Academics News

Upcoming Information Sessions

Mark your calendars for three upcoming information sessions this week and next designed to assist you as you plan for registration for Spring 2014 and beyond. 

  • On Wednesday, October 23, guest speakers Dr. Pat Condon and Emily Maiden from the University Office of National and International Scholarships, and 3L law student Josh Hartsell, will discuss opportunities that exist for Boren, FLAS, and Critical Language Scholarships and Fellowships.  This will be a 45-minute program beginning at noon in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.  See flyer for more information.  This program is co-sponsored by the International Law Society.
  • On Thursday, October 24, Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic, will discuss the opportunities that exist for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court.  New for spring 2014 - Clinic I will be offered as three or four credit hours.  Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence seminar that will be offered during Spring Break week.  The program will begin at 12:05 in Room 275Lunch will be provided.
  • On Tuesday, October 29, Professor Karen Jordan will provide a not-to-be-missed program on externship opportunities available to second- and third-year law students.  In spring 2014, law students will have an opportunity to participate in over 15 externships, including new externships with Beam Inc., Passport Health, General Electric, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, just to name a few.  You'll learn everything you need to know about how to apply for an externship and how to register for Spring 2014.  The program will begin at 12:05 in Room 175 Lunch will be provided

As a reminder, registration for law students will begin the week of November 11.  All dates are posted on the Law School calendar.  Information regarding registration forms and deadlines will be posted soon in the Daily Docket. First-year law students will receive an email the week of November 11 with instructions on how to register for spring classes.  First-year students will register on November 14. 

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.

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18, 2013

Monday-Thursday - 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday - 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

 

 

Legal Research Exam - October 12

Students taking the Legal Research final exam on Saturday should review the Law School's exam policies and excerpts from the Student Handbook pertaining to exams. 

Did You Know...?

Research on learning suggests "sleep is critical at almost all stages of memory formation, memory processing and long-term memory retention."

Check this out:
'Memory Pinball' And Other Reasons You Need A Nap

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/08/220065467/memory-pinball-and-other-reasons-you-need-a-nap

Study Abroad Opportunity for Upper-Division Students: Spring Break in Finland with Prof Cross

Looking for a way to spend spring break traveling abroad while earning academic credit?   If so, consider enrolling in the special course in “United States Intellectual Property Law in a World Perspective,” which will be taught by Professor John Cross in Turku, Finland, from March 10 to 14, 2014.  This is an intensive, one-hour course that meets for two and one-half hours per day Monday through Friday of spring break week.  The examination will take place after you return to the United States.

The course is actually part of the English-language program offered by the University of Turku Faculty of Law.  The program draws students from all over Europe, as well as some students from Africa and China.  However, because of the long-standing relationship between our School of Law and the University of Turku, they have agreed to open the course up to our students.  Upper-division law students would enroll for the course during ordinary spring semester registration here at UofL, and all credit will be awarded by UofL.  Permission of the instructor is required for registration. 

A student who completes the course would not be precluded from taking our course in Intellectual Property Law (Law 967).  On the other hand, successful completion of the special course would satisfy the prerequisite for these courses that require students to have taken Law 967.

In addition to the one hour of tuition, students would be responsible for paying for travel to and from Finland and their accommodations for the week.  Airfare to Helsinki is currently about $1,000 roundtrip.  As far as accommodations, we have arranged to have students stay at the university guesthouse, which offers rooms for about $30 per night.  Students could also opt to stay in one of several nearby hotels (which offer the advantage of providing breakfast as part of your room rate).  Professor Cross would be happy to discuss travel and accommodation options with anyone interested in taking part.  No visa is required for short-term study in Finland.

So pack up your swimsuit (for the sauna, of course—there is likely still to be snow on the ground in March in Finland) and spend your spring break doing something productive.

Personal Ethics v. Professional Ethics? National Expert Explores the Issues in School-wide Lecture

Do you ever think about what you would do if your personal beliefs conflicted with your professional responsibilities?  One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, will address these issues in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 275.  Pizza will be served.  An unrelated Town Hall meeting of students and the administration will take place immediately after Dean Morant's lecture, also in 275.  His lecture is "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations."  His bio is at http://law.wfu.edu/faculty/profile/morantbd/  Please join the entire Law School community as Dean Morant explores these important issues.

Personal Ethics v. Professional Ethics? National Expert Explores the Issues in School-wide Lecture

Do you ever think about what you would do if your personal beliefs conflicted with your professional responsibilities?  One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, will address these issues in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 275.  Pizza will be served.  An unrelated Town Hall meeting of students and the administration will take place immediately after Dean Morant's lecture, also in 275.  His lecture is "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations."  His bio is at http://law.wfu.edu/faculty/profile/morantbd/  Please join the entire Law School community as Dean Morant explores these important issues.

Make-up Exams for Legal Research and Accounting & Finance for Lawyers

REQUEST FOR MAKE-UP EXAM

Legal Research & Accounting & Finance for Lawyers

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 a make-up exam, please complete a form and return it to Assistant Dean Ballard by 4:00 p.m., October 8, 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.

Make-up exam forms are on the wall outside of Rm. 217.

Short Survey for Students on Study Abroad - We need your input!

Attention Law Students:  The Law School's International Committee, chaired by Professor Russ Weaver, needs your help.  The Committee would like students' input on existing study abroad opportunities and students' interest in participating in foreign study abroad during law school. 

Please take 5 minutes to complete a short survey on TWEN to help the International Committee develop a strategic plan for our law students with respect to study abroad.  The course name is International Law Committee - Study Abroad Survey.  The Committee will begin analyzing student feedback this week, and ask that students please complete the quick survey by Friday, October 4.  Thank you in advance for your help.

International Committee Members:  Professors Russ Weaver, John Cross, and Manning Warren, and law students Kathryn Ball and Isaac Fain.