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  • Equal Justice Works 2020 Student Fellowship Opportunities

    Multiple February deadlines

    EJW has two law student internship opportunities for students who are interested in gaining valuable public interest law experience while serving marginalized communities and causes.

    Equal Justice Works has two unique law student internship opportunities designed for students who are interested in gaining valuable public interest law experience while serving marginalized communities and causes. Both opportunities provide a $5,000 stipend for 8-10 weeks of work during the summer of 2020, and applications are open now.

    Rural Summer Legal Corps

    This program places 35 law students at LSC-funded civil legal aid organizations to address pressing issues facing rural communities. Projects include working on disaster-related issues, addressing affordable housing issues, providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence, responding to the opioid crisis, and more. Students can view the different projects and organizations hosting Student Fellows here, and are asked to submit applications by February 10, 2020.

    Immigration Summer Legal Corps

    This program selects 20 law students to help build capacity at legal services organizations while responding to the critical needs of underserved and low-income immigrant communities. Students can view the different projects and organizations hosting Student Fellows here, and learn how to make their applications stand out for this program by tuning into the upcoming ISLC Application Overview and Tips webinar on January 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST. Applications must be submitted by February 18, 2020.

    Students can visit our website to apply for these opportunities today.

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  • The Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition

    Deadline: January 31, 2020

    The competition focus will be on creating and presenting a mobile app-based technology solution that solves problems either on campus or for the surrounding community.

    The Ciright / Dragon Startup Competition, generously supported by Ciright Companies, is designed to create opportunities for all Drexel students (undergraduate and graduate) to present new technology ideas and to provide students with a competition where they can win cash prizes, receive valuable feedback and identify potential mentors to help them further develop their ideas.

    For 2020, the competition focus will be on creating and presenting a mobile app-based technology solution that solves problems either on campus or for the surrounding community. There will be two prizes of $5K each for the campus and community categories (campus, community) for a total prize pool of $20K.

    Ciright will make available certain technologies and interfaces.

    While this is a technology-based competition, multi-disciplinary teams will be encouraged.

    Learn More

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  • The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarships

    Deadline: April 24, 2020

    All awards are distributed at the discretion of the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee. All Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to an accredited ABA approved law school at the time of the interview in order to be eligible for a scholarship award.

    All awards are distributed at the discretion of the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee. All Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to an accredited ABA approved law school at the time of the interview in order to be eligible for a scholarship award.

    Learn More

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  • American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

    Deadline: February 28, 2020

    Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.

    This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada. Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.

    Learn More

    01.22

  • The Kline Cabinet

    Please drop off your donations in the labeled bin outside of the Admissions Suite.

    In an effort to better support our students’ basic needs, the DiveIN committee is requesting year-long donations for the Kline Cabinet, a community-based micro-pantry-style collection.

    Hunger and food insecurity are realities everywhere – even on college campuses. As legal education becomes less and less affordable, more students are forced to live on a shoestring budget. In an effort to better support our students’ basic needs, the DiveIN committee is requesting year-long donations for the Kline Cabinet, a community-based micro-pantry-style collection.

    You can help support the Kline Cabinet with your donations. Please note that we can’t accept damaged, opened or expired items.

    Suggested Items:

    • Cereal
    • Crackers
    • Peanut/Almond/Sunflower Butter
    • Jelly/Jam
    • Rice
    • Quinoa
    • Tuna packed in water
    • Pasta
    • Canned Soup
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Tomato Sauce
    • Ramen Noodles
    • Canned Fruit
    • Dry Beans
    • Oatmeal
    • Granola Bars
    • Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
    • Dried Apricots, Dates and Raisins
    • Oranges
    • Apples

    Please drop off your donations in the labeled bin outside of the Admissions Suite. The DiveIN Committee will disperse the donations between the student kitchen areas.

    *You can also support this cause by placing your remaining food items from events in the Second and Third Floor Galleries.

    We appreciate your support!

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  • Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: February 28, 2020

    The scholarship is open to female African American students in their final year of law school.

    The Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation Scholarship offers financial assistance for the bar exam and support for employment as a prosecutor. The scholarship is open to female African American students in their final year of law school. The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

    Apply Now

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  • Academic Skills Workshops

    The weekly Academic Skills Workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 340. Read on for the topics.

    The weekly Academic Skills Workshops will take place on Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Room 340. The topics for the weekly Workshops are listed below.

    January 14: Learning from Fall Exams and the 1L Memo
    January 21: Mining the Exam Fact Pattern for Legal Issues
    January 28: Building a Strong Exam Answer
    February 4: Answering Statute-Based Exam Questions
    February 11: Mastering Course Content
    February 18: No Workshop
    February 25: Developing Arguments and Counterarguments
    March 3: No Workshop
    March 10: Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief
    March 17: No Workshop—Spring Break
    March 24: Following an Effective and Balanced Exam Study Schedule
    March 31: Editing the 1L Brief

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  • Spring Dean's Scholars Schedule

    Dean’s Scholar Sessions will begin during the week of January 13.

