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Weekly Newsletter

Aug. 26, 2013

New Building Entry Procedure, New Student Lounge, and More!

Dear New and Returning Students:

I hope you had a great summer and are as excited as I am about the upcoming school year. You will likely notice that Dean McGovern had a very productive summer. We have new furniture in the lobby, new carpet in the second floor lounge by the lockers, and many areas have been repainted.

Also, we have taken measures to upgrade security in the building by rerouting people to the security desk so that the guards may confirm the identities of those accessing the building. Specifically upon entering the building, you must go to the security desk, place your Dragon Card on a card reader, and get a green light to proceed further into the building.

You may no longer proceed directly down the west (right side) hallway on the first floor to access the bathrooms, etc. The west hallway door is locked and will only allow egress. This means to access the bathrooms on the first floor, you must go down the east (left side) hallway, around the back past the law tech office and down the west hallway from the back of the building. Do not cut through room 140 as it is in constant use, and cutting through would disrupt classes, events, meetings, etc.

I thank you in advance for your patience and good humor as we adjust to the new system and traffic pattern.

Finally, we also made some changes to better utilize the student and faculty space in the law school:

  • Room 110 (first room down the east hallway after Admissions) is now a student lounge with soft seating. The closet in room 110 is now the storage space for the trunks used by student representatives of the bar review companies. The former trunk room on the second floor has been repurposed, and is no longer available to store trunks.
  • Room 112, formerly the Moot Court Board office, is now a faculty conference/meeting room and is not available for student use.
  • The Moot Court Board Office is now located in the back office section of the LRC.
  • On the second floor gallery, things have been flipped. The student organization conference room and the Trial Team office are now located on the east side of the building. The SBA offices are now located on the west side of the building.

I hope everyone has a great year!

-Kevin P. Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students & Associate Professor of Law

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Fall 2013 News and Info from OSA

Dear Students,

We hope that you had a wonderful Summer! We had a VERY busy one, so please read below about our new projects, as well as the usual reminders.

New Way to View Course Offerings

Our website is in the midst of being redesigned for mobile environments, so we’ve started moving things around. Fall Registration Materials, and all registration materials pages going forward, will now behind a login in Community Property. Note a time change for Bankruptcy that moves it away from Fed Tax. Also of note: there are several seats available in Class Actions, Executive Compensation, Animal Law, Foreign and International Legal Research, and Regulating Patient Safety, among others.

Self-Service Locker Assignment for 2Ls & 3Ls

OSA is gradually going paperless, and you’ll start seeing many of our forms go online. The new locker request form lets upper-level students assign themselves a locker of their choice from all the lockers still available at the time the form is accessed, and it works in real-time. While there is an off-chance someone could be in the system at the same time as you, picking the exact same locker, we expect that will be rare and you will get whichever locker you choose.

The form is now available at On the right side, under “Locker Requests”, click “Request a Locker” to start the form.

OSA Facebook Page

OSA is now on Facebook! This will be our social media spot for posting quick info, OSA events, reminders, maybe a picture or two. Please read the “About” section of the page for guidelines.

Student Deadlines List/Calendar

Certain types of deadlines now appear on the front page of Community Property. This is not meant to be a completely comprehensive list at this point. You'll notice a calendar on the page also, filtered to today’s events. Of course, you can click through to see what’s going on in the future as well.

Focus Group

Speaking of Community Property and the Facebook page, we are interested in hearing your feedback about communication throughout the Law School. OSA will be hosting a focus group on September 25 from 12:15-1:45 PM that will address ways you receive information from all different offices. The facilitator will be a professional or a staff member who does not send a lot of communication, so that you can feel comfortable speaking freely. We want to hear from all types of students – that means you, the student org president! And you, the person who never registers on time! – so please sign up at Space is limited to 35 respondents.

Other Reminders

  • Independent Studies: If you are doing an Independent Study project, you MUST hand in an approved Independent Study Proposal form to OSA no later than the end of the second week of classes (by September 6) or it cannot be added. This is a FIRM deadline.
  • December graduation candidates should apply for their degree on DrexelOne no later than Friday, September 13. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.”
  • Legislative Days: Tuesday, December 3 follows a Thursday schedule and Wednesday, December 4 follows a Friday schedule.
  • 2013-14 Handbook is posted. Print copies are available in OSA.
  • 2Ls & 3Ls need to waive out of health insurance or enroll if you need coverage at Failure to waive out of health insurance by September 30 will result in a charge for the basic Dragon Plan on your bill.

Thanks for reading through all our new developments. We must offer a tremendous thank you to Chad Kealey for doing the overwhelming majority of work on many of them.

As always, feel free to stop in with any questions or concerns.
The Office of Student Affairs

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Academic Skills Announcements

Workshop: Effectively Preparing for Class
Tomorrow, August 27, 2013
12:45-1:45 p.m. Law 340

The first Academic Skills Workshop—"Effectively Preparing for Class"—will be held on Tuesday, August 27 from 12:45-1:45 in Law 340. You will learn practical class preparation skills, including briefing cases and using study aides. We also will demonstrate different note taking strategies you can use during class.

At every workshop, we will hold a raffle for a great prize. For the first workshop, there will be TWO raffle prizes. At the end of the workshop, we will draw the names of two lucky students who will each win a copy of Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert. For those who attended Pre-Orientation, one of Professor Coleman's sessions was based on this useful book.

