Mandatory Upper-Division Advising Sessions October 6 and 7

ATTENTION:  ALL UPPER-DIVISION STUDENTS (2L, 3L, 4L)

You are REQUIRED to attend one of the following Mandatory Upper-Division Advising Sessions:

  • October 6th    12:15pm – 1:15pm (Room 151)
  • October 6th     5:30pm – 6:30pm (Room 151)
  • October 7th     5:30pm – 6:30pm (Room 151)

During the sessions, Dean Wilson, Associate Dean Jordan, and Director Banks will be present to discuss:

-    Important Dates and Deadlines

-    Graduation Requirements, Procedures and Mapping

-    Upper Division Scholarships

-    Semester Credit Hour Requirements

-    Upcoming Class Offerings

-    Exam Schedule

-    Bar Admission Process

-    Independent Studies and General Writing Requirement (GWR)

-    Opportunities to Consider

As attendance is mandatory, failure to attend will result in a ‘Registration Hold’ being placed on your student account. The hold will prevent your enrollment in Spring 2015 courses. 

Please email Director Banks at ikw1@uakron.edu with any questions.

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The Richard Linn American Inn of Court Mark T. Banner Scholarship

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2015 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

 Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law is an essential requirement.

 Commitment, qualities and actions toward ethics, civility and professionalism.

 Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school).

 Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview for finalists.

 Leadership qualities and community involvement.

 Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability). The application should discuss how diversity has impacted his or her pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision.

Financial Award

The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for his or her Fall 2015 semester of law school.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from now through November 12, 2014. The winner will be notified by April 2015 and the award will be announced at the Linn Inn of Court’s annual dinner in Summer of 2015. Applicants should submit the following documents as a single PDF format file for consideration:

 Completed Mark T. Banner Scholarship Application Form:  Mark T Banner Scholarship Application Form

 Resume

 Academic transcripts (law school, undergraduate/graduate school)

 Three-page statement describing (a) how ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the candidate; (b) how diversity has impacted the candidate; and (c) the candidate’s commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law

 Contact information for three references

Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed in the Spring of 2015.

 

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Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for Law Students

Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Law students who meet the selection criteria and have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.

2015 Scholarship Materials

The application materials for the 2015 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students are now available for download at 2015 DWBS Application.

Completed application materials are due January 12, 2015 and scholarship winners will be announced in May 2015.

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Passwords for Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law

During orientation activation codes for Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg were issued to all incoming law students.  Students need to register with these legal research vendors as soon as possible and activate their passwords.  I still have quite a few students that have not registered with all three vendors.  The activation codes issued during orientation are temporary and will expire shortly.  If you are unable to locate your activation codes or if you have any questions about registering for Westlaw, Lexis or Bloomberg, please contact Lynn Lenart, llenart@uakron.edu or call 330-972-6357.  I have a few extra passwords for each vendor but even mine expire at some point so we need to get everyone registered with these three vendors as soon as possible.  Thank you.

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Use CALI Throughout the Semester!

The Computer Assisted Legal Instructions (CALI) lessons are a valuable resource that you may wish to use to review or reinforce material covered in class.

“The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 900 interactive, computer-based lessons covering most legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction and can be assigned as supplemental study material or integrated with other course materials. ” (Source: CALI web site)

To use the lessons you will need to register on the CALI site and enter our law school’s authorization code.  Here are the instructions for obtaining the School of Law CALI authorization code and accessing the CALI lessons:

1. Click on this link and enter your UAnet ID and university password.

2. A PDF document will open with Akron’s CALI authorization code and additional instructions on accessing the CALI website.

3. Go to CALI’s website (http://www.cali.org ) and click on LogIn and then click  “Create New Account.”   Follow the instructions on that web page and enter the CALI authorization code when prompted. Use your University email address.

You will need to use this authorization code the first time you register.   During the registration process you create a custom password. In subsequent visits to use the lessons, you will just enter your university email address and your custom password.

Please do not give The University of Akron School of Law CALI authorization code to anyone outside of this law school.  The University of Akron is a member of the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction and therefore has a license to the CALI exercises.

Questions? Please contact Lynn Lenart at llenart@uakron.edu or call 330-972-6357.

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