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Eligibility for Funding

The following groups and individuals may request funding for events through the JD Grants Committee:


Funding Criteria

The JD Grants Committee's goal is to provide fair, considered, and equitable disbursement of the available funds. Because the committee considers funding requests for many types of events, the criteria are somewhat broad, and a number of the following factors may influence a decision to grant or deny a given request. Not all of the criteria may apply to every event.

The committee does not fund expenses prohibited by State, University, or Law School rules or policies. Depending on the available funds, not all qualifying requests may receive funding, and some events or travel may receive only partial funding. Additionally, funding in one year does not guarantee future funding or funding amounts, even for the same type of event or travel.

Consistent with the criteria above, the committee rarely, if ever, funds:

The most important criterion for JD Grants funding is educational value: Funded events must primarily provide educational opportunities for participating students or for the student organization or co-curricular activity that they represent. For example, a symposium sponsored by a student group will provide educational value to the students who plan the event and to other members of the group, Law School community, or others who attend. A trip to a competition provides a significant educational experience to the students who prepare for and participate in the competition.

Related factors include the number of students who may benefit and cost per student. For example, a local educational event benefiting several students is more likely to be funded than an educational travel opportunity for fewer students with a higher cost per student. 

Networking events, however, are not primarily educational: They focus on providing opportunities for individuals to make professional contacts that may help them with a job search or professional development. For example, a local networking event might be hosted or sponsored by a law firm or other employer for a specific student group or for the wider law student community. The firm or employer should provide the venue and pay for these events. Events that a student group sponsors are also primarily networking when the event's purpose is to provide group members with the opportunity to meet people who work in their area of interest.

The primary purpose of trips to seminars or conferences may be less clear because these events often combine education and networking.  Usually regional and national conferences sponsored by affiliated law student organizations are considered primarily educational even though students may have some networking opportunities during the event. In contrast, a trip to an ABA section meeting is likely to have a networking component that is greater than any educational value.

The JD Grants Committee requires that students who attend conferences and seminars give a presentation about what they learned at the event to their student group or to other members of the Law School community. Sharing this educational content helps to spread the benefits of attendance more widely.

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