Academics News


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.

Second Drafting Section Now Open for Enrollment

Professor Nicholson's Drafting seminar (LAW 986-09, meeting Thursdays from 3:50-5:30) is now open for enrollment by 2L, 3L and 4L students.  If you have received priority permission to add this course, please do so as soon as possible so that the Student Records office can have an accurate count of students enrolled, and to be fair to students who may sign up for a waiting list.  If you have received priority permission to enroll and no longer intend to do so, please inform Barbara Thompson in the Student Records Office.


We will have two events right after the winter break for those students taking the bar exam in 2009. The first will be Tuesday, January 6 from 11:45-12:45 in Room 275 (available through Tegrity for those unable to attend in the daytime).  This session will feature Bonnie Kittinger from the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners.  She will discuss character and fitness issues, as well as what to expect during the bar exam itself.


I will present the second session on the ins and outs of the bar application process.  This session will take place on Thursday, January 8 from 12:05-1:05 in Room 175.  It will be repeated again from 5-6 p.m. that same day, also in Room 175.


If anyone has particular concerns they would like Ms. Kittinger to address, please email me at and I will let her know ahead of time so she can be sure to include those issues.


Join me on Tuesday, November 18 from 5-6 p.m. in Room 060 for some tips on taking True-False and Multiple Choice exams.  Hope to see you there!


For those of you who registered for the MPRE simulated on-line exam-- The exam will take place this Saturday, November 1 in Room 275.  Set up will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the actual exam will take place from 1:00 to 2:30.  You will need a laptop capable of connecting to the internet.  This is the on-line exam on the NCBE web site.


Summer 2009 schedule is attached.

ACS 2009 National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society proudly announces its fifth annual National Student Writing Competition. This annual event for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories.

Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D. program at a US law school is eligible to participate.

The author of the top submission will receive $3000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1000.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009

Please see the attached flyer for details.


Exam time is fast-approaching! If you're a first-year student, or even an upper-division student who would like to perform better on your exams this semster, mark you calendar for one of these workshop times where I will present tips on Preparing For and Taking Law School Exams.  Attend either Wednesday, October 29 from 1-2 p.m. or Thursday, November 6 from 5-6 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in Room LL60.

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition.  As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Please see the attached competition announcement.