Marshall-Motley Scholars Program

Since 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) has been committed to racial justice and equity. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF is building on this legacy with the Marshall-Motley Scholars Program.

Named in honor of civil rights legends Thurgood Marshall — LDF’s founder and the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice — and Constance Baker Motley, former LDF attorney and the first Black woman to become a federal judge, the MMSP will create pathways to leadership, self-sufficiency and socio-economic progress while developing individuals to become ambassadors and advocates for transformational change in Black communities in the South.

Award: Scholars who demonstrate a commitment to this mission will be afforded:

  • A full law school scholarship for tuition, room and board and incidentals to alleviate the debt burden that can prevent future lawyers from pursuing a career as a civil rights lawyer;
  • Summer internships with national and regional civil rights organizations with offices in the South focused on racial justice to jumpstart training in civil rights law;
  • Two-year postgraduate fellowship at civil rights law organizations in the South fighting to achieve racial justice; and
  • Access to special training sponsored by LDF and the National Academy of Sciences

In return, the Scholars will commit to serving as civil rights lawyers based in the South, engaged in a law practice focused on achieving racial justice for 8 years following the conclusion of their fellowship. The MMSP will continue to offer support for the newly emerging civil rights lawyers as they develop their practice and form a distinguished regional network of legal practitioners.

Deadline: Friday, February 11

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Grand Rapids Bar Association and Floyd Skinner Bar Association 2020-2022 Minority Clerkship Program 

The Minority Clerkship Program represents a collaborative effort between the Grand Rapids Bar Association and Floyd Skinner Bar Association, to increase the number of minority attorneys within the legal community of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  By facilitating the placement of first-year minority law students in various law firms, corporations, and public interest clerkships; we hope to augment the representation of diverse constituencies, to further enrich the cultural landscape of West Michigan’s legal community.   

Program: The Minority Clerkship Program's goal is to provide qualified minority law students with professional development opportunities and practical legal experiences that will assist them in becoming successful law practitioners. Program participants are given real legal assignments, opportunities to meet with clients and access to the professional experience of full-time associates and partners, practicing law.   

Deadline: Monday, February 7 

Eligibility: The program is open to first-year minority law students who have an interest in exploring professional possibilities and opportunities, in West Michigan. Students who are currently in their second year of law school or have completed more than 30 credits, prior to the start of the clerkship, are not eligible to participate.  Deference will also be given to those students who have an interest in cultivating a connection with the West Michigan legal community.   

As with any summer associate position, successful participants will be expected to fully participate in the professional activities of the law firm, corporation or public interest agency. This will also include social outings, as well as balancing the demands of producing quality legal work.   

Details and application 

Questions: Email Kenny Williams-Buck, communications coordinator, Grand Rapids Bar Association,


Annual Beverly Clark & Lynnmarie Johnson American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Bar Study Scholarship


Beverly Clark (Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Sarnia Reserve). May 21, 1939 - February 16, 2013.

Beverly Clark earned her J.D. from Wayne State University in 1972 and focused her law practice on family law in the Detroit area. In 1983, Clark became the first woman president of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now known as the Michigan Association for Justice). She served on the Detroit Human Relations Commission as a chair and vice-chair. She was the first Native American commissioner for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and served between 1982 and 1991. Clark was the 2006 awardee of the American Indian Law Section’s Tecumseh Peacekeeping Award and served on the board for Michigan Indian Legal Services.

Lynnmarie Johnson (Saginaw Chippewa descendant). December 15, 1960 – July 21, 2015.

Lynnmarie Johnson earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994. She was licensed as an attorney and a certified public accountant. Her law practice focused on bankruptcy and estate planning. She was a past chair of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and a board member for both Michigan Indian Legal Services and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan.

Award: This shall be a one-time award, with the dollar amount and number of awards being based on the available funds each year. The aggregate total maximum award amount to be distributed shall be $1500 per year to one or more recipients (i.e., three recipients = three $500 awards).

Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, February 25, at 5 p.m. EST

Requirements: Applicants must

  • be an actively enrolled 3L law student or a recent law school graduate;
  • intend to sit for the Michigan Bar examination;
  • compose and submit a letter of interest in the scholarship, which outlines your commitment to Indian Country and/or to Native American communities; and
  • submit a current resume and a recent law school transcript.

Submission: Email all requirements to

SBM Insurance and Indemnity Law Section’s 2022 Scholarship

Eligibility: 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 below.

Award: The scholarship is $5,000 to be awarded to one applicant only.

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022

Writing topic: Ransomware attacks are becoming more widespread as high-profile incidents have made the news recently due to ever-increasing multi-million-dollar payoffs in order to recover stolen data. Any discussion concerning ransomware requires an analysis of whether ransom should be paid as a public policy matter. Many insurance carriers providing cyber insurance would rather pay the ransom than pay their insureds to restore their systems and resultant business income. Discuss the effect of public policy on insurance coverage, the pros and cons of paying a ransom, and propose possible solutions.

