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Weekly Newsletter

Jan. 26, 2015


Co-op Announcements

Important Announcement About 2015 Summer & Fall Co-ops
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Room 140

The co-op faculty has scheduled a Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop. If you are interested in applying for a co-op this summer or the fall, please attend the Workshop. Former and current co-op students from our five categories of placements will speak about their personal experiences. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about co-op.

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On Campus Events

Financial Aid Workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 28
12 p.m.
Room 240

Drexel Central manager Mary deRivera will discuss loan repayment and forgiveness programs as well as bar exam funding and payment postponement.

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Student Organization Announcements

Civil Litigation Society

​The Civil Litigation Society will have a general meeting on Monday, January 26, at 12:15 p.m. in room 250.  All members and interested students are welcome to join us for lunch! The executive board will detail the events planned for this semester and invite members to get involved with each.  We hope to see you there!

Labor & Employment Law Society

Jan. 28 at 12 p.m. in room 340 is the first general body meeting of the semester to discuss upcoming events.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

A Message from Dean Gerson:

I’m always reading the latest books about career development, the legal profession, time management, and values clarification.  Here in the Career Strategies Office we have many books (the old-fashioned printed variety, as well as helpful websites and links) to help guide and inspire you on your journey. 

I just finished 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin (William Morrow, 2014).  Here’s the executive summary of the 13 don’ts:

  1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves;
  2. They don’t give away their power;
  3. They don’t shy away from change;
  4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control;
  5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone;
  6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks;
  7. They don’t dwell on the past;
  8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over;
  9. They don’t resent other people’s success;
  10. They don’t give up after the first failure;
  11.  They don’t fear alone time;
  12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything; and
  13.  They don’t expect immediate results.

If you are interested in reading the book, it’s available for loan to any law student.  Just ask!  We also have many other helpful books that you may find inspiring.  Unsure what you may be looking for?  Drop in or email me.  I’m a frustrated reference librarian (with an actual M.L.I.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences) so I’m always happy to advise you on career-related resources. 

Donna Gerson
Associate Dean

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Legal Research Center Announcements

LRC Services Survey

The Legal Research Center is conducting a short survey to gather information about our services, in order to enhance current services and explore potential new ones. If you would like to participate, please follow the link below. (All responses are anonymous.) We greatly appreciate your feedback. Thanks for your time!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C3HD6ZS

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Academic Skills Announcements

Spring 2015 Academic Skills Workshops:

All workshops will be held on Tuesdays, from 10:30-11:45 in Law 340

January 20 - Reviewing Fall Exams

January 27 - Boosting Critical Reading and Analytical Skills

February 3 - Mining the Fact Pattern for Legal Issues

February 10 - Building a Strong Exam Answer

February 17 - Developing Arguments and Counterarguments

February 24 - No workshop

March 3 - Answering Statute-Based Essays

March 10 - Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief

March 17 - No workshop—Spring Break

March 24 - No Workshop                    

March 31 - Revising and Editing the 1L Brief

April 7 - Exam Success Strategies; Practice Exam

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS:

ABA Commission on Disability Rights Internship
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2015 summer law intern program at Prudential’s New Jersey/New York offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks—from May 26 to August 7, 2015. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis.

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John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship
Deadline: March 30, 2015

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

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LSAC Diversity Initiatives Internship
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

Applications are being accepted for a summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

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SCHOLARSHIPS:

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 2, 2015

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

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WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

Missouri Law Review Symposium Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Feb. 13, 2015

A student writing competition is being organized by the University of Missouri Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution in conjunction with the Missouri Law Review annual symposium, entitled “Policing, Protesting, and Perceptions: A Critical Examination of the Events in Ferguson.” The symposium, which will feature speakers and works-in-progress participants from around the country, addresses recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, as well as similar developments from around the nation.

The writing competition features a $700 prize for the competition winner, a $100 prize for the second place winner and an honorable mention for the third place winner. Prizes are sponsored by the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and private funding through the Missouri Law Foundation.

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Animal Law Writing Contest
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.

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Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015

The 2015 Contest Essay Hypothetical involves liability issues arising from the breach of a law firm’s computer network and the subsequent leaking of a client’s confidential information. $5,000 prize.

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2014-2015 Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
Deadline: March 23, 2015

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

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International Association of Defense Counsel Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

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Women's Lawyers Division Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The WLD Foundation scholarship awards are made to current African American female law students who display financial need, academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to the principles exemplified by Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.

Each year the WLD Foundation awards up to six book fund scholarships and a tuition scholarship in honor of two African American women of many “firsts.”  Justice Juanita Kidd Stout was the first African American woman to sit on the bench in Philadelphia and the first African American woman in the United States to serve on a state Supreme Court.  Sadie T.M.Alexander was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Second and third year African American female law students attending area law schools with a record of academic excellence and demonstrated need should apply for scholarship consideration.  To read more about the WLD Foundation scholarships programs and how to apply, please visit the WLD website: www.nbawldphila.org.


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Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Because the law school is such a busy place, social media are useful tools for keeping tabs on the student, faculty and alumni community.  If you haven’t already begun following the law school through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main law school page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the law school feed focuses on2w1 faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the law school group is open to all students and alumni, making it an easy way to build your professional network.  Notices of immediate job openings will sometimes appear there.
  • YouTube: View all of our videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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