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Clerkships/Fellowships

Wolverine Bar Association's Summer Programs– Feb. 3 deadline

The Wolverine Bar Association strives to increase the number of minority attorneys employed in well-respected positions, such as partners, associates, in-house counsel and judicial clerks in Southeastern Michigan. In line with this goal, the Summer Clerkship and Judicial Externship Programs were created.

Summer Clerkship Program:

In partnership with several law firms and corporations, the Summer Clerkship Program places first-year, minority law students in clerkship positions that will provide opportunities to establish a network of contacts, develop practice skills, and acquire other benefits. Working in a challenging professional environment will allow the participants to gain the skills to launch a successful legal career.

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3

Judicial Externship Program:

The Judicial Externship Program seeks to increase the representation of minority law school graduates among the ranks of judicial clerks. The JEP Program achieves this goal by helping well-qualified minority law students gain valuable experience as judicial externs in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (federal) and the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan (county). The program at the federal court typically takes place during the students’ summer break, while the program at the county court will take place during the school year.

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 3

Clerkship/fellowship program guide

Grand Rapids Bar Association and Floyd Skinner Bar Association Minority Clerkship Program – Feb. 7 deadline

Applications are now being accepted for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and Floyd Skinner Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program. The program's goal is to provide qualified minority law students with the introduction, development and legal experience necessary to succeed in the Grand Rapids legal community. Applicants must have taken legal writing prior to participation in the program since much of the student's work product will involve written assignments.

Criteria:

  • Be a first-year minority law student in good standing in their law school J.D. program
  • Be a minority group member as defined in the eligibility section of this application
  • Have a desire to practice in Western Michigan after completing law school
  • Complete a legal writing course before the clerkship begins

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 7

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Scholarships

Annual Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship – Jan. 24 deadline

The following guidelines will be used in administering and making awards from the Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship.

Applicants must:

  • Be an actively enrolled 3L law student in or a recent graduate of one of the law schools located in the State of Michigan.
  • Compose and submit a letter of interest in the scholarship, which outlines your commitment to Indian Country and/or to Native American communities.
  • Submit a current resume and a recent law school transcript.

The American Indian Law Section Council will select the recipient based on the above guidelines. The award amount is up to $1,500.

Deadline: Friday, January 24 by 5 p.m.

Email lawcommunications@wayne.edu for more information. 

Academic Works

Visit Academic Works for all 2020-21 scholarship opportunities sponsored through Wayne Law. Students receiving 100% tuition scholarships from the Law School are not eligible for the law private awards through Academic Works but they may be eligible for other university awards.

Deadline: Sunday, March 1

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Insurance and Indemnity Law Section 2020 Scholarship Program – Feb. 29 deadline

The Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is accepting applications for their $5,000 scholarship opportunity. Any student currently enrolled in one of Michigan’s five law schools is eligible to apply for the scholarship by submitting an article on the topic set forth in the flyer linked below.

Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 29

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Association of Corporate Counsel 2020 scholarship – March 2 deadline

The Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel will award one $3,000 scholarship award this year to a law student who demonstrates academic achievement, particularly in business-law related classes. The student must have completed at least sixty credit hours before January 1, 2020, and taken, or be taking, at least five of the courses or their equivalent from the list below to be eligible for the scholarship.

Required materials:

  • Application
  • Release
  • Resume

Deadline: Monday, March 2

Apply: Email Michelle Taylor (waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu) for more information.

Frederic L. Ballard Jr. Memorial Scholarship – March 9 deadline

The National Association of Bond Lawyers will once again offer up to five scholarships to law students through the Frederic L. Ballard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program to attend NABL U’s The Essentials conference April 15-17 in Dallas.

Criteria:

  • Current enrollment in a J.D. or LL.M. program at an accredited law school located in the U.S.
  • Cumulative law school GPA and class rank
  • Previous experience (full-time or part-time job, summer clerkship or internship) working in or with one or more state or local governments or in the public finance area
  • Expectation of practicing in municipal law or public finance law upon graduation from law school

(Must meet the first bullet; all other criteria will be factors considered in the selection of the scholarship recipients)

Deadline: Monday, March 9

Application

Conference information

Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships – March 17 deadline

The Macomb County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for three scholarships.

Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

The Macomb County Bar Foundation Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance, good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better). Special consideration is given to non-traditional law students.

