Academics News

Entrepreneurship Clinic Info Session Today!

On Thursday, March 20, at 11:50 in Room 175, the Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic will host an information meeting for all students.  Professor Mike Slaven, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, and a panel of current clinic students will provide information about the clinic and answer any questions you may have. 

As the director, Mike Slaven, a Brandeis School of Law alumnus (Class of ’76) with more than 30 years experience as in-house counsel, currently oversees law students in their pursuit of providing legal services to the business school’s teams participating in business plan competitions, one of which is now vying for the title of top new venture against teams from around the world.

The Entrepreneurship Clinic is a structured educational experience in which law students represent students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville College of Business who are participating in internal, national or international business plan competitions, or have other legal needs as determined by the Clinic Director. Students will gain and apply practical lawyering skills in the field of business law. In addition, students may have the opportunity to travel with the teams (travel will be paid for by the Business School).

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the requirements to participate in the Entrepreneurship Clinic so you can plan in advance and make sure you have enough credit hours and required courses.  Jimmy John's will be served. All 1Ls and 2Ls are invited to attend!

Law Student Diversity Scholarship - Deadline March 31

The deadline is fast approaching for the DRI Diversity Scholarships.  These scholarships are open to 1) all rising second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American law students; 2) all second- and third-year female law students, regardless of race or ethnicity; 3) any other rising second- and third-year students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender. Additional information and an application are available on DRI’s web site at

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Certificate Program Students Reminder

All students enrolled in the Transactional Skills Certificate Program or the Litigation Skills Certificate Program must submit the "completion of requirements" form to Dean Nowka by March 20, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.  The form is on the Law School webpage under "Academics" at "Juris Doctor Program."   Contact Dean Nowka if you have any questions.

Updated Course Schedules

Updated course schedules and course notes for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 have been posted on the Law School webpage under "Academics" at "Resources."   See Dean Nowka if you have any questions.

Info Session Today - Summer IP Program in Croatia, plus IP, Entertainment, and Sports Law Offerings

On Wednesday, March 19, at noon in Room 175, guest speaker Professor Adam Candeub from Michigan State will be visiting UofL to discuss Michigan State University's summer IP program in Croatia.  The program takes place in both Rijeka and Dubrovnik from mid-July through the first week of August (a little more than 3 weeks).

In addition, Professors Cross and Smith will discuss curricular offerings for Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports Law.  During the open forum, Cross and Smith will advise students about the field of intellectual property law.  A wide range of topics will be covered from sports law and privacy to publicity and entertainment law. 

All students are invited to attend.  Enjoy pizza and breadsticks from Papa John’s.  Please bring your own drink.


Federal Tax Externship – Summer 2014

The IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the summer 2014 semester.  The application deadline is Monday, 16 March 2014.

Externs will work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, and they also attend meetings with taxpayers, and sometimes take the lead in representing IRS in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs meet with IRS audit agents, with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers, are involved in trial preparation and some externs represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.  

If you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn before Monday, 16 March 2014: or 502-852-6384.

Information Session This Tuesday on Summer and Fall Externships!

Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney.  For the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters, students can choose from more than 18 different externship placements.

All students are invited to an information session Tuesday, March 18, at noon, in Room 175, to learn about all the different externship opportunities.  Faculty supervisors Professors Blackburn, Cross, Jordan, and Trucios-Haynes will discuss how to apply for an externship; the selection process; what each externship is like; how many credit hours you can earn from participation; and much more.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees. 

Land Use and Environmental Law Classes in Spring 2015

Both Land Use & Planning Law and Environmental Law will be offered in Spring 2015.  They were accidentally dropped off the first draft of the Spring 2015 course schedule that was distributed to students.  The schedule has been corrected and posted on the Academics page of the Law School website.

In-House Counsel Externships for Summer and Fall 2014

Students in these externships will develop lawyering skills working under the supervision of attorneys providing legal services within various business organizations.  For summer and fall 2014, opportunities exist at General Electric, Passport Health Plan, and Beam, Inc.   Additional information about these placements is accessible at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum and at least 40 credit hours.  Students can earn two or three credits.

For all in-house counsel externships, students must submit a resume, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 21, 2014.  Externship pre-registration forms are accessible from the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION,” and outside room 216.

Learn more at the Externship Information Session on March 18.