Academics News

Moot Court Board Info Session - TUESDAY

All current 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend the MCB Information Session to hear from current officers of the MCB as they discuss the benefits of membership and how students can participate on one of the Law School's many extramural advocacy teams, earn academic credit, and satisfy the Skills requirement. Upper-division law students will also discuss their experiences as a moot court team member or team facilitator.  A coach from one of the law school's competition teams will also discuss how tryouts work, what a student competitor can expect during practices, and how teams prepare for competitions.

This is a great way for students to learn about what the Moot Court Board does and how students can be selected for membership and/or compete on a professional skills team! The program will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 12:05 in Room 275.  Of course lunch will be provided to attendees.

Below is a sample of competitions that will be discussed.  Students selected to compete on these teams earn academic credit!

ABA Arbitration, KY Intrastate Mock Trial, National Moot Court, ABA Negotiation, ABA Client Counseling, Herbert L. Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court, Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law, NYU Immigration Law, Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment, ACTL National Mock Trial, American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial, Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Competition, National Tax Moot Court, International Trademark Association Saul Lefkowitz Memorial, and Transactional LawMeet.

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.


Pre-Registration Permission Forms for Summer and Fall Externships

In-House Counsel Externships for Summer and Fall 2014 - Note Priority Deadline
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.”  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.

Students interested in applying for a summer and/or fall externship must submit a pre-registration permission form.  See links below:

Summer 2014 Externships Pre-Registration Permission Form

Fall 2014 Externships Pre-Registration Permission Form

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship Pre-Registration Permission Form

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

Preparing for the Multistate Professional Responsiblity Exam (MPRE)?

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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.