ABA offers free membership for law students

The American Bar Association now offers free membership to students enrolled at ABA-approved law schools. Included among the many benefits of membership are access to the ABA Job Board, opportunities to connect with established lawyers and learn about specialized areas of law, free monthly webinars on various career-related topics, and member-only discounts on items such as cell phone packages and rental cars.

Students can immediately join the ABA for free at www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents or by calling the Service Center at 800.285.2221. More details can be found here.

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Attention Graduates: Class Gift

Attention Graduating Students! Congratulations, you’re in the final stretch. As you wind down your law school career, we sincerely hope you’ll consider donating to the Class Gift Fund in order to provide a helping hand to those students who will walk the halls of Akron Law after you’ve gone. If you’ve already done so, we thank you! Starting with your class and continuing into the future, the Class Gift will contribute to the Student Emergency Fund. The SAF will be available for students who have emergency financial needs outside of school which they cannot cover on their own. Students will not have to repay the SAF for the distribution, it is only there to help.

This is not your ordinary class gift. Paying forward to future generations of the Akron Law family will make us all stronger. You can still contribute to the Class Gift and Student Emergency Fund by following this link –> https://www.lawalum.uakron.edu/sslpage.aspx?pid=408.

Thank you in advance for you generosity, and the best of luck as you enter this exciting new chapter of your lives!

Dan Boyer (SBA President)
Michael Tipton (Student Director, Law Alumni Association Board)

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CQE Clinic Volunteer Training – Wednesday, May 13, 4:00 pm

Our next free Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) clinic is Saturday, May 16th! We’re very excited to be providing opportunities for ex-offenders in Summit County to take a step toward gaining employment and independence!

We are looking for students to volunteer from 9:45a-12:45p on May 16th. The clinic will be held at Barberton Middle School,477 4th St. NW Barberton, OH 44203. The time you volunteer can be applied toward your graduation requirement as pro bono limited means hours.

There will be a volunteer training on Wednesday, May 13th, 4:00-5:30pm at the law school. The time you’re at training will count toward your pro bono limited means hours as well.

If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please e-mail Sarah at smw87@zips.uakron.edu. You can also learn more about the clinic at our website: http://www.uakron.edu/law/clinical/cqe-clinic.dot.

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New Class Ranking Policy

In response to your feedback, we modified and simplified the class ranking policy to assure you receive rankings expeditiously at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. We value the importance rankings play for each of you and hope this version simplifies reporting to employers. We eliminated the Option A and Option B ranking system. The new system ranks students based upon their status as full-time or part-time students and their entering class year (see below for full details). We will continue to rank you after each Fall and Spring semester. The new ranking policy is effective immediately.  Please contact me at ikw1@uakron.edu with any questions.

Thank you,

Assistant Dean Banks

Class Rankings

The School of Law calculates individual class rankings after the end of the fall and spring semesters. We rank students based upon their entering class year (e.g., 2015, 2016) and their enrollment division (e.g., full- or part-time). Students changing division (e.g., part-time to full-time) will be ranked with the new division at the end of the semester in which the classification goes into effect.

Students taking summer classes are not issued a new class rank in August.

Grades processed after semester rankings post (e.g. grades from previous Incompletes) will be included in the following semester’s class rankings.

Students are ranked with their entering class unless their projected graduation date changes due to a leave of absence or significant reduction in credit load. Any student who takes a leave of absence for one academic year will not be ranked during that year.

Akron Law ranks transfer students based upon the year the student entered the transferring law school.

Graduating Class Final Rankings

Each May, Akron Law merges all graduating students (both full-time and part-time divisions) into a final combined class rank. We also merge students graduating at the end of the preceding fall semester into this final combined ranking.

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Summer 2015 Graduate Mediation Training

Offered By The University of Akron Center for Family Studies

Courses may be applicable to your law degree. If you are a non-joint degree student, find out how  here:

Seminar: General Mediation Training
(12 hours) 1 credit hour
Class # 11596 Graduate 7400:585:008

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Seminar: Divorce Mediation Training
(40 hours) 3 credit hours
Class # 14788 Graduate 7400:585:007

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM

REGISTRATION for Current University of Akron Students: The mediation courses are considered Summer 2015 classes and tuition will charged to Summer semester. Current students should register via
their MY AKRON accounts. Search for classes using the course numbers listed above.

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