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University of San Diego School of Law
The Perfect Climate for Studying Law™

weekly newsletter March 13, 2017

Volume 6, Number 27

important deadlines →

  • Mon. Mar. 13: Last day to receive 50% tuition refund. No further refunds after this date.
  • Wed. Mar. 15: Summer Study Abroad deposit deadline.
  • Thur. Mar. 16 (8 am.-11:59 p.m.): SBA General Election online voting.

upcoming events →

Monday, March 13

Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315

Registered student organizations can request funding from SBA. To request funding, fill out and submit a Budget Request Form, available on the SBA TWEN page, then sign up to present your request to the Budget Committee for funding.

Contact: SBA Treasurer Ashley Foote, usdlawtreas@gmail.com

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section C)

4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills and techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Tuesday, March 14

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section B)

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Environmental Law Society (ELS): Guest Speaker Lunch

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

Please join ELS for our guest speaker lunch. Today's guest is USD's Director of Sustainability Michael Catanzaro. He will discuss the university's Climate Action Plan. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: ELS President Lauren Perkins, els.usd@gmail.com

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): Trump's Presidency and Its Effects on the US-Israel Relationship

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B

JLSA, together with the American Constitution Society (ACS), Federalist Society, USD Law Democrats, and USD Law Republicans invite you to this panel discussion on the Trump administration and how it will affect US-Israel affairs. Our panel includes Jason Bercovitch (Staff Assistant, Congressman Scott Peters), Elan Journo (Fellow and Director of Policy Research, Ayn Rand Institute), and Professor Maimon Schwarzschild. Lunch will be served. Additional event information available online.

Contact: JLSA President Sharona Silver, usd.jlsa@gmail.com

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section A)

5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Wednesday, March 15

GradFest I (Graduating Students Only)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Plaza Menor (outside of the USD Torero Store)

Graduating students can place orders for caps and gowns ($25.00 rental fee), graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other commencement memorabilia during GradFest at the USD Torero Store.  Students may also order their caps and gowns online beginning Wednesday, March 15. When ordering your regalia, please be sure to select the appropriate degree program to ensure that you get the correct regalia. Review the GradFest flyer for additional instructions.

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4651

Thursday, March 16

GradFest I (Graduating Students Only)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Plaza Menor (outside of the USD Torero Store)

Graduating students can place orders for caps and gowns ($25.00 rental fee), graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other commencement memorabilia during GradFest at the USD Torero Store.  Students may also order their caps and gowns online beginning Wednesday, March 15. When ordering your regalia, please be sure to select the appropriate degree program to ensure that you get the correct regalia. Review the GradFest flyer for additional instructions.

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4651

Careers in the Law

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Warren Hall 2nd Floor Lobby

Attend the 35th Annual Careers in the Law program—the law school's largest and most important alumni and student networking event. More than 20 practice areas, including nontraditional legal careers, are represented.

Contact: Career and Professional Development, lawcareers@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4529

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section E)

8 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Monday, March 20

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

Any USD law student may attend. For information regarding recent SBA General Meetings, please check the SBA TWEN page. Student organizations that are receiving funding from SBA must send a representative to each SBA General Meeting.

Contact: SBA Secretary David Nauss, usdlawsec@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 21

2017 Law Journal Write-On Competition Information Session

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

Join the USD Law Academic Journal board members as they explain the rules and regulations for participating in the 2017 Write-On Competition. We will go over the competition process, timeline, and what to expect by participating in the competition. The write-on competition enables interested students to apply to all three journals at the same time. For 1Ls, this is the only opportunity to apply to the San Diego Law Review. For upper division students, you can participate in the competition to apply to the San Diego International Law Journal and the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. Our editors will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Contact: Assistant Director for Law Journals Brigid Ann Bennett, bbennett@sandiego.edu

Criminal Law Society: What I Wish I Knew Before My First Criminal Law Internship

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3D

Do you have a criminal internship lined up or are hoping to secure one? Come listen to former interns and current USD students to learn how to succeed and stand out at your internship. Hear from students who have interned with criminal judges, the District Attorney, Public Defender, US Attorney, and City Attorney. We will share our dos and don'ts to best prepare for your internship. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Criminal Law Society President Susan McClay, usdcls@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22

St. Thomas More Society (STMS): Professional Research Certification with LexisNexis

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A

Professional Research Certification demonstrates to potential employers that you know how to perform the common practical tasks asked of interns. We will review the material covered during the March 16 training and take a step towards the Professional Research Certification. In the spirit of St. Thomas More, we will also look at resources that will help you identify any potential and actual conflicts of interest, as well as other ethical considerations. All attendees will earn 400 points. Those that pre-register via the Lexis Law School Homepage will receive free lunch.

