyers, attorneys from the areas of practice that you are interested in, and others in the legal community.
E-updates & Publications
HCBA’s weekly e-news provides you with association updates and an events calendar, so that you will always be connected to happenings in the local legal community. You'll also receive a subscription to The Hennepin Lawyer magazine and Inside the Hennepin Lawyer newsletter, featuring insightful articles on substantive legal issues and the practice of law, profiles of attorneys and judges, and spotlights on members, events, and association activities.
Take part in the new membership clubs -- a great way to get to know local attorneys around shared interests and fun activities.
Leadership & Service Opportunities
Build your leadership experience through work with our committees and participation in HCBA projects and initiatives. These include diversity initiatives and programs and projects focused on serving the local community. HCBA offers many opportunities to be of service to the local community through volunteer activities, law-related community outreach, as well as through the Hennepin County Bar Foundation, and the Volunteer Lawyers Network—the pro bono arm of the HCBA.
Take a break at the HCBA!
Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We're conveniently located in the skyway system of downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall, the third floor of the City Center building. Law student members are welcome to stop by anytime for a free cup of coffee and the chance to relax and connect with other HCBA members.
Ready to become an HCBA Law Student Member?