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Weekly Newsletter

Feb. 2, 2015

Reminder to Apply for Graduation

Students who intend to graduate in May should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Friday, February 6. Under the Academics tab, click “Apply for Graduation” on the right. 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 the afternoon of Thursday, May 21, at the Kimmel Center.

Summer 2015 expected graduates
may choose to walk in May’s ceremony. If you would like to do so, please notify OSA and Dean McGovern no later than March 1

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2015 Summer Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Info Session

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Room 340

Thinking of a summer internship? Requesting a Federal Work Study award is an economic way to support your internship. If you plan to work for a qualified employer, including federal, state, or local public agencies, or a private nonprofit organization devoted to the public interest, your unpaid internship may be eligible for funding through the FWS program. You may begin the FWS process by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA - fafsa.ed.gov) to establish your eligibility for FWS. At Drexel University, FWS funds are considered for students whose EFC or Estimated Family Contribution is between $0 and $4,999. Once you submit your FAFSA, your EFC will be emailed to you along with your confirmation. The 2015-2016 (FAFSA) is available on January 1, 2015. Drexel's school code is 003256. Students can complete their FAFSA using estimated 2014 tax information and log back onto their FAFSA and update once their 2014 taxes are filed.

For more information, please join us for an Off-Campus Federal Work Study info session on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in Room 340. Find out the opportunity of receiving up to $4,500 Federal Work Study fund and enjoy some pizza.

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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

Freedom of Speech vs. National Security
Feb. 4
12:15 p.m.
Room 140

Join LANSS as they host this event about freedom of speech and national security in the wake of the Sony Interview movie hack. Food will be provided.

Graduation Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 18
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery

Rental of graduation regalia, announcements, diploma frames and more. Also meet with bar review course representatives from BarBri, Themis and PMBR.

2015-2016 Clinic Preview Workshop
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Room 140

At this Brown Bag workshop Dean Brooks will be joined by students who are currently enrolled in clinics. This session will provide useful information about the law school's Clinical Program and the application process.

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Off Campus Events

Camden County Bar Association’s annual CHILI COOK-OFF FOR A CAUSE
Saturday, Feb. 7
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
American Legion Post 371
42 N. Lakeview Dr.
Gibbsboro, PA

You're invited to taste AND vote for your favorite chili at the Young Lawyers Committee - Camden County Bar Association’s annual CHILI COOK-OFF FOR A CAUSE, as we raise money to support the Veterans Haven of South Jersey! Join us and enjoy four hours of great food, beer and wine, DJ, and basket raffles from local businesses. We are excited to introduce this event and really look forward to spending the night with you and our fellow veterans. Admission is $40 per person, and includes beer, wine, and all the food you can eat. Law Students who attend have a special opportunity: Kaplan is donating two (2) gift certificates worth $2,000 off of Kaplan Bar Review!!! Email Abraham Tran at ATran@AndresBerger.com with questions or to reserve your spot!

Environmental Law Forum Law Student Scholarships
April 8-9, 2015
Harrisburg Hilton & Towers
One North Second Street (2nd & Market Streets)
Harrisburg, PA

The Environmental Law Forum is the premiere continuing legal education program for environmental attorneys in Pennsylvania. It attracts 250+ practicing attorneys and covers several environmental topics, including courses on oil and gas, water issues, air and greenhouse gas issues, mineral resources and litigation updates. It is also home to the annual Environmental and Energy Law Section dinner, which is a “must attend” event for all environmental attorneys.

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SBA Announcements

Student Bar Association's Winter Town Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 2
12:10pm
Room 140

Please join your SBA for lunch to hear about SBA's projects for the Spring Semester and to share your ideas and concerns. All students are welcome!

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Student Organization Announcements

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

​​Law Students for Reproductive Justice General Body Meeting will be held on February 4th at 12pm in Room 140. Lunch is on us, so come hungry! Chinese Food will be served.

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Law Review Executive Board

Congratulations to Drexel Law Review’s Volume VIII Executive Board!

The members of the Drexel Law Review are pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected as the next leaders of the law review. We believe they will do an exceptional job as ambassadors of the law school in the realm of legal scholarship.

