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American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply and attend law school and to provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

For more information and complete application instructions, click here for the PDF or visit the website.

Robbins Award

The Robbins Collection invites enrolled Berkeley Law 2L and 3L J.D. students to submit their unpublished research papers on comparative law or legal history for this competition.

Authors of the three top papers will receive awards of, each $2,000 (first prize), $1,500 (second prize), and $1,000 (third prize). Students must submit their papers by email to on or before 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2015.

Total length of the paper, not including either footnotes or endnotes and bibliography, must be between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

For additional information, please visit:

Peaceful Home Seeks Friendly Housemate

To see photos and to reply, please visit

One room is available in a beautiful home in the hills just above Cal’s campus. The room is quiet, private, and spacious. It features hardwood floors and three large windows facing trees. It adjoins the master bathroom, the shower of which you would share with one female housemate. There is one closet plus ample storage space.

Built in 1925, the house has the charming features of that era, including built-in bookcases and china cabinets, wall-away ironing board, and a wall-length mantelpiece atop a working, wood-burning fireplace. But it also has the modern conveniences of a fully renovated kitchen with dishwasher, garbage disposal, ample counterspace, two ovens, and a glass-top range. If you like to cook, the kitchen is a joy. Behind the laundry room is access to the backyard — a perfect place to lay out, barbecue, or just sit and read. The house is just a five minute walk down to the Gourmet Ghetto’s shops and restaurants, a 10 minute walk to campus, and a 15 minute walk to the Downtown Berkeley BART.

Our wonderful housemate is moving away, and we are hoping to find someone just as sweet to replace her. We are a guy and a girl (not a couple), looking for someone who is friendly and fun, clean and considerate. If you like to share meals sometimes, or just hang out with a glass of wine and chill, this could be a good fit for you. It’s best for grad students, postdocs, or professionals.

Water and garbage are included in the rent. We share the other utilities, including electric and internet.

Our landlady does not allow pets or smoking on the property, or shoes inside the house. The room is for one person, not a couple.

The room is unfurnished and the move-in date is negotiable.

If interested, please tell us enough about yourself to give a sense of who you really are. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 by February 20, 2015. All inquiries should be directed to Ashley Byers: jbsl@law.msu.eduAttached is a flyer with additional details.

Spoon Poster 2015

Bristol Law Review Call for Submissions

Dear students and members of staff,

The Bristol Law Review is the University of Bristol’s premier journal of legal scholarship. It aims to promote legal research and provide a forum for the discussion of interdisciplinary and contemporaneous legal issues.

We are currently accepting submissions for our 2014 Edition, and would like to invite all interested parties to submit their work on any legal topic within the remit of UK, EU or international law for consideration. We are prepared to consider entries which do not adhere to this stipulation on a case-by-case basis, although preference will be given to those which do. Your work must adhere to the Style Guide, available at

Submissions need not be specifically written for the Review; all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate work previously produced and submitted to the author’s law school as part of their coursework are also welcome, subject to compliance with our Style Guide.

Please e-mail all contributions to
, together with any questions you may have. In addition, please ensure that you have completed our submission form which can be accessed at

The deadline for submission is Sunday, 30th November 2014 at 11:59pm. However, contributions will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so you are highly encouraged to make an early submission.

We have opened submissions to academics, legal practitioners and students from around the world, making this an excellent opportunity to showcase your work alongside other praiseworthy pieces on an international stage. We also intend on exhibiting pieces from a variety of qualification levels, so we encourage law students of all years to contribute, from first years to postgraduates and alumni.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Yours Faithfully,

The Bristol Law Review Editorial Board

University of Bristol Law School
Law School
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Bristol BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)117 954 5356 / +44 (0)117 33 15114
Office Hours: 10am-4pm

Posted on the Boalt Bulletin Board by
Vera Ann Yeh
Research Editor Bristol Law Review
University of Bristol LL.B, Year 2

Bryan Garner – Advanced Legal Writing Seminar, Oct. 24

The California Constitution Center has invited Bryan Garner, the universally-acknowledged preeminent authority on modern American legal writing, to present his advanced legal writing seminar here at Boalt. This is a one-day, all-day course on Fri 24 Oct in Booth Auditorium. There is no cost, and materials will be provided. The syllabus is attached.

There are only 30 open seats in this class. This offer is open only to second and third year Boalt JD students. Admission is by reservation only. The names will be chosen at random on October 20.

Reservations can be made here:

Reserving a spot means a commitment to attend for the full day, and attendance will be taken. The deadline to RSVP for a seat is 5:00 pm on Fri 17 Oct.

Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program on contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expenses-paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing practicing attorneys today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2015 FASPE Law program will run from May 24 to June 4.

Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2015.  All FASPE programs are non-denominational and candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at

See flyer here.

Real Estate Certificate Info Session, 9/18/14 at 5pm in 106 Wurster Hall

CED, Haas, and Berkeley Law students are invited to attend an informal, informational session about the new Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (IGCRE).  The IGCRE offers graduate students in the College of Environmental Design (CED), the Haas School of Business (Haas), and Berkeley Law the opportunity to supplement their major areas of study with courses that specifically focus on real estate. Come learn about the certificate requirements, how to apply, and meet other students interested in real estate development.

