2015 NYCBar/ASAFE Securities, Finance Law and Business Seminar Series

A reminder that the deadline to apply for the 2015 NYCBar/ASAFE Securities, Finance Law and Business Seminar Series is this Thursday, January 1st. 

More information and the application can be found at www.nycbar.org/asafe. Any questions can be directed to me or Nancy Burnett at nburnett@asafealliances.org.


2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition.

Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format to jbsl@law.msu.edu by February 20, 2015.

All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers: jbsl@law.msu.edu.   Visit the following link for more information: http://www.msujbsl.com/sites/default/files/Spoon%20Writing%20Competition%20Flyer.pdf.


ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund for Incoming Students

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship grants 20 incoming diverse law students with $15,000 of financial assistance over the course of their three years in law school.  During his term as ABA President, William G. Paul initiated the scholarship to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to apply to and attend law school.

The deadline to apply is March 2, 2015.  Please visit the following ABA webpage for more information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/diversity_pipeline/projects_initiatives/legal_opportunity_scholarship.html .

Baumgartner Law Firm Scholarship

The Baumgartner Law Firm offers a scholarship for current or incoming law students based on need and commitment to helping others. One student will receive a $3,000 scholarship.  

Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited Law School in the US, (persons who have applied to law school but have not yet been accepted may apply, however, the scholarship will only be awarded to someone enrolled in an accredited school at the time of scholarship selection).   

Deadline to apply: August 31, 2015.  

 Application: Applicants apply online and the application can be found at: https://baumgartnerlawyers.com/baumgartner-law-firm-scholarship-application.  The award will be announced by November 30, 2015. 

About Baumgartner Law Firm: The Baumgartner Law Firm is a leading personal injury law firm based in Houston, Texas. 


2015 1L SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Prudential Financial, Inc.

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated, first-year law student with a disability. The Commission will select a law student with a disability to join the 2015 summer law intern program at Prudential’s New Jersey/New York offices. The 1L summer internship will run 10 weeks—from May 26 to August 7, 2015. Interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $10,000, which shall accrue and be paid on an hourly basis. 

For more information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/disabilityrights/resources/employment/aba_prudential_internship.html.

All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 6, 2015.  Finalists will be selected and notified on or before March 9, 2015.

2015 Securities, Finance Law and Business Seminar Series

The deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 1st.

NYCBA is still accepting applications for the 2015 New York City Bar and the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators Securities, Finance Law and Business Seminar Series, beginning in January.

If you or anyone in your network is interested in serving as an Advisor-Volunteer, please visit: http://www.nycbar.org/asafe#volunteers for more information and the registration link.

The deadline for students to apply for the seminar series is Thursday, January 1. More information can be found at www.nycbar.org/ASAFE.

Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) 2015 Call for Papers

The 19th Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference (MAPOC) is taking place from January 29-31, 2015, in Morgantown, West Virginia at West Virginia University College of Law and in connection with the conference MAPOC is sponsoring a writing competition open to all currently enrolled law students of any level, J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D., at a U.S. law school. 

Papers should be between 15,000-25,000 words in length and there is a preference for papers related to the conference theme but they will accept papers on other topics as well. 

Please email submissions (and any questions) to erosser@wcl.american.edu no later than January 1, 2015. The  winning submission will receive $300 and travel expenses to attend the Conference. The two runner-ups will receive $100 each.

For more information, please visit http://law.wvu.edu/mapoc2015/mapoc-2015-papers.


Are you looking for a fellowship, internship or externship?

The American Bar Association announces the following fellowship, internship and externship opportunities:

Antitrust Law Student Fellowship
Application deadline: December 15
Sponsors: New York Bar Foundation through gifts from the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association
Ten (10) week fellowship working on antitrust matters in one of the following agencies: the New York Office of New York Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau; Federal Trade Commission, Northeast Region; or Department of Justice Antitrust Division, New York Field Office. Fellows will be guest members of the NYSBA Antitrust Section for two years starting with the award of the Fellowship.

Business Law Diversity Clerkship Program
Application deadline: December 26
The Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law by placing 9 students in business courts across the country, and providing a $6,000 stipend.

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)
Application deadline: January 9

Designed to place diverse law students with state and federal judges for summer internships. JIOP is a full-time, six-week minimum summer internship open to all first- or second-year diverse law students who are interested in doing legal research and writing for federal and state judges in participating cities.

Antitrust Section Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
Application deadline: January 12
This 8-week paid Fellowship provides law students of color with an opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

2014-2015 Global Justice Fellowships
Entry Deadline: Rolling Basis
Awarded to law students or recent graduates in support of atrocity prevention and accountability, with particular emphasis on the ABA-ICC Project. Fellowships are designed to promote international justice, rule of law, and conflict resolution. For more information, contact Michael Pates, Director, Center for Human Rights.
Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and the Planethood Foundation

Peggy Browning Fellowship Program

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate their time to advancing the cause of workers' rights.

