Wayne State University

Recent Wayne Law Announcements

The following is a list of items included in recent Wayne Law Announcements emails. Items only are included in this list if the opportunities are still available.


LL.M. students can join American Bar Association for free

New this year, LL.M. students (in addition to J.D. students) can join the American Bar Association without paying dues. Students also have the option to enroll as a premium member for $25. One benefit of the premium membership is a $250 discount on the BARBRI review course.

More information/registration


Wayne Law scholarships open for applications – April 14 deadline

Applications are being accepted for dozens of Wayne Law internal scholarships ranging from $500 to $20,000. The scholarships, which have varying criteria, will be awarded to current students. Applications must include a personal statement explaining how you meet the scholarship criteria, a current resume and an unofficial copy of your Law School transcript (first-year students don’t need to provide transcripts). Application materials should be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 14. Questions should be directed to Assistant Director of Scholarships Michelle Taylor, 313-577-3996.

Scholarship criteria and application


Wayne Law externships serve to satisfy your graduation requirements and are available to students who have completed the first year of law school.  Areas available include:

  • Criminal Justice Externship
  • Judicial Externship
  • Public Interest Externship

Professional Responsibility (also offered in the summer) is a pre/co-requisite. Students may earn up to four hours of credit for participating in an externship. Externships are an excellent way to get guided, practical experience in settings as diverse as the office of general counsel for a corporation, judicial chambers, a prosecutor’s or defender’s office, etc. 

Application details


Public Interest Law Fellowships – March 24 deadline

The purpose of the fellowship program is to promote opportunities in public-interest law, ease student financial stresses and offer needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies. The 2017 Public Interest Law Fellowship awards will be $3,000 to $4,500. 

Application criteria:

  • Current Wayne Law student/not transferring
  • Enrolled for the fall semester at Wayne Law
  • Must work either 10 weeks full time for a single public-interest organization or split the summer between two public interest organizations
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest and the specific issue/area in which the applicant will be working

More information


Deadline: Friday, March 24

2017 Summer Fellowships with Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 24

This 400-hour paid fellowship opportunity teaches law students basic lawyering skills, such as client interviewing, counseling and representation, negotiation, research and drafting, and case management. Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer (LAPC) is a medical-legal partnership (MLP) with Karmanos Cancer Center that provides legal information, resources, and representation to low-income adult individuals with cancer in Detroit. LAPC, as part of the national trend of MLPs, helps clients obtain the legal services and support they need as part of their overall health care. Law students, lawyers, social workers, nurses and physicians work together to identify legal issues early, eliminate barriers to care, streamline services and promote policy change.

Two competitive fellowships of $4,500 each will be awarded for this summer. Each fellow must commit to a total of 400 hours over 12 weeks.  

Print an application

Applications also are available on the wall by room 1226 on the first floor of the Law School, outside the clinic space.

Deadline: Midnight, Friday, March 24, by email to jwarkentin@wayne.edu.

Kelly Services offers paid internship opportunity – Apply now

The legal department at Kelly Services is seeking a second- or third-year law student to serve as an intern this winter. This is a paid position. The intern’s duties will include:

  • Researching, analyzing and applying employment and labor laws (international and U.S.)
  • Reviewing and redlining contracts
  • Assisting in drafting and reviewing corporate policies, procedures and practices
  • Supporting the company’s corporate governance activities
  • Supporting corporate counsel and law department staff in handling diverse employment law, litigation, risk management, contract issues and other project-based work

Interested students can log into Symplicity for more information and instructions on how to apply.


Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Chapter Scholarship – March 31 deadline

Amount: $3,000


  • Must have earned at least 60 credit hours as of January 1, 2017
  • Recipient must attend an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on May 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Release of academic records form

Submission: In-person at Wayne Law’s Scholarship Office (located in the Admissions Suite)

Deadline: Friday, March 31


Release form

Harry Klein and Shirley Klein Legal Scholarship – April 1 deadline

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Students enrolled in a law school in Michigan

Required materials:

  • Application
  • 500-word maximum essay describing why you should receive the scholarship

Submission: U.S. mail, fax or email

Deadline: Saturday, April 1

More information and application

Thomas P. Thornton Scholarship – April 14 deadline

Sponsor: Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers

Amount: $2,000 (two scholarships will be awarded)


  • Law students who are graduating in 2017
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Preference is given to applicants who are student members of the Society of Irish American Lawyers.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Transcript of grades from the latest semester
  • A letter stating why you should be awarded the scholarship
  • Information pertaining to your Irish heritage and financial need

Submission: U.S. mail or email

Deadline: Friday, April 14

More information and application

Empowering Women in Law Scholarship – May 31 deadline

Amount: $1,500


  • Applicant must be a current female law student
  • Applicant will have successfully completed at least one semester of law school but will not yet have graduated by fall semester 2017
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • What are the top challenges you believe women face in the legal community, and how will you overcome those challenges?
    • Name a female role model. How has this woman inspired you, or influenced your life/decision to attend law school?
  • Transcript

Optional materials:

  • Recommendation letters
  • Resume

Submission: Online

Deadline: Wednesday, May 31

Complete details

William W. Hurst Law Scholarship – July 31 deadline

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Students who have an interest in pursuing a career in law are eligible for this award. Preference will be given to residents of Indiana and those entering their first year of law school, however others are encouraged to apply.