Dean's Scholars for Fall 2013

In the Dean’s Scholars Program, successful upper-level students provide supplemental instruction to first-year students in Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts. The Dean’s Scholars work closely with Nancy Kraybill, associate teaching professor and director of academic skills, and the professors teaching the doctrinal courses to develop and present material to first year students during weekly structured study sessions. Each of the Dean's Scholars hold weekly office hours to provide personalized instructions to students.

Dean’s Scholars sessions begin during the second week of classes each semester and continue through the last week of classes. The sessions are open to all first-year students.  Please visit the Dean's Scholars webpage for the list of Dean's Scholars. Office hours will be announced soon.

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Certified Legal Intern Paperwork Instructions

Dear Students,

Welcome back to EMSoL! I hope you've all had wonderful summer experiences.

I'm sending this message to all 2Ls and 3Ls, as I expect many of you will want to be Certified either this semester or sometime this year. I've noticed that there seems to be some confusion about the program and the procedures, so this message clarifies what needs to be done to avoid undue delay.

The first thing to know is that this program generally only applies to work at a government or public interest organization. Work for a law firm or any attorney in private practice only qualifies if is being done on a pro bono basis, or if it is on behalf of indigent clients in situations in which a court has appointed a private attorney. In those special situations, the private attorney who is supervising the student's work must also submit a letter to the Court clarifying the specific situation(s) for which the certification is being sought. The letter needs to be included along with the form.

The other requirements for becoming Certified are that you have completed at least half of the credits required for graduation, and you must have successfully completed Evidence and Professional Responsibility. So, for 2Ls, the earliest that you can be certified will be for the Spring Semester 2014.

If you aren't sure where to locate the form, it is available on our web site:

In terms of filling out the form, please fill out your information and your supervising attorney's information. Importantly, the form needs your original signature, which means that it cannot be faxed in or e-mailed. You can either drop it off at the Experiential Learning Suite (410) or mail it to me at the address below. If you end up dropping it off when no one is around or mailing it in, please include a statement confirming that you have met the course requirements.

Once we have your completed form with an original signature, (and assuming you've met the requirements), I will sign the other page of the form.

We will only be able to mail the form for you if you include an addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise, you can pick it up from the office here and mail it on your own.

We also suggest that you include a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your form, which will expedite the Court's processing.

The whole process usually only takes a short time, especially if you follow these instructions.

Susan L. Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning & Professor of Law

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Pro Bono Project Selection and Registration Info

Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As you begin the Fall Semester, 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 this link.  Training for these projects will take place during the first few weeks of the Fall 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, August 30 at 12:00pm.

We are launching 17 (!!!) pro bono projects this Fall, 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! 

Wondering how to satisfy your 50-hour Pro Bono Requirement?  Not sure what pro bono project is best for you?   Unclear how to sign up for a project?  Come to the Pro Bono Project Selection and Registration Info Session with Karen Pearlman Raab to have all your questions answered!

When:  Wednesday, August 28 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Where:   Room 240

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

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Guidelines for Student Participation in External Moot Court, ADR & Transactional Competitions

In addition to moot court competitions in which the EMSoL Moot Court Board members compete, a number of external moot court, ADR, and transactional competitions are held around the country and internationally each year. Announcements and invitations for these competitions will be placed in the EMSoL weekly newsletter or distributed by interested student organizations.

Law students who are not members of the Moot Court Board and who want to participate in these competitions may seek academic credit, financial support, and/or other institutional support under new guidelines. The guidelines are available here, and also from the 2013-2014 moot court faculty advisor, Amy Montemarano.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Reference Desk

Arti Kochhar is the Part-time Reference Librarian. She has a JD degree from Widener University School of Law and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Drexel University, and is also a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. Arti looks forward to helping you at the Reference Desk!

Laptop and Cell Phone Theft Prevention: You Hold the Key!

The Legal Research Center reminds you that thieves on campuses aren’t only after your money. They also target laptops and cell phones -- items that too many students carelessly leave unattended. A library may feel like a safe haven, but thefts do occur, and they only take a moment. When you have to step away, even briefly, remember these tips...

  • Take your cell phone with you.
  • Either take your laptop with you or secure it with a laptop lock, which you can check out at the Circ Desk.
  • Any other items of obvious value -- car keys, wallets, purses, etc. -- should also not be left unattended.
  • Don’t leave the key to your study room hanging in the door lock; take it with you.

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Scholarship Announcement

James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For details, please visit

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Connect with Alumni through LinkedIn!

James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For details, please visit

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On and Off-Campus Events

Dear Students, Faculty and Alumni,

Please join us at Behrakis Grand Hall on Thursday, August 29, from 8-9:30 a.m. for this month’s Philly TechBreakfast. TechBreakfast is a free monthly event designed to bring techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs together to share and learn from their peers through show-and-tell style presentations.

This month‘s event will feature five demos including three from local companies Knick Knack Learning, Reminded.Me, and FanCheer Interactive.

TechBreakfast also features JobMatch - interspersed throughout the presentations will be Shout-Outs by regional companies that are hiring. If you're an employer looking for great tech talent, or a job-seeker looking for a position in the region you should make sure to attend TechBreakfast on August 29th!

You can learn more about this month’s presenters and register here:

Videos of past Philadelphia TechBreakfast demos can be found on the TechBreakfast YouTube channel here:

Hope to see you there!

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Earle Mack School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours


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