Editor-in-Chief: Emily Derstine Friesen
Managing Editor: Andrew Bond
Executive Editors of Articles: Marc Esterow and Matthew Klahre
Executive Editor of Research and Production: Jill Fitzgerald
Executive Editor of Notes: Angie Fredrickson
Executive Editor of Symposia: Kristin Brown
Executive Editor of Membership: Kevin Farrington


The new Executive Board has begun working in earnest and will officially take office upon the current Board's graduation in May.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

A Message from Dean Gerson:

Dear Students,

Symplicity is your one-stop-shop for everything related to your career.  It’s where you schedule counseling appointments, learn about upcoming programs and make reservations, and check the job postings.  The document library on Symplicity contains lists of law firms, tips, articles, and a growing collection of podcasts. 

Here are 5 tips to help you use Symplicity effectively:

  • Make it a habit to check Symplicity daily.  There are postings for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls right now.  Unless it’s urgent, the CSO will not email entire classes so you need to pause each morning and consult Symplicity. 
  • When you check Symplicity daily and you see a posting with an expiration date, do NOT wait until the expiration date to apply.  In many cases, employers who are requesting applications directly are reviewing resumes and arranging interviews as they receive resumes from candidates.  You need to hustle.
  • Think of your Symplicity profile as your personal slice of online real estate dedicated to your career.  It’s yours to tend.  So what’s it going to be?  A lovely, manicured lawn or a broken sofa lying at the curb?  Choose the manicured lawn.  Update your documents regularly.  Otherwise, you have outdated junk on your profile and it doesn’t help when employers call me and I search the resumes and find woefully outdated documents online. 
  • If you haven’t uploaded your unofficial transcript yet, visit OSA and sign the waiver.  This is a new service and very convenient for you to know that the most recent information is part of your Symplicity profile.
  • If you are having trouble logging on or navigating Symplicity, contact Jen Moore ASAP at jdm368@drexel.edu.  She is here to help you cheerfully.  There are no dumb questions and it takes some of us time to master Symplicity because it’s not such a simple interface to navigate.  But it’s the only game in town so we’re all going to master it, right?

Donna Gerson
Associate Dean

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NJ AND YOU: A PERFECT NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY

For students who are interested in developing professional relationships in Southern New Jersey, consider joining the Camden County Bar Association (www.camdencountybar.org). The Camden County Bar Association offers great programming for young lawyers and you can join practice area sections that interest you and meet lawyers. Plus, membership for law students is FREE! The Young Lawyer Committee is holding a Chili Cook-Off on February 7th from 6 – 10 p.m. If you’re interested in working in New Jersey, consider going with some classmates.

ABA STUDENT LEADERS

ABA student leaders have the unique chance to connect with seasoned ABA lawyer leaders, network with fellow law students from across the country, advocate on relevant law student issues, and learn policy-making skills.

Applications for the following positions are due 2/1/2015:

  • Division Chair
  • Division Vice Chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Circuit Governors (15 openings)
  • Student Editor for Student Lawyer magazine

Applications for these two positions are due 2/15/2015:

  • ABA Entity Liaisons (60+ openings)
  • National Student Directors (5 openings)

Learn more or apply at: ambar.org/lsdleadership.

If you have questions, please contact the Division at LSD-Nominations@americanbar.org.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

Name-that-Congress-Member Contest Winners

The Legal Research Center would like to congratulate the winners of the "Name-that-Congress-Member" contest! The winners: 1st Place: Steven Maguire & Alisha Lubin (tied) 2nd Place: Leonard Altieri 3rd Place: Professor Richard Frankel & Parthiv Patel (tied) Thanks to all who participated!

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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

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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Ms. JD Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2015

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to create the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.

Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  

Are you a 2L? Or know any outstanding 2Ls? Apply to the Ms. JD Fellowship by March 15!

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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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Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Deadline: April 17, 2015 to request entry, May 1, 2015 postmark for entries

This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab, a Past President of the Toledo Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio Bar Association. He was Chairman-Elect of the Section of Family Law at the time of his death on February 24, 1969. In 1985, the Section of Family Law assumed full responsibility for sponsoring this contest.

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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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