Required materials: Application

Submission: Online

Deadline: Monday, July 31



Seattle University Offers Summer in Alaska

Each summer during June and July, Seattle University School of Law offers a distinctive legal program in Anchorage, Alaska. Rising first- and second-year law students from across the country gain legal experience, earn four credits and spend an unforgettable summer at the Alaska Satellite Campus. This program offers more than 40 internship and externship opportunities and a substantive law course related to Alaska’s unique legal issues. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested students can contact Holly Johanknecht at johanknh@seattleu.edu.

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Coastal Law Field Lab – June 18 to July 15

The University of South Carolina School of Law will offer the Coastal Law Field Lab, a four-week, 6-credit course based in Charleston, S.C. The program features field-based learning and consists of three modules: Coastal Law, Climate Change & The Coast and Coastal Energy Law. During the field labs, students will visit sites that have been at the heart of important litigation or that illustrate national high-profile issues relating to coastal, environmental and energy law. The course will be particularly useful for students interested in environmental law. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more, visit www.law.sc.edu/learnoutside.


High School Mock Trial Seeking Volunteers

The Michigan Center for Civic Education is seeking volunteers for their annual High School Mock Trial competition. Volunteer attorneys, judges, legal assistants and law students are needed to serve as judges and court officers for the 2017 events.

Competition dates are:

  • March 25: State Finals (Lansing. experienced judges only, please)

This year’s mock trial case is a civil matter in which the plaintiff alleges excessive force during an arrest. The defendant police officer and police department claim the force utilized during the arrest was justified and that their policies and practices are reasonable.

Register to volunteer


Law School Admission Council’s Diversity Committee Writing Competition – March 31 deadline

Amount: One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of students (first-year, second-year, third/fourth-year), with each winner receiving $5,000 and having his or her paper posted at DiscoverLaw.org.

Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession

Eligibility: Current JD candidates in good standing at Law School Admission Council-member law schools

Required materials: Maximum 5,000-word paper addressing the topic

Submission: Email           

Deadline: 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Friday, March 31

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Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition – April 28 deadline

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Award: $2,500

Topic: Any issue within the general category of legal ethics

Eligibility: All law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools

Required materials:

  • Maximum 50-page paper
  • Cover letter with contact information and name of current law school

Submission: U.S. mail, email

Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, April 28

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Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition – May 19 deadline

Sponsor: The Customs and International Trade Bar Association and Brooklyn Law School


  • First prize: $1,000, possible publication in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law
  • Second prize: $500, possible publication in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law

Topic: An in-depth analysis of a current issue relevant to customs and international trade law

Eligibility: Currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program at any of the nation’s law schools.

Required materials: Maximum 40-page paper

Submission: Email

Deadline: Friday, May 19

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American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law 2017 Writing Competition – June 5 deadline

The winner receives:

  • $2,000
  • Travel expenses and registration to attend the next fall meeting of the ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • One-year membership in the forum
  • Recognition in the forum’s newsletter and on the forum's website

Topic: Any topic related to construction law.

Eligibility: All law students in good standing who attended an ABA-accredited law school during 2016.

Requirements: The format of the articles should resemble the articles published in either of the forum's two publications, The Construction Lawyer (law journal format) and Under Construction (newsletter format with articles of 1000-2000 words).

Submission: Email

Deadline: Monday, June 5

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Honigman Securities Law Writing Competition – June 19 deadline

Amount: $1,500

Topic: Any aspect of state or federal securities law, securities practice, securities arbitration or securities litigation that the contestant chooses. The article can be based in theory or practice.


  • Full- or part-time J.D. law students enrolled at a Michigan law school
  • One entry per participant
  • Papers that have been written for a class or publication are allowed. Articles that have been submitted to or published by a student publication within the last year are acceptable.

Required materials:

  • Entry form
  • Article (there is no page limit for this competition)

Submission: Email

Deadline: Monday, June 19

Complete information and entry form

The Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship – July 5 deadline

Sponsors: The Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel


  • First place: $5,000
  • Second place: $2,500
  • Third place: $1,500

Topic: Technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system (including topics relating to tax practice ethical and professional responsibility matters).

Eligibility: J.D. or LL.M. students enrolled full or part-time in a U.S. law school during the 2015/16 academic year.


  • 25 – 50-page paper
  • Each submitted paper must be sponsored by a law school professor.

Submission: U.S. mail, in-person

Deadline: 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, July 5

More information

Competition rules

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