Announcements


Scholarships

Warner Norcross + Judd $20,000 Law Scholarship – Embracing Diversity in our Communities

This scholarship program is intended to promote diversity in the legal profession in Michigan by assisting rising 2L law students in good standing from a historically marginalized community.

Award: Warner will award one scholarship of $20,000 to a qualified candidate, divided into four-$5,000 payments over four consecutive semesters. In addition, eligible applicants will be offered a 2L summer associate position in 2023.
 
Deadline: Thursday, June 30

Additional information and application

Questions: Email Courtney Failer, Community Relations Manager, Warner Norcross + Judd, at cfailer@wnj.com.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships

DRI is now accepting applications for its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program. The goal of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance to three worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

Award: One scholarship in the amount of $10,000 and two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to successful applications that will be announced at the 2022 Annual Meeting in October.

Deadline: Thursday, June 30

Criteria: Candidates must be full-time students. Evening students 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.

This scholarship is open to rising (2022-2023) second- and third-year law students who come from historically marginalized groups, including those who identify as:

  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Native American
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Multi-racial
  • Second-and third-year female law students, 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

Note: Students who are a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) or otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI's Law Student Diversity Scholarships.

More information and application

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

More information    

Trail LawHER Scholarship

Milestone has established the Trial LawHER Scholarship to help a rising 3L female law student achieve her goal of becoming a plaintiff trial lawyer. This scholarship intends to elevate a rising woman leader in the plaintiff trial lawyer space and educate future trial lawyers about the importance and impact of settlement planning.

Award: $10,000 towards future schooling

Deadline: Sunday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET

More information

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 1

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

2022 Carole Bailey Scholarship

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Carole Bailey Scholarship.

Award: One annual law student scholarship of up to $5,000

Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m. ET

More information

2022 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship

The 2022 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship was created in 2013 as part of the law firm’s commitment to helping law students who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority, or demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity within their community.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Saturday, October 1

Application and additional information   

Diversity Scholarship

Armstrong, Lee, and Baker are proud to announce and sponsor its Diversity Scholarship for first- and second-year law students. 

Award: $2,500 scholarship for law school tuition or other school-related expenses

Deadline: Saturday, December 31

Criteria: This scholarship will be eligible for 1L and 2L students who attend an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and identify as members of a historically underrepresented group within the legal profession. The student must also provide a written statement on the importance of diversity and what can be done to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.

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

2022 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

Deadline: Friday, July 1

Award:

  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

Criteria: The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars, and other authors to participate in the competition. Please submit an original, unpublished, essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.

More information

2022 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition

The James E. Beckley Student Writing Competition is a writing competition for students interested in Securities Arbitration and Securities Law sponsored by The PIABA Foundation.

Deadline: Friday, September 16, at 5 p.m. EST

Awards:

  • First prize is $1,000
  • Second prize is $750
  • Third prize is $500.

Competition winner(s) will be posted online at http://www.piabafoundation.org. The PIABA Bar Journal Board-of-Editors will publish the first-place paper, and may, at their option, print additional submissions.

More information and application


Student support

SOLACE

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 lawevents@wayne.edu.

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.
3. Face masks must be worn at all times during indoor events.
4. Eating is not allowed in classrooms. Eating is allowed outdoors and in common areas.
5. The Law School suggests that all food and beverages provided during events be individually wrapped, though this is not mandatory.
6. Wayne State Catering is the sole provider of food totaling $1,000 or more in Student Center-managed spaces (including snacks). Please read the Wayne State University Food and Beverage Policy for complete information and a list of preferred vendors for food and beverage purchases under $1,000.
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 lawit@wayne.edu.
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 lawit@wayne.edu, 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 library 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 https://law.wayne.edu/reservations

Additional resources

Additional resources are available to student organizations that are registered with Wayne State University's Dean of Students Office (DOSO). To register your Wayne Law student organization with the DOSO, click here. Each student organization must update its registration each year. To see resources available to registered student organizations, click here. If you have any questions, please contact lawevents@wayne.edu.


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 Settlage (rsettlage@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

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

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.