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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.

EXTENDED LIBRARY HOURS

Law Library offering extended hours, refreshments for reading period, finals week

Extended hours are available Thursday, April 20 through Tuesday, May 9.

  • Monday through Friday –  8 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday – 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Sunday – 11 a.m. to midnight

Parking Structure 1 (across West Palmer Street from the Law School) will remain open until 12:15 a.m. so students can take full advantage of the extended library hours.

The Law Library also is offering coffee, tea and snacks in the Computer Lab starting around 5 p.m. to fuel late evening studies during reading period and final exams.

ABA MEMBERSHIP

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.

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EARN EXTERNSHIP CREDIT FOR SUMMER WORK

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

WAYNE LAW STUDENTS CAN DOWNLOAD MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 FOR FREE

Current Wayne Law students are eligible for a free download of Microsoft Office 365 (Windows and Mac). Full instructions are available at computing.wayne.edu/downloadoffice. You can install the software on up to five computers. This program is compatible with Windows 7 or newer and Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. There are also apps for mobile devices running Android, Windows Phone and iOS.

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MOCK TRIAL

2017-18 MOCK TRIAL PROGRAM TRYOUTS - MAY 10 DEADLINE

Tryouts for new Mock Trial members for 2017-18 will be Thursday, May 11 through Saturday, May 13. Sign up is now open and all incoming second-, third- and fourth-year students are invited to tryout.

As part of Mock Trial you will learn: 

  • Evidence
  • How to argue in front of a judge and jury.
  • How to conduct direct and cross exams.
  • How to deliver opening statements and closing arguments. 

The program consists of: 

  • A Mock Trial Workshop 
  • At least two trials per semester.
  • The opportunity to try cases in a real courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
  • The most credits available through a co-curricular (two for workshop, two for the trials). 

If you have any interest in litigation or want courtroom experience this is a great way to gain practical experience and work with experienced attorneys. You will learn oral advocacy skills that will help you throughout your career.

Sign up for a tryout time slot on the "2017 Tryouts" sign up sheet on the 2016-2017 Mock Trial TWEN page. You will need to add the 2016-2017 Mock Trial TWEN course in order to sign up.

Information and instructions for the 2017 Tryouts are located in the "2017 Tryout" TWEN tab.

Sign-up deadline: Wednesday, May 10 at 10:00 p.m.

Questions: Katie Vivian, kathleen.vivian@wayne.edu

THE JOURNAL OF LAW IN SOCIETY

The Journal of Law in Society seeks rising 2Ls to become 2017-18 article editors - May 30 deadline

The Journal of Law in Society is one of two student-managed scholarly publications at Wayne Law and seeks to build awareness about issues affecting Detroit. In that capacity, it serves as the scholarly arm of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. This year, the Journal will celebrate its 20th anniversary and also will publish a themed issue acknowledging 50 years since the 1967 Detroit Race Rebellion. 

Students may apply to be article editors through the Write-On Competition. The competition consists of (1) a Bluebook citation quiz, and (2) your choice of a past legal writing assignment. The competition will open Thursday, May 13, and submissions must be delivered via TWEN by 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 30.

Article editors write scholarly notes in conjunction with a professor and assist in the editing process for each of the themed issues published yearly. In return, article editors receive one academic credit per semester and satisfy their upper-level writing requirement. Article editors also may interview to serve on the subsequent Editorial Board.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 30

For more information, visit the TWEN page: "Write-On Competition 2017- Journal of Law in Society

More information on The Journal of Law in Society (news release)

Questions: Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Demers, jonathan.demers@wayne.edu 

WAYNE LAW REVIEW

Wayne Law Review Write-On Competition – May 30 deadline

The Wayne Law Review is a scholarly journal edited and produced by Wayne Law students. It contains articles, book reviews, transcripts, notes, and comments by prominent academics, practitioners, and students on timely legal topics. Students who are chosen to become members of Law Review will be able to write a note throughout the year on a legal topic of their choice.

The Write-On Competition is the only opportunity to join the Wayne Law Review. The write-on problem goes live on TWEN on Saturday, May 13, and is due by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30. All interested participants must fill out an exam card available in the Student Affairs Office (Suite 1255), leaving the larger half of the exam card in the Law Review write-on envelope. Please add your current home address, telephone number, and email address to the exam card. Grading is anonymous, and therefore the exam number is the sole source of identification that you will use during the competition.

Deadline: 11 p.m., Tuesday, May 30

More information/updates: Sign up for the TWEN page "Law Review Write-On Competition"

More information on the Wayne Law Review (news release)

Questions: Editor-in-Chief Dane Lepola, dane.lepola@wayne.edu

INTERNSHIPS, EXTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

John S. Beagle Scholarship – May 1 deadline

Sponsor: Genesee County Bar Foundation

Amount: $5,000

Eligibility:

  • Students from Genesee County (Michigan) entering their second or third academic year at an ABA accredited law school
  • Students who have successfully completed one year of law school
  • Enrollees of any law school in the United States will be considered, but preference will be given to those attending Michigan law schools.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Transcript
  • 1,500-word maximum personal statement about why you are requesting the scholarship. It can also include personal strengths, community service work, extracurricular activities including non-academic sports (high school and/or college), employment history, financial need, and academic grades and achievements.

