January 18, 2012
Ready for Week 2, Trojans? We hope your Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend was restful and productive. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog for the latest opportunities and news at uscprelaw.wordpress.com. We’ll be having lots of events this semester for seniors preparing to go to law school next year, juniors getting ready for the LSAT and the application process, as well as informational brown bags useful for freshmen, sophomores, and up!
CA JusticeCorps Summer 2012 Program
JusticeCorps will be ON-CAMPUS Tuesday, January 24th @ 4 P.M. Location TBD! Details will be announced via twitter and the blog!
California JusticeCorps Program
Applications can be found here:
Summer Application: https://sites.google.com/site/justicecorpssummerapplication/
Part Time Application: https://sites.google.com/site/justicecorpsapplication1/
Graduate Fellows Application: https://sites.google.com/site/losangelesfellowapp/
*Deadline for Full Time/Summer Application: February 10th
*Deadline for Minimum Time Applications for USC: February 27th
Please fax or mail ONLY TYPED applications to the LA JusticeCorps Program
Address: 111 N. Hill Street, Room 428J
Los Angeles, CA 90012
** Please note: February 10th and February 27th are PRIORITY deadlines; we will continue to accept applications after these dates have passed.
For more info, visit: http://www.courts.ca.gov/3107.htm
Apply to join Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Legal Fraternity!
Join Phi Alpha Delta, USC’s professional pre-law fraternity for a reception downtown this Wednesday, January 18th, and Thursday, January 19th, at 5:15 PM, meeting at GFS lobby. Professional attire and RSVP is required. Sign up and learn more at uscpad.org. Drivers welcomed!
Please RSVP to ONE of the above Meet the Chapter Nights by either filling out the form on the website or emailing your name, major/minor, and one interesting fact about yourself to our Secretary, Mr. Jerry Ting at email@example.com.
Founded in 1902, Phi Alpha Delta is the largest co-ed professional law fraternity in the United States. Approximately 1 of 6 attorneys, 1 of 5 federal judges, and 3 of 10 state judges are members of Phi Alpha Delta. Members also include 6 former presidents and 5 sitting Supreme Court justices. The fraternity is designed to help members explore potential careers in law and meet other students with similar academic interests. In addition to weekly presentations by professional speakers ranging from lawyers to law school admissions officers, members enjoy numerous networking opportunities, great advice from older students and alumni, and large discounts from LSAT instruction companies such as TestMasters, Blueprint and Kaplan.
Apply for membership to the Blackstonians Pre-Law Honor Society!
Blackstonians is a pre-law honor society that recognizes academic excellence in undergraduate students and strives to expand their knowledge and perceptions of the legal profession. Students have access to a variety of events, speakers and resources that will enable them to focus on using law and the legal system for the moral improvement of society as a whole.
We will be hosting a number of great events this year for our members, and an upcoming info session (with snacks!) for those interested in applying! Our first meeting/info session will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00pm in VKC300A.
You can find the membership application attached to this email, at our website ( uscblackstonians.weebly.com) or pick up a paper application in VKC 327. Applications are due in the Blackstonians mailbox in VKC 327 by Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00pm. For questions, you can fill out the contact form on our website or email Alex Fullman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with Blackstonians bylaws, membership is restricted to those who have completed at least 32 USC units, but not more than 118 units. An overall USC grade point average of 3.5 is required as well. However, if you are close to these requirements, we encourage you to apply.
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund for 2012-2013 Academic School Year
Application can be found on http://www.ambar.org/DiversityScholarship
Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012
Purpose: To encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school & provide them with financial assistance
· $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school
· Award made to entering first-year student may be renewable for 2 additional years ($15,000 award to attend law school)
Recipients will be selected based on qualifications for scholarship and NOT on the law school they plan to attend; therefore, law students applying to ANY ABA-accredited law schools may benefit from the scholarships.
For further questions, please call (312)988-5642
Summer Research Diversity Fellowships:
The 2012 Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students:
Application deadline is February 15, 2012 (with transcripts and Letters of Recommendation)
To access materials, go online to http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/fellowships/index.html
to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science, to become more familiar with the American Bar Foundation
American citizens and lawful permanent residents
Must be an undergraduate sophomore or junior
At least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
Must be moving toward an academic major in the social sciences or humanities
Program, Tenure, & Stipend:
4 summer research fellowships will be awarded each year
Each student will be assigned to an ABF Research professor who will act as a mentor and involve the student in his or her current research project
Students will participate in seminars and field visits to become familiar with the facets of sociolegal research and the legal system
Student will work in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 8 weeks
Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600
Applicants must provide the following:
Brief essays on topics indicated in application form
Official transcripts of all academic courses completed at time of application
One letter of recommendation from faculty member familiar with student’s work
Awards will be announced by April 1, 2012
For further questions, please call (312)988-6515 or refer to the flyer and FAQ sheet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ABF Summer Diversity Fellowship
I will not have completed my sophomore year by the application deadline, but I will by the time the fellowship begins. Can I still apply? Yes; to meet the application requirements you must have completed either your sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies at the time the fellowship begins.
