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September 10, 2018 — Volume 8, Number 4


Student Bar Association (SBA): 1L Section Representative Elections

Attention 1Ls: Every year, a 1L Section Representative is elected for each 1L section. This is a great way to get involved and become a part of our student government. Attend the Information Session on Wednesday, September 5 to find out more information. If you would like to run, you must turn in your Declaration of Candidacy form by Friday, September 14, 2018. Campaigning will take place on September 17-19. And the election will take place online beginning on Thursday, September 20 and ending on Friday, September 21. For more information, contact SBA Elections Chair Caitlin Emery.

Student Health Insurance Requirement

All law students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at USD. You may purchase an insurance policy through the school's provider, or you may waive participation in the University-sponsored plan if you have a policy that will provide you with sufficient coverage while you are at USD. All students must either enroll in or waive out of the student health insurance plan. Your student account will automatically be charged for the studenthealth insurance plan unless you submit a waiver by the deadline (Friday, September 14, 2018). For detailed information about the student healthinsurance requirement and instructions on how to enroll in or waive the student health insurance plan, please visit the USD health insurance website. You will need to claim your USDOne account (if you have not done so already) in order to submit the enrollment or waiver form. Students should submit any insurance related questions via the Gallagher Student Customer Service form. Please note that dependent coverage is not available for 2018-19 under the USD student health insurance plan.

Mandatory Title IX Training

The annual online training on sexual misconduct and relationship violence has been issued. All students at USD should have received an email from the Title IX office on Friday, August 17 with a link to complete the training. This training has two parts: Part I is due on October 1 and Part II is due on November 15.  Students will be issued Part II of the training automatically, 45 days after completing Part I. All students at USD are required to complete this training in accordance with federal regulations. Students who do not complete the training by this date will be assessed a noncompliance fee in the amount of $250. Because this is an annual training, prior completion of the training does not exempt students from the requirement. If you have questions about the training, please visit the Title IX website or email

Office of Financial Aid: Judge David Laro Tax Scholarship

The Judge David Laro Tax Scholarship Application is now available. Open to 3L or 4L USD School of Law J.D. students interested in pursuing a career in tax law. The candidate must have successfully completed a minimum of two tax law courses and is in good standing with the school.  LL.M. students studying tax law are also eligible to apply. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 21 at 5 pm. Contact: Office of Financial Aid.

Office of Financial Aid: USD Private Endowed Scholarship Application Now Open

The USD Private Endowed Scholarships are available for continuing (2-4L) JD students during the 2018-19 academic year. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of our alumni and friends. They are designed by the donors to recognize and encourage the achievement and potential of USD JD students.  Awards can range from $1,000 to $10,000. Deadline for submission is Friday, September 21 at 5 pm. Contact: Office of Financial Aid.

Office of Career and Professional Development: Registration Now Open for DA Post-Bar Interview Bootcamp

Register to attend the DA Post-Bar Interview Bootcamp. This is an interactive training by San Diego County District Attorney’s Office attorneys aimed at preparing 3Ls for the post-bar interview.  Space is limited.  Preference will be given to current 3Ls/4LEs.  If space permits, remaining spots will go to 2Ls. If you are interested, email your graduation year and class level (3L, 4LE, 2L, etc.) and a brief explanation of your commitment to pursuing a post-bar position with a DA’s office (for example, externships with DA offices).  The deadline to apply for a seat is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Contact: Assistant Director of Advising and Programs Rana Aryan

Red Mass: Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for student volunteers to serve during this year's Red Mass on Monday, October 1. There are several volunteer opportunities available. The volunteer roles are low pressure, do not require any experience, and you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer for most of the roles. The Mass is open to the entire law school community, regardless of religious affiliation. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys. If you would like to volunteer, please email Director for Law Student Affairs Irene Meloney.

1Ls and 2Ls: Meet MAX!

USD School of Law has partnered with AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to legal education, to bring you MAX by AccessLex®, the personal finance program designed exclusively for law students – and available at no cost to you!

 The MAX Program:

  • Provides quick and easy to understand lessons to fit your busy schedules;
  • Includes in-person and online learning options; and
  • Offers $220,000 in scholarship incentives to keep you motivated!

 To register, go to:

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA): Open Student Executive Officer Positions

BGSA has multiple student executive officer positions available. Contact BGSA President Stephenie Knox with questions or to submit your application.

Legal Research Center (LRC): September Trivia

Congratulations August trivia winner, Haley MacPhee!  September Trivia: How many U.S. presidents have been lawyers? Submit your answer on the LRC website to win a bag of treats from Trader Joe's! Contact: Law Reference Librarian Melissa Abernathy.

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