Law Students

Launching a Successful Legal Career Starts Here

As a member of the Orange County Bar Association, law students enjoy many OCBA programs and services to help them achieve their legal career goals.

OCBA Law Students have access to an array of member benefits as well as to OCBA social events and community outreach activities-connecting the student with the legal community.

Finding Your Legal Niche

OCBA law students are encouraged to participate in one of the many OCBA Sections that introduce students to over 22 areas of law. Specialty sections, which meet frequently, focus on specific areas of law and professional growth. Sections are great sources for students to explore various areas of law and to network with practicing attorneys.

Law student members may attend a meeting of each of the 22 sections free of charge once. After the first section meeting, there is only a $10 fee to join a section.  For more information please contact Carolyn Ninh.

Schedule of Upcoming Law Student Events & Activities

Please visit the OCBA Calendar of Events for information about upcoming section meetings and other OCBA events.

 
Upcoming Law Student Events
OCBA Spring Member Mixer
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Bayside Restaurant, Newport Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.



OCBA Spring Beach Clean-Up
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Download the flyer for more information or register online.



 
Upcoming Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)*
The Care and Feeding of CEOs (and GCs too)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Orange

Download the flyer for more information or register online.



*MCLE refers to the approved continuing legal education required of California attorneys. The OCBA provides special pricing for OCBA Law Student Members for these seminars.
 

For more information about law student membership and law student events & activities, please contact the Program Manager at cninh@ocbar.org or 949-440-6700, ext. 134.

Law students who are not already members interested in joining the OCBA may sign up online.

 

Other Resources and Information

Federal Student Aid Income-Based Repayment Plan
Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is a repayment plan for the major types of federal student loans that caps your required monthly payment at an amount intended to be affordable based on your income and family size. All Stafford, PLUS, and Consolidation Loans made under either the Direct Loan or FFEL Program are eligible for repayment under IBR, EXCEPT loans that are currently in default, parent PLUS Loans (PLUS Loans that were made to parent borrowers), or Consolidation Loans that repaid parent PLUS Loans. The loans can be new or old, and for any type of education (undergraduate, graduate, professional, job training). You may enter IBR if your federal student loan debt is high relative to your income and family size.

Federal Student Aid Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan
Pay As You Earn is a repayment plan for eligible Direct Loans that is designed to limit your required monthly payment to an amount that is affordable based on your income and family size. Only loans made under the Direct Loan Program are eligible for repayment under Pay As You Earn. Eligible loans are Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans made to graduate or professional students, and Direct Consolidation Loans that did not repay any PLUS loans that were made to parent borrowers. Loans that are currently in default, Direct PLUS Loans made to parents, Direct Consolidation Loans that repaid PLUS loans made to parents, and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans are NOT eligible for repayment under Pay As You Earn. You must be a new borrower. You are a new borrower if you had no outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan as of Oct. 1, 2007, or if you had no outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan when you received a new Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan on or after Oct. 1, 2007. In addition, you must have received a disbursement of a Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, or Direct PLUS Loan for graduate or professional students on or after Oct. 1, 2011, or you must have received a Direct Consolidation Loan based on an application that was received on or after Oct. 1, 2011.