Announcements


Technology

Law students who need help with technology should reach out to lawit@wayne.edu or 313-577-3960. 

Other resources

ZOOM

Wayne Law students can set up a free, licensed Zoom account through the university. Instructions are available here. Unlicensed Zoom accounts can only host meetings that are 40 minutes long. Some professors will require you to activate your licensed account so they can pre-sort you for breakout rooms.

MICROSOFT OFFICE

Wayne Law students can access Microsoft Office for free. Learn more here

COMPUTER DISCOUNTS

Wayne Law students also have access to discounts when purchasing certain computers. Learn more here.

 


New Guidelines for Planning Virtual Events and Meetings

New: Reservations and event-related email should be sent to lawevents@wayne.edu. 

  • All Wayne Law virtual events require a reservation to avoid conflicts with existing programs, approved events and class schedules.
  • Reservation requests should be submitted within 14 days of the desired event date.
  • Reservations must be made by completing the online Virtual Event Reservation Request form (Any recurring office meeting requests can be sent via email to lawevents@wayne.edu -- submitting the online form is not necessary).
  • Reservations are confirmed when a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
  • The event organizer must send Law Events the online meeting link ASAP for the confirmed event to be promoted in Law Communications event emails. For any request submitted within five business days of the event date, promotion on the event calendar and by Law Communications is not guaranteed.  
  • Available timeslots for virtual events are limited as a result of Wayne Law’s remote class schedule due to COVID-19.
  • Reservations are not available during final examination periods.
  • Questions and advanced inquiries can be sent to lawevents@wayne.edu.

For more information and to access the event form, visit https://law.wayne.edu/reservations


Law Library

Law Library seeking student workers

The Arthur Neef Law Library is looking for second and third-year law students to work in the Law Library. Duties may include working the circulation desk, shelving books and loose-leaf filing. The Library is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library will allow a flexible work schedule and PPE will be provided. 

Interested? Contact Mary Bonk at mbonk@wayne.edu  or 313-577-6177.

How to make a reservation at the Law Library

Beginning September 1, the Law Library will have a limited number of physically distanced study spaces available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once the Law Library opens, access will be limited to Wayne State University faculty, students and staff. You will have an opportunity to reserve a study seat online in advance of your arrival. All reference and research services are being provided online through the fall semester via chat, email, telephone and Zoom consultations. You can access these services through the Law Library’s website. The outside doors closest to the Law Library entrance (the doors under the open-air breezeway) will be unlocked while the Law Library is open. QR codes will be scanned before full access to the Law Library is permitted and you must display your OneCard. 

The Law Library is open to the entire University community. You are strongly encouraged to make your reservations for study space within the Law Library well in advance.

Make your Law Library reservation (click "RESERVE A SEAT AT NEEF")

Law Library launches special resource guide

The Law Library has created a special library guide for Wayne Law students. It is called Remote Access to Law Library Resources and can be found here.

The guide tells you how to get FREE electronic access to your textbooks for the winter 2020 semester, as well as how to get remote access to thousands of legal periodicals and an expanded list of study aids from your desktop, laptop or another device (which is also free).

Questions? Please check out the guide for easy access to Law Library staff.

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

More information


Become an election volunteer/worker

Election Protection Training Webinar

The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights invites Wayne Law students to participate in an Election Protection Training Webinar on Monday, Sept.14 at 1 p.m. (ET). Sponsored by a national coalition of clergy and attorneys, and conducted by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, the training webinar is intended to enable lawyers and law students to help protect the voting rights of vulnerable citizens. To learn more and register, click here. Please email dfears@wayne.edu after you register.

