Academics News

Spring 2015 Real Estate Class To Be Added

Due to student demand, Professor Arnold will teach a Spring 2015 section of Real Estate Transactions (3 credits; meets Skills requirement) and a section of Title Reports and Insurance (1 credit; limited to students enrolled in Real Estate Transaction), instead of teaching Environmental Law.  In addition, the enrollment capacity of Land Use and Planning Law in Spring 2015 will be expanded, to accommodate students who might be interested in the real property or environmental regulation aspects of the Land Use course.  Professor Arnold will continue to teach the Fall 2014 section of Real Estate Transactions and Title Reports and Insurance.  Environmental Law will be offered next in Fall 2015.  The Water Resources Law & Policy Seminar will be offered in Summer 2015.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Skills for Graduates

Students enrolled in the Law School may earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills upon graduation.  The requirements for receiving a certificate are on the law school web page at the "Academics" link under "Juris Doctor Program."  If you are not enrolled in the Certificate Program but have satisfied the requirements for the Certificate and wish to be recognized at graduation, please submit a completed form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs no later than Wednesday, April 20.  The form is on the same webpage as the skills requirements.  Contact Dean Nowka if you have questions.

Academic Success Resource Library Reminder

Now that finals are underway, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Resource Library, Rm 212.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

 

Interested in becoming a Brandeis Academic Fellow?

The Brandeis Academic Fellow Applications are now available, and attached here!

Service as a Brandeis Academic Fellow is an academic honor, and an excellent talking point on your professional resume.  In addition, work as a Fellow is a great opportunity to help other law students while reducing your student loan amount.  As a Fellow, you will also have an opportunity to keep your knowledge of Contracts fresh in preparation for the Bar Exam.  In addition, you will likely develop a professional relationship with the Academic Success Program Director and the professor teaching your group’s Contracts class, building great referral sources for letters of recommendation, etc.  For further information, review the Brandeis Academic Fellow FAQs attached here.

Application packets must be turned in to Laura Grubbs, Academic Success Program Director, by May 31, 2014.  However, you may submit your application anytime after you have registered for classes for Fall 2014.  Applications are now being reviewed and potential candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. 

If you have any questions, please contact Director Grubbs at laura.grubbs@louisville.edu or (502) 852-1477.

Best Wishes on Your Exams!

Brandeis Crypt

Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck.
Read more: "Inflation Affects A Brandeis Tradition" (Brandeis Harlan Watch)

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Visit the Academic Success Resource Library

The Academic Success Resource Library (the "ASRL") is located in the Office of Academic Success, Room 112,  and is a library of supplemental study materials that students may check out for the duration of the semester.  There are still resources available for every course.  Feel free to stop by and check out a study aid to assist you with final exam review.

For those of you who have checked out study materials, please do not forget to return them to the ASRL after your exams.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated! 

Trial Practice Section added for Fall 2014

Another section of Trial Practice has been added to the Fall 2014 course schedule. Professor Pat Bouldin will teach Trial Practice on Thursdays, 4:15-6:45. Enrollment in this course is now open.

MONDAY, APRIL 21 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR MAKE-UP EXAM REQUEST FORM

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 21.

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

The dean can nominate 12 students for pupil membership in the Louis D. Brandeis chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Stated briefly, the Inn's purpose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students in their final year of law school. 

Student members are required to attend all meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesday evenings.  If you would like to submit your name for possible nomination, please submit a letter of interest to Becky Wimberg at b.wimberg@louisville.edu by Monday, April 21.