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Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration remains 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 remains 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.

Student Bar Foundation Board Positions Available

The Student Bar Foundation is looking for new Board members for next year! Available postitions include: Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising Chair, and Public Relations Chair.  This is a great opportunity to serve on a Board that raises money for fellowships given to students who volunteer their time for public interest work.  Also, this looks fantastic on your resume!  Please submit applications (attached) and resumes by Friday, April 17 at 5pm to Felicia Marple at  Please send an email with any questions you may have!

Brandeis Wagner Moot Court Team’s petitioner brief 3rd out of 20 teams

Brandeis School of Law’s Wagner Moot Court Team’s petitioner brief received the third highest score out of 20 teams at the New York Law School Moot Court Association’s Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, held in March.

The team received the official scores Thursday.

Co-coach Ben Basil said the Brandeis team beat Emory University in the “octo-finals” before falling to Alabama in the quarterfinals.

This year’s esteemed final round judges were Ronald Meisburg, Proskauer Rose LLP, René S. Roupinian, Outten & Golden LLP, Hon. Joseph E. Irenas, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Hon. Faviola Soto, New York State Court of Claims, and Dean Anthony Crowell, New York Law School.

Brooklyn Law School won the competition, followed by the University of Alabama Law School.

For the petitioner briefs, Brandeis followed Emory University and DePaul University.

This year’s team included Emily DeVuono (3L), Megan Diffenderfer (2L) and Carolyn Purcell (2L), as well as Coaches Basil and Leah Rupp Smith.

National Moot Court Team Try-Outs

Are you ready to represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition?  Last semester Professor Marcosson took 2 teams, a total of 4 competitors, to Richmond, Virginia to compete against top law schools across the nation.  One of the teams progressed to the quarterfinal round, making it the 4th year in a row we had a team make it to at least the semi-final round!

Try-outs will take place Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April, 10.  If all those slots fill, there will be the opportunity to try-out Saturday, April 11.  However, do not sign up for Saturday unless all the Thursday and Friday slots are filled.  To have a chance to represent the school in the Fall, please sign-up on the sheet posted on the Moot Court Board Office door.

Submit a brief as your writing sample (it can be your BLS brief or a previous competition’s brief).  This must be submitted to Professor Marcosson via email or in person by Monday, April 6.  For the actual try-out, be prepared to perform a 15 minute oral argument based on the submitted brief. 

Please direct any questions related to the competition or the try-outs to Professor Marcosson (  

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Capital Trial Branch Needs Intern

The Capital Trials Branch - West office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for the spring and/or summer of 2015.

The ideal candidate will have finished his/her first or second year of law school, have an interest in death-penalty-defense work, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the poor and/or disabled. Above-average organizational skill, motivation and research and writing skills are required. Because the office is located in LaGrange, Kentucky, any candidate must have her/his own transportation.

For more information and how to apply, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity.

Internships Available in Office of the Governor

The Office of the Governor is currently accepting applications for internships in the Governor's Frankfort Capitol Offices. All internships are unpaid. Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks and responsibilities will vary. However, interns must be self-motivated, professional in attitude and appearance, strong communicators, proficient in computer skills and research, willing to take on new and different tasks, diligent, and dependable.

Please log on to Symplicity for more details and how to apply. Students who receive one of these internships may apply for funding through the Greenebaum Public Interest Fellowship.

Volunteer Summer Internship Available

A volunteer summer internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry & Trimble Counties--Judicial Offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. This position is eligible for funding through the Greenebaum Public Service Fellowships. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10. Please see log onto Symplicity for more information and how to apply.

Adjunct Professor Bios

The attached file contains brief bios of the Adjunct Professors teaching at Brandeis in fall 2015. The bios may be helpful as you choose your courses for spring.

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position.

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $9.00/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Wednesday, April 15.