The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world, whilst providing its members with unique international networking and professional development opportunities.
Through their new student membership initiative the IBA aims to enhance the study of law by giving students access to the extensive range of academic and professional materials produced by the IBA and its broad range of committees and sections, including all newsletters, journals, magazines, webcasts and reports. As well as some content specifically for students, such as opportunities to have your work published, vocational interviews, group projects and competitions.
Additionally, IBA membership includes a broad range of international legal practitioners, providing students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with future employers and their work. Their membership includes top international law firms such as Linklaters, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy LLP, White & Case LLP, Slaughter and May, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, as well as 195 bar associations and law societies, over
45,000 individual lawyers, and more than 1,000 corporate counsel members representing hundreds of multinational corporations including Coca-Cola, IBM, ExxonMobil and AT&T. And now, law students can be members.
Student membership is charged at an annual fee of £20. However, students who sign up now will receive complementary membership for the rest of 2011, as well as membership for the duration of 2012.
If you are interested in joining the IBA take at look at their website.