Volunteer to Staff Michigan Voter Protection Hotline

Michigan Voting, a nonpartisan collaboration between state civil rights and good government groups, is organizing lawyers and law students to help Michiganders vote in the November general election by staffing voter hotlines from now through election day. No previous knowledge or experience is required; volunteers will be trained on election law and how to staff the hotline. You can sign on from the comfort of home for as little as a few hours to help Michiganders from all over the state figure out how to cast their ballots. You'll be part of an important firewall, keeping misinformation at bay and making sure voters actually get to vote. Click here to sign up.

Protect the Vote as a Poll Worker

Registered voters are encouraged to train and serve as paid poll workers for the upcoming general election in Michigan. Poll workers open and close polling locations, process voters, and process in-person and absentee ballots. Click here to learn more and sign up to help Election Day run smoothly and avoid the disenfranchisement of Michigan voters.


Wayne Law Clinic Seeking Volunteer Interpreters

Wayne Law’s Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic is looking for volunteer interpreters to assist with client matters. We are in particularly urgent need of Spanish and Arabic language assistance. If you are interested, please contact Professor Sabrina Balgamwalla at sabrina.balgamwalla@wayne.edu.

 


Scholarships

2020 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application - Sept. 15 deadline

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and multi-racial students who will be in their second or third year of law school on August 31, 2020. All second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

Applications must include three recommendations, one each from the following individuals:

  • Dean or an associate dean of the student’s law school
  • ­A current or past law professor
  • An individual who is personally acquainted with the applicant, but who is not related by bloodline or adoption

Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 15

More information and application­­

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 essay to waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu.


Writing competitions

Buffalo Environmental Law Journal 2020 Student Writing Competition – Sept. 30 deadline

The goal of this competition is to encourage students interested in academic writing and the field of environmental law to write on a topic that interests them and to give those students an opportunity to be published in an academic journal. To achieve this goal, the competition is open to any law student who, at the time of entry, is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Submissions for the Competition should demonstrate original thought and ingenuity on an issue of significance relating to the field of Environmental Law.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 30 by 11:59 p.m.

More information

37th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Writing Competition - Oct. 31 deadline

The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its 37th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. The Competition, which honors the memory of three leading figures in American city planning law (R. Marlin Smith, Richard Babcock and Norman Williams) seeks writings from applicants on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

Awards:

  • Winning entry: $2,000
  • Second place: $400
  • Honorable mention: $100
  • Each of the three winning entries will be published in the semi-annual newsletter of the Division or, depending on the format of the top-prize entry, the competition committee will work with the winner to place the entry in a mutually acceptable journal.

Deadline: Saturday, Oct. 31

More information


Apply for fall 2020 externships

Wayne Law’s externship program will begin accepting applications for fall 2020 for the opportunities listed below. 

Please note: Corporate Counsel and FLAC already completed their application processes for fall 2020.

 

Judicial and Public Service Externships

For Judicial and Public Service Externship programs, students contact the placement directly to apply for a position. Once an offer is received the student submits the online Wayne Law application.  Applications may take a week to process. You cannot register for the class until your application is processed.  Externs must work at least 150 hours in one of many approved field placements and enroll in the companion colloquium class. Professional Responsibility is a pre- or co-requisite. Students also must have successfully completed all first-year courses and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Approved placements are listed on Canvas and can be accessed here.

Judicial and Public Service Externships application


Student and graduating student access

Update: Bloomberg Law extended access for 2020 graduates until June 1, 2021.

Bloomberg Law

Returning J.D. and LL.M. students with a registered Bloomberg Law ID automatically will have full access all summer for any educational or commercial research work.

Graduating students with a registered Bloomberg Law ID automatically will have full access until June 1, 2021 for any educational or commercial research work.

Lexis Advance

Returning J.D. and LL.M. students with a registered Lexis ID automatically will have full access all summer for any reason (educational or commercial).

Graduating students with a registered Lexis ID will have full access until Feb. 8, 2021.

  • Graduates working for nonprofit organizations can apply for access to a limited number of resources for 12 months, via Lexis’ “ASPIRE” program
  • More information is available here.  

