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Academic Credit for Summer Judicial Externships

Students in good academic standing and who have completed the 1L curriculum may earn academic credit for a summer judicial externship.  Judicial Externships provide students with many opportunities not available in a classroom: observing lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system at work; developing research and writing skills, and applying doctrine learned in law school; assessing the skills and styles of attorneys and judges; analyzing the effectiveness of the legal system; and networking and developing as a member of the legal profession.  To earn two credit hours, students must devote 104 hours to externship field work (generally 16 hours per week for 6.5 weeks).  The time is spent observing courtroom proceedings, discussing issues with the supervising judge or court personnel, or working on research and writing projects.  Students may arrange an externship with any judge.  For more information, contact Professor Karen Jordan at karen.jordan@louisville.edu.

Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration is open for externships for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Externships allow students to earn academic credit for time spent observing and performing legal work at various placement sites away from the law school.  Externships allow students to (1) develop lawyering skills and professional identity while working as part of a team of legal providers serving real clients; (2) network with lawyers and judges in the community; (3) learn new law, or reinforce understanding of legal concepts learned in the classroom; (4) learn about specific practice settings, including how lawyers balance expectations and tensions; and (5) assess possible career paths.

The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students.  Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work.  Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work.  For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work.  For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

Pre-registration is open for the KIP course for 2015-16.  Any student in good academic standing who has completed the 1L curriculum is eligible to participate.  The course is taught by an attorney and an investigator with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Students work in teams to explore whether KIP clients have a basis for exoneration or other post-conviction relief, and learn fundamental investigative and case management skills that are relevant and helpful to any practice setting.  Teams are expected to locate, gather, and examine information relevant to the process that led to a client’s conviction (e.g., courthouse files, trial attorney notes and materials, etc.): to explore potential arguments supporting a claim for relief; and to engage in investigatory work that might bring to light supporting evidence.  The work will include client and witness interviews, and may involve drafting motions and accompanying arguments.  The externship includes a classroom component, and requires enrollment in both fall and spring semesters.  For more information, please see the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

2004 Brandeis grad joins Reminger Co., LPA’s

Christopher Piekarski, a 2004 Brandeis School of Law graduate, has joined the Louisville office of Reminger Co., LPA’s as an associate.

Piekarski focuses his practice on the defense of physicians and long-term care facilities in medical negligence and personal injury litigation.

Prior to joining Reminger, he maintained an active practice in Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brandeis. While in law school, he served as an editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board and as a research assistant for a law school faculty member.

Piekarski has been recognized as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 and 2014 and is a member of the Kentucky and Florida Bar Associations.

Exam4 for Spring 2015 Finals Available Wednesday, 4/1

Exam4 for Spring 2015 final exams will be available for download, installation and testing beginning Wednesday, April 1. The mandatory practice test period will run through Wednesday, April 15. Watch Wednesday's Docket for more detailed information. In the meantime, be sure your computer meets the hardware and operating system requirements.

Course Schedules Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

An updated course schedule for fall 2015, together with updated course notes will be posted today. The changes to the schedule are minor.  Note that the Electronic Discovery course is not a seminar. A tentative spring 2016 course schedule will also be posted today. It is tentative and likely to be changed by adding additional courses.

Summer 2015 Special Session Online Courses

For summer 2015 the law school will offer online courses in four separate summer sessions. These courses will be taught by faculty from other law schools and will be transmitted via a virtual classroom. An information packet is attached and the provider of these courses will present an information session on Wednesday, April 1, at noon in room 275. See Dean Nowka for additional information and a list of courses offered.

Basement Printer Unavailable Due To Maintenance

The basement printer will be offline until late next week, while we wait for replacement parts to arrive. If you need to print, please use the laptop, classroom, or upstairs lab printers.

Professor Powell to speak on structural inequality, schools and post-racial determinism

Professor Cedric Powell will speak on a panel April 17 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, as part of the "Freedom From Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers" event.

This event is a continuation of a panel held in November at the University of Kentucky, where Professor Powell also presented.

His topic for the Portland panel is, "The Dangers of Neutrality: Structural Inequality, Schools, and Post-Racial Determinism." 

 

 

Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration is open for externships for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Externships allow students to earn academic credit for time spent observing and performing legal work at various placement sites away from the law school.  Externships allow students to (1) develop lawyering skills and professional identity while working as part of a team of legal providers serving real clients; (2) network with lawyers and judges in the community; (3) learn new law, or reinforce understanding of legal concepts learned in the classroom; (4) learn about specific practice settings, including how lawyers balance expectations and tensions; and (5) assess possible career paths.

The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students.  Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work.  Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work.  For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work.  For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.