American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Law Students
TIPS Section

Standing Committee on Law Students

Who We Are

A Message from the Co-Chairs of the Standing Committee on Law Students

In recent years, the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association (ABA) has developed cutting-edge networking, social, and educational opportunities for law students all across the country. At a time when many law students face challenges in forging their way to their first job in the legal field, the Standing Committee on Law Students (SCOLS) strives to provide pathways to a successful legal career.

SCOLS members include attorneys and law students who share an interest in developing and promoting opportunities for law students to succeed in their studies and careers.

Law student members of TIPS gain access to numerous programs and opportunities that can open doors to those entering the legal workforce. For example, TIPS law student members often:

  • Publish articles in ABA/TIPS newsletters;
  • Take on leadership positions on various TIPS committees;
  • Attend meetings and social events with attorneys practicing all across the country;
  • Volunteer in public service events alongside TIPS attorneys; and
  • Organize TIPS outreach events at law schools nationwide.

There are over thirty General Committees within TIPS, covering topics such as Products Liability, Animal Law, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, International Law, Trial Techniques, and more. These General Committees allow law students with a variety of interests to gain more in-depth knowledge in a substantive area of law, and to work one-on-one with practitioners in those areas of law. Every year, a Law Student Vice Chair is appointed to each General Committee to serve as a leader on the committee and bring a law students’ perspective while working with attorneys to develop publications, CLE programs, and other activities.

student members. Click here to join TIPS.

We look forward to working with you!


Carolyn Rupprath
Kat Statman, 2014 J.D. Candidate

Mission Statement

The Task Force on Outreach to Law Students is established to develop ways for TIPS to increase and enhance law student membership and involve law student members in TIPS leadership.

TIPS Writing Competition

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) has established an annual Law Student Writing Competition with $1,500 cash, plus paid air and hotel accommodations to the ABA Annual Meeting awarded to the first place winner and $500 cash awarded to the second place winner. View the Flyer

Read about this year's winners and their winning papers here. The goal of the competition is to encourage and reward law student writings on legal subjects within the scope of the Section and general and current interest. See the Complete Rules

Read about this year's winners and their winning papers

1st Prize
Federalism in an Era of International Free Trade: The General Agreement on Trade in Services And the Regulation of Insurance in the United States
Ethan Marks
Boston College Law School

Social Media

Expand your professional network--join our online presence on two well-known social networking websites:

Law Students on FaceBook

ABA TIPS on Twitter

Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee Law Student Writing Competition-Submit Your Essay Today!

The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee is holding its Annual Writing Competition for law students. Please view the writing competition flyer and writing competition rules for more information.

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ABA & TIPS Membership

Membership in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is FREE to law students who are members of the ABA So what are you waiting for?

Thank you for attending our program today. Prepare for your future legal career today by joining TIPS for FREE. Click the button below


Gain exposure to the actual practice of law while in law school!

Fill out the online application and join TIPS today.

If you are not a member of the ABA, it's only $25 a year for law students, you'll need to become an ABA member before joining TIPS.




Rupprath, Carolyn
Statman, Katriel


Toczydlowski, John

ABA Staff:

Wiley, Linda

Committee Roster  

Resources & Information

Committee Writing Competitions

The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee is offering an annual writing competition, open to all law students. Click here to learn more.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee is offering an annual writing competition, open to all law students. Click here to learn more.


Sites of Interest

Related Resources

Student Tipster Volume

Upcoming and Past Events

Committee Events

SMU - How to Network Event -
Audio & Video

How to Get You First Job - Audio

Today’s Tort and Insurance Law Practice

February 6, 2014
3:30 – 5:00 pm
BONUS! Immediately following the program, you’ll be invited to our TIPS Local Member Reception To meet and network with TIPS local and national attorneys.

Negotiation Workshop for Law Students

August 8, 2014
Orientation on negotiation basics
• Live practice in small teams
• Immediate feedback from professional
faculty, including attorneys and professors
• Networking and learning opportunity
• Certificates of participation
Section Events

    Why It Works and Why It Matters: The Business Case for Diversity


    Dont miss this hot topic complimentary teleconference, part of the TIPS Member Mondays CLE Series on Monday, April 6, 2015.Per the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, minorities in large law firms have been on the rise since 1975. Though progress in the legal industry continues, there is much ...

    2015 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Liability Litigation

    Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: Mark your calendars for April 8-10 and plan to attend the premiere national CLE in automotive litigation. This program, celebrating its 25th year, will take place at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. Whether you represent defendants, plaintiffs, or work in-house, ...

    24th Annual Spring CLE Meeting: Cutting-Edge Scientific and Legal Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

    Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: Join us at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on April 9-11, 2015, for the Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committees 24th Annual CLE Meeting, cosponsored with the Corporate Counsel Committee. We are excited to offer a program featuring industry leaders and experts ...

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