All Students: MANDATORY Advising Sessions in March

Mark your calendar now to attend your division’s advising session:

2016 Spring Advising Sessions

Please email  with any questions.  Thank you!

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Social Justice and Women’s Rights Advocate Sandra Fluke to Speak

On March 9 from 7-9pm, Social Justice and Women’s Rights Advocate Sandra Fluke will be speaking in Ballroom A in the University of Akron Student Union, with the topic of “Making our Voices Heard.”

Sandra Fluke is a Georgetown Law graduate and a well-known attorney who is famous for, in February of 2012, being denied the right to testify before Congress by Congressional Republicans on the need for women’s own private insurance to cover contraception, with Congress instead choosing to listen to panel of all men about the matter. Later that month she was granted permission to testify before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and went on to be a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She is also known as one of the co-founders of the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection.  Her work has been honored by the American Federation of Teachers, American Constitution Society, Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, National Partnership for Women and Families, NOW, Women’s Campaign Fund, and many more.

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Bar Exam Workshops this week: MPT outlining & Making up the Rules

Tuesday, February 9,  6:30 – 8:00:  MPT Outlining Strategies

Buckingham 101 – Food and casual conversation starting @ 6 PM

The concept of an MPT is easy – you don’t need to know anything other than how to write like a lawyer.  The execution – not so easy.  The outlining technique taught in this workshop allows you to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.  [Similar to ALA class, updated with less formal outline techniques]

Sign up here – so I bring enough food & MPT prompts

Thursday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:30  Making up the Rules

Buckingham 101 – Food and casual conversation starting at 5:30

How to prepare for, and survive, your mind blanking out at the most inopportune time.  The rule-making techniques will help you survive the ultimate failure, as well as improving your rule stack for the majority of the time when you remember the rules. 

Sign up here – so I know how much food to order

Remaining workshops in the series

  • Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 – 7:30 MPT Exam Simulation:  Every year, a few foolhardy souls never get around to writing any MPT essays until the morning of the first day of the bar exam.  That doesn’t usually end well.  Take advantage of the opportunity to write an MPT essay under exam conditions. 
  • Saturday, February 13, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  More food, an informal repeat of any workshops you missed, a chance to ask whatever you haven’t gotten around to asking, I’ll time essays, MPTs, or MBE sets.  Whatever (within reason) will help you make it through this final stretch.

 (The series of 5 workshops + the Half-day Hangout will be repeated twice leading up to the July exam)

Questions:  Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

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Patrick Malone & Associates announces scholarships

Patrick Malone & Associates is offering two scholarships of $5,000 each to law students committed to a career representing individuals serving in legal career paths such as elder law, immigration law, disability rights, and more. You can find more information about the scholarship here:

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May 2016 JD Degree Candidates Preparing to Take the July 2016 Ohio Bar Examination

April. 1, 2016 is the deadline for filing applications to take the July 2016 bar exam.

The following certificate forms for the Ohio Bar Examination have approaching deadlines.  These forms must be certified by the law school, then submitted to the Court so that eligibility to sit for the Ohio Bar Examination may be established. Please check these upcoming deadlines and be sure to submit any bar forms you may need with time allowed for processing by Student Services.

Law School Character Certificate:

Your Law School Character Certificate will be completed with any character/fitness items you have submitted.  It will be available for pick up at the Grad Fair on March 9th.  You can then include it in your application packet to the Court.  The deadline to be received (not postmarked) at the Court as per their website: Important Dates.

April. 1, 2016 is the deadline for filing applications to take the July 2016 bar exam.

The dates for the July 2016 bar examination are July 26, 27, and 28, 2016.

Final Law School Certificate:

We will prepare your Final Certificate and mail it to the Bar Admissions Office of the Supreme Court of Ohio the week following Commencement.

Substance Abuse Instruction Certificate:

You do not need to submit this form to us for completion.  Substance abuse lectures are available two times a year as a school offering from Akron Law.

The next Substance Abuse Lecture will be on Wednesday, February 10, at the Goodyear Polymer Building Auditorium, Room 229,  from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Please arrive early to sign in.  The lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm, and we cannot admit anyone who arrives late.

If you attended one of the lectures here at Akron Law, we include the completion of this one hour of substance instruction on your Final Law School Certificate.  If you have not attended one of the law school’s Substance Abuse Lectures, make-up lectures are not available through The University of Akron School of Law.  Lectures are scheduled through Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) online course option for a fee. Their office phone is 1-800-282-6556.

Application to Take the Bar Examination: (located online )
The Office of Bar Admissions does not process applications to take a bar exam until the previous exam has been administered.

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