Student News

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Wednesday Night.

Exam4 for Spring 2015 final exams is now available to download and install.

  • The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test to qualify to use your computer on Spring 2015 final exams is 11:59 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
  • All previous versions of Exam4 have expired, will not run, will not work, and will not help you.
  • Exam4 no longer supports 32-bit Mac, Snow Leopard. Mac users with 32-bit Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) will need to purchase a new laptop or rent or borrow one for laptop testing and finals if they intend to use Exam4. You may follow these instructions to determine if you have 32- or 64-bit Snow Leopard.

You must always:

  1. Download and install the current version of Exam4 for your computer's operating system. Supported operating systems are listed here.
  2. Take and submit a practice test (choose "S15 Practice Exam CLOSED" during start-up).
  3. For practice tests, identify yourself in the Exam Number field (twice) with your ULink user name (e.g., lhoswa01).

You must never:

  1. Ever, under any circumstances, identify yourself in Exam4 (or any other exam situation) using your UofL Student ID Number. This applies to practice tests, real exams—everything.

Within about an hour, you should receive a confirmation e-mail at your CardMail address. If you submit a practice test and do not receive the confirmation e-mail, then you have done something wrong and you must try again until you do.

Complete, detailed instructions for taking and submitting a practice test are here.

Students are reminded that, in order to use Exam4 to take final exams, they must comply with the Brandeis School of Law's Policy and Procedure Governing Examinations on Computer, including satisfactory completion of a practice test by 11:59 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Students who fail to complete a satisfactory practice exam in accordance with the rules established by the IT department MAY NOT use their computers to take final exams, and that, should a student use a computer on a final exam in violation of this policy, that student will receive no tech support during or after the exam, including but not limited to help re-booting or restoring an Exam4 session OR assistance uploading an exam or partial exam that the student may have written using Exam4. In addition, a letter describing the student’s violation of law school policy will be placed in the student’s record. This policy may result in your being unable to turn in part or all of your exam answers, should you fail to complete a satisfactory practice test. Deans on Duty and IT staff on duty have been advised of these policies.

Please do not risk failing an exam! If you have not received a confirmation e-mail, DO NOT use your computer to type your exam. Bluebooks are available from the Law Resource Center or the Dean on Duty.

National Moot Court Team Results

Congratulations to the member of the 2015 National Moot Court Team:

  • Megan Diffenderfer
  • Andy Hagerman
  • Aaron Riggs
  • Aaron Williams

Thank you to all of the qualified and talented student who tried out last week.  It was a very tough decision, as all the applicants were outstanding!


Diversity Pipeline event showcases legal profession for high school, college students

Brandeis School of Law hosted the inaugural diversity pipeline event last week, titled “Why Choose Law: Diversity Matters.” The event was held in partnership with the Louisville Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association and was called a “huge success” by Dean Susan Duncan.

The program brought together nearly 40 diverse high school and college students who were treated to a panel discussion with recent Brandeis alums as well as mock criminal law and civil law classes. In addition, they shadowed a Legal Aid clinic for refugees and met a number of practicing attorneys.

“These experiences encourage young people to dream big and look to the legal profession as a career option,” Dean Duncan said. “Many students told me at the conclusion of the event that they want to go to law school more than ever before.  I am honored that the law school could host this inaugural event and empower diverse young people to join our profession and make it better.”

Assistant Dean for Admissions Henry Cantu said the goal now is to maintain contact with the students who attended and to keep their interest levels elevated.

“We were very fortunate to be able to host this inaugural event and to showcase our school,” he said.
In addition to the event at Brandeis School of Law, a Diversity and Inclusion Summit was held the following day at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville.

The pipeline project serves as an expansion of the Why Choose Law: Diversity Matters project, created by the KBA Young Lawyers Division to promote interest among students who belong to groups typically underrepresented in law school classes, including racial and ethnic minorities and those with varied religious, geographic, socio-economic, and sexual orientation backgrounds.

Event Chair Mark Flores, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC, said the main objective is to tackle the “pipeline issue,” which is a continued lack of diversity among students and prospective students.

“There is an issue here, but not one that’s been brought to the forefront. We want to do something to bring it to life,” Flores said.

Photo provided by Don Vish.

Exam Prep: CALI Lessons

Now that you're in the midst of exam preparation, I'd like to remind you about The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 900 interactive, computer-based 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.

The lessons are available at both CALI’s website and on the DVD that you received at the beginning of the academic semester. If you've misplaced your CALI DVD, older versions are available at the library's Circulation Desk. To view the lessons online, you must register with your "@louisville.edu" email address.Contact Virginia Mattingly for the authorization code and instructions.

Demo New Library Chairs - Last Chance Wednesday, April 15!

Your law library is considering new chairs and we would like your help in choosing which ones to purchase!

Please come to the reading room between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM weekdays to try them out, or, if you are unable to make it during those hours, the person seated at the desk will be happy to direct you to them. Fill out the feedback form and leave it in the box. Your opinion counts (you’re the ones studying in the chairs, after all), so please take the time to let us know what you think.

Thank you and good luck the rest of the year!

 

Professor Levinson hiring summer research assistants

Professor Levinson and a co-author at Vanderbilt Law School, Professor O’Hara O’Connor, are hiring research assistants for summer 2015. They are working on a project involving labor arbitration awards. The research assistants will be coding labor arbitration awards and related court documents and decisions. 

Ideal candidates include those with a familiarity with labor law, employment law, or arbitration. Coding also requires someone who is very detail oriented because it involves answering long series of questions about the awards and other documents and entering the responses, which are often numeric, into an excel spreadsheet. There will be a training session before coding begins.

Research assistants are paid $8.50 an hour through financial aid. Available funds will cover one full-time position for approximately 5 weeks or multiple part-time positions. If you are interested in applying, please submit an application to a.levinson@louisville.edu by Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. 

A complete application includes 1) a CV, 2) an unofficial transcript, and 3) a statement explaining a) why you are interested in the project, b) what strengths you have that make you a good fit for the project, c) the number of weeks and hours/week that you could commit to working over the summer, and d) whether you would be interested in continuing to work on the project during the academic year.

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, April 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, May 1.

Students interested in attending the training on April 30 and/or going on the jail visit on May 1, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, April 20. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.
Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

Deadline Extended for Legal Aid Society Equal Justice Works 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 has been extended to Monday, April 20. 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. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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.