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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 various areas of law. The OCBA has 27 specialty sections, many of which allow Law Students to join. You may register to attend one meeting of each eligible section free of charge. Sections are great sources for students to explore areas of law and to network with practicing attorneys.

After the first complimentary section meeting, there is a $10 fee to join a section.  For more information please contact OCBA Membership.

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
Upcoming Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)*
*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.

Law students interested in joining the OCBA may sign up online. If you are currently enrolled at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, UCI School of Law or Western State College of Law, we may already have a profile for you. Please call our membership department to inquire.

Just sat for the State Bar Exam and waiting for results? Bar Waiters are eligible to join under the Law Student Member category.

For more information about law student membership and law student events & activities, please contact membership@ocbar.org or call 949-440-6700, ext. 103.

Other Resources and Information

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

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.

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.

Scholarship Opportunities:

OCWLA Foundation Bar Stipend Award

Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Scholarship Award

Thurgood Marshall Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Opportunity

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund