Academics News

Summer 2009 Grades

The summer grades have been posted to the web.

2009-2010 Academic Calendar

https://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-calendars

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Free MPRE Prep Course for August 2009 Examinees

For a limited time, Kaplan PMBR is offering a comprehensive MPRE prep course for free to students registered for the August 7, 2009 MPRE.  The MPRE course features online course flexibility, a full-length practice exam, two online workshops, a substantive outline book, and an online MPRE quiz bank.  For more information, please visit the Kaplan PMBR website http://www.kaplanpmbr.com/Bar_Review/MPRE/mpre-online.html.

Register for the Clinic!

Update: Message from Professor Santry about registration (April 14, 2009)

Spots are still available in the Law Clinic for Fall 2009.  If you missed last week's information session about the clinic, you may watch the video here.

Professor Shelley Santry is the new permanent director of the law clinic. She has 16 years legal experience in the Louisville legal community, as an attorney with Legal Aid, and most recently as an assistant county attorney.

The clinic is located downtown at 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Students enrolled in the clinic will work on housing and some limited domestic violence cases referred to the clinic by Legal Aid. Students that participate will be representing these clients as the primary attorney dealing with the matter, and so this is a great opporunity to get some hands on experience with real clients.

The clinic will consist of a weekly classroom meeting, plus clinic office hours.

The clinic class will be limited to eight students, and registration is only allowed by permission of the director, Shelley Santry. You can only take the clinic if you have completed 60 credit hours by the time you enroll in the clinic (i.e., credits to be earned next fall will not count). This is a requirement of the Kentucky Bar.

Here's how you apply:

Submit the following 3 documents to Professor Lars Smith by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 15 (his office is Room 286):


  1. Statement of Intent of why you wish to participate in the clinic (maximum 1 page, single spaced).

  2. Copy of your resume.

  3. Copy of your transcript.

Final decisions will be made by the end of the semester.  In the meantime, students are advised to make alternative scheduling plans in case their request to enroll in the clinic is not approved.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Housing court cases are heard during the morning, usually between 9 and 10:30 am. Therefore you should not schedule all of your other classes before noon. While we may be able to occasionaly arrange your case load to fit around your schedule to some degree, having extensive morning obligations will not work.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work with Prof. Santry on family court emergency protective order hearings on several Mondays during the semester. The hearings are usually scheduled some time between 8:30 and 2:30 on Mondays, so students should be prepared to have a 3 hour block of time available during this period. NOTE: You will only be expected to do this a few times, not every Monday. 
  • There will be a classroom component which will meet everyweek at the law school. 
  • You will have to sign up for offices hours which will require you to be present in the clinic offices downtown.
  • The first few weeks of school the classroom component will run more than the allotted time in order to teach you about the basics of working on a housing case or EPOs. Once we know everyone's schedule, Professor Santry will work with everyone to arrange the time for this program.
  • You will have to sit in on housing court before the semester begins.

Professor Santry will provide more detail about these items as we get closer to the beginning of the semester.

Please contact Professor Lars Smith with any questions you may have. If he cannot answer them, he will pass your question along to Professor Santry.

Arbitration Competition Now Open to 2Ls

Participating in the ABA’s Student Division Arbitration Competition is a rare opportunity to learn about and practice your arbitration skills as a student.  The team is now open for 2Ls to interview to join the team.  You will be awarded two credits for your participation.  You must be prepared to devote considerable preparation time and between two to four hours of practice time per week from the end of September through early November.  You will also need to do some light reading on arbitration over the summer so that we can hit the ground running when the problem is released in September. 

Most interviews will be held with Professor Levinson and Josh Speirs, one of the returning team members.  Lily Chan, the other team member, may also join the interviews.  Please be prepared to discuss 1) why you are interested in arbitration, 2) what courses you will be taking Fall semester, and 3) what other obligations you must devote time to.

We will be interviewing through finals.  Please sign up for a slot on the sheet posted outside room 285 (Professor Levinson’s office).  If the times do not work for you, please contact Professor Levinson to schedule another time to meet.

Participation is, of course, contingent on law school funding decisions.

