| Legal Research Boot Camp
Legal Research Boot Camp
Monday, May 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Light Lunch Provided
RSVP Today to Reserve Your Seat
Who should attend?
All law students with summer research or practice positions.
- Refresh your skills in developing efficient and effective research strategies,
- Locating and effectively using secondary sources, primary sources, state sources,
- Using law library resources,
- Lexis and Westlaw “Prepare to Practice” training, and
- In-class hands-on research exercises.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend and complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L87SH6C.
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Law Review Announcements
Law Review Write-On Competition Information - UPDATE!
If you are interested in writing-on to law review, there are some preliminary steps.
First, please add the "Law Review Write-On Competition 2011" page on TWEN; this is where all the material (including the packet) will be posted, as well as where you will be turning in the completed packet. Competition material will become available on May 14 at 9:00 a.m.
You will also need to request an anonymous ID number to complete the competition.
Please send an e-mail to Dana Duggan (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
- Rising Class
- Year (rising 2L or rising 3L),
- E-mail address
- Phone number
The deadline to request an anonymous ID is Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. You should expect a response with your ID within 24 hours. If you do not get one in this time frame, please e-mail Dana Duggan again. Please keep a record (date and time) of the e-mail you send requesting an anonymous ID number; if there is a problem getting one, you will need to be able to produce a sent message which shows you requested a number before the deadline.
NEW INFORMATION: Uploaded on the TWEN site are the powerpoint presentation from the April 15th info session, as well as the Rules for the competition. Please read the rules carefully, as they have information about the competition and requirements for the submissions which must be followed. You can access these under the "Documents" tab on TWEN.
If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail me (email@example.com). If I can answer the question, I will. If any issues arise during the competition, please e-mail DLRwriteon@gmail.com; if you don't get a response within 24 hours, please re-send the e-mail.
Thank you and good luck with the process!
-Lydia Nassima Abdo
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Office of Student Affairs
and Financial Aid
- Spring Exams
The final exam version of Exam4 is now available, as are Spring anonymous IDs. You must complete an Exam Policies and Procedures Verification Form in order to retrieve your ID. Please visit the Virtual Community for all information on your exam ID and the exam software.
As suggested in some previous communication with students who typically write their exams, we will be implementing a new policy about multiple choice exams for Bluebook students. If your exam has a multiple choice component, you must use Exam4 to submit these answers. You are still free to handwrite your essay answers. Since many of you may not have attended an Exam4 workshop, we recommend you attend this term. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact Theresa Gallo or Dean Oates.
To be eligible to receive technical support during your exams, you must upload a practice exam no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22. We strongly encourage you to type a few lines into the practice exam document and use some features to make sure everything goes as expected.
- Volunteer to be an Orientation Leader!
We are looking for students to help us greet our incoming Class of 2014! A welcoming presence to our new students, student leaders offer tips, guidance, and a connection to the school. Orientation will run from Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19, so if you are available during this time and would like to volunteer, please email Theresa Gallo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid Announcements
- New Required Financial Aid Form for 2011-2012
In addition to the FAFSA, all returning law students wishing to receive financial aid MUST fill out an Institutional Financial Aid Application in order to receive financial aid for the 2011-2012 academic year. This form can be accessed on the web at http://drexel.edu/src/financialaid/forms/. There are also forms available in the Office of Student Affairs. Completed forms should be brought to the Office of Student Affairs in Room 450 of the Law School. Forms must be submitted by May 1, 2011.
- Summer Financial Aid
Any student interested in a Graduate Plus Loan to cover costs for the Summer Semester, should apply for a 2010-2011 loan at www.studentloans.gov. At least 4.5 credits are required to qualify for these federal loans which can be used to cover the cost of tuition as well as living expenses. Funds for summer are scheduled to disburse to the University the week of May 16th. Tuition for the Summer semester will be $1,190 per credit with students receiving a 25% discount bringing the actual cost to $892.50 per credit.
