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Weekly Newsletter

Jan. 13, 2014

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Dear Students,

We hope that you had an excellent break and a wonderful holiday! Below, please find some welcome back reminders and things you should be thinking about as the semester gets started.

Academic Information

Spring Books and Reading: Be sure you have attended to the booklist and first week assignments for your classes, posted HERE. This is continuously updated. Professors may also send/post assignments separately.
Spring Schedules: Upper-level students may add and drop classes online through Monday, January 20. This deadline also applies for Independent Study proposals and decisions about co-curricular credits. If you change the total number of credits you are registered for, remember to check your eBill and fill out a new Institutional Financial Aid (FAAPP) form!
Spring Course Updates: There are some remaining seats in Writing Strategies for the Bar (Friday morning and Tuesday night sections). We have heard from many students that this has been a very valuable course in their path to the Bar exam, and encourage students to take it.
Fall Grades: Fall grades will be posted on DrexelOne around January 15. We will notify you when they are posted – we promise.

May Graduation

Students who intend to graduate in May should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Friday, February 7. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.” If you have any changes to make, such as adding or removing a concentration or changing your legal name, please do so prior to applying. Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Financial Aid Information

Summer Work Study Presentation: January 21, 12:15 PM, Room 340 – Important for anyone interested in Summer work-study funds
Funding the Bar Exam: January 29, 12:00 PM, Room 420 – for third-year students
Financial Aid Adjustments: Starting the week of January 27th, the Financial Aid Office will be adjusting scholarships and student loans to match second and third year students’ final spring enrollment. If your spring registration differs from the information you originally submitted on your FAAPP, and you would like your aid adjusted sooner, please submit a revised FAAPP to the Office of Student Affairs.

Social Media

The Office of Student Affairs appreciates the support of the students in our pilot program of using Facebook for some office communications. We found that the medium was not as useful for our purposes as we had initially expected, and with the name change, we feel it is a good time to discontinue the OSA Facebook page.

As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful Spring semester!

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Second Semester Pro Bono Opportunities

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break. As you return to campus, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement.

An updated list of the Pro Bono Opportunities that are available for you to enroll in this semester is available at  Training for these projects will take place during the first few weeks of the 2nd Semester.  If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please be sure to submit your resume and rank your choices in order of preference no later than the registration deadline of Friday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m.

We are launching 17 (!!!) pro bono projects this semester, several of them new.  I hope you find them interesting and the descriptions below informative.  If you have questions about any of the projects, or the Pro Bono Requirement, in general, please be in touch.  I’m excited to work with each of you to find a rewarding and meaningful pro bono experience, and I hope you enjoy participating in the projects as much as I enjoy creating them for you! 

-Karen Pearlman Raab, Esquire, Director of Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs

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Academic Skills Announcements

Spring Dean's Scholars

Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj)
Hillary Anderson (3L) and Patrick Woolford (2L)

Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen)
Lauren Runza (2l) and Suraji Wagage (JD/PhD)

Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan)
Chelsea Biemiller (3L) and Christine Weller (3L)

Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs)
Stephany Gordon (2L) and Ruben Perez (2L)

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Student Organization Announcements

the Kline School of Law Republicans

A Conversation with Senator Pileggi on the Privatization of the Liquor Control Stores
January 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Room 140 | Reception to follow
Please join us.

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

Housing for Refugees Fundraiser at Tir Na Nog

Friday, January 24 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch Street

Please come out for a fundraiser to benefit refugees who seek housing in Philadelphia. Make a donation at the door - any amount over $5 - to be eligible for special drink prices and free food. Enjoy free food, as well as $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks, and $4 house wines with your donation. Bring your friends! See you there!

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: April 30, 2014
For details, please visit

Writing Competitions: 

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights - Deadline: January 15, 2014
For details, please visit

2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition - Deadline: February 14, 2014
For details, please visit

2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration - Deadline: April 1, 2014
For details, please visit

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Section 2014 Writing Competition - Deadline: April 15, 2014
For details, please visit

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School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

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