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January 25, 2021 — Volume 10, Number 20


Law Student in Need Fund

Through the generosity of donors, the School of Law has established the Law Student in Need Fund to provide direct support for law students who are facing emergency circumstances that place in jeopardy their ability to complete their legal education. Additional funds have become available for student applicants and we are happy to announce the reopening of the Law Student in Need Fund application. Please visit the Law Student in Need Fund website for the funding guidelines and a link to the application.

Law students are also eligible to apply to the Toreros Together Emergency Fund for StudentsLaw students who wish to apply for this fund should first apply to the Law Student in Need Fund. If you are not fully funded or need additional resources, you can apply to the Toreros Together Emergency Fund for Students here.

Applicants may not seek funding from both the Law Student in Need Fund and Toreros Together Emergency Fund for the same expense (i.e. cannot double-dip) unless the applicant is either denied or the total cost of the expense is not fully covered by one or the other. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs

Office of Career and Professional Development: Pro Bono Service Recognition with Distinction

USD Law has long recognized students who provided 100 hours of volunteer service with a Pro Bono Service Recognition Award. Each year, a group of students goes above and beyond the 100 hours.  Given these students’ outstanding commitment to pro bono service, USD Law will now provide these students with additional recognition and will encourage others to achieve similarly high levels of volunteer service. 

Starting with the graduating class of 2021, the Pro Bono Service Recognition with Distinction will recognize those USD Law students who complete a minimum of 250 hours of pro bono legal service during their law school career. These students receive our gratitude and thanks for their service to the community, a listing in the annual honors brochure, a certificate denoting their achievement, a transcript notation, and the right to wear a special cord signifying this accomplishment at commencement. 

For more information on the policy and process for the Pro Bono Service Recognition and Pro Bono Service Recognition with Distinction, visit the Pro Bono Opportunities webpage

At USD Law, we hope that the new Pro Bono Service Recognition with Distinction award will encourage students to take their service to new heights! Contact: Office of Career and Professional Development.

First Generation Legal Professionals (FGLP): Mentors and Mentees Wanted

First Generation Legal Professionals (FGLP) is a new student org that aims to support law students who grew up in working-class or low-income communities, students who are first in their families to earn a college degree, and students who are first in their families to attend law school.

We understand that law school can be an especially confusing, isolating process for first-gen students (and that's before you throw a global pandemic in the mix). FGLP's mentorship program will match two or more 1L mentees from the same section to one mentor with the hope that mentees will get what many of you say you are missing in virtual learning: peers from similar backgrounds to check in and commiserate with about the first-gen 1L experience, plus a more experienced peer that you can go to for more general law school and career advice. Part-time students are also encouraged to apply! Contact: FGLP Mentorship Program Director Mariane Gantino.

Form for Mentors
Form for 1L Mentees

Real Estate and Land Use Society (RELUS): Sign Up for the RELUS Mentorship Program

The Real Estate and Land Use Society (RELUS) is introducing our Mentorship Program, where we will pair law students with an attorney mentor practicing in the field of real estate or land use law. If you are interested in signing up for this Mentorship Program, please fill out the following survey so we can best pair you with a mentor: Survey submissions are due by February 2. If you have any questions, please email us at

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of organizations that sponsor scholarships for which you may qualify. More information about these scholarship opportunities can be found on the Outside Scholarships web page. Contact: Law Financial Aid.

Law School Notetaker Opportunity

Each semester we seek students willing to provide their class notes to students with documented disabilities. The requirements are simple: attend class and take notes as you normally would, and submit your notes each week by Friday at noon. Notetakers are paid a stipend based on the number of semester units that notes are provided for. Notetakers are selected on an as needed basis, and submitting your interest will not guarantee your selection. If you would like to submit your interest to be a notetaker for the School of Law, please complete this form. If you have any questions about being a notetaker, please contact

Chat with Law Student Affairs

The Office for Law Student Affairs is now available via chat from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have a quick question that you would normally stop by our office to ask, send us a chat to get a quick answer! If we cannot address your need in a few minutes, we can set you up with a Zoom appointment with an advisor. If we are unavailable or busy helping someone else, you can leave a message and we'll respond via email. Access the chat here:

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