Monster’s Ball Tickets now on sale!

Monster’s Ball Tickets are now on sale. The event is Thursday, Oct. 30th from 9pm-12 midnight at Jillian’s, “The Groove Shack.” There will be a costume contest, first prize is a $50 gift card. Remember to get your tickets early, $25 for SBA members, $35 for non-members, and $40 day of the event for everyone! You don’t want to miss the event of the semester!

Voter Protection Training – Sunday Oct. 12 at 3PM

For those of you interested in serving as poll watchers on Election Day, there will be a brief training session on Sunday, October 12, 2014, in Room 138 at 3PM. The session will be hosted by James Doyle, Voter Protection Director of the SC Democratic Party. We have Election Day off (November 4), so please consider volunteering!
This is a non-partisan activity. All are encouraged to volunteer.

Spring Externship Interest Meeting

The Office of Experiential Learning is having a Spring Externship Interest Meeting this Thursday, October 9th at 12:40 in room 135.  This is an opportunity for 2ls and 3ls to learn about the program and placement possibilities.  The externship program provides the chance for students to earn academic credit while working in various types of state and federal government offices.  Students can work for all levels of judges, government agencies, solicitors, and public defenders while earning academic credit.


Please let Megan Seiner,, 803-777-1451 know if you have any questions.

Upcoming Career Services Events

Wednesday, October 20
Cover Letter Program for 1Ls
Career Services will discuss how to draft an effective cover letter.
Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, October 21
US Air Force JAG Presentation
A US Air Force JAG member will discuss the application process and duties of a JAG officer.
Please bring your lunch.
Tuesday, October 28
Labor/Employment Law Program
Panel discussion with members of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Division.  Panel is composed of attorneys from large firms, small firms, and government agencies.  Panelists discuss the practice area and work/life balance.
Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday, October 29
Professionalism and Social Media
Presentation by Gary Moore, USC IT Department, on establishing a professional social media presence.  Career Services will discuss LinkedIn.
January 12
Symplicity Training/
OCI Information Session
Training session on how to navigate Symplicity, the software utilized by the Office of Career Services.  Presentation will address how to apply for job postings and on-campus interviews.  There will also be a discussion of the on-campus interview process.
Lunch will be provided.
Monday –  Thursday, January 26-29
Career Week
Daily panels of practicing lawyers discuss various career options.  Topics vary each year, but may include Government; Alternative Careers; Private Practice (Small Firms vs. Large Firms); Transactional Work vs. Litigation.
Lunch will be provided each day.
Feb. 4
Interview Tips
& Young Lawyers Division Diversity Clerkship Presentation
Presentation by Career Services on effective interview techniques, dress, and etiquette.
Brief presentation by SC Young Lawyers Division on SC Bar Diversity Clerkship Program.
Please bring your lunch.
Feb. 10
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Interview Demonstration
Hiring partner from Nelson Mullins interviews a second-year student in front of audience.  NMRS will follow the interview with feedback and a brief presentation.
Provides first-year students insight into the format of an on-campus interview.
Please bring your lunch.
Feb. 24
Federal Clerkships
Panel of federal law clerks will discuss their experiences and the application process.
Lunch will be provided.
March 3
Job Search Strategies
Presentation on finding jobs outside of the on-campus interview process.
Please bring your lunch.
March 26
Small Firm Lunch
Ten lawyers from small local firms are invited to have lunch with students in the law school lobby to provide information on practicing law in a small firm.  Each lawyer has his or her own table. 
Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday, March 31
State Clerkships
Panel of state law clerks discuss their experiences. 
The application process is discussed.
Lunch will be provided.

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:

AmeriBar Information Session

On Monday, October 6 at 12:40pm come to Room 231 to learn all about AmeriBar and how you can love your bar review company! There will be an overview of AmeriBar’s bar review packages, as well as information on MPRE prep. Access to a free online MPRE courses will be given to all those who attend! Lunch will be provided.

Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Available

The Mark T. Banner 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.

The recipient of the scholarship receives $5,000 to be applied to their legal education.  This scholarship is available to 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.  Scholarship recipients are selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

• Commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law.

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

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

• Written and oral communication skills.

• Leadership qualities and community involvement.

• Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability).

Applications need to be submitted by November 12, 2014.  The application is available on the Linn Inn of Court’s website at

Shoe Drive sponsored by BLSA

The Black Law Students Association is currently holding a Shoe Drive to benefit individuals and families in our area who are in need. Donations will be provided to The Cooperative Ministry for distribution. BLSA seeks your support!

Please bring unwanted but operable pairs of shoes to the clearly marked collection bin located in the law school lobby.

We are collecting shoes for all ages as well as clothing and small furniture donations. If you have an item that is too large for the collection bin, please email and a BLSA member will come to you for pick up.

For more information on The Cooperative Ministry, please grab a brochure from the collection bin or visit their website at

Congratulations to the winners of the SBA Election!

Congratulations to the following 1Ls for winning Representative Positions on the Student Bar for the 2014-2015 School Year:

Max Glober
Harmon Groves
Aleia Hornsby
Caitlyn Pennington
Travis Bain
Lauren Glazer
Richard Bryant
William Sprott

And also to the following 2L who also won a Representative spot on the SBA:

Ben Hepner

Thank you to all who voted!