Student News

Deadline for Arbitration Team Interview Materials Extended

Because of confusion regarding the date when materials were due for Arbitration Team interviews, the deadline for materials (form, statement of interest, unofficial law school transcript, and resume) has been extended to Friday, April 10 at noon.  Please give these materials to Professor Levinson or place them in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board office door.  

During your interview, you will be asked to give an opening statement (no longer than 10  minutes) on behalf of Banner Trucking from the case file of last year’s competition.

Any 1L wishing to participate in the team MUST be taking evidence during the fall semester.

Please email Andrew Lakin at arlaki01@louisville.edu in order to receive the problem and candidacy form, and if you any other questions.


Legal Aid Society Still Seeking Equal Justice Intern

The Legal Aid Society is looking for a law student to assist with their Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans.  Student can begin working at any time.

Student may recieve a $1,175 education award as part of their internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship.  This program is administered through a partnerhsip with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 13th.  Log on to Symplicity for additional information and how to apply. 

 

 

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.

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.

$5000 Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls for the R. Harvey Johnston, III Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship which will support a Brandeis student who works this summer in the field of real estate law. The amount of the fellowship is $5,000. Candidates who apply for the fellowship must find their own placement for the summer with a sponsoring organization. A sponsoring organization can be any organization engaged in a significant amount of legal work concerning real estate. It can be a law firm (including a solo practitioner), a government agency, a nonprofit organization, a title company, a financial institution, or any other organization in which an attorney would be supervising the student's work.

The application for the Johnston Fellowship is located in Symplicity's Document Library under the Resources Tab. If you have any questions about the application process or finding a sponsoring organization, please contact Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 9 and your application must be submitted to Debra Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu in the Office of Professional Development via email by 4:00 p.m. to be considered.

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 worrking 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 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.