Attention Students Taking a February 2014 or July 2014 Bar Exam:
Several years ago the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) launched its Online Practice Exam (OPE) initiative - taking retired test MBE questions, having designated members of the test drafting committees write annotations explaining why each of the four options were correct or incorrect, and packaging the material in a 100-item format that simulates an actual half-day of MBE testing. A fourth OPE is now available. Please note the addition of a fourth OPE on the handout in your Bar Exam Folder that you received during the Candor Program on November 5.
Each of the four OPEs is offered on a subscription basis; that is, the individual student purchasing a subscription is entitled to revisit the content an unlimited number of times over the course of one year. Because the test is delivered online, it has interactive features that deliver useful feedback.
Authentic test preparation is available on the NCBE website at a modest cost of $50 per OPE.
If you are planning to take a make-up exam this FALL semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 25.
If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 25.
Students are advised that the following two Spring courses have pre-requisites as follows. Previous versions of the Spring schedule listing these courses without pre-requisites are in error.
Prerequisites: All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course
and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Basic Federal Income Tax and Business
Mergers and Acquisitions:
Prerequisite: All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course
and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Business Organizations.
Law students are reminded that they may, with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, take up to six hours of course work in other graduate departments towards their 90 hour requirement for the JD. In particular, please take note of the following opportunities which the law school is aware of. Students wishing additional information about these or other graduate courses may contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Associate Dean Hall.
1. The Psychology Department invites law student registration in Forensic Assessment, PSYC 687-75. This course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm in Room 133 of the Life Sciences CenterSchool of Edica.
Course format will primarily consist of case studies and reenactments of actual forensic interviews to allow for appreciation of how best practice forensic reports are generated for criminal, civil, and family courts. Case studies and reenactments will reflect a cross section of the various types of forensic evaluations (such as Competency, MSO/Mental Status at the Time of Offense, Violence and Sex Offender Risk Assessments, Parental Capacity, Child Custody, and Fitness for Duty).
Prior to presentations of cases, a framework will be provided, allowing students to appreciate basic aspects of the legal system and the adjudicative process; relevant case law; the distinction between therapeutic and forensic assessment; common ethical pitfalls when working in the forensic arena; the components of best practice forensic evaluation; and appropriate use of psychometric tests relevant to specific legal inquiry. Practical applications such as communicating with the Courts, report writing, and expert testimony will also be reviewed.
There will be no formal exams in this course. Rather, grades will be determined based upon mid-term and final written reports of cases presented, in actual Court-based format. These reports will necessarily require identification of diagnoses and clinical formulation.
[Law students, of course, would have different mid-term and final assignments]
2. The College of Education and Human Development sent us notice of two courses which law students may find of interest:
Legal Issues in P-12 Education, ELFH 620 (Saturdays 9-11:30am)
Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education, ELFH 622 (Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm).
Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney. For the spring 2014 semester, openings remain at the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Detailed information is available at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.” You can also contact Professor Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still two openings in the 2014 spring Tax Externship program.
Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn. Your externship experience will include research and writing memos, opinion letters, motions and other documents to be filed with the U.S. Tax Court.
Externs attend meetings with taxpayers, with IRS audit agents, and with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers. The U. S. Tax Court has a trial docket in Louisville during the spring semester; all externs will attend some of the trials and some externs may represent the government against pro se taxpayers.
If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn at email@example.com or 502-852-6384.