Administrative Announcements February 22 - 29, 2016

Administrative Announcements February 22 - 29, 2016

Externship Programs 

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

Financial Aid Office

  •  Debt Management Seminar – Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Individual Consultations 
  • Fall 2016-17 Financial Aid
  • Spring 2016 Tuition Payment Deadline
  • Important Information for 2L, 3L and 4L Part Time Students Regarding Add/Drop
  • Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
  • Debt Management Seminar

    The School of Law has once again, obtained the services of Dr. Jeffrey Hanson, a nationally recognized financial advisor, to present an important Debt Management seminar titledPublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)*, on Monday, February 22nd from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm in KH, Room 103.

    If you are curious about the federal student loan forgiveness program, or you plan on doing public interest work, this presentation will provide you with the important information designed to help you understand your loans. Learning strategies early while in law school will help reduce the stress associated with borrowing by equipping you with a financial action plan, as well as help you determine the amount of loans to borrow. Dr. Hanson will be providing you with comprehensive loan repayment options and debt management advice. 

    If you have any additional questions regarding the presentation, please feel free to email Rosanna Woods, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid or call 415.422.6210, or stop by the Law Financial Aid Office at 238 Kendrick Hall (2nd Floor).

    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  Our Title IV code is 001325 and must be included in your FAFSA application.

    Financial aid awards for the 2016-17 academic year will be made be made available to continuing law students by early April 2016 as long as the 2016-17 FAFSA is completed and USF receives your FAFSA information by mid-March 2016.  You will be sent an email notification at that time by the University One Stop Financial Aid Office at that time indicating that you can review your financial aid award online via your myUSF online student portal.

    The University Financial Aid Office will begin downloading 2016-17 FAFSA information for all USF students in early March.  If you recently completed a 2016-17 FAFSA, we will not be able to verify receipt of your 2016-17 FAFSA until that time.

    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  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.

    Spring 2016 Tuition Payment Deadline

    Spring 2016 Tuition payment was due on January 2, 2016.  The USF One Stop Student Accounts Office has already posted your Spring 2016 tuition bill on your USF student account.  You can view your bill online via your myUSF student account.  Payment must be made by personal funds, Authorized Financial Aid, a combination of personal funds and Authorized Financial Aid, or you must be signed up for the payment plan by January 2, 2016:

    IMPORTANT- Failure to make your tuition payment by the above payment methods will result in late fees assessed on your student account by the USF One Stop Office and a Hold will be placed on your student record. The Hold will prevent you from receiving certain services from the University and Law School, including the opportunity to Add or Drop a class, request official transcripts and register for upcoming summer and/or fall classes if applicable.  Holds will be lifted only AFTER tuition reconciliation is completed.

    Important Information for 2L, 3L and 4L Part Time Students Regarding Add/Drop

    Late registration and Add/Drop began on Thursday, January 7, 2016, AFTER your spring financial aid disbursed and AFTER had already been processed for a financial aid refund.  Adjustments to your financial aid may be necessary if any of the following situations occur during Add/Drop:

    If you Add a class AFTER your refund has been processed, you will be immediately billed for the additional units. You will need to submit a payment with personal funds to pay for the additional units (or make an personal payment using the funds you received as a refund).  If you already received the maximum financial aid for the semester BEFORE you added class, you can request additional financial aid to cover the cost of the additional units. For more information, please contact Rosanna Woods, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid at or call 415.422.6210.

    If you Drop a class AFTER your refund has been processed, with the intention of adding another class with the same unit value, you must Add and Drop on the same day, otherwise you run the risk of a an outstanding tuition balance due on your USF student account.

    If you Drop a class after your refund has been processed, and you do not intend to add another class, you will create a credit on your USF student account. You must notify the Law Financial Aid Office immediately by contacting Rosanna woods, the Assistant Director for Law Financial Aid, at the contact information above.  Otherwise you will be inadvertently issued a refund for this credit, which you will be required to repay the University since you are not eligible to receive financial aid for this dropped class.

    Important:  The Law Financial Aid Office will conduct an audit of all Part Time students' financial aid records after the February 1, 2016 census date (last day to withdraw without penalty)during the week of February 22.  If your financial aid for the spring semester is not appropriate for the unit load you are registered for, we will make the necessary adjustments to your aid and you will be notified via email.  Please remember that any over-award (receiving financial aid in excess of your unit load), will result in the USF One Stop Office returning those funds to the lender and creating a balance due on your USF student account.  It is critically important that you review your student account after the census date to insure that your account is reconciled. Any unpaid balance will result in late fees assessed on your student account and a Hold placed on your student record, which will prevent you from registering for the 

    Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

    Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

    Applicants for the Jones Johnson Scholarship must be a member of the NAACP and under 25 years of age. Awards are based on GPA and academic achievement.

