The last few days have seen a flurry of emails from the Offices of the President and Provost regarding the effects of the upcoming Final Four games on University facilities, schedules and classes. This is just to remind everyone at the Law School that in these matters, as with weather-related closings, we follow the lead of the University in deciding whether and when classes will be canceled. With that in mind, here is what we know to date about the effects of the games on our schedules:
1) The law school building and law library will close at 4pm on Saturday, consistent with the University's decision to close all buildings two hours before the basketball game starts. Streets surrounding UofL will be closed beginning 6pm on Saturday.
2) If the men's team wins its Final Four game on Saturday evening, then Monday classes beginning after 4:15pm will be canceled.
If the womens' team wins its Final Four game on Sunday evening, then Tuesday classes beginning after 4:15pm will be canceled.
3) If the men play in the final game Monday evening, then the law school building and law library will again close early on Monday, and street closings will be implemented Monday evening around the University.
4) We have so far had no official announcement of whether, in the event of either team winning a national championship, any further classes will be canceled. I encourage everyone to watch for official announcements from the Provost, sent to our UofL email accounts, concerning any further effects on our classes arising out of the NCAA basketball championships.
Students are advised in addition to check with their professors regarding any makeup classes that may have to be scheduled due to these University closures.
The CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law is a paid fellowship that will run from July 2013 to May 2014, and involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court. All law students who have completed 60 hours are eligible to apply. A limited license to practice law is required. Each student will work at least 10 hours/week at $8.50/hour.
The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
To apply, send an unofficial transcript, resume and cover letter to Professor Shelley Santry at email@example.com by April 5, at 5pm.
The Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Santry. The student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case. The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.
To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. This 4 credit class meets the skills graduation requirement.
For more information about the Law Clinic visit: http://www.law.louisville.edu/lawclinic.
To apply, please email your:
1. unofficial transcript,
2. resume, and
3. a short statement of interest
to: Shelley.firstname.lastname@example.org by April 5, at 5pm.
At this time of year, when a lot of information about registration, course evaluations, exams, Exam4, graduation, etc., is distributed by e-mail, it is extremely important that students check their UofL e-mail accounts frequently.
In addition, some students have both CardMail and Exchange accounts. Students with Exchange accounts include those enrolled in Clinic, student organization officers, or any student who is or has been in the University's payroll system. If you think you may have an Exchange account, try logging in to exchange.louisville.edu with your ULink credentials. If you can log in, you have an Exchange account; and it's very likely that you will find there e-mail that had otherwise been "missing."
Under the provisions of the Student Handbook, students are charged with knowledge of all official communications sent to their University e-mail accounts.
Externships offer unique opportunities for learning lawyering skills, exploring career options, and making valuable contacts in the legal community. Many externship experiences will be offered during the Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 semesters, including opportunities for students who have completed the 1L curriculum. Externships are open to students in academic good standing who have completed prerequisites.
o Summer Judicial Externship
1L Curriculum + 40 credit hours:
o Metro Government Externship
o General Electric Externship
o Fall Judicial Externship
1L Curriculum + 60 credit hours:
o Legal Aid Externship
o Fort Knox Externship
1L + 60 credit hours + Evidence and CrimPro: Constitutional Issues:
o Commonwealth Attorney’s Office Externship
o County Attorney’s Office Externship
o Department of Public Advocacy/Public Defender Externship
More detailed information about opportunities is available on the TWEN course titled Externship INFORMATION. You may also contact Professor Jordan for information.
Graduating students who have met the requirements of the Law School's Certificates of Accomplishment in Litigation or Tranasactional Skills are eligible to receive this acknowledgment of their accomplishments at graduation. You do not need to have been formally "accepted" into the program to receive a certficate; all that is required is that you have taken the courses and met the requirements of the program.
Certificate program descriptions are available here. If you believe you are entitled to a certificate, please fill out the Completion of Requirements form (attached to the program description document) and return it to Associate Dean Hall no later than April 15, 2013.
As you finish your preparations for Summer and Fall registrations, please be sure that you have checked your registration details against the most recent version of the schedules. The most recent versions will always be those available on the law school website under the Academics:Course Schedules link. As of today, March 29, the most recent version of the Summer materials are dated March 22, and the most recent version of the Fall materials are dated March 27 (schedule and Course Notes) and 28 (Exam schedule). As always, if you notice any discrepancies between the official version of the schedule materials on the law school website and the information available in the University registration system, please bring them to the attention of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Tim Hall.