Kimberly M. Cahill Leadership Memorial Scholarship

The Kimberly M. Cahill Leadership Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a second or third-year law student who is currently enrolled in law classes at any accredited Michigan law school. The recipient should demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership and the ability to inspire and effectively lead others to a defined objective. The recipient must also demonstrate a need for financial assistance and an academic standing (3.0 GPA or above).

Trustees Law School Scholarship

The Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees Law School Scholarship is awarded to a second or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance, and high scholastic achievement.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 17

Email lawcommunications@wayne.edu for more information. 

 

John S. Beagle Scholarship – May 1 deadline

The Genesee County Bar Foundation is accepting applications for the John S. Beagle Scholarship. This scholarship was established to assist students from Genesee County, Michigan with financial support while in their second or third 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

Deadline: Friday, May 1

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Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship Contest – Aug. 1 deadline

Miller Leonard PC is holding a Criminal Justice Reform Scholarship Contest and asking students to write an essay in which they answer the question: “What is the single most important reform that ought to be made to the United States criminal justice system?”

The writer of the most compelling essay, as judged by criminal defense attorney Miller Leonard, will receive $1,000 to be put toward their legal education. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2020 semester.

Deadline: Saturday, Aug. 1

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The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award – rolling deadline

The Blanch Law Firm is looking for an excellent writer to contribute an outstanding article to their online publication. You will be assigned a topic in the criminal law field that applies to a Federal or State legal issue. Each applicant will be given an outline to guide them on their research and writing. The contest is open to all students. Ambitious applicants are permitted to submit multiple articles. No co-authored essays are accepted. Scholarship prizes include a $5,000 cash award, publication credit and the opportunity to work in the Blanch Law Firm in New York City for a day.

Deadline: Rolling - Submissions due within 14 days of receipt of assignment

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Students should submit their resume, transcript and an essay to waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu.


Writing Competitions

BYU LawStories on the Mainstage – Feb. 6 deadline

The mission of the BYU Legal Storytelling Project is to teach law students the theory and practice of great storytelling. To present in BYU LawStories on the Mainstage, write a true story about your life and the law. You can focus on one main idea or weave several experiences together into a thematic whole. Remember that your experience does not need to be dramatic to be meaningful: significant events and epiphanies can occur in everyday experiences. Make sure you go beyond merely writing an anecdote, and create a story that has a narrative arc and illustrates growth, change, or a perceptual shift. Being specific and descriptive will help you connect with your readers and listeners, and lend your story authenticity and interest.

Up to ten selected storytellers from around the nation will receive:

  • All-expenses paid trip to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on March 11-14, 2020
  • Half-day seminar on storytelling taught by nationally-recognized storyteller Sam Payne, host of The Apple Seed on BYU Radio
  • Participants will present their stories to an audience at BYU LawStories on the Mainstage
  • Participants will record their stories at the BYU Radio studio
  • Storytellers will travel to Moab to visit one of Utah’s iconic national parks

Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 6

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2019-20 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 28 by 6 p.m. EST

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Marshall M. Schulman Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure – March 2 deadline

The Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is pleased to announce the Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools across the country.

Eligibility and contest rules:

The paper must be written solely by a student enrolled in law school at the time the author submits a paper to this competition. The paper must pertain to criminal law and/or to criminal procedure, with a particular focus on contemporary issues of concern in the State of California. The paper should be original and scholarly. It should be appropriately and carefully annotated to reflect the authorities that support the author’s opinions and findings, and upon which the author otherwise relies.

Deadline: Monday, March 2

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National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Annual Law Student Writing Competition – April 30 deadline

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy. Entrants should submit an essay, article or comment on a topic related to Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any accredited law school during the 2019-20 school year. The submission must be the law student’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. The author of the first-place essay will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winning essay will be published in the NACTT Quarterly, the official publication of the organization. The winner will also receive free registration and lodging for the 2020 NACTT Annual Seminar in July in San Diego, California.

Deadline: Thursday, April 30

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Employment Opportunities

Part-time criminal defense law clerk position

A metro-Detroit law firm specializing in criminal defense has a part-time, paid law clerk opportunity. The hiring attorney is a Wayne Law alum and a well-respected expert in the field of criminal law. This is an excellent learning opportunity. For more information, email Professor Peter Henning (peter.henning@wayne.edu). To apply, email your resume to Professor Henning.

The Louis Brandeis Law and Political Economy Fellowship

The Open Markets Institute is excited to enter the second year of the Louis Brandeis Law and Political Economy Fellowship Program. This is a fellowship for first-year law school students interested in using antitrust law, banking law and financial regulation, telecommunications regulation, corporate governance law, intellectual property law, and other legal tools to address concentrated power.