    Award Amount: Up to $2,000
    Deadline: March 2016

    California Bar Diversity Scholarship

    The California Bar Foundation's Diversity Scholarship financially supports first-year California law students with the goal of furthering diversity in the legal profession.  Diversity includes a broad array of backgrounds and life experiences, including students from groups or with skills or attributes that are underrepresented in the legal profession, and specifically including students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

    Award Amount: $7,500
    Deadline: Apps Available March 2016 


    Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

    Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. This year we are delighted to offer 31 scholarships.

    Award Amount: $1,500
    Deadline: March 2016

    Farella Braun + Martel 1L Diversity Scholarship

     Applicants must be current first-year, full or part-time (attending first-year classes) law students who are students of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, disabled, or whose background or experience would otherwise contribute to the diversity of the legal profession.

    Award Amount: $10,000
    Deadline: March 2016

    La Raza Lawyers Association-Central Valley Chapter/Hon. Mario Olmos Memorial Scholarship

    Applicants must be presently enrolled in the first, second, third or fourth year of legal study. Application materials can be picked up in the Law Financial Aid Office. 

    Award Amount: $1,000 to $3,000
    Deadline: 03/04/2016

    LULAC National Scholarship Fund

    The LULAC National Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to qualified Hispanic students attending accredited colleges, universities, and graduate schools in the United States.

    Award Amount: $250 to $2,000
    Deadline: March 31 of each year 

    If you have any questions related to financial aid, please feel free to contact the Law Financial Aid Office at 415.422.6210 or email

    Intensive Advocacy Program

    Now accepting applications for the Intensive Advocacy Program ("IAP") for May 23-June 5. Attend an informational meeting with the Program Directors and IAP alumni, Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:30 pm in Kendrick 104. Lunch and drinks will be served.Applications and information available in Kendrick 300 or online at Applications due April 6. See Andrea Crawford in Kendrick 300 with questions, call 415-422-2673 or email

    International Externships

    Summer Opportunities in Mexico and China - Deadline Extended!

    The international summer externship deadline has been extended for the China and Mexico City summer externship programs.  Terrific opportunities are available in both countries with US-based and local law firms, and in Mexico City, with a government agency and NGO that focus on human rights.  Information about the program and the application are available online under International Programs ( 

    Please contact Esther Sprague in KN342 or at or 415.422.4546 if you have any questions. 

    Office of Student Affairs

    OneJustice Justice Bus Trip!

    OneJustice's Justice Bus Project is partnering with the Fresno Vet Center and BeHealthy Tulare to bring two free legal clinics to California's Central Valley region. During the clinics, USF School of Law student volunteers will work one-on-one with low-income veterans and immigrants to assist them with criminal record expungement and workers' rights related-issues as well as applications for citizenship and Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Both clinics are aimed at empowering vulnerable, low-income Californians in need. No prior experience necessary!

    To sign up, email Maureen Slack at Please include your full name, class year, any language abilities and a brief statement of interest (not more than a paragraph).

    Pro bono

    Reminder of the Deans Office Hours

    Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
    Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
    Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
    Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

    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 fwith any questions. 

    2016 Commencement Awards

    Nominate a graduating student for a 2016 Commencement Award! Applications are available in the Deans' Office. Any current School of Law student, faculty member or staff member can nominate. 

    Contact Megan Watt at for more information. 

    Diversity Week 2016 - February 29 -March 4

    Monday, Multi-Cultural Food Fair

    Kendrick Student Lounge
    12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

    Join the School of Law student organizations for this celebration of our student body's cultural diversity! 

    Tuesday, Microaggressions 101

    Kendrick 103
    12:30 pm - 1:20 pm

    What are microaggressions? Join Professor Magee and Professor Rosenberg for this important discussion. 

    Wednesday, LGBT in the Legal Profession

    Zief Terrace Room
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Board of Governors Member, John T. Hendricks, speaks on the LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession. Hendricks, Class of 2004, recently co-edited Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, a compilation of more than 50 stories about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys, academics, and jurists in the legal profession. 

    This event is part of the USF School of Law's Diversity Week programming. Following the talk, please plan to stay for a networking reception sponsored by the student Pride Law organization and the Student Bar Association. RSVP today »  

    Questions? Contact the USF School of Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (415) 422-5457 or

    Thursday, The Mask You Live In

    Kendrick 103
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Associate Dean Josh Davis facilitates a viewing and discussion of The Mask You Live In.

    Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

    Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

    The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

    For questions about Diversity Week, contact Megan Watt at