Announcements


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

Webinars

CLI Summer Learning Series

Wayne Law is joining law schools around the country in sponsoring a free summer resource for students to enhance their professional development and marketability. The CLI Summer Learning Series offers weekly one hour live and on-demand lectures with industry experts on a variety of topics ranging from communication skills to diversity and inclusion. Students participating in 15 or more lectures are eligible to apply for a badge that may be included in job application materials.

Learn more and register to participate

DOJ Wednesday Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management will host webinars to highlight offices participating in the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program.

Wednesday, June 24

  • Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Tax Division
  • United States Trustee Program

Wednesday, July 8

  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • National Security Division
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern
  • District of New York

Log in to the webinar

Access code: 10200


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.


Wayne Law Clinics are hiring

The Wayne Law Clinical Program and specific clinics are hiring part-time work-study students to support the program with small projects, file maintenance and communication during the summer semester. Scheduling is flexible and all levels of availability will be considered. We anticipate that all work will be done remotely. Opportunities are available with the:

  • Wayne Law Clinical Program (assisting with overall Clinic needs)
  • Wayne Law Externship Program (assisting with overall Externship needs)
  • Asylum and Immigration Clinic
  • Disability Law Clinic
  • Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to lawclinics@wayne.edu and include which opportunity you’re interested in.


Networking Opportunities for Students Interested in Immigration Law Practice

Interested in a career in immigration law? Want to network with attorneys in the field and get some encouragement? The Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) wants to help! AILA has several attorneys from a variety of practice areas (family, employment, litigation) willing to connect with students through a variety of means (phone, video chat over coffee or a meal) to discuss opportunities in the field.

If you are interested please email Prof. Andrew Moore at mooreaf@udmercy.edu with your name, best way to contact you and your area of interest in immigration law if you have one. You will be matched with and introduced to an AILA MI attorney.


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.

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.


Apply for Judicial and Public Service Externships

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. 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.

Applications close: When the class is full or the first day of registration, whichever comes first.

Judicial and Public Service Externships application

 

Please review the externship FAQ before reaching out with questions.

Questions: lawexternships@wayne.edu


Scholarships

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

More information

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.


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


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

More information