- 2011-2012 FAFSA
The Financial Aid Office would like to remind returning law students that your 2011-2012 FAFSA must be completed by May 1, 2011. You should review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive from the Department of Education to determine if your application is complete.
Drexel's financial aid code for the FAFSA is 003256.
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Career and Professional Development Office
**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
Attention 1L Students: If you have not scheduled an appointment to meet with a CPDO counselor to review your resume, please do so ASAP!
REMINDER: Effective, November 1, 2010, prior to using any services offered by the CPDO, students are required to have their resume reviewed by a member of the CPDO counseling staff. Please contact Krystal Lespinasse at email@example.com to schedule your appointment.
- Delaware Minority Job Fair – Wilmington, DE, August 13, 2011. Register by May 12, 2011 (rising 2L/3L). See blog for full details and information.
New This Week On The Blog!
- Summer 2011, AT&T Legal Department (Bedminister, NJ) (1L)
- Summer Internship, Federal Community Defender for Eastern District of PA (2L)
- Paid Summer Internship – Center for NYC Neighborhoods (New York, NY) (1L/2L)
- Volunteer, Committee of Seventy Voter Protection Program – May 17th (1L/2L/3L)
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Notices From The Student Bar Association
Barristers' Ball 2011!
Please join your fellow classmates and faculty for a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. Our 5th Annual Barrister’s Ball will take place on May 7, 2011 at the Loews Hotel-Regency Ballroom from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Each student is invited to attend and can bring one guest.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any questions.
Faculty and staff planning to attend should contact Steph Cieslak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Barristers' Ball 2011 - May 7
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
Essex County Bar Association Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities - Deadline: May 6, 2011
This scholarship was established by the Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno memorial Fund. Designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school.
Applicant must demonstrate a present and permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. Medical documentation establishing the nature and extent of the disability will be required. Applicant must be a resident of New Jersey. There will be a preference given to Essex County residents. Applicant must be attending law school or be accepted to and commencing studies in law school. Applicant must have attained a 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school, or if they are an incoming student, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
Preference given to a person seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy for persons with disabilities. Intent may be demonstrated by completing a course in disability law, work in a disability or disability-related clinic or prior job experience. Preference given to students who can demonstrate financial need.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Alanna Bridgett at email@example.com to obtain an application form.
YLD Diversity Scholarship Program - Deadline: Varies
Applications are now being accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Minority Scholarship Program. The scholarship, established in 2006 by the YLD Executive Committee, awards $500 for deserving minority law students who desire to practice law in Philadelphia upon graduation.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Barrister's Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia and the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter. Each group will forward three applications to the YLD for consideration. The YLD will award the scholarship based on academic achievement; demonstrated commitment to community service and involvement; financial need; and career aspirations and goals.
Interested candidates should submit to the appropriate minority bar association named above, a resume, transcript, and a brief essay (not to exceed 850 words) addressing (at the candidate's discretion) the scholarship criteria set forth above. Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to the individual minority bar association to whom a law student is interested in applying.
National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: April 25, 2011
For details, please visit this link.
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Second Annual Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: April 30, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.nactt.com/seminars/LawStudentWritingCompetition2011.pdf.
2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: May 9, 2011
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. by Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.
AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2011 Mike Eidson Scholarship - Deadline: May 31, 2011
For details, please visit this link .
Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest - Deadline: June 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/gender/wlp/essay_contest.cfm.
Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.law.mercer.edu/academics/legalwriting/milani.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Law and Public Policy Writing Competition - Deadline: August 1, 2011
Details can be downloaded at http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/030711/PVA-2011-Writing-Competition.pdf.
Missouri University/CIArb Writing Competition - Deadline: August 15, 2011
This writing competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and offers a $300 prize to the competition winner. The winner may also have his or her winning submission published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution along with other symposium papers. The Journal is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution and contains articles written by nationally and internationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics. Further information on the CIArb student writing competition is available at http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/2011/writing.html
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Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter
Submissions for the "EMSoL Weekly Newsletter" are approved by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Law. The newsletter is published each Monday during the academic term. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (email@example.com) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Monday, April 25, 2011