Submission details: Submit an article of original work, up to 2,500 words or 6–8 pages double-spaced, in 12-point font, analyzing and advocating a position supported by appropriate legal authority, such as case law, statutes, legislative history, scholarly articles or other authoritative sources with proper citations. Submission is deemed permission for publication in the July edition of The Journal of Insurance and Indemnity Law, the quarterly publication of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section.

Submit to: Email your submission with a cover page containing your name, phone number, email address, law school, and anticipated year of graduation to

Questions? Email:

Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers Awards Annual Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Michigan Workers’ Comp Lawyers Awards Annual Scholarship. The scholarship is open to 1L, 2L and 3L students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited U.S. law school.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

More information

Questions: Contact Jeff Kaufman at 248-539-9322 or email

JT Legal Group Law School Scholarship

The passion and commitment of a student with ambitions and dreams towards the enhancements of society are characteristics that JT Legal Group sincerely acknowledges. Higher education brings opportunities for prosperity and no obstacle should get in the way of that, especially financial ones. JT Legal Group is looking to award a law school scholarship opportunity in the amount of $5,000 to a student who presents the most equipped and original understanding of the facets of law and legal support.

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2022

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Gounaris Abboud Law School Scholarship Contest – What Does Justice Mean to You

As criminal defense attorneys in Ohio, Gounaris Abboud believes in checks and balances found within the judicial system. The essay theme for this scholarship is understanding the justice system, why it is important for democracy, and how we can teach others the importance of our judicial system.

Award: One student will be selected via email and be awarded $1,500 to put towards their law school education.

Deadline: Monday, August 1st

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted into an ABA-accredited law school in the United States as of the fall 2021 semester.

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 its 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

Writing competitions

14th Annual National Writing Competition on State-Based Alcohol Regulation

The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting entries for its 14th Annual National Writing Competition. This national academic writing competition is intended to foster debate, analysis, and examination of state alcohol regulation in the 21st Century.

Awards: Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st place - $5,000
  • 2nd place - $2,500
  • 3rd place - $1,000

Deadline: Friday, January 28, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. EST

Topic: After Prohibition, states generally issued licenses for on-premise and off-premise sale of alcohol.  Drinking was thus largely confined to bars, restaurants, the home, and private clubs.  Alcohol is now regularly offered in places like salons, grocery stores, clothing stores, and galleries.  Is this trend towards ubiquitous availability of alcohol a good one?  And is there a new regulatory regime needed to address this trend?

Guidelines and Submission

Questions: Send to

2021-2022 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.  

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022, at 6 p.m. EST

Award: Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $400 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.

Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the American Indian Law Review has proudly served Native and legal communities since 1973. Each year at this time we encourage law students nationwide to participate in this, the longest-running competition of its kind. Papers will be judged by a panel of Indian law scholars and by the editors of the Review.

More information     

FREE bar prep materials

Helix Bar Review Course Donation Opportunity

With the recent shift from the UBE back to the Michigan Bar Exam for July 2022, AccessLex has graciously adjusted their offerings of donated courses to include a combined total of 20 Helix Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) courses and Helix Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) courses for Wayne Law students.

  • Helix UBE is a comprehensive bar review course that prepares you for all components of the bar exam. Helix UBE is available for the July 2022 bar exam. Course opens March 7, 2022.
  • Helix MBE allows you to dig into the MBE questions to practice your application of the concepts and hone your exam-day skills. It reinforces black letter law concepts with targeted videos, flashcards and a Game Center. The course is open now.

*Please note the Helix MBE course is intended to supplement a commercial bar prep program; it is not a complete bar review program.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 1

Application Process: To apply for one of the 20 donated Helix courses (UBE or MBE) for the July 2022 bar exam, please send an email to Dean Colagiovanni ( outlining the following:

1.       Indicate which course you are applying for – Helix UBE or Helix MBE.

2.        Please explain your need (financial or otherwise) for the Helix course donation.

3.       Please indicate whether you have already purchased or will purchase a bar review course from any other bar prep company. 

Note: Reasonable efforts will be made to prioritize distributing the course to students who are most likely to benefit, financially or otherwise, from the donated course.  If selected, you'll receive a registration code that will enable free access to the Helix UBE or Helix MBE Course for the July 2022 bar exam.   Students will be notified by February 15, 2022.  