Westlaw

Returning J.D. and LL.M. students can use Westlaw over the summer ONLY for non-commercial research. Examples of permissible uses for your academic password include:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistantship assignments
  • Wayne Law Review/Journals research
  • Moot Court research
  • Nonprofit work
  • Clinical work
  • Internships/externships
  • Graduating students:
    • Sign up for Westlaw’s “Grad Elite” program, which gives 60-hours per month on resources such as Practical Law, drafting tools and form builders for 18 months after graduation
    • More information is available here.  

Questions? Contact the Law Library’s Reference Desk at 313-577-6180 or Michelle LaLonde at 313-577-9381 or mlalonde@wayne.edu.


LexisNexis Summer and Graduate Program

LexisNexis Summer Access Program:
Law students will automatically have free unlimited use of their law school Lexis Advance® ID this summer. No registration required, just sign in as usual and start researching.
Students can get ready, in the comfort of their home, with the on-demand Prepare to Practice Resources that includes tips and Practice-Ready Certification. The program includes three modules and an exam to test students' knowledge related to researching unfamiliar topics, litigation and transactional drafting, and legal analytics. Important skills for summer associate work.
LexisNexis Graduate Program:
Graduates are invited to continue accessing lexisnexis.com/LawSchool with their student ID for ongoing free use of Lexis Advance, including all of the products and features available as a student, through Dec. 31, 2020. All law students have automatic extended access. With LexisNexis, no registration is required, there are no restrictions, and no limits on your research time.
When graduates sign on to lexisnexis.com/LawSchool after July 5, they will see a new Graduate Homepage. In support of their legal career, graduates can choose between four gifts featured on the Graduate Homepage:
  • Extended access to Law360
  • Lexis Practice Advisor
  • Lexis for Microsoft Office
  • One of 13 LexisNexis eBooks, such as Corbin on Contracts or Weinstein's Evidence Manual.
Additionally, the Graduate Homepage provides access to research resources, videos, career support and breaking legal news.

Wayne State University Law School Emergency Fund for Recent Graduates

COVID-19 has created new and unanticipated challenges for the Wayne Law community. We want our students and recent graduates to know that we are here to assist with some of these challenges. For current students, they can apply through the Office of Financial Aid for emergency funds. Learn more here.
For recent graduates, the Law School is able to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred related to the bar examination. As it is a reimbursement, you will need to provide a receipt or invoice to document the purchase or service before a reimbursement or payment is made. The expenses for which you are seeking reimbursement do not have to be current expenses, provided the invoice evidences you incurred the cost within the past twelve months. In general, students will not be eligible for more than $1,000 in reimbursement. These funds are not a loan and you will not be asked to repay the reimbursement. 
We invite you to reach out to any members of the Student Emergency Fund Committee with questions. The Committee includes:
Eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled at Wayne Law or have graduated within the past nine months
  • Demonstrate hardship and be able to provide documentation of the emergency expense
Examples of expenses potentially covered
  • Bar examination study-related expenses including course fees, books, overnight accommodations for the bar examination, and childcare
  • School-related expenses (excluding tuition) including books/supplies
  • Transportation costs including car repair, gas money/parking cost
  • Replacement of essential belongings due to theft or lost in a fire, flood or natural disaster
Examples of expenses not covered    
  • Parking tickets and other fines
  • Penalties, fines, tickets, or legal fees
  • Outstanding debt to the university or otherwise

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 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.

More information


Wayne Law Scholarships Office announce virtual drop-in hours 

Students with questions about scholarships can participate in virtual drop-in hours with Michelle Taylor, Wayne Law’s assistant director of scholarships. Drop-in sessions will be on Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. However, on Monday, Aug. 24, drop-in hours will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An additional day and time will also be added and announced soon. Please note that you may have to wait in the waiting room if another student is in session. You will be let in as soon as the session before you is complete. Check the weekly Wayne Law event emails for the Zoom link.

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.