2009 Summer & Fall Registration Instructions

2009 SUMMER & FALL  REGISTRATION  INSTRUCTIONS

 

Registration for Law School classes includes two separate procedures.  First, a student must complete all required forms for submission to the Law School's Student Records Office. Second, a student must register online (ULink) or by telephone (touch-tone) registration (852-2222) through the University of Louisville's system. 

 

Registration for 2L, 3L & 4L students is based on the number of credit hours completed.  The information below lists your first opportunity to register, which is determined based on your classification (see chart below).  You may register and drop/add anytime after your first opportunity arrives. The Law School schedule indicates the maximum enrollment in courses.  The registration process provides immediate information about whether a student is enrolled in a course. 

 

Priority for Evening Classes and Seminars.  Priority registration provides part-time students who comply with registration rules priority for classes and seminars beginning at or after 4:15 PM.  Priority registration is the only opportunity to assert priority for classes and seminars or to ensure registration in evening classes

 

If you have fewer than 21 credits completed, but have finished most of your first-year required courses, you may request permission for priority registration as an upper division student.  A request form is included in this package or may be obtained from Student Records.

 

A student will not be permitted to register through the University system and may lose his or her opportunity for early registration unless:

(1)    All required forms are to be submitted to the Law School's Student Records Office and all registration holds are removed from your university profile BEFORE REGISTRATION

 

(2)    All parking fines are paid and all financial holds are taken off your records by the University's Registrar's Office BEFORE REGISTRATION.  Be sure to check Summary of Account for any parking fines or financial holds before you complete your registration forms.  Students with any holds on their records will not have access to the University's online registration system.

 

Students who knowingly register before their assigned priority registration time have engaged in dishonest conduct involving academic endeavors in violation of the Law School's Honor Code.

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Student Classifications:        

4L Part-Time Students: 68+  hours not including Spring 2009

3L Part-Time Students: 46+  hours not including Spring 2009                                                                                

2L Part-Time Students: 22+  hours not including Spring 2009

1L Part-Time Students: fewer than 22 hours

 

3L Full-Time Students:  59+  hours not including Spring 2009

2L Full-Time Students:  22+  hours not including Spring 2009

1L Full-Time Students:  fewer than 22 hours

 

Pre-registration Forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 4:00 pm on Monday, April 6.

 

8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009

Registration begins for 3L full time students and 1L, 2L, 3L & 4L students who will be designated as part time students in the fall semester and who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student RecordsThis is the only opportunity for evening students to ensure registration in evening classes.

 

8:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2009:

Registration begins for 2L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

 

8:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009:

Registration begins for 1L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

 

PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE AFTERNOON OF MONDAY, MARCH 30.

Decedents Canceled Tonight

Professor Lewis' Decedents' Estates class is canceled tonight, Monday, February 2.

BAR APPLICATION POWERPOINT

My powerpoint on the Kentucky Bar application process has been posted to the Academic Support portion of the law school web site. It's entitled "Bar None" and can be found at the bottom of the page.

BAR APPLICATION PROCESS 101 & 102- THIS WEEK!

Academic Support and Career Services are collaborating this week to bring you two workshops on the bar application process. Tuesday, January 6 from 11:45-12:45 in Room 275, Bonnie Kittinger from the Ky. Bar Examiners will be here to explain character and fitness issues and answer questions.  Free pizza will be served.

 

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:05-1:00 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. in Room 175, Christie Floyd will go over the Ky. bar application in detail. Please take advantage of these workshops as the deadline for the July bar is fast approaching.

 

 

Law School Office Closings for Holidays

The Law School administrative offices will be closed during the University's official holidays. This includes the following times:

Thanksgiving: from noon on Wednesday, November 26 through Thanksgiving weekend

Winter Break: from December 24 until Monday, January 5, 2009.

 

Please note that the Law School offices DO NOT re-open before the start of Spring 2009 classes, which also begin January 5, 2009. Therefore, students or faculty needing services or information from the Office of Student Records, the IT staff, the Faculty Resource Center, the Assistant or Associate Deans' offices or other law school administrative offices should be sure to contact those offices well in advance of the holiday, as the first few days of the semester will undoubtedly be very busy. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.