Academics News


Since the University was closed on Monday, the last day to add a class or withdraw with 100% tuition refund, is Monday, January 13.

Are you struggling to select a seminar paper topic, or confused by the writing requirement?

If so, then we have the perfect presentation for you!


On Wednesday, January 15, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will be presenting a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room 175 from 12:05pm - 12:55pm.  I want to make clear that this program is designed to supplement, not supplant, the role of the seminar instructor in setting the requirements and expectations for papers in his or her class.

Program: Writing a Research Paper for Writing Requirement Credit
Time: January 15, 2014 12:05pm – 12:55pm in Room 175
Instructor: Kurt Metzmeier


Professor Metzmeier describes his presentation as follows:              
This one-hour session will begin by discussing the student handbook section that sets out the writing requirement, noting its importance as a core requirement of a professional degree.  Then general advice on picking a topic will be given, with some emphasis on library resources like subject-specific legal newsletters, ProfBlogs, and general legal news sources that may helpful in generating topics. Researching the policy aspects of legal issues that come up in seminar papers will be briefly discussed, leading to a treatment of issues involved in writing of a research paper.  Issues discussed may include creating outlines, constructing a thesis, resolving common style and grammar issues, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism by the proper use of quotation and citation.  Given the limited time to discuss these matters, liberal mention will be given to library resources like Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and the collection of other legal writing books on reserve in the law library. (I have a few copies of these works which may be checked out from the Academic Success Office's library.)

You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative event.

Attention 1Ls: Sign up for Spring 2014 Structured Study Groups

Sign-up sheets for Spring 2014 Structured Study Groups will be posted outside the Office of Academic Success (Rm 212).  Please sign up for one of the following times:


Group 1: Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 (Hall-focus) 

Group 2: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (Geisel-focus) 

Group 3: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (Nowka-focus) 

Group 4: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (General-focus) 

Group 5: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 (General-focus) 

Group 6: Fridays 11:50 - 12:50 (Hall-focus) 

Group 7: Fridays 11:50 - 12:50 (General focus) 


If you have any questions, please see Laura Grubbs, Director of Academic Success Program. 


Academic Success Library Reminder

Now that your Fall 2013 semester classes are over, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Library.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

University and Law School Closed Monday, January 6, 2014

The University has announced that classes are canceled and offices closed on Monday, January 6 2014 due to weather.  Therefore the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law classes will not meet, and offices will be closed, on Monday.

Building Closed December 17

The Law School and Law Library will be closed Tuesday, December 17, due to off-site training for faculty and staff.  We will re-open December 18 and will close for the holidays December 24 through January 1, 2014.


Constitutional Law Final Exam - 1:00 p.m. - December 10

University Offices will open at 10:00 a.m. on December 10.

Professor Powell's constitutional law exam is unaffected by the University's delayed opening.  The exam will be administered at 1:00 p.m.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, or Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Refrigerators in Student Kitchen

Before Christmas break, please remove any of your items in the student kitchen refrigerators.  They will be cleaned out on December 19.

Spring 2014 Course Cancellations

The following Spring 2014 courses are being canceled due to low enrollment:


Taxation of Partnerships and LLCs


Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure


Students enrolled in these courses have been notified via email.  Affected students who would like advice regarding the impact of these changes on their Spring schedules should contact Associate Dean Hall or Assistant Dean Ballard.


Congratulations to Emily Harris and to Owen Lee Wilson

Congratulations to Emily Harris and to Owen Lee Wilson who were recently selected to represent the Law School as the 2014 Tax Moot Court Team.  The competition includes brief writing (due by 14 January 2014) and oral argument rounds starting Thursday, 6 February 1014, through Saturday, 8 February 2014, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.   Teams from about nineteen law schools will compete.  During all phases of the competition, teams are identified by number, not by their law school.  Separate awards will be given for brief writing and for oral argument. The team is coached by Professor Blackburn, Adjunct Professor Mark Hahn, and Laurie Beth McTighe, a member of the 2013 Tax Moot Court Team.