Contact: STMS Vice President Melina Londos, mlondos@sandiego.edu

USD Law Democrats: Political Life in the Professional World

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3D

Join the USD Law Democrats for a panel discussion regarding political life in the professional world. Our panel includes Chris Ward (San Diego City Council) and Colin Parent (La Mesa City Council). They will discuss their career paths and how they became involved in local politics, as well offer advice and answer questions regarding opportunities for young professionals to become involved in their local political scene. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online.

Contact: USD Law Democrats President Darien Key, dkey@sandiego.edu

Thursday, March 23

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): Bingo Night

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B

Join PILF and your classmates for a fun evening of Bingo and prize drawings. Bingo players have a chance to win discounts to bar prep companies. Bingo tickets are $8 (includes Bingo and prize drawing entry) and individual raffle tickets are $5 (you do not need to be present to win). All proceeds raised at the event will go to USD's Loan Repayment Assistance Program and will be matched by Dean Ferruolo. So let's play and make him pay! Food will be provided.

Contact: PILF President Nareene Karakashian, usdpilf@gmail.com

announcements →

Academic Success and Bar Programs Update

We wish a fond farewell to Professor Kiyana Kiel, who has returned to private practice after more than four years at USD School of Law. To ensure to interruption in service to students, Professor Sara Gurwitch has joined Academic Success and Bar Programs on an interim basis and, effective immediately, will be available to meet with students for their academic success and bar exam advising needs. To make an appointment, please contact lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4793, or visit Warren Hall room 206.

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information

The SBA General Election will take place on Thursday, March 16 (8:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.). All current students (including graduating 3Ls and 4Ls) can vote in the election. Campaigning by the candidates has started. Please visit the SBA TWEN page or the SBA Facebook page to learn more about the candidates. Be sure to add the SBA TWEN page so that you can vote online on March 16. To vote: Go to the SBA TWEN page and click on "SBA Elections" in the left-hand navigation. From there, you will be prompted to take a poll where you can vote for each position. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

Legal Research Center (LRC): March Trivia

Test your legal trivia skills with the LRC's monthly trivia contest. Visit the LRC homepage or Facebook page to submit your answer for March, and enter to win a drink card for Doug's Coffee Cart.

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Apply for a Chair Position

The election application for PBLA chair positions is now open. Are you interested in getting more involved with PBLA? How about gaining leadership experience, while networking with lawyers in the public interest field? Apply for a chair position for the 2017-2018 year. Open positions include: Chair, Vice Chair, Domestic Violence Clinic Chair, VITA Tax Clinic Chair, Clean Slate Clinic Chair, Unlawful Detainer Clinic Chair, HIV/AIDS Clinic Chair, and Consumer Clinic Chair. More information about PBLA is available online. To apply, submit an application online and send your resume and list of positions you are applying for to chair.pbla@gmail.com. Applications are due on March 30, 2017.

Legal Clinics: Accepting Applications for Summer and Fall 2017

Do an internship right here on campus. Join our on-site law office, earn academic credit, and gain skills working with actual clients on real legal cases. This is an experience that can boost your resume and prepare you for legal practice. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semesters. Apply online today. For questions or additional information, contact Administrative Director Eric Austin (ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu).

Attention May 2017 Graduates: Application to Graduate Opens Wednesday, March 1

The Application to Graduate opens on Wednesday, March 1. Please review the Commencement Checklist and look for the Application to Graduate email you will receive on March 1 for detailed instructions on the mandatory steps required to be approved to graduate.  As you finish up your final semester, we ask that you complete the Application to Graduate process by Friday, March 31, 2017. Please contact the Office for Law Student Affairs if you have questions.

California Bar Exam Registration Opens (Graduating Students Only)

Registration for the July 2017 California Bar Exam opens on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Due to limited seating in San Diego, it is highly recommended that you register within the first week of March. The Timely Filing Deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017. You will be required to pay a late fee if you register after April 3, 2017. Please review USD’s Bar Exam Information web page for comprehensive information on taking and preparing for bar exams, including links to the California Bar Exam application, dates and deadlines.

Law Student Profiles: Check Them Out!

Want to know what your classmates are up to? Be sure to check out the Law Student Profiles online. This week, read about Samantha Yu's winning essay and Curtis Davis' work on behalf of an expelled high school student. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

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