Announcements


Scholarships

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program

Deadline: Wednesday, June 30

Award: Two (2) scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded to successful applicants. Recipients of the scholarships will be announced at the DRI Annual Meeting in October.

Eligibility: The annual DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship Program is open to rising (2021–2022) 2L and 3L African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBTQ and multiracial students. Incoming 2L and 3L female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming 2L and 3L law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.

Requirements: The candidate must be a full-time student at an ABA-accredited law school. Evening students who have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school also qualify for consideration.

Exclusion: 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 Scholarships.

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 the assignment

Additional information and application


Internships

Maddin Hauser Summer Institute – June 16 to July 23

The Success Through Empowerment & Engagement (SEE) Committee at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller seeks to meet the need for law student summer learning experiences by offering a free, six-week online summer internship program for currently enrolled law students, covering transactional, litigation, and new associates. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion along with a real-world, practical law firm learning experience.

Eligibility: Registration is only available for currently enrolled law students.

Deadline: Before the start of the program on Wednesday, June 16.

Note: Certificates of completion will be given to registered students who log in for 80% of the sessions.

More information

Register


Externships

Lawyering in the Nation’s Capital Externship

Wayne Law’s Externship Program is accepting applications for winter 2022 for the new Lawyering in the Nation’s Capital Externship, offered in partnership with the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Levin Center.

The program offers up to four students during winter 2022 the opportunity to work in a variety of settings in Washington, D.C. depending on their area of interest. To be eligible for the program students must have successfully completed all first-year courses, taken Professional Responsibility prior to the semester in Washington D.C., and enroll in a subsequent fall or winter semester upon return from Washington D.C.

Due to the full-time nature of the work and subsequent credits earned, students who enroll in this externship are ineligible to take a clinic for credit toward their J.D. Limitations also apply for future externship enrollment.

Deadline: Monday, July 5

Complete information and application timeline


Writing competitions

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition

The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2021 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to Dec. 1, 2020. LL.M. candidates are not eligible.

Three cash prizes will be awarded: $3,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The first-place winning article may be selected for publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author of the first-place paper will be a guest at the ABA Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Deadline: Tuesday, June 15

More information

2021 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition

This writing competition is sponsored by The PIABA Foundation, and it is open to students interested in securities arbitration and securities law.  First Prize is $1000, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $500. Competition winner(s) will be posted online at www.piabafoundation.org. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first-place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. EST

More information


Guidelines for Planning Virtual and In-person Events and Meetings

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

  1. All Wayne Law events require a reservation to avoid conflicts with existing programs, approved events and class schedules.
  2. Reservation requests must be submitted within 14 days of the desired event date.
  3. While we are accepting requests for in-person events beginning the first week of upper-level classes (Monday, Aug. 30), we cannot confirm the reservations until early August. All events and meetings must have a Zoom backup plan and you must provide the Zoom link when making an in-person request. Earlier co-curricular reservations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Reservations are confirmed when a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
  5. Reservations are not confirmed until a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
  6. Promotion on the event calendar and by Law Communications is not guaranteed for requests submitted within five business days of the event date.
  7. Available timeslots for virtual and in-person events are limited.
  8. Reservations are not available during final examination periods.
  9. 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


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.


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

Law Library

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.


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.


Wakeful Wednesdays

The Mindfulness in Law Society hosts online meditation sessions for law students around the country every Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. The sittings include a 15-20 minute meditation practice and are designed to introduce mindfulness to emerging lawyers and to provide an opportunity to share how mindfulness can support students. There is a five minute gathering time at the beginning and an opportunity at the end for reflections, questions and ideas on incorporating mindfulness and meditation into our daily lives to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with law school and get the most out of our legal education.

Click here to join the session. All law students are welcome to attend!

MILS membership is FREE to law students – become a member.