Academics News

LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship - Deadline Feb. 3

The Louisville Bar Association is pleased to present the 2014 LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, which will award $1,000 of financial assistance to a 2L or 3L attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. 

The applicant's educational background, personal statement, and participation in community service activities will be considered in the selection process.  The recipients will be selected by the LBA Diversity Committee.

For more information regarding requirements for eligibility and application instructions, review the Scholarship Application.  The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014.

Study Abroad Information Session - Today at 11:50

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on Monday, January 13.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics and the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program and the types of study abroad options that exist.  Professors Russ Weaver and John Cross will provide more information on the Law School's foreign exchange partner schools.

The session will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

Fall 2013 Class Ranks

Class ranks should be available the second week in February.  This will give everyone time to review their exams.

We will put a notice in the Docket when class ranks are ready.

Change of Location for July 2014 Kentucky Bar Exam

Beginning this July, and continuing until through at least July 2014, the summer Kentucky Bar Exam will be held at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Center which is located basically at the intersection of I-64 and Hurstbourne Lane in Louisville, KY.  The true street address is 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299.  The phone number is 502-491-4830.

This is an exciting change.  The hotel has just been totally renovated.  The room rate will be lower for students there than it has been at the Crowne Plaza.  The applicant block of rooms will be $85.00 a night for either a double room or a king room.  The entire conference center which is adjacent to, but not part of the hotel, has been reserved, so there will be less traffic in the building and less chance of a noise issue.  The location is closer to restaurants and will likely be easier to reach for a majority of applicants. 

The February exam will continue at the Clarion in Lexington on Newtown Pike for the next four years.

Registration Deadlines for Extegrity - KY Bar Exam Computer Software

We have received notice from Extegrity about changes to their registration rules for the upcoming KY Bar exam, and presumably from this point on.  Please note that Extegrity will now provide a late registration for applicants who miss the registration dates of January 17 – 24 for 2 additional days (1/25 & 1/26) and will charge the applicant a $50 late registration fee, making the total fee for late registration, $150.  For applicants who do not download Extegrity by the late registration deadline, Extegrity will manually register them, but will double the applicant’s fee by an additional $150, making the total fee $250.  For more information, click here.

I wanted to get this out to you so that you can be sure to make the initial deadline for your own fiscal well being!

Seats Available: Critical Race Theory

Students are advised that there are seats available in Professor Powell's Critical Race Theory seminar.  This seminar satisfies the Writing and Perspective graduation requirements.  The course description is below.


"Critical Race Theory ("CRT") questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law."  Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, CRITICAL RACE THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION 3 (NYU Press 2001).  Advancing an interdisciplinary approach to critique the law and its role in preserving structural inequality, CRT focuses on analyzing several recurrent themes in the law:  (i) interest convergence (the concept that any "progess" on racial issues is purely the product of whether it contributes to the status quo of inequality); (ii) revisionist history (a critique of how history has been de-contextualized to advance a distorted historical narrative of America's racial progress); (iii) colorblindness and post-racialism (a critique of "neutrality" and the role it plays in the maintenance of systemic subordination of people of color); and (iv) structural determinism (the proposition that racism is structural and adaptable so that societal change is incremental and limited).  These principles will be applied and discussed in a variety of contexts.  


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!