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March 8, 2021 — Volume 10, Number 26


Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information

The SBA General Election will take place March 18-19. If you would like to run, your Declaration of Candidacy is due on Friday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. A position on SBA is a great way to get involved in the USD law community and gain leadership skills. We hope you will consider running for a position. More information about the SBA General Election, including position descriptions and the Declaration of Candidacy form, are available on the SBA TWEN page. Click on "SBA Documents" then open the "SBA Elections" folder and then open the "Spring 2021 Election" folder. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Helena Normandie.

Complete the 2021 Survey of Law Student Well Being by Sunday, March 14

Your voice counts! Help us learn about and improve law student well being at USD Law and take the Survey of Law Student Well Being. Look for an email invitation you received on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, March 14. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

American Bar Association (ABA) Virtual Site Visit: March 14-17

The American Bar Association (ABA) virtual site visit will be taking place March 14-17. As part of this process, members of the site visit team will be auditing classes and may drop into your classes periodically. We wanted to make you aware should you see people you do not recognize in your class during this time. Contact: Office of the Dean.

Academic Advising Appointments

The Fall 2021 schedule is now available. The Office for Law Student Affairs will hold 15-minute Academic Advising appointments March 15-April 1. You can sign up for an Academic Advising appointment online. Prior to your meeting with an academic advisor, please review the course resources that are referenced in our March 1 email (Subject: Academic Advising Information). Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

USD Legal Clinics: Now Accepting Summer and Fall 2021 Applications

Do an internship right here on campus. Join our (virtual) 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 Summer 2021 session and Fall 2021 semester 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.

Appellate Moot Court Board (Moot Court): Bailiff-McLennon Honors Moot Court Competition

March 19-24, 2021; Virtual
Sign up for a shift to bailiff via Zoom for the 2021 Paul A. McLennon Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition! Bailiffing is a great way to see oral arguments just like the one you will be doing for your LWR class. Bailiffing also gives you extra points on your Appellate Moot Court Associate Board Application if you are interested in doing the Moot Court Board. This is the last opportunity to bailiff this semester! Contact: Vice Chair of National Tournaments Anastasia Zaharoff.

To sign up:

  • Go to TWEN
  • Add "2021 Paul A. McLennon Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition" (pw: peanutbutter)
  • Go to "Sign Up Sheets"
  • Click "McLennon Bailiff Sign-Ups"
  • Please read the instructions and sign up for as many shifts as you would like! 

Academic Success & Bar Programs: Hiring Academic Success Fellows for Fall 2021

Looking for a way to earn additional income without sacrificing your studies? You could get paid to help fellow students and prepare for the Bar Exam in the process. With a manageable time commitment, this position can allow you to keep another job or stay involved with your extracurricular activities. Visit our Academic Success & Bar Programs page on TWEN and click “Fellow Job Description & Application” for more information and apply to be an Academic Success Fellow today! The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Have questions? Email

Graduating Students Only: Application to Graduate is Now Open

The Application to Graduate is now open through March 31. Please review the Commencement Checklist and refer to our March 1 email (Subject: May 2021 Graduates Application to Graduate) 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 Wednesday, March 31. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

Graduating Students Only: California Bar Exam Registration is Now Open

Registration for the July 2021 California Bar Exam is now open. The Timely Filing Deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2020. You will be required to pay a late fee if you register after April 1. Please review USD’s Bar Exam Information webpage for comprehensive information on taking and preparing for bar exams, including links to the California Bar Exam application, dates and deadlines. Contact: Academic Success and Bar Programs.

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

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:

Student Guide for the Spring 2021 Campus, Academic, and Student Life Experience

The Student Guide for the Spring 2021 Campus, Academic, and Student Life Experience has been developed to provide you with the health and safety precautions we must all follow in order to keep each other healthy. This guide contains important information related to processes being put in place on campus to support our community's well-being, prevention strategies, and information related to testing and contact tracing. It is your responsibility to review and understand this information. 

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