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Brandeis Medal Events

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following events honoring this year's Brandeis Medal recipient, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson, on April 9.

10:30-11 AM: Welcome & Wreath Laying on the portico at the law school's entrance

1-2:20 PM: Open Forum with Eugene Robinson and Enid Trucios-Haynes in Room 275

All members of the law school community are also welcome. 

Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a courtroom.  The new configuration allows students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting. 

Pictured at right are: Professor Laura Rothstein, JCPS Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens; Central High School Principal Dan Withers, Law Magnet Teacher Joe Gutmann, and Assistant Superintendent Lynn Wheat.

The classroom was dedicated on March 25, 2014, at Central High School. The dedication event included recognition of educators, alumni, and partners by Joe Gutmann (Law & Government teacher at Central), comments by Professor Laura Rothstein about the law school’s partnership, and a Keynote Address by Fred Moore, a 2005 graduate of the Central Law Magnet program, who is now an attorney in the Louisville-Metro Public Defenders Office.  JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens cut the ribbon at the event.  Others joining her for that honor were JCPS School Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Assistant Superindent Lynn Wheat, and Professor Laura Rothstein.  Dean Susan Duncan and several students from the law school joined the celebration.

Learn more by downloading the Central High School Partnership brochure.

 

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 laura.grubbs@louisville.edu or (502) 852-1477.

Introduction to Lawyering Skills Class April 8

The Introduction to Lawyering Skills class will meet Tuesday, April 8 at 12:30 to 1:55 in room 275.  All first-year law students are required to attend.  A distinguished panel of practitioners will discuss how social media postings could impact your bar admission and employment.

Cool Prizes

The University is offering some really great prizes:  Five PlayStation 4's, red parking pass for fall semester, two bikes, and three $250 textbook grants.  Each time you complete an on-line evaluation for one of your classes, you will be entered into the drawing.  So, fill out those evaluations.  Somebody's gonna win, it might as well be you!

CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction's (CALI) Library of Lessons contains over 900 interactive, computer-based legal tutorials covering more than three dozen legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Many of your classmates have found them helpful in preparing for their exams.

Free copies of the DVD are available at the library's Circulation Desk and outside of Kimberly Ballard's office. You may also view the lessons online. The student authorization code and instructions are available at the library's website. You must register with your "@louisville.edu" email address.

Estate Planning Course Spring 2015

The Estate Planning course is likely to be offered in spring 2015.  Estate and Gift Tax, offered in fall 2014, is a prerequisite for the course.

Spring 2015 Schedule Update

An updated Spring 2015 tentative course schedule is posted on the Law School webpage. 

Registration for Summer & Fall Externships

Slots remain available for a number of externship experiences for summer and fall 2014.  Externships enhance your legal education by providing many opportunities not available in the classroom: opportunities to develop lawyering skills under the supervision of a licensed attorney serving as mentor and teacher, and to explore career options and make valuable contacts in the legal community.  Also, earning externship credit during the summer semester frees up time for, and provides experience that may help with, employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.  Don’t wait until your last semester of law school to take advantage of these valuable experiences.  Placements are available at the following sites:


Legal Aid Society
Children’s Law Center
Metro Gov’t (Office of the Mayor)
Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Administrative Hearing Div.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Fort Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
US Attorney’s Office
Jefferson County Circuit and Family Courts


Detailed information about opportunities and prerequisites is available on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information, in office 287 or via email at  karen.jordan@louisville.eduPriority due date for pre-registration is Wednesday April 2nd.

2014-2015 Admissions Ambassador Coordinators

The Office of Admissions seeks two rising 2L or 3L students to serve as coordinators for the Admissions Ambassador program during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators assist the Office of Admissions by hosting prospective students and participating in recruitment and yield events at the law school.

The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators are paid positions.  They manage the on-campus visitation program by scheduling and leading tours, planning student panels for admissions events, and meeting with prospective students.  They also coordinate student ambassador participation in new student orientation.

To learn more about the position or to apply to be a coordinator, contact Henry Cantu, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at henry.cantu@louisville.edu or Camilo Ortiz, Admissions Counselor, at camilo.ortiz@louisville.edu.

Deadline to apply for the Admissions Ambassador Coordinator positions is Friday, April 4, 2014.