Student News

Networking - Part 1


You’re probably sick of hearing about the importance of networking, but the fact remains that it is the #1 way in which people find new jobs.  Networking is an inescapable fact of job searching, but it doesn’t have to be painful.

You’re Already Doing It

The key thing to remember about networking is that everyone does it.  Every time you make a new friend, talk to a professor, or even just chat up the grocery store clerk, you are networking.  In the job search context, networking simply means taking these natural connections a step further.

Be Yourself

Many people are put off by the word networking because they think of it as trolling amongst strangers looking for jobs, but nothing could be further from the truth.  While the ultimate goal of networking in the job search context is, of course, landing a job, the key to good networking isn’t putting on an act amongst strangers but rather being yourself and making your social connections, both new and old, work for you.

To learn more about how and why to network, please attend “Networking in your Comfort Zone” on Thursday, August 30 at Noon in room 175.  Find out how other students have been successful at networking and take their advice to create an effective networking strategy of your own.

Try-Outs for the National Moot Court Team

Try-outs for the National Moot Court team are now open!  The competition takes place in Richmond, Virginia, in November.  This is an appellate competition and the team members will have to write a brief.  It is open to all 2L, 3L, and 4L students.


Anyone interested in trying out should:

  •  Submit a brief by Monday, August 27th to Professor Marcosson.  The brief must be the work of the applicant and may be emailed or turned in as a hard copy.  Your BLS brief is sufficient.
  • Sign up for a try-out time.  Try-outs include an oral argument based on your brief and will take place on Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st.  The sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board door.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Marcosson at


Interested in Studying Intellectual Property Law in Croatia?

Professor Cross is trying to coordinate a group of students to take part in a study abroad program in Croatia for the summer of 2012.  The program, sponsored by Michigan State University and the University of Dubrovnik, differs from most study abroad programs in that it focuses only on intellectual property law.  The program runs from late July to early August, 2013, although students can opt to go for only half that time.  All courses are in English.  There are no prerequisites, so current 1Ls could easily take part.

For further information, you can look at  Note that this is the site for the 2012 program.  The dates for the 2013 program will be July 24 to August 14.

Interested students should contact Professor Cross, who can provide additional details.

Kentucky Innocence Project Opportunity

Enrollment remains open for the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship for 2012-13. This externship is open to any student who has completed the first year curriculum.  In this externship, attorneys from the Department of Public Advocacy teach students important investigatory skills useful for many practice areas, and help students use those skills in pursuing exculpatory evidence, possibly leading to attempts to overturn wrongful convictions. The externship requires a two semester commitment: students enroll for consecutive fall and spring semesters.  Interested students should complete the registration form found on the TWEN course titled Kentucky Innocence Project.

For more information, please contact Professor Jordan.

Interested in Pursuing a Career in Government?

Government agencies and public policy organizations provide a wealth of exciting opportunities for law students and lawyers looking to make a difference.  However, many application deadlines are early so now is the time to begin learning about these opportunities.  Please join us TODAY, August 21 at noon in Room 175 for Part 1 of our presentation: How to Get a Government Job during the Fall Hiring Season information session.  This session will:

• Provide you with an overview of the type of work lawyers do in government agencies and public policy organizations.
• Assist you in identifying opportunities for law students and lawyers in these settings.
• Inform you of upcoming deadlines and explain how you can apply.

Please take a moment to look at the Government Honors & Internship Handbook and the Public Policy Handbook to see all of the exciting opportunities available to you.  The Government Honors & Internship Handbook is located at:  User ID:  ranger; Password: cookies.  The Public Policy Handbook is located at:  User ID: end; Password:  hunger.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Tara Adkins, the winner of a Criminal Law study aid!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office before 4:00 p.m. today (August 21) to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

New Member Meeting!

New Member Meeting!
Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
Room 175

Please join us for the Women's Law Caucus new member meeting. We invite you to come find out more about the mentoring program, the Jail Tour/Q&A Session, Take Back the Night events, and other programs we have planned for this semester. T-shirts can be purchased or ordered at this meeting.

Questions? Feel free to contact officers Courtney Pawley, Megan Resch, Caitlin Baird, Jaime Nelson, or Katy Marie Sanborn.

* dues are $5 for members for the whole year!
* we have t-shirts for sale (girly ones and generic ones!)
* sign up for jail tour and find out more information about all of our programs!

Are you interested in Family Law? LBA Pro Se Divorce Training Has Been Scheduled

The Louisville Bar Association has scheduled a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. The clinic dates for this semester are September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9 and December 7. All of these dates are on a Friday and the clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Justice downtown. If you are interested in family law, this would be wonderful opportunity. Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. If you have already taken the training and you are available on any of these dates, please contact Kate Lindsay.  Students interested in the training should contact Jina Scinta at to sign up.

New Public Service Opportunity Available

The Public Service Program is pleased to announce that we have added the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Legal/Risk Management Services Office to our list of public service placements from which students can choose to do their public service work. They currently are in need of one to two students to work on two projects. Here's a description:

Project No. 1: This is a one-time project to assist General Counsel to identify and gather needed documents from a client to complete projects related to endowment compliance and/or other compliance efforts.

Project No. 2: This is an on-going project updating state law summaries to assist in church property law project.

Students (2Ls and 3Ls only) can sign up for this placement by contacting Jina Scinta at The first two students contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the placement.

Law Schools of Kentucky - 1st Annual Reds Game

Your SBA is happy to announce a cooperative effort with the SBAs at NKU and UK for the first annual Reds Game! The cost is $20, which covers a ticket to the game and tailgate food and beverages.

The game against the L.A. Dodgers will take place on Saturday, September 22. The tailgate begins at 4:30 PM and the game begins at 7:10 PM. Students are responsible for transportation to and from Cincinnati for the game. 

In order to get take advantage of this amazing deal, we will need to provide a fairly accurate head count. In order to facilitate this process, your SBA requests that you click below to fill out a simple RSVP form with your name and email address so we can contact you with additional details.

Closer to September 22, SBA may attempt to organize carpooling for interested parties. You may bring a guest.


Please RSVP by September 8th.