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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.

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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APPLY FOR THE FREE LEGAL AID CLINIC

The Free Legal Aid Clinic is now accepting applications for summer 2017. Students will represent indigent clients in family and elder law cases and are responsible for all aspects of litigation, including trials and hearings, all while under the direct supervision of experienced legal aid staff attorneys.

FLAC is a student-run non-profit organization. The experience is paired with a dedicated 4-credit course to maximize the learning experience and meet your clinical education requirement.

Additional information and application

Deadline – Friday, March 10

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. 

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INTERNSHIPS, EXTERNSHIPS

United States Patent and Trademark Office Student Externship Program – March 10 deadline

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking applications for an unpaid student externship, which offers opportunities in areas of outreach, policy writing, finance, information technology, human resources and equal employment opportunity. The program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities and develop or enhance personal and professional skills. Applicants must be enrolled in a law degree program at an accredited university, with an undergraduate degree under a non-science major. This is a 10-week program with two sessions. The first session will begin on May 22 and will end on July 28. The second session will begin on June 5 and will end on August 11. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 10.

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United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Experience Externship Program – March 10 deadline

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking applications for the unpaid Patent Experience Externship Program, which offers opportunities in the areas of engineering, science and law. Duties may include researching and reviewing patent applications, briefing management officials on technology content, devising search strategies, drafting non-final office actions, conducting prior art searches, proposing an engineering position based on findings and formulating a written legal position dealing with a range of issues from intellectual property to petition decisions. Applicants must be enrolled in a law degree program at an accredited university, with an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, or other general sciences. This is a 10-week program with two sessions. The first session will begin on May 22 and will end on July 28. The second session will begin on June 5 and will end on August 11. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 10.

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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

Citywide Law Scholarship – March 1 deadline

Amount: $1,500

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Full-time student (proof of enrollment will be required before award is distributed)
  • Must be attending law school or college in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated financial need

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Transcript
  • 500- to 1,000-word essay on any topic of your choice; possible topics include:
    • Why do you want to practice law?
    • What adversity you have had to overcome to obtain your goal of attending law school?
    • How you will use your law degree to help others?

Submission: Online

Deadline: Wednesday, March 1

Application and complete details

Trustees Law School Scholarship – March 17 deadline

Sponsor: Macomb County Bar Foundation

Amount: $3,000

Eligibility:

  • Second- or third-year law student at one of Michigan’s five accredited law schools
  • High scholastic achievement
  • Commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community
  • Need for financial assistance

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Most recent law school transcript
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement in which the candidate discusses his or her interest in law, Macomb County, reason for applying, career goals and any other pertinent information.

Submission: U.S. mail, email, in-person

Deadline: Friday, March 17

Application

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Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship – March 17 deadline

Sponsor: Macomb County Bar Foundation

Amount: $3,000

Eligibility:

  • Second- or third-year law student at one of Michigan’s five accredited law schools
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Outstanding qualities of leadership and the ability to inspire and effectively lead others to a defined objective
  • Need for financial assistance

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Most recent law school transcript
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement in which the candidate discusses his or her interest in law, reason for applying, career goals and any other pertinent information.

Submission: U.S. mail, email, in-person

Deadline: Friday, March 17

Application

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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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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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNIES

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:

  • Feb. 25: Kent County Regional Tournament (Grand Rapids)
  • March 4: Macomb County Regional Tournament (Mt. Clemens)
  • March 11: Oakland County Regional Tournament (Pontiac)
  • March 18: Washtenaw County Regional Tournament (Ann Arbor)
  • 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

WRITING COMPETITIONS

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law – Feb. 27 deadline

Amount:

  • First place – $750 and a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change
  • Second place – $500
  • Third place – $250

Suggested theme:

  • Balancing Burdens and Benefits after Whole Woman's Health v. Hellertstedt

Eligibility:

  • Current J.D. or LL.M. students or 2016 graduates

Requirements:

  • Paper must be a minimum of 20 pages in length

Submission: Email

Deadline: 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27

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Trandafir International Business Writing Competition – March 3 deadline

Sponsored by: Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program

Award: $2,000 cash prize and publication in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law

Topic: Any topic of contemporary international business or economic concern with a legal nexus.

Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in law or graduate degree programs

Requirements:                                                   

  • Maximum 50-page essay
  • Essays that have been previously published or that have an outstanding commitment for publication are not eligible.

Submission: U.S. mail or email

Deadline: 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, Friday, March 3

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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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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

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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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