Academics News

Estate Planning Course Spring 2015

The Estate Planning course is likely to be offered in spring 2015.  Estate and Gift Tax, offered in fall 2014, is a prerequisite for the course.

Spring 2015 Schedule Update

An updated Spring 2015 tentative course schedule is posted on the Law School webpage. 

Earn Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Slots remain available for a number of externship experiences for summer and fall 2014.  Externships enhance your legal education by providing many opportunities not available in the classroom: opportunities to develop lawyering skills under the supervision of a licensed attorney serving as mentor and teacher, and to explore career options and make valuable contacts in the legal community.  Also, earning externship credit during the summer semester frees up time for, and provides experience that may help with, employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.  Don’t wait until your last semester of law school to take advantage of these valuable experiences.  Placements are available at the following sites:

Legal Aid Society
Children’s Law Center
Metro Gov’t (Office of the Mayor)
Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Administrative Hearing Div.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Fort Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
US Attorney’s Office
Jefferson County Circuit and Family Courts

Detailed information about opportunities and prerequisites is available on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information, in office 287 or via email at  Priority due date for pre-registration is Wednesday April 2nd.

Course Notes for Trademark Registration

Trademark Registration is the one-hour skills course associated with Trademark Law. Students taking Trademark Registration must be enrolled also in Trademark Law. Further information is in the Course Notes for fall 2014 posted on the Law School webpage.

Updated Fall 2014 Course Schedule and Notes

An updated Fall 2014 Course Schedule and Course Notes are posted on the Law School webpage.

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 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and potential candidates will be invited to interview beginning April 10, 2014. 


If you have any questions, please contact Director Grubbs at or (502) 852-1477.


Important Schedule Change for Fall 2014

The In-House Counsel course that was scheduled for Fall 2014, will not be taught in Fall 2014.  It will be taught in Spring 2015. 

Reminder about Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Joseph and Shannon Hamilton Bar Review Scholarship - Deadline March 31

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships - Deadline March 31

Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns Jr. Scholarship - Deadline March 31

Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarship - Deadline April 30

American Association for Justice 2014 Law Student Scholarships - Deadline May 1

Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award - Deadline May 1

KBA Annual Writing Competition - Deadline June 1

Frost Brown Todd IP Diversity Scholarship - Deadline July 1

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship for 2014-2015

In this externship, students learn investigative skills and knowledge relating to post-conviction relief, and use the information in the field performing supervised work in cases under investigation by the Kentucky Innocence Project.  Working in teams, students investigate and explore potential arguments that might support a claim for wrongful conviction. Students review court proceedings leading to conviction, and other information found in a variety of places, e.g., defense attorney files, prosecution records, the crime scene, or the recollections of attorneys and judges who worked on the case or witnesses with information about the case.  Includes participation in a mock crime scene investigation, and opportunities to learn from DNA experts, medical examiners, and crime lab personnel.

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum.  Earn four credits for work during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. 

Students interested in participating should submit an application and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 31, 2014.  The application and more information are accessible at the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION,” and outside room 216. 

Final Info Session on Thursday: Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Course, and CASE Fellowship

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters 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.  Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer and the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  The Case fellowship is a paid fellowship that that involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court. 

The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let these opportunities pass you by! 

The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.