Academics News

Interdisciplinary Course Opportunities

Law students are reminded that they may, with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, take up to six hours of course work in other graduate departments towards their 90 hour requirement for the JD.  In particular, please take note of the following opportunities which the law school is aware of.  Students wishing additional information about these or other graduate courses may contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Associate Dean Hall.

 

1.  The Psychology Department invites law student registration in Forensic Assessment, PSYC 687-75.  This course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm in Room 133 of the Life Sciences CenterSchool of Edica. 

 

Course format will primarily consist of case studies and reenactments of actual forensic interviews to allow for appreciation of how best practice forensic reports are generated for criminal, civil, and family courts.  Case studies and reenactments will reflect a cross section of the various types of forensic evaluations (such as Competency, MSO/Mental Status at the Time of Offense, Violence and Sex Offender Risk Assessments, Parental Capacity, Child Custody, and Fitness for Duty).  

 

Prior to presentations of cases, a framework will be provided, allowing students to appreciate basic aspects of the legal system and the adjudicative process; relevant case law; the distinction between therapeutic and forensic assessment; common ethical pitfalls when working in the forensic arena; the components of best practice forensic evaluation; and appropriate use of psychometric tests relevant to specific legal inquiry. Practical applications such as communicating with the Courts, report writing, and expert testimony will also be reviewed. 

 

There will be no formal exams in this course.  Rather, grades will be determined based upon mid-term and final written reports of cases presented, in actual Court-based format. These reports will necessarily require identification of diagnoses and clinical formulation.

 

[Law students, of course, would have different mid-term and final assignments]

 

2.  The College of Education and Human Development sent us notice of two courses which law students may find of interest:

 

Legal Issues in P-12 Education, ELFH 620 (Saturdays 9-11:30am)

Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education, ELFH 622 (Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm).

 

 

Registration for Courses with Prerequisites

Students registering for courses for the Spring semester are reminded that they should read all Course Notes and ensure that they have satisfied the prerequisites for all courses for which they intend to enroll before attempting to register for Spring courses.  Courses with prerequisites beyond the first year curriculum are marked on the course schedule with a "P," and specific course prerequisites are listed in our Course Catalog.

Spring Externship Opportunities

Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney.  For the spring 2014 semester, openings remain at the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.  Detailed information is available at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  You can also contact Professor Jordan at karen.jordan@louisville.edu.   

Federal Tax Externship - 2014 Spring

There are still two openings in the 2014 spring Tax Externship program. 

Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Your externship experience will include research and writing memos, opinion letters, motions and other documents to be filed with the U.S. Tax Court. 

Externs attend meetings with taxpayers, with IRS audit agents, and with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers. The U. S. Tax Court has a trial docket in Louisville during the spring semester;  all externs will attend some of the trials and some externs may represent the government against pro se taxpayers. 

If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn at tblackburn@louisville.edu or 502-852-6384.

Spring 2014 Energy Law

Professor Tom Fitzgerald would like students interested in Energy Law (LAW 841-12) in the Spring 2014 semester to be aware that there will be no final exam in this course, as previously posted on the Spring final exam schedule.  Instead, students' grades will be determined based on written work product.  However, the written work in this course will not satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement. 

 

Spring ACLU, Immigration Externships

New Externship Opportunity - ACLU-Ky Externship
This externship is available to students who have completed 60 credit hours and requires certification under the Kentucky Bar student practice rule.  If you are interested, please contact Professor Trucios-Haynes at ethaynes@louisville.edu
 
Immigration Externship
Interested students should contact Professor Trucios-Haynes at ethaynes@louisville.edu

Academic Success Library Reminder to Professional Responsibility Students

Now that the Professional Responsibility class and MPRE are over this semester, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Library.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

Apply Now for the Spring 2014 Law Clinic!

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Santry.  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.

To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. This 3- or 4-credit class meets the skills graduation requirement.

For more information about the Law Clinic visit: http://www.law.louisville.edu/lawclinic.

To apply, please email your:
1.  unofficial transcript,
2.  resume, and
3.  a short statement of interest

to: Shelley.santry@louisville.edu by November 7, at 5:00 pm.

Legal Profession Curriculum - 3L/4L Program on Candor and the Bar Exam - Nov. 5

Attention students graduating in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014:

On Tuesday, November 5, at 12:05 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take a bar exam.

Your attendance at the November 5 program is a requirement for graduation.   A pizza lunch will be provided, but please bring your own drink. 

Academic Success Workshop - Spot On: Writing Winning Exam Answers

The Academic Success Office is hosting a Workshop Wednesday, November 6, at 11:50a - 12:50 in Room 275.. 

Lunch will be provided, but PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN DRINK! 

We will have Q&A session with Professor Jamie Abrams focused on writing winning exam answers and correcting common mistakes.  We will have a door prize drawings for THREE BRAND NEW STUDY AIDS donated and published by Wolters Kluwer.