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18 Hour Limit per Semester

Anyone registering for more than 16 credit hours must be approved for an overload.  Please see Associate Dean Bean for approval.  In addition, the ABA limits students to 18 credit hours a semester.  This includes Independent Study credits, Moot Court credits, and Law Review credits; it also includes courses taken in another graduate school, either for law school credit or as part of a dual degree program.  Please see Dean Bean with questions. 

Domestic Relations

Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations class meeting for Thursday, August 19 is canceled.  Starting Tuesday, August 24, Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations section will merge with Professor DeMuth's Domestic Relations section.  Both classes will move to Room 175 starting Tuesday, August 24, and Professor DeMuth will teach the combined section.  Professor Jones' Torts I class will move to Room 075. 

Academic Success Tip - Taking Effective Notes In Class

Avoid simply rewriting information about the cases that is already contained in your case briefs.  Instead, correct or add to your briefs so that they accurately reflect what your professor and classmates are saying about the case.  If you use this technique, you will be more engaged in the class discussion.  The continuing orientation workshop this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275 will provide more tips on how to take effective class notes.

August Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the August 2010 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "Is Legal Education About to Change?" by Susan Hanley Duncan (p. 1)
  • "From the President's Desk: All in the Family" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
  • "The Writ (and Wrong) of Habeas Corpus" by Rebecca J. O'Neill, '09 (p. 10)
  • "I Finished the Bar Exam - Now What? Five Tips for New Laywers" by A. Nicholas Naier, '09 (p. 24)
  • "Law Schools in the Bluegrass: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law" (p. 18-19)
  • "10th Annual Summer Law Institute" (p. 26)
A copy is available in the library's reserves.

New Skills Requirement for Graduation: Updated Information

*As of August 17, 2010

All first year students entering the School of Law in the fall semester of 2009 or thereafter must receive at least one (1) credit hour of  an upper division professional skills class or experience.  Fall 2010 courses that satisfy the skills requirement are marked “SK” in the “Notes” column of the Class Schedule and a separate schedule of qualifying skills courses is included in the course registration packet.

SK courses on the Fall 2010 Schedule are:  
•    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers  - canceled
•    Externship:- Criminal Justice I (Prosecution)
•    Externship:- Legal Aid
•    Externship:- Tax ( IRS)
•    Externship:-Immigration
•    Externship:-KY Innocent Project - canceled
•    Externship:-Technology Transfer 
•    Labor Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Negotiations
•    SEM. Arbitration Practice & Procedure
•    SEM. Drafting
•    Trial Practice (two classes)

Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Prof. Blackburn, has recently been added to the schedule.    You may register for this course online, but if you have had more than three credit hours of accounting since high school, you must contact Professor Blackburn before registering.

The Spring 2011 class schedule will be posted soon and skills courses will be identified on the schedule.   

SK courses tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011 are:
•    Advanced Legal Research
•    Comparative Constitutional Law
•    Estate Planning
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Defense
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Prosecution
•    Externship:  Immigration
•    Externship:  Legal Aid II
•    Externship:  Tax
•    Externship:  Technology Transfer
•    Land Use and Planning Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Mortgage Foreclosure Law
•    SEM:-Written Advocacy
•    SEM:- Drafting
•    SEM:- Problems in Corporation Law
•    Trial Practice  (two classes)

The Skills Requirement, as adopted by the faculty, is not yet included in the Student Handbook.  It is copied here: 

“RESOLVED FURTHER that the following new paragraph (paragraph II (M)) is added as a graduation requirement to the Student Handbook. 

II (M).  Upper Division Skills Experience
All students must complete a substantial skills experience after completing 22 hours or more of course work.

1. The skills requirement may be fulfilled by successful completion of a course, seminar, clinic, extramural advocacy competition or externship designated as a “skills” experience by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Work done in satisfaction of the Public Service graduation requirement may not satisfy the Skills requirement.

2. Courses, seminars, extramural advocacy competitions and externships designated as “skills experiences” shall be those which provide substantial instruction in professional lawyering skills.  Such skills may include trial and appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, or other professional lawyering skills.

3. A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which she satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.  If the satisfaction of the skills requirement involves the production of written work product, that written work product must not be submitted for credit in any other course or seminar or in satisfaction of any other requirement of the School of Law.

4. To satisfy the skills requirement, the course, seminar, externship or clinic shall contain the equivalent of at least one (1) credit hour of skills training and the student's performance of those skills must be assessed by the instructor or supervisor as part of the experience.  Assessment will include substantial, documented feedback to the student regarding the quality of her performance and opportunity, as appropriate, to improve her skills performance in the course of the experience. 

5. The faculty member supervising the fulfillment of the skills requirement shall submit to the Student Records Office at the end of each semester the names of the persons who have fulfilled the skills requirement and the grades earned by each student. A student shall not satisfy the skills requirement in a graded course unless the student earns a grade of "C" or higher in the course, or in a pass/fail course unless the student receives a grade of “pass.”  The Student Records Office shall note the fulfillment of the skills requirement on each student's academic record.”

Judge-in-Residence

Justice Bill Cunningham will be the Law School's judge-in-residence on Monday, August 23.  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a community-wide forum from 11:30 to 12:15 in room LL75.   Pizza will be provided.
  
Please join us in welcoming Justice Cunningham to the Law School and making the most of his visit.

Academic Success Tip - Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Do not make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams!

December 2010 Graduates - Deadline to Apply for a Degree

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, is the deadline to apply for a December 2010 degree.

Be sure to do a degree check to make sure that you have all your requirements for graduation.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson.

August 20: Last Day to Add a Class or Change to Audit

Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit.  Please refer to the School of Law's academic calendar for other dates.

Academic Success Tip - Start Your Day Early and On Time

The work day typically begins between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and so should your study day.  A good rule of thumb is to spend three hours studying (outside of class) for every hour of class time.  This translates into between 45 and 50 hours per week studying pre-class and post-class (30 to 38 hours if you are in the part-time program).  Considering the number of hours you will spend studying, it may not be possible to get everything done in the evening, even if you are a "night owl."  Night time studying may have worked in college, in part, because you rarely spent 40 to 50 hours preparing for classes.  So, try to start your study day early and work during the daylight hours.