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Weekly Newsletter

June 1, 2015

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Summer 2015 "Outside the Classroom" Event Series

The Office of Student Affairs has scheduled a series of events to help welcome new students to the school. Please see the list of events below and contact Professor Claire Coleman (ckc32@drexel.edu) with any questions.

Wednesday, June 3

Reds @ Phillies
Pre-Game @McFaddan’s

Monday, June 15

Career Lunch: Networking

Tuesday, June 23

Who’s In the Building Party: 2YR JDs, Summer Starters, Summer Students, Bar Studiers!  5 pm

Monday, June 29

Career Lunch: Practice Areas Panel

Thursday, July 9

Drexel’s Own! Lunch +

Prof. Deborah Gordon

Thursday, July 23

Drexel’s Own! Lunch +

Prof. Rob Field

Friday, July 24

Quizzo

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

“Networking Skills Workshop:  Learning to Make Connections”
Monday, June 15
12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Room 240

Want to learn how to build relationships while building your career prospects?  Let us show you how to begin this process.  We’ll teach you the basics and take you through step-by-step so you become comfortable with the idea of forging professional connections.  Don’t miss out!

Lunch with be provided!

RSVP by emailing Jennifer Moore in the CSO at jdm368@drexel.edu

Please note that your RSVP is a firm commitment to attend.  As lawyers-to-be, your word is your bond.  Please mark your calendars and we’ll see you there.

“Practice Area Panel Discussion”
Monday, June 29
12 p.m. To 1:15 p.m.
Room 240

Come hear from lawyers who are practicing in different areas – from private to public, litigation, corporate, and more!  We’re assembling a panel and promise there will be something for everyone.  Since no one knows for sure about practice area preferences, you should all attend.  This is the first step in beginning to explore the many options that will influence your law school experience and beyond.    

Lunch will be provided!

RSVP by emailing Jennifer Moore in the CSO at jdm368@drexel.edu

Please note that your RSVP is a firm commitment to attend.  As lawyers-to-be, your word is your bond.  Please mark your calendars and we’ll see you there.

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS:

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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Community Legal Services
Deadline: July 5

Community Legal Services (CLS) is actively seeking law students and current judicial clerks to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate public interest law fellowships that will begin in September 2016. CLS has a proud history of hosting fellows funded by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Independence Foundation, and other organizations. CLS seeks people who share their mission to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them. Prospective applicants can learn more about fellowship opportunities by visiting the website: http://clsphila.org/about-cls/fellowships.

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Louis D. Brandeis Law Society 2015 Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2015

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2014 and 2015 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with Judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship will begin in October 2015. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and brief writing sample to Robert Katz, Esq. (robert.katz@pacourts.us) by Friday, September 11, 2015.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Justinian Foundation Final Year Tuition Scholarship
Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Justinian Foundation offers a $1,500 scholarship towards the cost of final year tuition.

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Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship
Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Justinian Society was founded in 1935 and serves Philadelphia’s Italian-American attorneys and judges. Richard F. Furia, Esq., Co-founder of The Justinian Foundation, followed in his father, the Honorable Edward W. Furia’s footsteps, both having served as chancellors of The Justinian Society. Before Richard’s death in 2011, he requested that memorial donations be sent to The Justinian Foundation. Richard was very active in the Society and the Orders Sons of Italy in America Commission for Social Justice, fighting against stereotypes that sought to disenfranchise Italian-Americans. To that end, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites any law school student in his/her second year to submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay answering: As an attorney, what will you do to fight against stereotyping and defamation of Italian-Americans in particular and people of all races, religions and cultures in general? The scholarship recipient will be invited to The Justinian Society and Foundation luncheon in June, 2015 to accept the $2,500 scholarship payable to the recipient’s law school for his/her third year.

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Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support the award of an annual scholarship to a law school student or lawyer in practice for less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award will be $5,400.

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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.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Essay Competition
Deadline: June 22, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

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The Warren E. Burger Prize
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

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2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2015

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

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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 on 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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