 2015 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

 2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship: 1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 16, 2015

Fellowships locations have expanded!

New this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle.

Information available at https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students.

Please apply online via https://www.peggybrowningfund.org/fellowships/for-law-students/how-to-apply

2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition

The Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law announces the release of the 2015 Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition.

Eligible students are invited to submit a business or securities law article in law review format to jbsl@law.msu.edu by February 20, 2015.

All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers: jbsl@law.msu.edu.   Visit the following link for more information: http://www.msujbsl.com/sites/default/files/Spoon%20Writing%20Competition%20Flyer.pdf.


Animal Law Writing Contest

The American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers' Association and Animal Health Institute offer law students an opportunity to engage in a scholarly discussion and debate of legal issues related to animals and animal law.


  • 1st Place - $2500 cash prize (plus round-trip airfare, one-night accommodation and ground transportation) to attend the American Veterinary Medical Law Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2015*
  • 2nd Place - $1000 cash prize


Participants must be currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school located in the United States. Entrants may participate in the writing of only one entry per contest. The names of entrants will be held in confidence until judging of articles has been completed. 


Papers must be received no later than Noon CST on February 15, 2015. Papers must be submitted via e-mail to lawschoolcontest@avma.org. Papers transmitted or sent in any other form will not be considered.

Columbian Lawyers Association Scholarship Award

Each year, the Association awards up to (4) four scholarship awards to law students of some Italian heritage presently attending law schools located within the City of New York and the Counties of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester.  Consequently, the awards require that the applicant has already been admitted and completed at least his/her first semester of studies.  The award consists of $2,500.00 for each year the student attends law school, for a maximum of three years for day students and four years for evening students.  In order for a scholarship award recipient to continue receiving their award after the first year it is granted, the recipeint must confirm in writing to the Chairman that he/she is still enrolled in a qualifying Law School no earlier than October 1st and no later than March 15th of the following year.  The Chairman and the Association reserve the right to terminate scholarships for recipients who fail to maintain a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.
Scholarship recipients will receive their award via a check forwarded by the Association to the Law School Bursar to credit the recipient’s account or directly to the recipient at the exclusive discretion of the Association.  Simultaneously therewith, the recipient will be notified of his/her selection for the award.
Applications for awards must be submitted by March 15th of the school year in which the award is granted. (e.g., For the 2014/2015 school year, all applications must be submitted on or before March 15th, 2015.) The awards for each school year will be paid on or about the time of our Rapallo Award Luncheon, which is usually held sometime in April of each year.  We expect recipients to attend the Rapallo Luncheon.
Please complete and submit the application, which requires an essay indicating the source of your Italian heritage; the reason for the need of assistance; and a brief statement as to your accomplishments, goals and/or aspirations.  In support of your application, please be sure to indicate any special circumstances which may have a bearing on your application or special need of funds.

2015 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the program includes academic credit, a guaranteed legal internship placement and fully furnished housing in the heart of Washington, D.C.  

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admission consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. 

May 21 – August 1, 2015
Washington, D.C.
Early Deadline: February 10, 2015               

·         Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Internship sites include law firms, public interest and nonprofit organizations, and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.  Examples of past internship sites are: 
o    Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
o    Quarles & Brady LLP
o    U.S. Army JAG Corps
o    Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
o    Healthcare Leadership Council
o    Telecommunications Industry Association
o    Cause of Action
o    Bloomberg BNA

·         Constitutional Law Course at Georgetown Law Center:  Students will be enrolled in a constitutional law course titled “Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism in Theory and Practice.”  In partnership with the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, classes will be held at Georgetown University Law Center and taught by Georgetown Law Professors Randy Barnett, Larry Solum and John Baker. Students will receive credit from Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law or from Georgetown University Law Center for an additional fee.

·         Law & Policy Briefings: Participants will attend exclusive lectures on salient issues in law and policy by prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Previous guest speakers have included:

o    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
o    D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg
o    Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ, Steven Bradbury
o    Institute of Justice Senior Fellow Clark Neily
o    Cato Senior Fellow Ilya Shapiro

·         Professional Development Seminars: Students will have the opportunity to explore the various practices of law through a series of small group sessions with practicing attorneys representing a diverse array of legal career paths.  Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction. 

·         Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. 

·         Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants as roommates. The apartments are located in the heart of Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from the U.S. Supreme Court, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

·         Scholarships: 70% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. 

Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2015 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/LSI for more details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Colin Parks, Legal Studies Institute Director, atLEGAL@tfas.org or 202.986.0384