Questions: Please reach out to Dean Colagiovanni (

Helix Bar Review Program Opportunity for 2Ls and 1Ls 

Helix Bar Review 2023 Prep Course for 2Ls 

Helix Bar Review by AccessLex is now offering 2L students the opportunity to win one of 1000 free July 2023 bar prep courses — reducing the stress and financial burden that bar prep can bring. 
Any current 2L student who takes the Helix Sneak Peek and completes just 10% of the content is automatically entered. 500 winners will be selected on each of two drawing dates — February 1 and April 1, 2022. (Students can select either Helix MBE or Helix UBE.)

Helix Mini-Outlines for 1Ls 

AccessLex’s Free Helix 1L Mini-Outlines are now available! Covering frequently-tested topics in the following UBE subjects — Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Property and Torts — they’re perfect for reference or quick study. Follow the link above to access your free mini-outlines. 

Student support

SBM's Virtual Support Group for law students

Focus on your well-being today! The State Bar of Michigan is offering a support group specifically designed to help law students thrive personally and professionally. Facilitated by a Clinical Case Manager from the Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, the group is designed to help law students cope with the unique stressors they face. Attendees must be willing to respect confidentiality, have an open mind, be tolerant of others’ views, and explore the importance of law student wellbeing. Join any time. Come only as often as you want.

Dates: Thursdays, beginning on January 6
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Cost: This is an open group, so you can attend any or all of the meetings with no obligation for continued participation. The cost is $2 per session or $10 for all eight weeks if paid in advance.  

To register, email, or call 800-996-5522. The Zoom link will be provided after registration is confirmed. 


The Student Board of Governors (SBG) is thrilled to share that the State Bar of Michigan’s SOLACE program provides legal assistance to law students—and other members of the legal field—who face certain hardships. Wayne Law students can learn more about the SOLACE program by clicking here.

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- to 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 in 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.

Guidelines for planning meetings and events (in-person and virtual)

Terms and conditions

1. All Wayne Law meetings and events must comply with the Wayne State University Special Events guideline, along with policies put forth by the Law School.
2. If an event requires approval from the Campus Health Committee, as specified in the Special Events guideline, approval must be obtained before submitting a reservation request and attached to the Law School Event Reservation Request Form.
3. All Wayne Law meetings and events, whether in-person or virtual, require a reservation to avoid conflicts with existing programs, approved events and class schedules.
4. Reservation requests should be submitted as early as possible, ideally no later than 14 days before the event date. Submissions are processed in the order in which they are received.
5. All in-person meetings and events must have a Zoom backup plan, and the Zoom link must be provided when making an in-person request.
6. Requests for virtual meetings and events must include the Zoom link.
7. Reservations are confirmed when a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
8. Available timeslots for virtual and in-person events are limited.
9. Reservations are not available during final examination periods.
10. Questions and advanced inquiries can be sent to

For more information and to access the event form, visit the Law School's events and reservations page.

Organizer's responsibilities

1. All Wayne Law meetings and events must comply with the Wayne State University Special Events guideline, along with policies put forth by the Law School.
2. Each person in attendance of your meeting or event must fill out a campus daily screener or a guest screener for each day of attendance. NOTE: Outside guests who are not vaccinated are not permitted on campus.
3. Face masks must be worn at all times while indoors at the Law School.
4. Eating is not allowed in classrooms or meeting rooms. Eating is allowed outdoors and in common areas, however, while indoors, masks can be removed only between bites. Drinking from cups or bottles is allowed when using a straw and keeping the mask in place. 
5. The Law School requires that all food and beverages provided be individually wrapped for each recipient (i.e. boxed or bagged lunches) and served post-event as a grab-and-go.
6. Food and beverages totaling over $200 must be arranged through WSU Catering. WSU Catering requires at least a 14-day notice on all orders and will charge a substantial fee for late orders.
7. If you have requested use of any audio-visual equipment or services, it is your responsibility to follow up with the Law IT Dept. at (313) 577-3960 or
8. ONLY Law IT can move the podium in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. If you need the podium moved, please contact Law IT at, and Law IT will move it safely with no damage to the electronics system within it. Moving the podium will result in the revocation of future meeting privileges.
9. If the room you reserved is locked, you must sign out a key from the Law Library’s circulation desk during normal business hours. It is your responsibility to secure all doors at the end of your reservation.
10. Parking passes and special parking arrangements for meetings and events must be arranged through the WSU Parking Office at (313) 577-1979.
11. As the contact person for this meeting or event, you are responsible for the setup and, most importantly, the clean-up of your event. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of future meeting privileges.

For more information and to access the event form, visit


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

Other resources


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
  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 (

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

  1. Email (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

The Law Library has a limited number of physically distanced study spaces available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access will be limited to Wayne State University faculty, students and staff. A study seat can be reserved online in advance of your arrival. All reference and research services are being provided online through the summer 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. 
Please complete the Campus Daily Screener on the day that you plan to enter the library. Upon arrival, the QR code sent from the Campus Health Center in response to submitting your screener will be scanned, 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")

Student and graduating student access


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