    Criminal Law (Professor Benforado)

    Wednesday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m., ISB 112
    Jillian Casarella & Jeff Nelson

    Criminal Law (Professor Cornwell)

    Thursday, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m., Room 340
    Olivia Hester & Kristin McElroy

    Legislation/Regulation (Professor Abu El-Haj)

    Thursday, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m., Room 240
    Doris Njoku

    Legislation/Regulation (Professor Frankel)

    Monday, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Room 140
    Brian Loughnane

    Legislation/Regulation (Professor Seligmann)

    Monday, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Room 240
    Chloe DeOnna

    Property (Professor Kahan)

    Thursday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m., Room 340
    Jens Defoor & Jessica Stauring

    Property (Professor Landers)

    Thursday, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m., ISB 112
    Sara Curley & Alexander Perry

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  • Census 2020 Rights & Responsibilities Workshops

    Philly Counts has invited all area law students to join in the effort to increase complete and accurate reporting for the Census 2020.

    We need YOU to assist under-counted communities in responding to the Census!

    With Philly Counts and under the helm of Will Gonzalez from Ceiba, Will has invited all area law students to join in the effort to increase complete and accurate reporting for the Census 2020. Students will be trained to engage in Rights and Responsibilities workshops throughout the City to bolster Census participation among Philadelphians. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in pro bono throughout the spring semester. There will also be opportunities to volunteer during Drexel’s spring break!

    There will be an information session/training at Penn Law on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 12 – 1 p.m. for any students interested. We will also record the training for those with scheduling conflicts.

    Please RSVP for the session using this link.

    Why does the Census matter? Complete and accurate reporting helps to ensure that on a state and local level, our communities receive the federal funding and political representation that they deserve. Under-counting can result in serious under-funding for diverse cities like Philadelphia whose Census participation is historically low.

    Time commitment: Workshops will take place from January to April. Students must commit to at least 15 hours throughout the spring semester.

    Spring Break? Yes, dates will also be available during Drexel’s spring break! If you intend to volunteer only during spring break, you must commit to at least 2 days of teaching workshops.

    Language Skills: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Cambodian, French and Vietnamese.

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  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA Expungement Project

    Deadline: February 9, 2020

    Legal Aid of Southeastern PA has a volunteer opportunity for a spring break service experience on their expungement project.

    Legal Aid of Southeastern PA has a volunteer opportunity for a spring break service experience on their expungement project. Review the below recap of the project, and if you are ready to commit to volunteering, please email our alum, Erica Briant (ebriant@lasp.org).

    The deadline to commit is Sunday, February 9, but space is limited. Sign up early to lock in your spot!

    Below is a recap of the details. Volunteers MUST commit to all of the following:

    1) Attending a training on Monday, March 16, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    2) Volunteer at least two other full days during the rest of spring break, March 17, 18, 19 or 20. Volunteers are invited to spend more time during that week - three days is the minimum, not the maximum.
    3) Bring a laptop for your own use on all days.
    4) Training and service are all at Legal Aid of Southeastern PA's Norristown office, accessible via public transportation from the Kline School of Law:

    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
    625 Swede Street
    Norristown PA 19401

    Responsibilities will vary depending on what needs exist on the day you are volunteering, but could include, among other possibilities: Reviewing records to assess for pardon, record sealing and expungement eligibility, opening cases for new clients, contacting law enforcement agencies to confirm compliance with court ordered expungements, interviewing clients, drafting petitions, observing court, updating pro se materials, organizing files, legal research and writing, and other duties as assigned.

    If you have questions please contact Rashida West (rtw27@drexel.edu) or Erica Briant! Together, we will help clients break the cycle of poverty and incarceration by clearing their records!

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  • Camden County Bar Scholarships

    Deadline: February 29, 2020

    The Camden County Bar Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to help students achieve their educational dreams.

    The Camden County Bar Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to help students achieve their educational dreams. Last year, the Bar Foundation awarded nearly $25,000 to dozens of deserving high school and law school students!

    Applications are now being accepted through February 29 for law student scholarships to be awarded in May 2020.

    Learn More

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  • Career Strategies: Tips for Spring Semester

    Start your semester by following these three suggestions from the Office of Career Strategies.

    The CSO welcomes back all students to the spring semester. Some quick tips as we begin:

    1) All job postings and events are listed on Symplicity. We use email on a very limited basis, so Symplicity should be part of your regular career development routine.

