Administrative Announcements March 14 - March 21, 2016

Administrative Announcements March 14 - March 21, 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

  • Fall 2016-17 Financial Aid
  • Bar Loans for Graduating Law Students
  • Summer 2016 Financial Aid and Intent to Enroll Form
  • Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

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.

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:


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,, 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

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:


Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines


Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award/JACL National Scholarship Committee

The Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award was founded to provide financial assistance to a student who otherwise would have to delay or terminate his or her education due to a lack of financing. Only applicants that exhibit severe financial need will be considered for this award. Every applicant must be a National JACL member.

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: 4/1/2016


American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Scholarship

AFB administers a scholarship program for deserving students. Each year individuals who are legally blind or visually impaired can apply for financial awards to support their post-secondary/graduate education.

Award Amount: $1000- $2500
Deadline: 4/1/2016


Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit. Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible. The author of the article deemed best by a panel of judges will receive $2000 cash, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 04/01/2016 


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Law School Diversity Scholarship and Application

The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethical or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: 4/01/2016


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 20, 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 31, 2016


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Applicant must display active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. Financial need evaluated.

Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: April 1 Annually


DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

The DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship program open to rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, LGBT and Multi-Racial students. All rising second- and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Any other rising second- and third-year law students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply. Students who are members of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), law school or law student members of AAJ, or students otherwise affiliated with or employed by AAJ are not eligible for DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships. To qualify for this scholarship, a candidate must be a full-time student. Evening students also qualify for consideration if they have completed one-third or more of the total credit hours required for a degree by the applicant’s law school. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: 3/30/2016


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
Deadline: 4/30/2016


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
Deadline: 3/31/2016 


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


Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Fund

The scholarship supports graduates of Berks County, Pennsylvania, high schools who are entering their second year at an accredited law school.  The Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Award is presented annually at the Berks County Bar Association Law Day Event.

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: 4/1/2016


JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) Scholarships

Every applicant must be an active National JACL member. JACL Membership is open to everyone of any ethnic background. All who meet eligibility criteria are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: Varies; Multiple Scholarships
Deadline: 4/1/2016 


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
Deadline: 4/15/2016


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
Deadline: 4/15/2016


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 


Warner Norcross & Judd Minority Scholarship

Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan Law School. - See more at:

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: 4/1/2016 


Women Lawyers of Alameda County

This is an opportunity for law students connected to Alameda County who anticipate taking the Bar exam this summer.  The Margaret A. Gannon legal education stipend is designed to provide financial assistance to help offset some of the costs of a bar review course (or related study materials) for law students and graduates who are preparing to take the July 2016 California Bar Exam. 

Award Amount: Three awards of $500 each

Deadline: March 29, 2016


The Zelle LLP Diversity in Law Scholarship

Applicants must either be first-year law students enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school or be part-time (four-year program) or joint-degree students in their second year of law school at an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants also must either (1) be a member of a population or group whose background and perspectives are historically underrepresented in the private practice of law; or (2) demonstrate a long-standing commitment to diversity that will be furthered by award of the scholarship. Selection considerations will include but not be limited to: academic performance, writing skills, demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in litigation (including antitrust and insurance litigation), financial need, and a desire to practice in one of the cities where Zelle Hofmann maintains an office.

Award Amount: $30,000
Deadline: 04/01/2016

International Summer Externships

Summer Externship Opportunities in China, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Vietnam!

A few important externship opportunities are still available in the China, Mexico, Czech Republic and Vietnam programs!

Beijing, China:  Unitalen, a large Chinese firm specializing in IP and corporate law

Brno, Czech Republic:

Supreme Administration Court

Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic

Mexico City: 

U.S. based corporate law firm, Greenberg Traurig

Human rights focus:

Centro Nacional de Derechos Humanos

La Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CMDPDH)

Hanoi, Vietnam: UN Office on Drugs and Crime

The international summer externship application and additional information about the programs are available online at MyUSF under International Programs (

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

Intensive Advocacy Program

Now accepting applications for the Intensive Advocacy Program ("IAP") for May 23-June 5. 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

Office of the Registrar

Summer 2016 Course Schedule

The Summer 2016 Course Schedule has been posted online at   Registration information can be found here


Students who are considering taking a summer class at another ABA accredited university should review Section 15.2 of the JD Academic Requirements & Policies at  Please note that pre-approval must be obtained from the Law Registrar’s Office.

Students who submitted a Petition to Reschedule Exam were emailed confirmations on Friday, 3/11. Please contact the Registrar's Office with questions.

Office of Student Affairs

Pro Bono Opportunities of the Month!

Volunteer with OneJustice - Spanish Interpreters Needed for Immigration Clinic in Half Moon Bay

OneJustice is currently seeking Spanish language interpreters for an immigration clinic in Half Moon Bay. No experience necessary and transportation may be available.

When: March 17, 2016

Where: Main Street Apartments 1101 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA Time: 4 PM to 7 PM

Community Partners: Coastside Hope and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

Duties: You will assist with form filling and interpreting

For sign up instructions please email with your :

1. Law School

2. Graduation Year

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. 

Law Student Support Group Every Tuesday at 12:30 in Room 212, Starting March 15

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, starting March 15 and 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 or 415-422-6352. You can also contact Grace Hum, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at

Spring Town Hall Meeting at 5:30 on March 17 in Room 103

Please come to the Spring Town Hall Meeting from 5:30-6:20 on Thursday, March 17 in Room 103.  The Deans' Office will provide some updates about the law school and would appreciate hearing your feedback about how we can improve the law school and its services.

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.

Graduation Speaker and Vocalist

Auditions for graduation speaker and vocalist will be held on April 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Moot Court Room. Information and Guidelines can be found here

LLM in Tax

Deloitte Info Sessions

Meet USF alum Brian Keegan and hear about what it's like to work as an attorney at one of the biggest accounting firms in the world! Learn about job opportunities for students and new graduates and how to position yourself for a career at Deloitte.

March 21 at 5:30 pm in KN 240
March 22 at 12:30 pm in KN 240

Food will be served! RSVP to