What is considered a complete application?
Actual application form + 2 essays
Official transcripts of all courses completed at time of application (transcripts must come directly from registrar and remain sealed if sent with the application packet by the applicant)
Letter of recommendation from faculty member familiar with student’s work (must either be sent directly by recommender or recommender must seal and sign flap of envelope if applicant sends letter with application)
Is this an annual opportunity? Yes; all application information, materials, and due dates are updated in fall and can be accessed at http://www.americanbarfoundation.org.
Do you have to be from Chicago to apply? No; if you are not from Chicago transportation to and from Chicago will be provided
Is housing provided? Yes; housing is provided by the ABF. Other living expenses aren’t provided, but students receive a stipend.
What is the stipend payment schedule? The stipend is split into 2 payments (beginning and halfway point)
What are the dates of the fellowship? Dates are not set until the fellowship selections are made. Generally, it begins in early to mid-June and lasts 8 weeks.
How many are chosen each year? How many usually apply? Four students are chosen annually; the number of applicants varies every year. Last year, there were about 100 completed applications
What does the fellowship entail?
Research assistance & other work summer fellows do with assigned mentors
Field visits and seminars that expose summer fellows to career options in the fields of law and social science
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Career Program Overview
Recruits and trains outstanding underrepresented college students and recent graduates of color
Internships that lead to careers in the most competitive industries, including Corporate Law
Provides entry into high-profile careers
Use financial resources and influence to serve communities
Each intern is supported by an extensive mentoring program and is welcomed into a powerful alumni network (5,000 alumni, 43 states, 30 countries)
SEO Corporate Law Program Overview
Since 1986, the SEO Corporate Law Program has recruited highly talented law students to intern at the most prestigious law firms in New York City and has recently expanded to Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco, and Palo Alto
Interns have the opportunity to observe and experience the daily duties of attorneys at some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms
Interns are introduced to accomplished members of the BAR
Interns participate in the SEO Corporate Law Institute, an exclusive 2-week law school preparatory program
Practicing attorneys introduce interns to legal topics including International Law, Torts in Practice, and Public Interest into Private Law Practice
3.0 cumulative G.P.A
Must have taken or be registered to take the LSAT
No specific major required
Must have U.S. Citizenship or residency
Must be in the process of applying to law school
Paid Legal Internships
Experience: Gains substantive legal experience at a major law firm before entering law school, opportunity for a 10-week paid internship
Training: Attend the Corporate Law Institute, a 2-week intensive law school prep program designed to maximize your academic performance during 1L year
Networking: Build your network through seminars and receptions with all our corporate Law partner firms
Who: College seniors and Graduates planning to enroll in law school fall 2012
Minimum Undergraduate G.P.A of 3.0, U.S citizens and permanent residents
Apply online: www.seo-usa.org/career
The Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City
June 4-July 13, 2012
4-credit course, “Introduction to the American Legal System”
selective internships at law firms or in legal departments
explore law and culture in New York City
complete list at www.sce.cornell.edu/prelaw
C. Even Stewart, senior partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP’s New York office and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
The Ultimate Preparation to Help You Become a More Competitive Law School Applicant!
Designed to identify, motivate and prepare students for a career in the legal profession. Committed students can learn how to successfully navigate the law school admission process and underwrite their success in law school by participating in the College Scholars program.
· When: Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
· 200 McAllister, San Francisco, CA 94102
· How: Register online at CLEO College Scholars.
· Who: All college students
For Freshmen: The Road To Law School seminar aims to provide Freshmen an overview of the key components of the law school application process.
For Sophomores: The Sophomore Super Saturdays seminar aims to help students further develop logical reasoning, reading comprehension and writing skills – the skills needed to become a competitive law school applicant.
For Juniors, Seniors/Post Graduates: Juniors Jumpstart the LSAT seminar aims to help participants understand the importance of systematic and timely preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Accordingly, juniors will be granted priority enrollment for the seminar