Academics News

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.

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.