Academics News

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.

2014 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Urban Energy

The University of Illinois at Chicago in the UIC Energy Initiative would like to invite students to apply to the annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy workshop to be held August 6 to 20 in Chicago.  All applicants accepted into the program receive lodging support for the duration of the two-week program, and some meals will be provided on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs.
They are now accepting applications and will continue to do so until July 1.  Applicants will need to submit an online application form, their resume, and three recommendation letters for consideration. All this information can be found at their website

Law Clinic Info Session - THURSDAY

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic, 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.  The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.

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!