Join the CBA & Get Ready for Your Life as a Lawyer

Apply to be a student CBA member now.

The Colorado Bar Association invites all law students to join – at no cost! Along with valuable networking opportunities and the ability to jumpstart your future career, a CBA membership offers many benefits:

  • Automatic membership with the Young Lawyers Division
  • Membership at your Local Bar within Colorado (view the list here)
  • Mentoring opportunities connecting you to established attorneys
  • Special student Continuing Legal Education (CLE) rates
  • Access to Casemaker and other premium services
  • CBA Member Discount Providers program
  • All the latest legal and community information through a full online subscription to The Colorado Lawyer
  • You can join any and all bar sections that are of interest to you – such as Civil Rights, Business, Family or Sports & Entertainment Law – in order to maximize your law exploration and increase job potential.

As a “partner in law” with the CBA, you will gain vital experience within the field to ensure success in your legal career. 

Student Debt Relief Programs and Resources

Student debt hasn’t made the recession easier for lawyers who are still paying down the steep price of their educations. And while student debt is especially hard to get rid of, there are a couple of recent programs that could help, depending on your circumstances.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act – Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Under this program, qualifying employees of government and 501(c)(3) organizations may be eligible for loan forgiveness after 10 years of payments. Wondering if this applies to you? Equal Justice Works makes it a whole lot easier for you to find out by telling you which jobs qualify, which loans are covered, and what you need to do for the next 10 years to make sure you can benefit from this program. There’s even a checklist that tells you exactly what to do to determine whether you qualify and to set your eligible payments in motion.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act – Income-Based Repayment

This program attempts to make it possible for people to make realistic monthly payments based on their debt burden and their income. After 25 years of payments, remaining debt will be forgiven. Again, look to the resources provided by Equal Justice Works to see if you qualify. IBRinfo also offers a calculator that lets you enter some basic information to see if you might qualify.

You might not know it, but you could qualify for student debt relief under the College Cost Reduction & Access Act of 2007. Real debt relief in the form of lower payments and eventual debt forgiveness. Of course, as with any piece of legislation, the devil is in the details. And in this particular Act, there is no shortage of details. This is why the CBA flew Heather Jarvis, a nationally-recognized expert on the topic, out to Colorado to talk to groups here in the CLE classroom, and at both Colorado law schools. If you missed the program, you can still tap into Heather’s resources on the Equal Justice Works site, including: