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DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship - Application Deadline April 27

DRI is still accepting applications for its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship.  To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be full-time students or evening students who have completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best demonstrate:

Academic excellence
Service to the profession
Service to the community
Service to the cause of diversity


Interested students must complete the 2011 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application, obtain three letters of recommendation as outlined in the scholarship requirements, and submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide two separate suits in which foreign product manufacturers are contesting the state courts' exercise of personal jurisdiction over them. The Court will decide, among other things, if a company's mere awareness that a product could wind up in a state is sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction, or if companies must purposefully direct their products toward a state to warrant the exercise of personal jurisdiction. If the Court concludes that foreign manufacturers can or cannot be sued in any state in which the product is sold, absent direct contacts with the forum, what impact might that ruling have on product liability litigation defense?
 

For complete scholarship details and how to apply, visit the DRI website.

Brandeis Brief Break on Wednesday - It's a Surprise

Last Day of Class, Wednesday, April 20, Mosaic Lobby, 3:40 p.m.  Be there or be square. 

DEADLINE TO REQUEST A MAKE-UP EXAM

The deadline to request a make-up exam is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  Please submit your make-up exam request form to Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Final Exam4 Practice Exam Confirmations

A final, cumulative batch of Spring 2011 Exam4 practice exam confirmation e-mail messages was sent at approximately 11:21 AM EDT on Tuesday, April 19, to 370 students who had submitted a valid practice test during the practice test period, Monday, April 4-Monday, April 18.

If you submitted an Exam4 practice test during that period and did not receive a confirmation e-mail, you likely did something wrong -- probably identifying yourself by something other than your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01). However, if you did not receive a confirmation and believe you should have, please contact Jim Becker immediately.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Organizing Your Exam Answers

When it comes to law school exams, all students struggle to organize their writing.  Even students who are quite proficient at responding to the hypotheticals posed in their classes can struggle and even freeze when confronted with a multi-issue, multi-party question on an examination.  Experienced lawyers rarely encounter this problem because organizing their answers has become second nature.  So, how do you accelerate your time table and handle the organization of legal issues like a seasoned pro?  The answer is easier than you may realize because, in the end, there are only a few things to keep in mind.  See attached.

Study Aids - Academic Success Resource Library

Students:  Have you checked out study aids from the Academic Success Resource Library that you are no longer using?  If so, please return them this week.  Several students are eager to review study aids in preparation for finals.  Check what you have and return what you no longer need to Room 212.

Summer 2011 offering of Women & the Law Canceled

The Summer 2011 offering of Women & the Law regrettably has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  If you need assistance identifying a substitute course, please contact Dean Arnold, Dean Bean, or Ms. Ballard.

Make-up Exam Request Forms Are Now Available

Make-up exam request forms must be submitted to Student Records by Wednesday, April 20, at 5:00 p.m.

Request forms for make-up exams are now available on the table near Student Life and Student Records.  You may also download the form from the Law School website at:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/exams.  The rule for exam conflicts is below.  For more information, consult the Student Handbook.   
 
"A student has an exam conflict and may reschedule an exam if he or she has more than one examination scheduled to begin within 12 hours of one another or if the student has an exam at 6:00 p.m. with another exam the next morning at 9:00 a.m. Three exams in three days do not qualify as a conflict.  In the event of an “exam conflict,” the student shall take the make-up at the next available make-up session that does not create another conflict.  All rescheduled and make-up examinations must be approved by the Associate Dean for Student Life.  If a professor and student want to schedule a make-up exam on a day other than the make-up day, they may do so with the approval of the Associate Dean for Student Life only after the Associate Dean for Student Life has determined that there is an exam conflict.  In such event, the make-up exam may not be given before the regularly scheduled exam and it must be administered by the faculty member.  The Student Records Office will administer make-up exams that are scheduled on the regular make-up days."

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Barbara Thompson, an Unsung Shero

On April 12, Barbara Thompson, Director of Student Records, was presented with an Unsung Shero Award at the 2011 Women of Color Transformation Tea.

The Women of Color Transformation Tea began in 1997 and is an open forum for the diverse spectrum of women of color and friends on UofL campuses.  The Tea affords women an opportunity to empower one another by sharing concerns, problems and positive suggestions.

Ms. Thompson was nominated by Kathy Bean, Robin Harris and Laura Rothstein. To be eligible, the nominee must be a woman of color who is presently a university employee and who has made a significant impact in the lives of women either in the Metro Louisville community or on the University campus.