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Weekly Newsletter

January 8, 2017

Academic Skills Announcements

Spring 2018 Dean’s Scholars

Academic Skills (Professor Kraybill)

Jenaleigh Castano (2L) -

Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El Haj—both sections)

Sydney Melillo (2L) -
Carmen Milanes (3L) -

Criminal Law (Professor Benforado)

Christopher Hartt (2L) -
Mischa Wheat (3L) -

Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs)

Brittany Kane (2L) -
Sarah Varney (2L) -

Spring 2018 Academic Skills Workshops

All workshops held Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Room 340.

  • January 16: Reviewing Fall Exams
  • January 23: Enhancing Study Skills      
  • January 30: Mining the Fact Pattern for Legal Issues
  • February 9: Building a Strong Exam Answer
  • February 13: No Workshop
  • February 20: Developing Arguments and Counterarguments  
  • February 27: Answering Statute-Based Essays
  • March 6: Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief - Prof. Coleman
  • March 13: No workshop—Spring Break
  • March 30: Exam Success Strategies
  • April 3: Editing the 1L Brief - Prof. Coleman

Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill; Room 418; 215.571.4803;

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Bar Exam Presentation
Thursday, Jan. 25
12:45 - 2 p.m.
Rooom 240

Dean Oates will address the Law School’s role in the bar exam Character & Fitness process. Mary deRivera will follow with a presentation on ways to fund the bar exam!

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Symplicity is the central resource for all career-related information including all job postings, announcements, law firm lists, podcasts, educational programs and networking opportunities. It’s simple…check Symplicity! We always look forward to seeing you in the CSO for personal advice, encouragement, and a welcoming cup of coffee, tea or water.

Message from Donna Gerson, Associate Dean, Career Strategies Office

Welcome back! On behalf of the entire CSO, I hope you had a restful break and are ready to swing into action. The coffee is brewing and Jen Moore is back! 

As we begin a new year, it’s an opportune moment to re-engage with the CSO as you continue to look for either a summer job or full-time position following graduation. Regardless of your grades or class rank, opportunities beckon and we can help you approach the process step by step. You’re never alone in this process. So resolve to schedule an appointment today either through Symplicity or by emailing an advisor directly.

Donna Gerson,
Liz Dunn,
Amy Weiss,
Jen Moore,

All jobs (full-time, part-time, fellowships, summer) are listed on Symplicity. Symplicity is the destination for everything related to your career and it enables us to give you transparency and accessibility in your job search. If you’re not familiar with Symplicity, ask for help. Jen Moore knows all the ins and outs, as do our Student Ambassadors, Marybeth O’Connor and Ruba Noor.

Tip: Update your resume this month and make sure it’s marked as your Default Resume on Symplicity. 

Peggy Browning Fund (Paid Summer Fellowship, Labor Law) – Applications due January 12th!

Apply now for the Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program, a 10-week paid summer internship at labor-related organizations around the country.  This prestigious program provides stipends of a minimum of $6,000 to 70 1Ls and 2Ls who dedicate this time to advancing workers' rights.  See Symplicity Job Postings for details and instructions!

Government Careers Panel – Wednesday, January 17th

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the CSO will be moderating a Government Careers Panel on Wednesday, January 17th at 12:15pm in Room 340. This is an excellent opportunity to hear attorneys discuss job opportunities at the local, state, and federal level and share advice. Please RSVP in Events/Symplicity.

U.S. Navy JAG Corps – Sign Up Now for On-Campus Interviews

The U.S. Navy JAG Corps will be visiting our school to conduct 30-minute structured interviews on Thursday, January 18, 2018 for 2Ls and 3Ls who will be applying to the Student Program in the Spring 2018 Cycle.  Please see the job posting for application instructions and details and sign up for an interview slot in Events/Symplicity. 

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2018

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a law school student or grant to a lawyer in practice less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. Eligible applicants include: 1) Pennsylvania residents enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the United States; 2) law students enrolled in any of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools; and 3) Pennsylvania lawyers in practice less than three years. Applicants must perform volunteer service to an animal welfare organization before, during and/or after law school; or engage in scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research, writing and clinical work; or perform pro bono legal work in the field of animal welfare. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by August 23, 2018.

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Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowships
Applications reviewed as received

Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific Legal Foundation.

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A Compilation of Legal Writing Competitions

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2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Deadline: July 1, 2018

With technological innovations comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new tools to investigate and prosecute crimes. Today, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and courts are challenged by the constitutional implications of emerging technologies that were not contemplated in the 18th century when the Fourth Amendment was drafted.

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Kline School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

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