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Wayne Law Announces Establishment of Public Interest Law Fellowships

February 27, 2009

DETROIT (Feb. 27, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the establishment of Public Interest Law Fellowships in an effort to allow students additional opportunities to gain practical experience before graduation, ease financial stress and offer needed assistance to organizations providing legal services to underserved constituencies, reinforcing Wayne State University’s public service  mission.

Approximately $60,000 in total fellowships will be awarded to current Wayne Law students who will hold public interest jobs during the summer of 2009. Awards will be made in the form of scholarships or loan repayment, depending on the student’s circumstances.

“We were fortunate to be able to locate funds for these fellowships this year, and hope that we are in a position to continue funding in the future," said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “In this time of economic difficulty, it is especially important that we help worthy organizations to provide legal assistance to underserved constituencies. At the same time, we can provide worthwhile, hands-on opportunities for our students and help relieve some of their financial stress.”

Students interested in the fellowships are expected to find their own placements with public interest organizations providing legal services to needy or underserved constituencies; however, Wayne Law’s Career Services Office is prepared to provide assistance in locating suitable public interest opportunities. Students must work at least 10 full weeks (or the equivalent) between May and August, 2009.

Completed application materials should be submitted to the Law School Financial Aid Office no later than Monday, April 6, 2009. Fellowship recipients will be selected by a committee of Wayne Law faculty and alumni.

For more information regarding Wayne Law’s Public Interest Law Fellowships, please visit http://www.law.wayne.edu/finaid/pilf.php.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.  

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