As a law student, you have a unique opportunity to make decisions about your education. While a traditional legal education teaches you about the manipulation of abstract principles to maintain the status quo, a progressive legal education stresses the importance of thinking critically and creatively, using the law as a tool to further social change.
If you are interested in using the law to serve the people, you are not alone. With chapters at over 100 schools, the National Lawyers Guild offers a network of innovative ideas, socially-conscious campaigns, and politically active students who are passionate about justice. Whether you want to organize against the death penalty, work to unionize your law school’s employees, or institute a loan repayment assistance program, the Guild is here to help you.
We can also introduce you to a successful, progressive mentor or some like-minded students. Look through our list of student chapters, or start a chapter at your own school! The Guild is a network of activists; long-time members can give seminars on your campus, train you to be a legal observer or give you helpful advice about finding local progressive jobs. Their experience and expertise will prove to you that it is possible to graduate with debt and still be a people’s lawyer! Contact the national student organizer if you have any questions about how to get started.
The Debra Evenson Social Justice Writing Award will be awarded annually to a law student based on a writing competition with the topic to focus on social justice and workers’ rights issues. A panel of judges will select the winning entry with a $500 cash award to be presented to the winner. The winning article will be submitted for publication to the National Lawyers Guild Review (selection for publication is at the sole discretion of the NLG Review).
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