Josh Harstell just received the word that he's been selected as a Boren Fellow. This selection is truly an honor. The Boren program is a highly selective academic program sponsored by the federal government. Under his Boren award, Josh will be able to study law in Korea, and then return to UofL to complete his degree.
Join me in congratulating Josh on this achievement!
The Brandeis School of Law Moot Court Board is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year.
MCB plans and manages external and internal moot court, mock trial, and professional skills competitions at the Brandeis School of Law. MCB members organize and administer the Pirtle-Washer Competition, First-Year BLS Oral Arguments, First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition, and any moot court competitions the Brandeis School of Law hosts during the year. In addition, each MCB member acts as a facilitator for a moot court team or competition. Each member is expected to fully participate in planning and carrying out all MCB events.
Any interested persons should submit their completed application, resume, and Waiver and Release form by May 9th at 9:00 p.m. Please see the attached application for more information. Note that the completed Waiver and Release should be submitted to the folder on the MCB door, or electronically.
For any further questions or information, please contact any of the Executive Board members: Paige Hamby, Courtney Pawley, Ashley Haile, Pete Lay, or Luke Markushewski.
2012 COMMENCEMENT & CONVOCATION
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, there will be several events honoring the 2012 graduates.
University of Louisville Commencement
On Friday, May 11, the University of Louisville's commencement rehearsal will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.
All students participating in the University-wide morning ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm a seat for Commencement.
On Saturday, May 12, the University Commencement processional will start at 9:30 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center’s Practice Court and the line-up will form at the law school sign. Please join law students as the Brandeis School of Law banner is carried into the KFC Yum! Center. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. President and Mrs. Ramsey will host a reception on the Main Concourse after the Commencement from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Brandeis School of Law Convocation
The Brandeis School of Law Convocation will be held at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.
Paid parking is available in the Brown Hotel parking garage off 4th Street near Theatre Square and off 3rd Street just before the corner of 3rd and Broadway. There is also parking available in the parking lot across the street from The Brown Theatre on Broadway. Metered parking may be available on the street.
Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. AT THE BROWN THEATRE IN THE ROOM TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOBBY.
Please be sure to check-in with the School of Law staff and receive your name card upon entry into the theater. If you are concerned that your name may be mispronounced, please write it out phonetically on your card. Please hold-on to your name card so that you can give it to Dean Cross on stage. If you wish to take some personal photos, pelase do so before the line-up begins since apparel must be turned in immediately following the ceremony.
The class photo is at 4:15 p.m. The SBA will start the line-up in the same area.
Graduates will follow the faculty in a single-file procession to the stage. When Dean Chen asks the class to come forward, the first row will stand and walk to the right area of the stage. At the direction of Dean Cross, please hand your name card to him. He will call your name and you will walk to the professors to be hooded. Do not remove your cap. After receiving your hood, please walk across the stage to Dean Chen for a handshake. A professional photographer will capture this moment (proofs may be viewed online and your photo will be available for purchase.) Walk back to your row and be seated (since the order will be reversed, you will not be sitting in the same seat when you return—you will be on the opposite side of the stage.) A program will be placed on each seat. Please do not take additional programs, purses, etc. on stage.
At the end of the Convocation, there will be a single-file recessional. The class will stand when directed by Dean Chen. Graduates should remain standing at their seats until the Dean leads the recessional.
PLEASE RETURN TO THE LINE-UP ROOM TO RETURN YOUR APPAREL.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS CHECKED OFF WHEN YOU RETURN THE CAP/GOWN/HOOD;
YOU WILL BE ASSESSED A SUBSTANTIAL FEE IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO.
You may pick up your academic apparel (cap, gown, and tassel) at The Red Barn on one of the following days: Thursday, May 10, 12-7 p.m., or Friday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CAP, GOWN, AND TASSEL IN THE PACKAGE. THE LAW SCHOOL WILL BRING THE HOODS TO CONVOCATION.
As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society is selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2011 semester. Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation. Honor cords may be purchased at The Red Barn on Thursday or Friday at the same times listed above for academic apparel. Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society. Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) should purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) should purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) should purchase a gold/red honor cord.
THE SBA TRADITIONALLY ASSISTS THE ADMINISTRATION ON GRADUATION DAY
BY LINING UP GRADUATES AND HELPING WITH INSTRUCTIONS.
Grades should be available late Friday afternoon, May 11, on ULink.
CONGRATULATIONS AND ENJOY YOUR GRADUATION!
Please refer to the Line-Up List for details.
You have worked hard all semester. So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself? If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely. During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule. Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams. By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best. No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations. On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops.
Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams. You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.
Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.
In order to better accommodate students who will be leaving Louisville immediately after the end of finals, the Law Review will now accept write-on essays submitted solely via TWEN. The old instructions for law review application submission are unchanged, but if you're going to be out of town and would like to submit your essay electronically you may now do so by following the revised instructions attached to this post.
If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Brooks at Sjbroo02@louisville.edu.
Thanks, and good luck on your finals!
Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck.