Academics News

Partners for Justice Society Scholarship Grant Awarded

Secretary-Treasurer, Tasha Scott (right) presented a scholarship check from the Kentucky Bar Foundation to Dean Susan Duncan at the Fellows and Partners for Justice Society luncheon during the KBA Convention on June 20th.  

Apply to be an Orientation Ambassador!

Students:  We need your help during orientation!  If you are interested in serving as an orientation ambassador during the week of August 12, or speaking on a student panel, please complete the short application and submit it to Dean Ballard by July 8!  Questions?  Contact Dean Ballard at 852-8956.  Thank you!

Spring 2013 Class Ranks are Available from Student Records

Spring 2013 Class Ranks are Available from Student Records
Law students may request their class rank (1) in person; or (2) by sending an email to Ms. Barbara Thompson using their email address.  Class ranks will not be given over the phone.  If you wish to obtain your class rank in person, please stop by Ms. Thompson's office - 217.  If you wish to request your class rank via email, please send your request to  Do not send an email using a personal email address.  You must use your email address.

Students Encouraged to Meet Academic Success Candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5, three candidates for the position of Academic Success Director will be interviewing at the law school. 

The hiring committee would greatly appreciate student feedback.  Students are encouraged to meet the three candidates at the times below and to send feedback to Professor Kathy Bean, Chair.  The candidates will be in the Cox Lounge.

  • Tuesday June 4:  10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Jude Wolford) and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lori Goodwin-Hollowell)
  • Wednesday June 5:  10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (Laura Grubbs)


Summer 2013 Graduates

Monday, June 12, 2013, is the last day to apply for a summer 2013 degree.  

 Go to ULink to apply for your degree.

Fall 2Ls: How serious are you about your legal education?

Congratulations rising 2Ls on your completion of boot camp.  Some in worse condition than others, but rising nonetheless.  And the immediate issue is what to do this summer.  You can take a summer job, and tread water until the fall semester.  Comfortable if not restful -- not bad.

You can do a lot better.

Join the Journal of Law & Education.  As a member you will be writing responsible legal text, overseen by experienced student editors and professionals, before publication.  You'll enjoy the pains and pitfalls of communicative and precise legal writing.  You'll acquire what will over time become second nature.  Indeed, you can have an article available in print for employers (former law review members themselves) before graduation.

Among other benefits of Journal membership are scholastic credit, and an opportunity to satisfy the writing requirement.

The deadline for applications is May 29.  Find our application here.

Journal of Law and Education

Why should you apply for JLE?  Two great reasons:

  1. You value your time
    1. Work is spread out, requiring most of all responsibility in meeting deadlines, a basic professional trait.
    2. No office hours; ours is an unstructured time commitment.
    3. Each candidate has over six months, with reasonable deadlines, to write a Note.
  2. Amazing opportunities
    1. 4-5 opportunities for your note to be published!
    2. Your written abstracts are published in EVERY edition.  That is four times you are guaranteed publication of your written work!
    3. JLE is the leading journal in the field of law and education - ranking well above the median in law review circulation.
    4. Supportive staff; we want to help you develop as a writer.
    5. Abundant editorial board position opportunities for 3Ls.

Application deadline is May 29 at 5 p.m.  Find our application here.  Mark your calendar for a mandatory orientation June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.  To submit your application or if you have any questions, please contact Cassie Blausey at

Grading and Grade Reporting

Congratulations on finishing your Spring exams.  As a result of feedback from students after the Fall semester, we will be releasing grades slightly differently this semester.  Rather than release grades to students piecemeal as they are posted by professors, the University registrar's office will hold all grades until after the grading and posting deadline of Friday, May 10, and then release grades to students all at once.  Your Spring 2013 grades should be available on the University website on Saturday, May 11. 

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and productive Summer.

There are Still Openings for Summer and Fall Externships

It's not too late to apply. 

Externships offer unique opportunities for learning lawyering skills, exploring career options, and making valuable contacts in the legal community.  Many externship experiences will be offered this summer and during the Fall 2013 semester, including opportunities for students who have completed the 1L curriculum.  Externships are open to students in academic good standing who have completed prerequisites.

1L Curriculum:
o Summer Judicial Externship

1L Curriculum + 40 credit hours:
o Metro Government Externship
o General Electric Externship
o Fall Judicial Externship

1L Curriculum + 60 credit hours:
o Legal Aid Externship
o Fort Knox Externship

1L + 60 credit hours + Evidence and CrimPro: Constitutional Issues:
o Commonwealth Attorney’s Office Externship
o County Attorney’s Office Externship
o Department of Public Advocacy/Public Defender Externship  

More detailed information about opportunities is available on the TWEN course titled Externship INFORMATION. Contact Professor Jordan ( for information or questions.

Honors & Awards Ceremony Photos