Students who cannot attend are encouraged to visit the website – – for more details about the program or to talk to their department’s Graduate Student Affairs Officer:

College of Environmental Design: Kathleen Pera,

Haas School of Business: Thomas Chappelear,

Berkeley Law School: Ken Taymor,

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of law is pleased to announce the inaugural Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, the Crane Writing Competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The competition is open to currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States. Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to: All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage: Please distribute this information broadly so that we may reach as many eligible students as possible. Questions may be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp, who will be coordinating the competition:

Professor Alper Seeking Research Assistant

Professor Ty Alper, Associate Director of the Death Penalty Clinic, seeks a part-time Research Assistant for the Fall 2014 semester, and perhaps into the Spring 2015 semester as well. 8-10 hours a week, on issues related to the criminal justice system, the death penalty, methods of execution, and criminal defense issues generally. Interested students should send resume and cover letter to Professor Alper’s assistant, Olivia Layug, at

Fall 2014 research assistants for two CLEE projects

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is looking for research assistants to contribute to two exciting projects this fall:

PROJECT 1: Addressing Institutional Vulnerabilities to Climate Change: Drought as Stress Test for Water Allocation and Environmental Protection

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is recruiting one or more paid GSRs for Fall 2014 to contribute to a project examining the human and environmental impacts of the current drought. The project involves researching legal aspects of water allocation during the current drought and past droughts.

The GSR will have the opportunity to be part of a potentially exciting research effort—the topic is timely and attention-getting, and our approach is designed to inform future water and environmental policies. The GSR will join a collaborative team lead by Professor Holly Doremus. The GSR will gain legal-research, writing, and data-analysis experience, as well as substantive knowledge of environmental law and legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates are rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience, excellent research and organizational skills, and strong written and oral communication skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with environmental law and/or water law is a plus.

PROJECT 2: Citizen Suits and Enforcement of Water Quality Laws and Regulations

The Wheeler Institute for Water Law & Policy at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) is recruiting one or more paid GSRs for Fall 2014 to contribute to a project examining the enforcement of water quality laws, with a particular focus on the role of citizen suits. The project involves legal and regulatory research, and potentially engagement with stakeholders.

The GSR will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting research effort designed to inform environmental policies. The topic is of growing importance and is likely to garner broad attention. The GSR will join a collaborative team lead by Professor Holly Doremus. The GSR will gain legal-research, writing, and data-analysis experience, as well as substantive knowledge of environmental law and legal scholarship.

Ideal candidates are rising second- or third-year law students with law journal/review experience, excellent research and organizational skills, and strong written and oral communication skills, task management, and self-guidance. Familiarity with environmental law is a plus.

These are part-time, paid positions. Time commitment is negotiable up to 24%.

Interested applicants are invited to email a resume and a brief cover letter to Hailey Anderson, CLEE Administrator, at The cover letter should explain relevant skills and experiences as they relate to CLEE’s mission and programs.

Legal Internship – Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice (CRRJ) advances scholarly discourse, bolsters advocacy efforts, and influences public opinion through innovative socio-legal research, scholarship, teaching, and convenings. CRRJ is dedicated to the pursuit of reproductive justice, maintaining that all people deserve the social, financial, political, and legal conditions required to make genuine choices about reproduction – choices that must be respected, supported, and treated with dignity. We are particularly concerned about advancing the position of marginalized populations whose reproduction has been forced, denied, or exploited. The rights to have children, not to have children, and to parent children are of an intimate, fundamental nature and ought to be accessible to all.

CRRJ is currently seeking a law student to work for approximately 10 hours per week from August 2014 to May 2015. The student will contribute to multiple ongoing projects, including indexing content for a comprehensive teaching textbook; reading scholarly articles and writing annotations for an interactive, virtual bibliography; and researching, reading, excerpting, and summarizing cases and articles for ongoing writing projects.

Qualifications include: at least one year of law school, familiarity with reproductive rights law and justice, strong written and oral communication skills, excellent research skills, task management, and self-guidance. Workstudy funding would be ideal, but not required.

To apply for the position, please forward a resume, cover letter, and references to Elaine Mui, Center Administrator at

For more information on the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, please visit our website:

Seeking incoming 1L students for paid research interviews

University of Pennsylvania psychologists who study student achievement are seeking to conduct 20-30 minute phone interviews with incoming 1L students. The purpose of these interviews is to learn more about how students study for the LSAT. Each student who takes this 20-30 minute interview will receive $30. Students will simply answer questions about how they studied for the LSAT. Interviews will be conducted in the next several weeks, preferably before the end of July. Time and date of the phone interview will be scheduled according to the students’ availability. Students will be selected for this opportunity on a first come, first serve basis. Any interested students, please email Lauren Eskreis-Winkler to set up a phone interview at

Trademark dispute research assistance needed

We are a SF Bay Area indie software developer currently defending ourselves in trademark litigation. We are seeking occasional research assistance. If you are interested, please contact us at and we will provide more information. In your email, please provide a brief note as to your background, interests, and availability.
Thank you!

Call for Participants: Paid Research Study for Bar Exam Takers

I am a faculty member in the psychology department at the University of California, Riverside, and I’m conducting a study with people taking the California Bar Exam this July 2014. I would like to invite you to participate in this paid research study (participants can receive $80 to that involves taking EIGHT online surveys starting one week prior to taking the exam and finishing up within a few days after receiving your exam results. Only ONE survey will be requested in the two weeks prior to the exam; all others are after the exam is completed.

Anyone over the age of 18 and taking the bar exam this July is eligible to participate. If you’re interested, please contact me at to indicate your interest in participating or to get more information about the study. This study has been reviewed and approved by the UCR IRB.

Thank you in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Kate Sweeny, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of California, Riverside
c/o Sara Andrews, Graduate Assistant