This is a full-time fellowship (40 hours per week) requiring a commitment of 10 weeks during the summer of 2020 in Washington, D.C. Open Markets will provide a stipend of $5,000 and encourages fellows to secure additional support from their schools where available. Requests for additional need-based support on an individual basis will be also considered.

Qualifications:

  • Rising 2Ls (those who, in summer 2020, will have completed their first year but not yet started their second year)
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills
  • A demonstrated interest in antitrust law and anti-monopoly policy, including intellectual property law, banking law and financial regulation, telecommunications regulation, and corporate governance law, among other tools

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Changes to the MPRE - testing and accommodations

Beginning with the March 2020 administration, the exam will be given on computers and administered at Pearson VUE testing centers across the country.

If you need to apply for accommodations for the exam, the process has changed. You must request accommodations before you register for the test, preferably by the opening of the registration period for the exam. (Registration periods and test dates can be found here.)  

If the accommodations that you would seek are based on a visual impairment that requires a need for large print materials or adjustments to a computer monitor (including brightness and text/ background color combinations), you do not need to apply for an accommodation as the testing center computers are all capable of providing these adjustments.   

Finally, accommodations based on permanent or unchanging conditions will be granted for a period of eligibility of up to 24 months as opposed to the previous policy of limiting accommodations to one specific administration of the exam.

If you have any questions about applying for the MPRE or accommodations for the MPRE, please do not hesitate to reach out to Meghan Short at meghanshort@wayne.edu.


Wayne Law Clinics are hiring

The Wayne Law Clinical Program is hiring part-time work-study students to support the program with small projects, file maintenance and communication during the winter semester. Scheduling is flexible and all levels of availability will be considered.
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to lawclincs@wayne.edu.

Lactation Support Rooms available

Located in the Undergraduate Library and Arthur Neef Law Library, Lactation Support Rooms are specifically for nursing mothers to breastfeed or express milk. The rooms cannot be reserved for any other purpose.

Wayne State University recognizes the importance of supporting nursing mothers. Private and clean areas with outlets have been designated on campus as Lactation Support Rooms. Students and employees can use these rooms for milk expression.

The Lactation Support Room at UGL and Law Library Lactation Support Room were furnished thanks to generous donations from WSU alumnae Elisabeth Steel.


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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Financial Aid

For questions relating to Financial Aid (loans, not scholarships): 

  1. Call 313-577-2100 (general) AND 313-577-5142 (Financial Aid Office in Law School);
  2. Leave voicemails on both numbers if no one answers; AND 
  3. Email finaidlaw@wayne.edu.
  4. Stop by the Financial Aid Office located in the Law School Admissions Suite on the first floor when a representative from the University Office of Student Financial Aid is present (times vary from week to week). 

If you do not receive a response to phone calls/email within 7 business days, email Dean Cancelosi (scancelosi@wayne.edu).

For questions relating to Law School scholarships (not loans):

  1. Call 313-577-3996 and leave a voicemail if no one answers. 
  2. Email waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu.

Chromebooks available for check-out

Don’t drag your computer all over campus - checkout a Chromebook! The Law Library has Google Chromebooks and chargers available to all current WSU students for check-out in 5-hour blocks.

  • 20 Chromebooks that automatically authenticate to the WSU-Secure wireless network
  • 20 Omnicharge Multi-Port Power Banks
  • 10 Charging cables

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New locker policy in effect

If you already have a locker registered with the Office of Student Affairs: please continue to use it until you a) no longer need it or b) graduate from Law School.  Please inform the Office of Student Affairs in person or by email (lawsao@wayne.edu ), when you have moved out of your locker.  Please remove the lock and dispose of all of the trash and belongings in the locker when you are done using it.  

New locker policy: Beginning Jan. 2, 2020

Locks have been purchased and placed on all of the empty student lockers in the basement.  If you would like to use a locker during your time at Wayne Law, please stop by the Office of Student Affairs or email lawsao@wayne.edu with your name, Access ID, and preference for a top or bottom locker. We will then assign you a locker and provide you with the combination for the lock and you may use the locker until you a) no longer need it or b) graduate from Law School.  Please inform the Office of Student Affairs in person or by email (lawsao@wayne.edu ), when you have moved out of your locker.  Please under no circumstances remove the lock from the locker as it is the property of Wayne State University Law School.  Please dispose of all of the trash and belongings in the locker when you are done using it.