Academics News

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!

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.