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Weekly Newsletter

May 5, 2014

Policy Notice

Remember the snow? You may have blocked out winter already, but if you recall, the snow storms required some rescheduling of exams, and this caused issues with the fact that some students had already booked travel. To avoid those issues in the future, we are adding the following policy to the Student Handbook.

“Students with scheduled exams should not plan to travel until the end of the exam period due to the possibility of weather rescheduling or other unforeseen circumstances.”

Please understand that if we need to reschedule an exam, we will (whenever possible) do so within the overall exam periods (including weekends, if necessary). However, when rescheduling exams, we will not make individual scheduling arrangements for students who have booked travel during the announced exam period.

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Exam Policy Reminders

Anonymity

For any anonymously graded examination or assignment, students should write only their anonymous number – and no other identifying information – on their materials. To retain anonymity, students should not reveal their anonymous numbers to other students or to faculty. Students who wish to communicate an issue regarding an anonymously graded exam may contact Theresa Gallo, Dean Oates, or Prof. Coleman; they should not contact their professor directly.

Examination Materials Policy

For closed book/no materials exams, students may only bring into the exam room:

  • Laptop
  • Writing implements (such as pens and highlighters)
  • A small, clear plastic bag (no larger than one-quart size), which must be displayed on the desk, containing factory sealed or unwrapped food items such as candy, cough drops, mints and/or chewing gum, individual feminine hygiene products, and individual tablets of medicine.
  • A beverage.

For all other exams taken at the law school: Students may only bring with them into the exam room:

  • Laptop
  • Writing implements (such as pens and highlighters)
  • A small, clear plastic bag (no larger than one-quart size) that must be displayed on the examination table containing factory sealed or unwrapped food items such as candy, cough drops, mints and/or chewing gum, individual feminine hygiene products, and individual tablets of medicine.
  • A beverage
  • Permitted exam materials per the exam conditions posted for the term.

For all exams:

  • Pockets must be empty. Feminine hygiene products will be available in the women’s rooms during the exam period.
  • Students are not permitted to access any prohibited material or device during an exam, regardless of location.
  • Backpacks and other bags that will not fit in lockers may be stowed in a designated area.

Thus, possession of unauthorized materials or electronic devices after the exam has commenced will be treated as an act of cheating and pursued under the Code of Conduct, regardless of whether there is direct proof of use of the prohibited material or device to access information during an exam.

Disclosure of Information about an Examination

Because of examination deferrals, some students may not have taken an examination when originally scheduled. It is a violation of the Code of Conduct for any student to disclose the form, content, degree of difficulty, or any other information pertaining to the exam, or discuss the exam in any way with any student who has not yet taken the examination. Further, it is a violation for any student who has deferred an exam to seek or obtain information about the exam from a student who has taken the exam.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk
Jehna Lewis
photo available on LRC Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/DULawLRC

Jehnna is currently pursuing a PhD in Penn's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing violin, and going for bike rides on the Schuylkill River Trail. Jehnna has spent about a decade working in various positions in libraries, and she looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!

Raising the Research Bar - Legal Research Training Program
Presented by the Legal Research Center Reference Librarians
Friday, May 16, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Continental Breakfast Provided

RSVP Today to Reserve Your Seat

Where? Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Room 340
Who should attend? All law students with summer research, or practice positions, and Alumni who are interested in a legal research refresher

Program
Developing efficient and effective research strategies
Locating and effectively using cases, statutes and legislative material
Locating and effectively using administrative law materials
Locating and effectively using treatises and formbooks
Locating and effectively using free databases
Advanced web & database searching

Please RSVP to lawref@drexel.edu if you plan to attend and complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S3R6GXK.

If you have any questions please e-mail Steven Thorpe at sthorpe@drexel.edu.

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Financial Aid Announcements

Summer Off-Campus Work Study Updates
Students who are eligible for FWS (Estimated Family Contribution is less than $5,000), and have submitted all required off-campus FWS documents will receive $3,000 FWS that may be earned from July1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, or until you deplete the fund. Email notice will be sent to you upon the confirmation from Drexel Central.

Students who requested FWS, but are not eligible may have received a notice informing you that due to higher than $5,000 Estimated Family Contribution, you will not qualify for AY14-15 FWS award.

Based on the current FWS allotment, there is still a small pool of funding available. we are still accepting your FWS request if you are able to secure an intern position this summer.

Eligible students will be considered for the off-campus work study program if the student can demonstrate a confirmed employment by submitting the following required documents:

For more information or required forms/agreement, please visit summer off-campus work study website.

Financial Aid for Summer

Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:

  • The tuition charge this summer will be $1,073 per credit after the law school’s 20% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.
  • Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition.
  • Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans or private education loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at www.studentloans.gov or at your private lender’s website. The loan is for 2013-14 (Not 2014-15). The loan term is 05/27/2014 - 08/01/2014.
  • Living expenses as well as tuition and fees are added to a summer student’s 2013-2014 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse May 20, 2014 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following 2 weeks.
  • There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2013-14 is on file with the school.

