Announcements


Scholarships

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

John H. McKaig II Children's Law Section Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: Tuesday, March 30

The State Bar of Michigan Children’s Law Section established the Jack H. McKaig II Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for Michigan law school students demonstrating an interest in practicing in the area of child protective proceedings and/or juvenile justice (collectively, “Child Welfare Law”).  

Eligibility: Open to law school students who meet each of the following criteria: 
•    Is a 2L or 3L student enrolled in good standing any Michigan accredited law school 
•    Has a cumulative law school grade point average of at least 2.8
•    Demonstrates an interest in Child Welfare Law

Application details

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and complete law school.
 
Deadline: Saturday, April 17
 
Award: $5,000, which may be renewable for two additional years, totaling $15,000 during their time in law school.
 
Eligibility: Open to first-year students attending an ABA-accredited law school. Students with diverse backgrounds and/or commitment to the community are encouraged to apply.
 

John S. Beagle Scholarship

Deadline: Saturday, May 1

The Genesee County Bar Foundation makes scholarship funds available to ABA-accredited law school students from Genesee County (State of Michigan) entering their junior or senior academic year. Students who have successfully completed one year of law school are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Enrollees of any law school in the United States will be considered, but preference will be given to those attending  Michigan law schools.

Scholarship history and mission

Application details

Michigan Auto Law Diversity Scholarship

As part of our commitment to diversity, Michigan Auto Law is pleased to sponsor an annual Scholarship Program to provide financial support to students who contribute to the diversity of the law school student body as they pursue their legal careers.

Deadline:  Tuesday, June 1

Award: $2,000

Eligibility and Selection criteria:

  • This scholarship program is open to students currently in their first or second year of law school, as well as students entering law school in the fall of 2021.
  • The applicant must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen accepted to or currently attending an accredited law school within the United States.
  • Academic achievement must be reflected by an undergraduate cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA.

Additional 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


Externships

Wayne Law’s externship program is now accepting applications for summer 2021 for the opportunities listed below. All students taking an externship in summer 2021 must participate in a mandatory, all-day orientation on Friday, May 21. 

Corporate Counsel Externships

The Corporate Counsel Externship program places students in the corporate counsel offices of for-profit and nonprofit businesses in and around Detroit. These placements offer opportunities for students to learn the role of in-house counsel and gain exposure and experience in such matters as mergers and acquisitions, business contracts, real estate transactions, securities laws and compliance with governmental regulation of business and industry. Students learn about substantive issues encountered in an in-house legal department and the ethical responsibilities of in-house counsel both at their placement and in the companion class. 

Corporate Counsel Externship placements for summer 2021 are listed on Canvas.

Corporate Counsel Externships application

Application deadline: Sunday, March 21, at 5 p.m.

Offers emailed to students: April 8

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.

Judicial and Public Service Externships application

Application deadline: The application closes either when the class fills or on the first day of registration for summer courses.


Writing competitions

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: Friday, April 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

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 Events and Meetings

New: Reservations and event-related emails 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 at least 14 days before 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).
  • Do not confirm speakers or begin promotion of the event until the reservation has been confirmed by Law Events.
  • Reservations are confirmed when a confirmation email is sent from Law Events, usually within two business days after requests are submitted.
  • The entire Zoom meeting invitation should be included on the Event Reservation Request form or emailed to Law Events as soon as it is created so that the confirmed event can be promoted in the Law Communications event emails. For events confirmed within five business days of the event, promotion on the Law Student Events calendar and on Law Communications emails is not guaranteed.  
  • Available timeslots for virtual events are limited as a result of Wayne Law’s remote class schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • 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.


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.