Submission: U.S. mail

Deadline: Monday, May 1

More information and application

Richard D. Hailey Scholarship – May 1 deadline

Sponsor: American Association for Justice Minority Caucus

Amount:

  • $5,000
  • Travel and accommodations to attend the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Boston

Eligibility:

  • Minority law student entering his or her first, second or third year of law school at an ABA accredited law school
  • Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
  • Expresses a desire to represent victims
  • Demonstrates a commitment to American Association for Justice and dedication to its mission through involvement in a student chapter and Minority Caucus activities
  • Shows a financial need for the scholarship
  • Must be an American Association for Justice law student member

Required materials:

  • Resumé
  • 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria
  • Up to three recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, American Association for Justice member or trial lawyer
  • Completed form verifying your student status.

Submission: Email, U.S. mail

Deadline: Monday, May 1

More information and application

Trial Advocacy Scholarship – May 1 deadline

Sponsor: American Association for Justice

Amount: $3,000

Eligibility:

  • Students entering their second or third year of law school at an ABA accredited law school
  • Demonstrates a commitment to American Association for Justice and dedication to its mission through extensive involvement in student chapter activities
  • Expresses a desire to represent victims
  • Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy
  • Shows a financial need for the scholarship
  • Must be an American Association for Justice law student member

Required materials:

  • Resumé
  • Statement of financial need
  • 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria
  • Up to three (3) recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, American Association for Justice member or trial lawyer
  • Completed form verifying your student status.

Submission: Email, U.S. mail

Deadline: Monday, May 1

More information and application

Leesfield Scholarship – May 1 deadline

Sponsor: American Association for Justice and member Ira Leesfield

Amount: $2,500 to subsidize attendance at AAJ's Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts

Eligibility:

  • First and second-year law students enrolled in an ABA accredited law school
  • Must be an American Association for Justice law student member

Required materials:

  • Resumé
  • Statement of financial need
  • 500-word written request substantiating the applicant's commitment to preserving the civil justice system
  • Up to three recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, American Association for Justice member or trial lawyer
  • Completed form verifying your student status.

Submission: Email, U.S. mail

Deadline: Monday, May 1

More information and application

Mike Eidson Scholarship – May 1 deadline

Sponsor: American Association for Justice Women for Justice Education Fund

Amount:

  • $5,000
  • Travel and accommodations to attend the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Boston

Eligibility:

  • Female law student entering her third year of law school at an ABA accredited law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program)
  • Demonstrated commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.
  • The winner must attend the 2017 AAJ Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts in order to accept the scholarship.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Resumé
  • A letter explaining your interest in a career as a trial lawyer, and your dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and how you have demonstrated this
  • Completed form verifying your student status.

Submission: Email, U.S. mail

Deadline: Monday, May 1

More information and application

A. Kay Stanfield Spinks Law Student Scholarship – May 26 deadline

Amount: $2,500

Eligibility:

  • African American students seeking financial assistance in the pursuit of a degree in law
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an ABA-certified law school program
  • Applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in the fall of 2017

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • 300-word maximum essay describing your  career  aspirations  and  why  you  should  receive  a scholarship

Submission: Email

Deadline: Friday, May 26

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Charles F. Filice – St. Ives of Treguier Award – May 31 deadline

Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Law student enrolled at Wayne State University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law or Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Must be an enrolled student in fall 2017.
  • Successful academic achievement
  • Active in community of student's educational institution
  • Possesses outstanding character
  • Demonstrates concern for others through public service

Required materials:

  • Transcript
  • Cover letter outlining how you meet each award criterion
  • Letter of recommendation from a current faculty member or administrator of your school

Submission: Email

Deadline: 5 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), Wednesday, May 31

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Empowering Women in Law Scholarship – May 31 deadline

Amount: $1,500

Eligibility:

  • 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

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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

Application

The Abels & Annes P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest – Dec. 15 deadline

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Any law student who will be attending an accredited college, university or law school in 2018 in the United States

Required materials:

  • Application
  • 1,000-word maximum essay

Submission: Email

Deadline: 9 a.m. (Central Standard Time), Friday, Dec. 15

More information and application

The Price Hargett Petho & Anderson Scholarship Essay Contest – Dec. 15 deadline

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Any law student who will be attending an accredited college, university or law school in 2018 in the United States

Required materials:

  • Application
  • 1,000-word maximum essay on access to legal services in the United States

Submission: Email

Deadline: Friday, Dec. 15

More information and application

SUMMER LAW PROGRAM

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.

WRITING COMPETITIONS

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

Awards:

  • 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.

Eligibility:

  • 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

Awards:

  • 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.

Requirements:

  • 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

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Competition rules

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