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April 6, 2020 — Volume 9, Number 29


USD Counseling Center

As you continue adapting and adjusting to these unique times, your well-being is of critical importance. Keep the USD Counseling Center in mind as a resource to support your mental health and emotional well-being. 

Counseling Center -

  • Students can schedule an initial telephone mental health appointment through the MyWellness Portal: This portal can be accessed via any computer or smartphone with internet access.
  • The Counseling Center will provide telehealth assessment, consultation, and support services Monday - Friday, between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • As always, a counselor will be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 619-260-4655, press 1 for urgent concerns.

Evaluation Week: April 6-10

Let your voice be heard! April 6-10 is Evaluation Week. Take some time to provide anonymous feedback on your courses by filling out all of your online course evaluations. Evaluations are available until the day after your last class meeting, for each individual class.  To access the spring 2020 evaluation forms, log in to MySanDiego and click on the Law Student tab.  Scroll down the page to Registration Tools and click on Registration History.  Then click on the course evaluation hyperlink with the professor’s name to begin the evaluation.  Or refer to the automated emails you will receive for each class.  The professor does not read evaluation results or written comments until after grades have been submitted.  Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs

Graduate Student Life: Graduate Student Appreciation Week (April 6-10) Shout-Outs

Graduate Student Life will be celebrating and showing gratitude for graduate and law students throughout the week of April 6-10. Nominate one of your fellow USD graduate or law students for a social media shout-out by filling out the nomination form. Contact: Graduate Student Life Graduate Assistant Caitlin Hayles.  

USD Legal Clinics: Summer and Fall 2020 Applications

Do an internship right here on campus. Join our on-site law office 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 following direct client service clinics: Appellate, Civil, Education and Disability, Entrepreneurship, Federal Tax, Immigration, State Income Tax (CA), State Sales & Use Tax (CA), Veterans, Workers’ Rights, and our new Women's Legal Clinic. Apply online today. Please contact Legal Clinics Administrative Director Eric Austin at or (619) 260-7640 with any questions about registration. Visit the Legal Clinics web page for more information about our clinic offerings.

Order of Barristers Application Due Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. (Graduating Students Only)

Each year, a few graduating students are selected for membership in the prestigious Order of Barristers. You may be eligible to receive this honor, which recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in oral advocacy and brief writing. If you think you are eligible for membership in the Order of Barristers, you should submit this brief statement of your qualifications. No other materials will be considered. Please write in bullet points, not narrative form. Your statement of qualifications is due by Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

Please submit your statement of qualifications to Professor Jean Ramirez by email ( Applications will be reviewed by a nominating committee of faculty members. 

Community Defenders Award Application Due Wednesday, April 15 at 12 p.m. (Graduating Students Only)

Each year, a graduating student receives the Community Defenders Award for their demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense. If you think you might be qualified to receive this award, please submit your application as a single PDF to Professor Jean Ramirez ( by Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.

Please read the memo for the list of requirements you must submit in your Community Defenders Award application. 

Academic Success Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center is currently closed. However, several of your favorite supplements (e.g., Examples and Explanations, Black Letter Law Outlines, and the Acing series) are available for free remotely. Please visit for more information about free resources and how to access them. If you need help deciding on or locating a supplement, we are here to help! Email us at or schedule an appointment with Director Kevin Sherrill or Assistant Director Kate Bolus via Calendly.

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