Student News

TODAY - How to Have a Successful Summer and Prepare for the Fall Hiring Season

The Office of Professional Development will be sponsoring an information session TODAY  from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 175. Depending on whether you are a rising 2L or rising 3L, Dean Urbach will be giving you valuable tips on what you can do over the summer to get ready for the fall hiring season. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game. This is a brown bag event, so please bring your own lunch.

Student Bar Foundation Fellowship Applications Now Available!

Applications for the Student Bar Foundation Fellowships are now available below and at the Student Bar Foundation student organization website, http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/sbf, and are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association at the Brandeis School of Law. This student-run organization helps raise and distribute funds for student fellowships or travel stipends for law-related public service work with a focus on:

  • Delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent
  • Law related public education
  • Improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system

To qualify for a Student Bar Foundation fellowship, a student must have secured a position or developed a project, in which they will engage for at least 10 weeks and for no fewer than 35 hours per week. As the fellowship application indicates, the project must also satisfy the mission of the Student Bar Foundation. Three copies of the completed application packets are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012, to the student mailbox of Sarah Clay, addressed to the Student Bar Foundation. Please see the application document for additional information on the fellowship qualifications and requirements

More Schedule Changes

1) Prof. Mackey from the History Department is now available to teach Legal History on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:35-8:00 p.m.  The exam will be December 11th at 6 p.m.  This class is a perspectives class and will have a cap of 25.

2) Real Estate Transactions will now be offered on Tuesday nights from 4:35-6:25 p.m.  This course will be a 2 hour course instead of a 3 hour course and will be team taught by a Professor from the John Marshall Law School, Celeste Hammond and a practicing Chicago attorney, Virginia Harding.  The class will have distance education components.  If interested please see Dean Duncan for more information.

3) The Friday morning trial practice class is moved to 1-3:50 p.m. on Fridays.  Melanie C. Schneider will teach the course. Professor Schneider has experienced both extremes of the legal profession - she worked at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. and at the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office.  As an Assistant Public Defender, she personally resolved over 1,600 cases.  In the classroom, she applies her trial experience, which includes acquittals of both misdemeanor and felony charges, along with her exposure to complex commercial litigation, to teach hands-on advocacy skills that will prepare students to be practice-ready. 

4) Tuition for the Online International Law Course this summer is:

If designated part-time $845 per credit hour

If designated full time $1015 per credit hour 

Working in Frankfort this Summer? Share a Ride!

A few students will be working in Frankfort over the summer and would like to carpool.  (Who wouldn't with gas prices steadily increasing?)

If you are interested in sharing transportation to Frankfort, please sign the sheet posted on Ms. Reh's door (184).  Students can get together to work out the details.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Make the Most of the Last Two Weeks of Classes

Congratulations!  You are about to finish another semester in law school.  Here are some tips to make the most of the last two full weeks of classes in preparation for finals:

  • Do not skip classes.  Professors often give information about the exam during the last few classes.  In addition, there is a good chance that there will be questions on the exam specifically on the last week’s material.
  • Attend all review sessions that your professors offer.  Professors provide review sessions to help you do well on the exam.  Whether the session is a professor-led review of the material or based on questions and answers, you can use the session to your advantage.  If you are confused about certain areas, then this is the time to get the material straight.  If you think you understand the material, then this is the time to “test” your depth of understanding.
  • If there are not scheduled review sessions, ask your professors any questions that you have this week.   Once classes are over, many professors work from home or work in their offices during limited hours.  Yes, you could e-mail or telephone the professor regarding your questions; however, there is no substitute for being there face-to-face.
  • Try to have all of your reading and outlining completed by April 20.   You want to allow yourself plenty of time for learning your outlines, memorizing black letter law, and applying the concepts through practice questions. 
  • Evaluate your status in each course.   Determine which topics and sub-topics still need to be learned for each course.  Determine which topics and sub-topics just need to be reviewed.  Determine how many practice questions need to be completed for each topic and sub-topic.  Prioritize your studying tasks.  Be realistic. 
  • Map out your plans for each day for the next two weeks.   A monthly calendar format may help you to see when your exams are, when papers are due, when other projects may be due.  Mark down review sessions being held by professors.  For each day, indicate the course(s) you plan to study, the topics or sub-topics for that course, and the hours of study. 
  • Maximize your study time within your plan.   Decide whether you learn better by studying one course all day or by mixing up two or even three courses in the same day.  Decide when you are most alert and place the most difficult tasks (intense learning and memorization for many students) in those time slots.  Use time slots when you are less alert for tasks that you find easier (review of material already learned, practice questions, and flashcards for many students). 
  • Re-check the exam schedule to make sure that you have written the correct days and times down for all of your exams.   Nothing can be more distressing than to find out that you missed an exam because you were not careful enough in noting the dates and times on your calendar.  If in doubt, find out now.
  • Have a talk with your significant others about the fact that you will be studying for exams and need their understanding.   Have a heart-to-heart with your friends, parents, spouse, children, and any others who need to be cooperative with your efforts.  Schedule needed babysitters now.   

How to Have a Successful Summer and Prepare for the Fall Hiring Season

The Office of Professional Development will be sponsoring an information session on Tuesday, April 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 175. Depending on whether you are a rising 2L or rising 3L, Dean Urbach will be giving you valuable tips on what you can do over the summer to get ready for the fall hiring season. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game. This is a brown bag event, so please bring your own lunch.

Exam4 for Spring 2012 Now Available

Exam4 for Spring 2012 final exams is now available. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test using the newest version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 13, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

For more information, click here.

Tyrikos Wins the Frisbee Toss

Congratulations to Michael Tyrikos, 1L, winner of the frisbee toss competition that was held at the Brandeis Brief on March 29! He won a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstore and a $15 gift card to Subway. Dean Jim Chen was his partner.

TODAY In-House Counsel Panel hosted by the newly formed Business Law Society - 11:30 a.m. in room 275

The newly formed Business Law Society is holding it's inagural event TODAY, Monday, April 2nd, from 11:30 to 1:00pm in room 275.  An impressive panel has been invited to discuss business law, the role of the corporate lawyer, what makes a business lawyer tick, what clients are looking for, how to get into this area of law, and so on.
 
Panelists:
• Matthew Hamel (Executive VP and General Counsel at Brown Forman)
• Raymond Burse (Vice President and General Counsel at GE)
• John Rippy (Senior VP at Republic Bank)
• Jeffry Gordon (General Counsel at Sun Tan City)
•  (VP at Churchill Downs Incorporatated)

Lunch will be served, and prospective members will also receive information on becoming involved with the Business Law Society. The event's facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/107716289359925/

First Year Oral Argument Competition

Attention 1Ls

Do you like money? Do you want a chance to practice your oral advocacy skills? If you answered yes to both, then the First Year Oral Advocacy competition is for you! The competition will run from April 9th through April 13th, and you'll get the opportunity to argue in front of practicing attorneys and judges. Plus you can win CASH PRIZES! Preliminary rounds will be on brief, so no additional preparation is necessary.

The sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Board room door. Please sign up by Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 PM. Be sure to sign up!