Announcements


Scholarships

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholarships

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 awards to outstanding women law students, funded by generous contributions from individuals, law firms and corporations. This year, $35,000 will be awarded statewide to 10 outstanding women law students attending Michigan’s five accredited law schools.

Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31

Submit application materials to waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu 

To apply, each applicant for any award must submit: 

  1. An official law school transcript (to the extent that this is possible for 2L and 3L applicants);
  2. A detailed letter of interest explaining how she meets award criteria, and any relevant connections and commitments to the State of Michigan; 
  3. A resume; 
  4. Letters of recommendation (no more than three – these may be sent directly to Kristen Pursley kpursley@patentco.com, directly to Michelle Taylor waynelawscholarship@wayne.edu, or provided by the student to their law school as part of their application).

Dawn Van Hoek Scholar, One $3,500 award 

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing 
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations.

Florence King Scholar in Patent Law, One $3,500 award 

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing  
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations, as well as eligibility to practice and an interest in patent law.

General Motors Scholarship, Two $3,500 awards 

  • Be enrolled full or part-time  
  • Possess good academic standing 
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations.

Dobrusin Law Firm Scholarship, One $3,500 award

  • Be enrolled full or part-time  
  • Possess good academic standing  
  • Demonstrate strong interest in promoting women in business and/or female entrepreneurship.

Masco Corporation Scholarship, One $3,500 award 

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  •  Possess good academic standing  
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations.

Miller Canfield Scholarship, One $3,500 award 

  • Be enrolled full or part-time 
  • Possess good academic standing 
  •  Demonstrate leadership capabilities in advancing the position of women in society, including service in such areas as: social justice, equality, family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, or work on behalf of underserved areas or populations.

Macomb County Bar Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: Wednesday, March 17

More information and applications

Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship

The Macomb County Bar Foundation Philip F. Greco Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance and good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better). Special consideration is given to non-traditional law students. Award: $3,000

Kimberly M. Cahill Memorial Scholarship

The Kimberly M. Cahill Leadership Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a second- or third-year law student who is currently enrolled in law classes at any accredited Michigan law school. The recipient should demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership and the ability to inspire and effectively lead others to a defined objective. The recipient must also demonstrate a need for financial assistance and an academic standing (3.0 GPA or above). Award: $3,000

Trustees Law School Scholarship

The Macomb County Bar Foundation Trustees Law School Scholarship is awarded to a second- or third-year law student who demonstrates a commitment to serve or contribute to the Macomb County legal community, a need for financial assistance, and high scholastic achievement. Amount: $3,000

 

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.


Internships

2021 Movement Lawyering Summer Internship

Interested in movement, social justice and community lawyering? Apply today to participate in the 2021 summer internship program hosted by the Detroit Justice Center, Law for Black Lives, the Community Justice Project and Amistad Law Project. Over ten weeks, interns will work on a variety of advocacy, litigation, direct representation, community education and research projects. Interns will also receive structured training to develop their understanding of movement lawyering through a curriculum of bi-weekly readings, seminars, relationship building and reflections.

2L Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 1

1L Deadline:  Tuesday, Dec. 15

Learn more and apply

2021 ABA Litigation Section Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation invites 1L and 2L students to apply for the 2021 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). The program offers students of racial and ethnic groups traditionally under-represented in the profession as well female students, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students and those who identify as LGBT with the opportunity to intern for judges located in areas including Washington, D.C., New York City and Miami. Successful applicants will work full-time for a minimum of six weeks and receive a stipend award in the amount of $2000.00.

Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 10

Learn more

Summer 2021 Judicial Internship Diversity Project

The Judicial Resources Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference and Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization invite 1L and 2L students to apply for the 2021 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project. The Project provides successful law student applicants from socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds under-represented in the legal profession the opportunity to intern on a full-time basis for a minimum of 8 weeks in the chambers of federal and state judges. Participants will also participate in an interview seminar and legal research and writing workshop prior to commencement of the internship. Electronic applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 10

Learn more


Apply for winter 2021 externships

Wayne Law’s externship program is now accepting applications for winter 2021 for the opportunities listed below.

Note: FLAC and Public Service 2: Social Justice Lawyering will not be offered for winter 2021.

Judicial and Public Service Externships

For Judicial and Public Service Externship programs, students contact an approved placement directly to apply for a position. Once a student accepts an offer then the online Wayne Law Request for Registration form must be completed to ensure eligibility for an externship. Requests may take a week to process. You cannot register for the class until your request 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

Application deadline: Request to register for Judicial and Public Service Externship close Tuesday, Dec. 1

Corporate Counsel Externships

The Corporate Counsel Externship application closed on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Offers will be emailed to students on Monday, Nov. 2. 

Questions? Contact Professor Robichaud, director of externships, at fh4104@wayne.edu.


Writing competitions

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition – Nov. 6 deadline

The International Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce the annual Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition. The International Section is comprised of approximately 1,800 members of the New York State Bar Association (both American and foreign lawyers) who practice or have an interest in, public and private international law. The competition is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law.

The winner will receive $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in the New York International Law Review.

Deadline: Friday, Nov. 6 by 4 p.m. (EST)

More information

vLex Student International Law and Technology Writing Competition – Dec. 1 deadline

For the fourth year in a row, the International Law and Technology Writing Competition is open for submissions of blog-style articles of 1,000 words, from students around the world.

The overall winner will receive a grand prize of £1,500 and be offered a 3-month internship at one of the world’s leading legal research technology firms. Plus, publication of the winning article.

Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 1

More information

The Johns Law Firm – Law School Scholarship Contest – Dec. 31 deadline

For this year’s scholarship contest, The Johns Law Firm is asking students to submit an essay about why they decided to become a lawyer. Students are expected to write a 300-400 word essay about what influenced their legal career and why they are pursuing law school. The winner with the most compelling essay will receive a $1,500 law school scholarship.

Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 31

More information

2020-21 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. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 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.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. EST

More information

Marshall M. Schulman 2020-21 Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure

The Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Marshall M. Schulman Annual Competition for Student Papers in Criminal Law and/or Criminal Procedure. This is a nationwide competition; while the focus is on California law, past winners have included students attending schools from coast to coast.

The grand prize winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and will be published in the Criminal Law Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Criminal Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. Three honorable mention prizes will also be awarded.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 2

More information

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


Apply for a Levin Center Internship

You can now submit your application for Levin Center at Wayne Law internships. The Levin Center annually provides up to six Wayne Law students a $6,000 stipend and a chance to spend the summer working as a legal intern on Capitol Hill. The students work under the supervision of an experienced attorney who is engaged in conducting oversight on behalf of a House or Senate committee. The students are able to observe the practice of congressional oversight from the inside which may include research, writing, document management, hearing preparation and logistical support.

Deadline: Sunday, Jan. 3

Application and more information


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


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.

 


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


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 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

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 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.

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.