Announcements


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.


Law Library extended and intersession hours

2019 Extended hours

Saturday, Nov. 30 through Tuesday, Dec. 17

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to Midnight

Saturday: 9 a.m. to Midnight

Sunday: 11 a.m. to Midnight

 

2019-2020 Intersession Hours

Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Thursday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 for the holiday break.

Thursday, Jan. 2: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular hours resume Sunday, Jan. 5.


2020 ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is accepting applications for its summer 2020 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. The program offers opportunities to first and second-year law students traditionally under-represented in the legal profession including women, members of racial or ethnic groups, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and those who identify as LGBT. The program offers a six-week minimum internship with select judges in locations including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. 

Second-year student applications opened Nov. 4. First-year students may apply starting Dec. 1. 

Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10

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Scholarships

2019-20 Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. Scholarship – Dec. 15 deadline

The National Italian American Bar Association is proud to offer the Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. Scholarship to a law student of Italian descent.

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent)
  • Or an Italian citizen enrolled in a U.S. law school program at an accredited academic institution for the fall 2019 or spring 2020 terms

Award: $5,000

Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15

More information

Application

2020 WLAM Foundation Scholarship Application - Dec. 15 deadline

All completed applications should be returned to Michelle Taylor in the Wayne Law Scholarship Office (Suite 3330) or emailed to waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu.

Candidates for the awards must clearly indicate the award(s) they seek. Each must submit an official law transcript, a detailed letter of interest explaining how she meets award criteria, and any relevant connections and commitments to the State of Michigan, a resume and no more than three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Michelle Taylor (waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu) or provided by the student as part of their application.

Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 15

WLAM Foundation: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing 
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations

Dawn Van Hoek: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations

Florence King Scholar in Patent Law: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing 
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations, as well as eligibility to practice and an interest in patent law

General Motors Scholarship: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time
  • Possess good academic standing
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations

Dobrusin Law Firm Scholarship: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time
  • Possess good academic standing
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in promoting women in business and/or female entrepreneurship

Masco Corporation Scholarship: $3,500

  • Be enrolled full or part-time
  • Possess good academic standing
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations

More information on WLAM Foundation 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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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

More information

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


Apply for Levin Center Internships

You can now submit your application for Levin Center at Wayne Law internships. The Levin Center annually provides up to six Wayne Law students a $6,000 stipend and a chance to spend the summer working as a legal intern on Capitol Hill. The students work under the supervision of an experienced attorney who is engaged in conducting oversight on behalf of a House or Senate committee. The students are able to observe the practice of congressional oversight from the inside which may include research, writing, document management, hearing preparation and logistical support.

Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 2

Application and more information


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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Donate toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Program

The Black Law Students Association, the Criminal Law Society and the Jewish Law Student Association have partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Program to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children. It is their primary goal, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring holiday joy and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children.

Toy drop-off locations: Wayne Law Student Affairs Office (Suite 1255) and outside of the third-floor mailroom

Questions: Alexis Smith-Scott (as5678@wayne.edu)


Clinics

Wayne Law clinic seeking volunteer interpreters

The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic is looking for volunteer interpreters to assist with client matters. We are in particularly urgent need of Spanish language assistance. If you are interested, please contact Professor Sabrina Balgamwalla (sabrina.balgamwalla@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 fall 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.

No smoking on campus

We continue to receive complaints that individuals, at least some of whom are believed to be Law School students and/or employees, have been smoking on campus in close proximity to the Law School buildings, including in the courtyard area and between the Classroom Building and the Library.

Wayne State University is an entirely smoke-free campus, including all outside areas as well as inside all buildings. All faculty, staff, students and guests are bound by this policy. 

Students who violate the University smoke-free campus policy may be subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct, as well as to warnings and ticketing by WSU Police. 

Employees who violate this policy may be subject to the appropriate disciplinary process, as well as to warnings and ticketing by WSU Police. 

For more information, please see the University's smoke-free campus policy.

 


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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