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Student Sponsored Conferences and Symposia

The University of Michigan Law School encourages student organizations and publications to sponsor academic conferences and symposia where such events are consistent with the schedule for classes and other events in the School. Student organizers of conferences and symposia should consult with Jenny Rickard, the Law School's programs and events manager, for advice and assistance with the planning and logistics of these events as early as possible.

The Dean, in his discretion, may occasionally choose to subsidize a symposium organized by student publications and organizations through appropriations separate from the annual law school appropriations to the organization or publication. Such subsidies will be authorized pursuant to the following procedure:

  1. The Curriculum Committee, a law school faculty committee which has student members, will issue a "Call For Proposals" for symposia and conferences each year by the end of February. Student organizations and publications, as well as any other group of students, faculty, or any combination thereof, may propose a symposium or conference for the following academic year.
  2. Proposals should include a description of the topic, format, and importance of the symposium or conference; a proposed budget; suggested dates; a list of sponsoring individuals and organizations and any special knowledge, expertise, or interest they have in the topic; and a list of suggested speakers and participants. Supporting letters are encouraged, as are suggestions of alternative funding sources that have been approached or will be pursued.
  3. Proposals will be due by the end of the fourth full week of March each year for conferences and symposia to be held during the following academic year. The Curriculum Committee, in consultation with the Dean and considering such criteria as it may develop, will approve particular proposals for full or partial Law School funding. It is anticipated that the budget of the Law School will not always permit funding of all proposals. Decisions will be announced by the end of the winter term each year.
  4. The Dean retains discretion to partially or fully fund symposia or conferences on issues that arise too spontaneously to permit review through the Committee process. In such cases, the Dean may consult with the Committee and first receive its advice concerning issues raised by a late proposal for a symposium or conference.
  5. Questions concerning the application of this policy shall be referred to the chair of the Curriculum Committee.

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