Academics News

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.

Spring 2014 Critical Race Theory Seminar

Professor Powell has asked that the following course description for the Spring 2014 seminar in Critical Race Theory be made available to students.


"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.  

UCC Sales—get it this spring while you can!

UCC Article 2 Sales is tested on the bar examination with Contracts.  Although the Contracts course includes some coverage of Article 2, the Sales course offered in the spring semester 2014 reviews and expands that coverage. This two-credit hour course primarily covers Article 2 of the UCC—sales of goods.  There is some coverage of Article 2A—leases of goods and the convention on international sales of goods (CISG).  Contact Professor Nowka if you have questions regarding the course.

Spring 2014 Taxation of LLCs and Partnerships

For those students interested in, but who have not yet registered for, the Spring 2014 course in Taxation of LLCs and Partnerships, adjunct professor Darby Smith would like students to know that he will treat Federal Income Taxation of Individuals as a co-requisite, rather than as a pre-requisite.  Thus, students enrolled in Federal Income Taxation of Individuals in the Spring semester are also eligible to enroll in Taxation of LLCs and Partnerships.

Professor Smith has also provided a draft of the course syllabus for the information of students who may be interested in the course and want to see the intended course coverage.  That syllabus is attached to this page.

Spring 2014 Low Enrollment Courses

Students were previously advised that certain Soring courses with low initial enrollments may be canceled for lack of student interest.  This is a reminder that the University registration system re-opens on Monday, November 25 - students interested in any low enrollment courses are advised to register for those courses early next week, as decisions will need to be made regarding any course cancellations before the Thanksgiving break.