Academics News

Spring 2014 Registration Instructions

Registration for Spring 2014 classes begins next week.  In preparation, every student should carefully review the Registration Instructions for important information on registration dates and times, deadlines, and other helpful information.  If you have any questions after reading the Registration Instructions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records, Office 217.

Legal Profession Curriculum - 3L/4L Program - November 5

Attention students graduating in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014:
 
On Tuesday, November 5, at 12:05 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Ms. Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, Ms. Mary Riddell, Deputy Director, Mr. Eric Ison, Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take a bar exam.

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the November 5 program is a requirement for graduation.   A pizza lunch will be provided, but please bring your own drink. 

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externships in Spring 2014

In-House Counsel externships allow students to develop a variety of lawyering skills working under the supervision of attorneys providing legal services within various business organizations.  Students are exposed to a range of substantive law areas and differing types of work product.  During spring 2014, placements are available at General Electric, Appliance Park, Beam, Inc., and Passport Health Plan.  Descriptions of placements are posted on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.  For the Beam Externship, preference is given to students in the top 50%, and who have taken an employment law course.

Students interested in the externship at Beam, Inc., should submit to Professor Jordan a statement of interest, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript by Tuesday November 5, 2013.  Students interested in the GE or Passport externships should submit to Professor Jordan a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript by Wednesday November 6, 2013.

Skills, Writing and Perspective Graduation Requirements

Students are hereby reminded that, pursuant to the Section 2.G.3. of the law school's Student Handbook, the same course or seminar may not be used to satisfy both the Skills requirement and the Writing or Perspective requirements.  Students taking  a course or seminar designated as both Skills and Writing or Perspective must choose which graduation requirement they intend that course to satisfy, and choose another course offering to satisfy the other requirement.

Summer 2014 Course Information Posted

Course information for the Summer 2014 term is now posted here, for your information as you plan your Spring 2014 registration preferences.  While additional externships and courses may be added to the Summer, we will make every effort not to cancel any of the listed Summer courses  (subject to the usual enrollment requirements of five students per course).  Registration for Summer courses will occur in the Spring at the same time as students register for Fall 2014 courses.  We hope this is useful to you as you make your Spring 2014 plans.  If you have any questions about the Summer offerings, please contact Associate Dean Tim Hall.

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externships in Spring 2014

In-House Counsel externships allow students to develop a variety of lawyering skills working under the supervision of attorneys providing legal services within various business organizations.  Students are exposed to a range of substantive law areas and differing types of work product.  During spring 2014, placements are available at General Electric, Appliance Park, Beam, Inc., and Passport Health Plan.  Descriptions of placements are posted on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.  For the Beam Externship, preference is given to students in the top 50%, and who have taken an employment law course.

Students interested in the externship at Beam, Inc., should submit to Professor Jordan a statement of interest, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript by Tuesday November 5, 2013.  Students interested in the GE or Passport externships should submit to Professor Jordan a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript by Wednesday November 6, 2013.

Tax Moot Court

The Tax Moot Court Team is now seeking interested upper-level students who wish to participate in the upcoming National Tax Moot Court Competition. 

The Florida Bar Tax Section sponsors the National Tax Moot Court Competition on an annual basis. The 2014 competition will be held February 6-8, 2014 at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key, Florida. 

The format of the competition consists of a first round double elimination oral argument followed by single elimination quarterfinals, semifinal and final rounds. The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax related. For preliminary rounds of the oral argument competition, judges are made up of attorneys who are members of The Florida Bar Tax Section. The final and consolation rounds will be judged by judges from the US Tax Court. 

Interested students should send Prof. Blackburn their resume along with a short expression of interest.  Please submit by email to tblackburn@louisville.edu. After the initial selection process, Prof. Blackburn will later ask for a meeting, mock argument and writing sample. 

The selection process will begin Friday, 10-25-13. Please send in your resume and interest statement as soon as possible.

Professional Responsibility Make-up Exam

REQUEST FOR MAKE-UP EXAM

Professional Responsibility

Normally, students are expected to take exams when scheduled. In extraordinary circumstances, such as illness of the student or illness or death in the immediate family, the Assistant Dean for Student Life may authorize a make-up exam. Documentation of the circumstances justifying the make-up will be required.

If you need to take a make-up exam, please complete a form and return it to Assistant Dean Ballard by 4:00 p.m., October 28, 2013. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Student Records will arrange the make-up time after all make-up requests are received. Students will be notified of the time and place. Make-up exams will be administered by the Student Records Office unless otherwise indicated.

Skills Certificate Program revised documents available

For those students participating in the law school's Transactional and Litigation Skills Certificate Programs, updated program descriptions and course listings have been posted here.  2L students not yet accepted who are interested in applying for priority registration under this program should note the deadline of Friday, November 4 for submitting application materials to Dean Hall.  However, students are reminded that formal application to the program is not required in order to complete the curricular requirements and earn a certificate.  Further information about the  programs is available in the information sheets; please contact Deans Hall or Ballard with any questions.

Spring 2014 Revised schedule and Course Notes available

I have posted a revised Spring 2014 course schedule and accompanying Course Notes on the Academics web page here.  The Spring exam schedule remains available on the Exam Information page here.  The University remains behind schedule in uploading our course information to the main University registration system, so please refer to the most recent schedules posted on the law school website as the best information available regarding Spring 2014 offerings.