    2) Now is a good time to update your Default Resume to include grades, class rank (where applicable), new pro bono, co-op and clinics, etc. Even if you are starting a new position, you can add it to your resume now with “Spring 2020” as the time frame. You can always add and edit later.

    3) Make an appointment with an advisor on Symplicity or email us directly for a time that works for you. We are here to review and revise resumes, cover letters, and advise you in all aspects of your job search.

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  • Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

    Deadline: February 9, 2020

    ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

    The competition is open to all law students who are dues-paying ACS members.

    ACS welcomes all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

    Papers will be judged on their effective use, analysis, and expansion of legal scholarship. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, voting rights, civil liberties, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, labor, money in politics, racial equality, religious freedom, Second Amendment, the 2020 Census, or the roles of state attorney generals. The selection committee will include federal judges and leading academics.

    The winning paper author will be awarded $3,000 and each of the 2 runners-up will receive $1,000. The winning authors of the top 3 papers will be featured during the 2020 ACS National Convention and on ACS’s website and social media platforms. The top paper also receives an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

    Learn More

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  • Graduation Photos

    Sign up for free photo session by February 12

    We ask that all students be photographed so that we have your class picture to hang in the last school.

    Legacy Photographics will be taking your portraits for the Kline School of Law class composite. There is no charge for taking your portrait and no obligation to purchase anything. We ask that all students be photographed so that we have your class picture to hang in the law school next to the others located on the 3rd Floor.

    In order to have your portrait taken, you must schedule a session not later than February 12. The photos will be taken on February 19, February 20, and February 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 3rd Floor Gallery. Each session will take ten (10) minutes, so please plan accordingly. Business attire is preferred as your picture will be put on the composite and many students like to purchase the images for their personal use.

    To schedule your session:

    1.) Go to https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/eb5jqyx/
    2.) Select “Drexel University-Thomas R. Kline School of Law” from the drop down menu
    3.) Click on the date you want to schedule: February 19, February 20, or February 27
    4.) Select your time and follow the prompts.

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  • Pro Bono Opportunity at CHILD USA

    Complete pro bono hours at a non-profit think tank dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. Volunteers can expect to do research on various legal issues, such as statute of limitations reform, constitutionality and proposed bills, and to assist legal fellows with work as needed.

    CHILD USA is a non-profit think tank dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. They engage in high-level legal, social science, and medical research. CHILD does not engage in any direct service, but rather works toward policy reform. To increase child protection, they research and write reports, provide testimony to legislatures, and write amicus briefs to various appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Students should be aware that the subject matter CHILD USA deals with is heavy (child sexual abuse being the focus) and if students have any concern about being able to personally handle the material, they should not volunteer with CHILD USA. However, students who do want to contribute to CHILD USA can expect to do research on various legal issues, such as statute of limitations reform, constitutionality and proposed bills, and to assist legal fellows with work as needed.

    Students interested in volunteering should email Sabine Glocker (KSOL ’19) at sglocker@childusa.org. Please be sure to copy Rashida West (rtw27@drexel.edu).

    01.12

  • Apply for Graduation

    Instructions for JD, LLM and MLS students who want to participate in the Kline School of Law graduation ceremony.

    If you will be completing your degree in May, please apply on DrexelOne by January 31 (“Apply for Graduation” under the Academics tab). Make sure all of your information is correct and updated before applying (e.g., concentrations, name changes).

    If you will not be completing your credits in May, please complete a Law Commencement Walkthrough Form by January 31. Do not fill out an application for May graduation.

    JD students are eligible to participate in Commencement if they are within 25 credits of completion after the Spring; LLM students must be within 7 credits of completion after the Spring; and MLS students must be completing their degree in the Summer immediately following.

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  • LSAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Writing Competition

    Deadline: March 31, 2020

    This biennial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion writing competition for law students is designed to advance the dialogue about recruitment and retention strategies that can attract a more diverse class of law students, thus bringing attention to LSAC’s goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession.

    The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to promoting access and equity in legal education. For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession.

    This biennial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion writing competition for law students is designed to advance the dialogue about recruitment and retention strategies that can attract a more diverse class of law students, thus bringing attention to LSAC’s goal of increasing diversity in the legal profession.

    All currently enrolled law students pursuing a JD degree are eligible for the competition, and submissions must be received by LSAC no later than March 31, 2020. One winner from each of three categories (1L, 2L, and 3L/4L) will receive a $5,000 prize.

    Learn More

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  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Writing Competition

    Deadline: February 7, 2020

    Each year, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania’s judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions. The prize is $5,000.

    Each year, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania’s judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions. Submissions must be received by February 7, 2020. The prize is $5,000.

    Learn More

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