Financial Aid for the 2014-15 Academic Year

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is now available online. The IRS data retrieval tool allows applicants to automatically upload information directly from a filed 2013 tax return. FAFSAs for returning students should be filed by May 1st to insure that aid is in place at the start of the fall term.
  2. All returning law students receiving any financial aid, including Law Merit Scholarships, are also required to submit an Institutional Financial Aid Application or FAAPP. This form can be found at http://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/about/forms/ and dropped off in the Law School OSA.
  3. Students who are interested in Graduate Plus loans www.studentloans.gov or private education loans for the 2014-15 academic year can begin applying in July.

Commencement 2014
Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Thomas E. Perez, United States Secretary of Labor. Secretary Perez was nominated by President Obama to serve as the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, and was sworn in on July 23, 2013. Secretary Perez’s biography: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/.

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Law Review Write-On Competition

Law Review Write-On Competition

The Law Review Write-On Competition will begin on May 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until May 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. to submit their completed materials.

If you are interested in writing on to Law Review you must do the following:

  • First, add the “Law Review Write-On Competition 2014” page on TWEN. The TWEN page will be available to add after March 24. All materials, including the packet for the write-on competition, will be posted on TWEN as they become available. You will also turn in your submission on TWEN.
  • Second, you need to request an anonymous ID number for the competition. You can request a number any time between March 24, 2014 and May 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. To request a number, please e-mail Dana Duggan (dmd82@drexel.edu) from your Drexel email account with the following information:
    • Name o Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
    • E-mail address
    • Phone number

If you do not request an anonymous number by May 11 at 5:00 p.m., you cannot participate in the write-on competition. If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert at cjh76@drexel.edu

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Career Strategies Announcements

Notices from Dean Gerson:
If you are a member of LinkedIn (and I hope you are!), please take a moment to list your education as Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, not Earle Mack. I’ve been connecting with students and alumni and have noticed outdated names that ought to be changed. If you haven’t connected with me yet, please do! The CSO hopes to use LinkedIn more strategically in the coming months.

CSO now has a Twitter feed – "the Kline School of Law CSO." Follow us and learn the latest legal hiring trends, networking tips, job postings, and other helpful information for a values-driven job search.

Reed Smith’s 2014 Diverse Scholars Program
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.

Summer associate positions in 2015 are available in: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 4, 2014.

Students may visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/.

The LGBT Bar – Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
The National LGBT Bar Association will hold this year’s Lavender Law Conference, Career Fair and LGBT Legal Expo at the Sheraton Times Square (NYC) from August 21 – 23, 2014. For details or to register, visit http://lgbtbar.org/annual/

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
May 12, 2014 | Mandell Theater, 33rd & Chestnut Streets | 7:00-8:00 p.m. (pre-reception from 5:15-6:15 p.m.)

This spring, Pennsylvania will choose which Democratic candidate will have the opportunity to run for Governor of Pennsylvania in the November General Election. The four candidates are State Treasurer Rob McCord, former Clinton White House environmental adviser Katie McGinty, U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz, and businessman Tom Wolf. Among the issues being widely discussed by the candidates are education, energy, infrastructure, and transportation.

To learn more about the four candidates and their platform for addressing issues facing the Commonwealth, Drexel University is hosting a Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, sponsored by the Democratic City Committee. The debate is scheduled for Monday, May 12, 2014 at Mandell Theater (located at the corner of 33rd & Chestnut Streets) from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with a pre-debate reception including lite fare from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., as everyone must be registered and seated by 6:40 p.m. for a live broadcast. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. To register click the link below: http://goo.gl/iUNcxF.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

Essex County Bar Association – Vincent J. Biunno Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to New Jersey residents who have been accepted or are attending law school and have a present and permanent physical or mental disability.
For details, please contact imendez@essexbar.com.

The Justinian Foundation's Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to a second year student for their third year of law school. Award: $2,500.
Submission Guidelines: 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? All submissions must be sent to the attention of Justin Moriconi, Esq. either by e-mail or regular mail.
For details, please contact jmoriconi@smsm.com.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Scholarships and Interest Free Loans - Deadline: May 15, 2014
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for scholarships, as well as interest free loans, for the 2014-15 academic year.
Students may download applications here.

International Association of Gaming Advisors 2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award - Deadline: September 1, 2014
Details available here.

Writing Competitions: 

2014 Student Writing Competition in ADR - Deadline: May 7, 2014
Details available here.

Kenneth Shear Civil Gideon Legal Justice Essay Competition- Deadline: May 9, 2014
Details available here [pdf].

National Law Review 2014 Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 12, 2014
Details available here.

2014 Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law- Deadline: June 30, 2014
Details available here.

Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights - Deadline: July 1, 2014
Details available here.

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