Administrative Announcements April 4 - April 11, 2016
Summer 2016 Externship Applications are due by Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Updated Summer 2016 Externship Applications are available online and in the Externship Programs Office (KN 235). Questions, please call 415-422-4467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall 2016 Clinics Applications are due Monday, April 11, 2015 by 5:00pm. Visit the Clinics Office at KN - 211 for more details.
-Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinic information session for Fall 2016 is on Monday, April 4th from 12:00-1:00pm and 5:30-6:30pm in KN - Room 340.
-Internet & IP, Investor Justice and Mediation Clinic information session for Fall 2016 is on Thursday, March 31st from 12:00-1:00pm & 5:00–6:00pm in KN - Room 240.
CRIMINAL & JUVENILE JUSTICE CLINIC: Second and third-year certified law students represent indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings from arraignment through trial and appeal. Clinic activities include interviewing clients, investigations, writing and responding to motions, case management, and court appearances.
INTERNET AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY JUSTICE CLINIC: Students will be certified to practice before the USPTO to handle all aspects of national trademark registration. Students will also work with Bay Area startup companies on intellectual property needs of these companies.
INVESTOR JUSTICE CLINIC: Students work with Bay Area start-up companies. Students will advise on entity choice and governance, operating agreements, employment issues and equity arrangements. Students will also participate in business plan advice and intellectual property needs of new companies. The Clinic also handles securities arbitration in FINRA cases representing investors, generally seniors and disabled, against brokers and brokerages.
MEDIATION CLINIC: Students, after training, will be courtroom mediators for the San Francisco Small Claims Court. Clinic students also work on divorce mediations for Marin residents and may handle founder mediations and criminal mediations.
RACIAL JUSTICE CLINIC: Students will learn about the history and importance of bail motions, study bail motions written by various attorneys, and research, write, and argue bail motions in the four preliminary hearing courtrooms at the Hall of Justice.
SUMMER RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION FOR UNIT CREDIT
Professor Chong is looking for a couple research assistants to help her with two articles this summer. The articles are listed below.
1) The first article focuses on the inefficiencies of the executive pardon and its violation of Marsy’s law, which is a law passed in California to protect victims and their families.
2) The second article focuses on Professor Chong’s legislative proposal and how regulating the casting and screenwriting employment process in Hollywood does not violate the First Amendment.
These positions are for unit credit. The start and end dates are flexible, but ideally, the position begins the last week of May and ends the last week of July. The approximate weekly time commitment is 10-12 hours for 2 units and 6-8 hours for 1 unit.
If you are interested in the position, please email your resume and transcript to Professor Chong at email@example.com. In your email, include whether you are interested in article #1, #2, or both. If you want to do two semesters and the partnership works out, then Professor Chong is happy to consider the option. Please direct any questions to Professor Chong via email.
Financial Aid Office
Spring 2016 Financial Aid
If you are interested in receiving financial aid for the Spring 2016 semester, you must complete a 2015-16 FAFSA by April 1, 2016 (new loan borrowers only) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you have already been awarded financial aid for the 2015-16 academic year but you are interested in utilizing any remaining unused Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, please contact Rosanna Woods, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and submit a request for your additional aid funds by April 1, 2016.
If you are interested in requesting a Cost of Attendance budget increase request for Spring 2016, please be sure to submit the Budget Increase Request form along with supporting documents by April 1, 2016.
Fall 2016-17 Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA, for the Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 academic year is now available online. All students who wish to receive financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year are required to complete the new FAFSA. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2016 in order to receive the maximum financial aid consideration for 2016-17 (this date is especially important for those continuing students who wish to be considered for the Federal Work Study award). You can access the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.
The first set of financial aid awards for the 2016-17 academic year for continuing law students who completed a 2016-17 FAFSA have been processed by the main campus University Financial Aid Office. Email notices were sent to USF email addresses last week. Subsequent FAFSA award processing will continue on a weekly basis and continuing law students will be notified via email to your USF email account indicating that you can review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.
Please note that all students including those who are currently receiving financial aid must complete an updated FAFSA every year in order to be considered for financial aid. In addition, those students who wish to be considered for the Graduate PLUS loan program for the Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 academic year, must also complete a new PLUS loan application for each academic year. Graduate PLUS loan applications for the 2016-17 academic year are available online at www.studentloans.gov. Students can begin applying for a PLUS Loan only AFTER you have completed a FAFSA and have been offered the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and have “accepted” the Unsubsidized Loan online via your myUSF student portal.
Bar Loans for Graduating Law Students
Graduating students needing financial assistance for living expense during the bar preparation period this summer may be eligible to apply for a credit-based private loan. These private loans are based on credit-worthiness and are subject to lender discretion. Information on bar loans and lenders who have been used by previous law school graduates is available on our financial aid web site at: https://www.usfca.edu/law/admissions/tuition-aid/jd/types-of-aid/loan-programs
Please note that all bar loans require the Law School Financial Aid Office to certify your loan. Be sure to contact Rosanna Woods, the Assistant Director of Law Financial Aid, at email@example.com, once you have applied online and have been approved for a bar loan. In addition, bar loan funds are disbursed directly to the student and not to the University.
