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.

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Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships – Feb. 26 deadline

The Goodwin 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each, to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school. To become a 1L Goodwin Fellow, a candidate must be a full-time first-year law student enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, with an expected graduation date of spring 2020. The personal statement that is part of the online application should address the applicant's qualifications and should include examples of the applicant's leadership qualities, exceptional contributions to diversity and community service, and commitment to the practice of law in a corporate law firm setting. Details regarding the 2L Diversity Fellowship will be circulated when the application period is announced.

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 26, 2018


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Public Interest Law Fellowships – March 19 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.

Application criteria include:

  • Current Wayne Law student in good standing with minimum 2.0 GPA, not transferring and 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 working full-time for five weeks for two public interest organizations
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest and the specific issue/area in which the application will be working

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Deadline: Monday, March 19


Interested in serving as a Marine Corps Officer Staff Judge Advocate? 

Apply to the Officer Candidates Course (OCC) law program.  This elite program provides top-notch leadership training and the opportunity to accept a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. The program is designed to develop and evaluate your abilities to lead large groups, while also evaluating your physical fitness and academic abilities. 


  • 10 weeks at Officer Candidates School (during the summer)
  • Earn approximately $5,500 plus room and board during the training
  • No obligation is incurred unless you accept your commission.  You may choose whether or not to continue with the program while in training.
  • 6 months at The Basic School (after having passed the bar)
  • 10 weeks at the Naval Justice School
  • $70,000+ starting salary after fully trained (plus housing allowance, food allowance and other tax free incentives)

For more information contact Captain James P. Butters, USMC Infantry Officer-Officer Selection Officer, at or (734) 973-7070.


Annual Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship –  Feb. 28 deadline

The award is available to third-year students interested in practicing Indian law.  

Applicants must:

  • Be a current third-year law student in or a recent graduate of a Michigan law school.
  • Compose and submit a letter of interest outlining your commitment to Indian Country and/or to Native American communities.
  • Submit a current resume and a recent law school transcript

Deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 (email)

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National Italian American Bar Association & Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship – Feb. 28 deadline

The National Italian American Bar Association is accepting scholarship applications for the NIABA & Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) and enrolled in a law school program at an accredited academic institution for the fall 2018 term. Applicant must be a rising first-, second- or third-year law student. The recipient will be awarded $5,000.


  • Application form
  • Official transcripts
  • Official test scores
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Processing fee ($35)

Scholarship amount: $5,000

Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 28


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NABL Scholarship – March 12 deadline

The National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) is offering up to five scholarships to law students, through the Frederic L Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program, to attend its 2018 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar (Fundamentals) in Charlotte, North Carolina April 25-27. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must be currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program.

Each scholarship will include:

  1. Waiver of the enrollment fee to the seminar
  2. Complimentary hotel lodging at the Westin Charlotte
  3. Reimbursement of roundtrip airfare
  4. Reimbursement of ground transportation to and from the scholarship recipient's departing airport and to and from the Charlotte airport. 

Reimbursement for the items listed in clauses (C) and (D) are subject to the requirements set forth in the enclosed application.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EST, Monday, March 12 (mail, email or fax)

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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund – April 6 deadline
The American Bar Association awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and comple law school. The Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school.

Scholarship amount: $5,000 annually

Deadline: Friday, April 6

Application and details

John S. Beagle Scholarship – May 1 deadline

The Genesee County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the John S. Beagle Scholarship. Applicants must be from Genesee County (State of Michigan) and 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. An interview for applicant finalists will be scheduled. The award amount will be at least $5,000.

Required materials:

  • An official copy of your transcript
  • Personal statement

Application deadline: Tuesday, May 1 (mail)


Plattner Verderame Civil Justice Scholarship – June 2018 deadline

The Plattner Verderame Civil Justice Scholarship will be given to a student interested in any aspect of social or civil justice, who is currently enrolled in, or will be enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,500.


  • Proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university
  • One recommendation letter from a current or previous year teacher or professor
  • A 1000-word essay about the American civil justice and jury system

Scholarship amount: $2,500

Deadline: June 2018

Application and details


Israel Study Abroad Program – Feb. 28 deadline
Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) will offer a summer program in Israel, at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. The program offers the opportunity to explore both the modern and the ancient and will have two sessions: June 3-14 and June 17-28. Externships, running from July 1- 26, will be available. Students earn a maximum of 6 units (plus max 2 for externship). Student externs will perform 52 hours of work in the placement for each unit of course credit. There is a $300 non-refundable enrollment fee.

Application deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 28 (online)

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Enrollment form


Current Wayne Law students are eligible for a free download of Microsoft Office 365 (Windows and Mac). Full instructions are available at 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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2018 Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest — March 9 deadline

The Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest, sponsored by the Standing Committee of Lawyer's Professional Liability of the American Bar Association, is open to Young Lawyers Division or Law Student Division members of the ABA, in good standing as of March 9, 2018. The contest encourages original and innovative research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional liability insurance and loss prevention. The winner of the Mendrzycki Essay Contest will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to the Spring 2018 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C.

Submission deadline: Friday, March 9 (email or mail), 11:59 p.m. CST

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Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition – April 28 deadline

The Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition is sponsored by the Notre Dame Law School. All law students at U.S. or Canadian law schools with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics, and must be original, unpublished work. A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Application deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, April 28 (mail or email)

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25th Annual Brown Award – June 1 deadline

The award is in recognition of Excellence in Legal Writing in American Law Schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B. degree is eligible to submit a paper for the award. The awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.


  • Two copies of a current legal writing
  • Letter of recommendation

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018

Method of submission: U.S. mail

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2018 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize – July 1 deadline

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility and excellence. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 1 (email)




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