Summer 2016 Financial Aid and Intent to Enroll Form
If you are interested in receiving financial aid for any USF School of Law Summer 2016 program (IAP, Regular Summer Session, Summer Externships for unit credit including local and International Summer Externships Abroad), you must complete and submit a Summer 2016 Intent to Enroll (ITE) form to the Law Financial Aid Office. You must be registered in a minimum of 3 Summer units in order to be eligible for any federal Summer financial aid.
Information on Summer financial aid as well as a Summer 2016 ITE form can be obtained online at:
In addition to submitting the Summer 2016 ITE Form, once you are registered for summer, you will need to complete a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS application online at www.studentloans.gov.
The priority deadline to submit the Summer 2016 ITE form is April 1, 2016.
IMPORTANT: Summer 2016 ITE forms and online Summer Graduate PLUS Loan applications submitted AFTER the April 1 priority application deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If forms are received after the priority deadline, we cannot guarantee that summer loan processing will be complete by the May 1 summer tuition payment deadline. Therefore, it is imperative that you submit your Summer 2016 ITE form and Graduate PLUS loan application by the priority deadline noted above.
Processing of any Summer 2016 ITE form/financial aid will not begin until AFTER you have registered for Summer classes. Summer registration is tentatively scheduled to begin at the end of March. More detailed summer registration information will be available on the Law Registrar web site at: http://myusf.usfca.edu/law/registration
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
The Edward C. Tang Scholarship
Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships e renewable for a maximum of three or more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.
Award Amount: varies
Fredrikson & Byron Minority Scholarship Program
The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program sponsors educational opportunities for currently enrolled, first-year law students of diverse backgrounds.
Award Amount: $15,000
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
The George A. Strait Minority Scholarships are awarded annually to college graduates with meaningful law library experience who are members of a minority group as defined by current U.S. government guidelines, are degree candidates in an accredited library or law school, and intend to have a career in law librarianship. Applicants must show evidence of financial need.
Award Amount: $3,500
Deadline: April 1 of each year
Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program/Blinded Veterans Association
The Blinded Veterans Association has established the Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program for the purpose of assisting the educational goals of dependent children and spouses of blinded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Award Amount: See Website
The Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund, Inc.
Established in the late 1940's, the Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to aid Jewish undergraduate and graduate college students who exhibit exceptional academic achievement and face financial difficulties pursuing a higher education. These loans must be repaid within ten years of graduation or termination of studies.
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equity Scholarship
The Fund, which is sponsored by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association (OCLBA) and the Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC), will award one or more scholarships each year to academically qualified law students who have demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County. Please visit the Law Financial Aid Office for application materials.
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Intensive Advocacy ProgramApplications due April 6, 2016Now accepting applications for the Intensive Advocacy Program ("IAP") for May 23-June 5. Applications and information available in Kendrick 300 or online at https://www.usfca.edu/law/professional-skills/intensive-advocacy-program. See Andrea Crawford in Kendrick 300 with questions, call 415-422-2673 or email USFLawIAP@usfca.edu.
Office of Student Affairs
PILF 2016 Summer Grant Application
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student-run organization that supports USF law students working in unpaid summer internships in the public interest/public sector and provides support to help them pursue careers in the public interest/public sector upon graduation.
PILF is made up of USF law students, alumni, faculty, and friends devoted to public interest advocacy. PILF promotes its goals by sponsoring public interest and community service events to educate students about the rewarding career possibilities in public interest law. PILF’s annual fundraising efforts directly support summer grants for law students with a demonstrated commitment to public interest who work in unpaid, full-time summer positions at local, national, and international public interest/public sector agencies, organizations, and firms.
The 2016 USF PILF Summer Grant Application is available online or in the Deans' Office, the Office of Career Planning, and the PILF Student Office.
Contact Megan Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org fwith any questions.
Law Student Support Group Every Tuesday at 12:30 in Room 212
USF Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be holding a Law Student Support Group every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 in Kendrick Room 212 for the rest of the semester. The support group is a safe environment for law students to talk about the issues and concerns that come up in your every day lives. No rsvp necessary; just come ready to talk and to listen.
Hilary Anand, Ph.D, is a trained mental health counselor and will lead the support group. If you have questions, you can reach out to her at email@example.com or 415-422-6352. You can also contact Grace Hum, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pro Bono Awards
If you have been engaging in pro bono work over the course of the academic year, please review the Pro Bono Award information and application to determine if you're eligible to receive an award. We hope you are! Applications are due at noon on April 8, 2016.