Student News

Mandatory Sessions for First-year Students with Office of Professional Development

The three mandatory meetings with first-year students and the Office of Professional Development are not intended to cram more into an already busy schedule.  The goal of the PD Office is to provide you with the tools and resources for a successful career path.  Each meeting will be informative and equip you with useful knowledge in the career search process.

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

 Tuesday, October 9th – Noon in 275
 Tuesday, October 30th – Noon in 275
 Friday, November 2nd – 11:40 a.m. in 275

September Student of the Month: Davis Hunter

The SBA would like to congratulate Davis Hunter for being selected as Student of the Month for September. Davis was nominated by his peers and selected by the Student Bar Association to be recognized for his contributions as a proactive member of the Law School. Davis is also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and a BARBRI Representative for the law school.

If you would like to nominate a student for Student of the
Month, you may submit a nomination at

Congratulations again to Davis! 

Student Bar Foundation Interest Meeting (Open to 1Ls)

If you are interested in being a member of the Student Bar Foundation, please attend the meeting this Wednesday, October 3 at 12:00pm in room LL80Membership is open to 1Ls! Lunch will be provided. If you are interested but cannot attend, please email Kaitlyn Jones at We hope to see you there! 

The Student Bar Foundation is a charitable student-run organization that helps raise funds for student fellowships in law-related public service work. Each spring, we host a charity auction which raises money through a silent and live auction for our annual fellowships. There are benefits to being an at-large member! While SBF fellowships are open to all Brandeis students, priority is given to at-large members of the Student Bar Foundation. Past fellowships allowed students to work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the Department of Public Advocacy, Legal Aid, KY Refugee Ministries, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the National Juvenile Justice Network, the Center for Women and Families, and international service-learning programs in Rwanda and Belize. 

Interested in Studying Abroad During the Summer?

The Law School has a student exchange partnership with EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany.  EBS offers an intensive summer program from June 3 to June 28.  The four-week summer program focuses on European Business Law.  After completing an intensive one-week course on the Law of the European Union, students can choose from six different electives dealing with more detailed questions of EU Business Law.

Each elective equals 700 minutes of teaching and comprises a matching site visit (e.g. the European Central Bank, the European Court of Justice, etc.) and a final examination on the last day of the programme. Students without any prior knowledge of EU Law can delve into the topic during a relatively short period, whereas students having studied some basics of European Law can deepen their expertise in the specific electives. 

The language of instruction is English, but EBS offers a free German language crash course during the first week.  You can learn more at    A flyer describing last year's summer program is available here.  Questions?  See Dean Ballard in Room 216.

Another $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Banner & Witcoff is offering the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students.  This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate, and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Recipients will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.  Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2013.  Applications are available from Dean Ballard in Room 216.

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship for law students.  This scholarship is part of the Linn Inn's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school and who will continue in that program through the fall 2013 semester are eligible to apply.

The recipient of the scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school. 

Applications will be accepted through November 16, 2012.  Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Three-page statement describing (a) how ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the candidate; (b) how diversity has impacted the candidate; and (c) the candidate's commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law.
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications are available from Dean Ballard in Room 216.

Legal Research Exam Information

The Legal Research (LR) exam is Friday, October 5.  If you plan to take your LR exam using Exam4, you must successfully complete your practice submission, using your user name (e.g., kkball01), by the LR Exam4 deadline.    
The Legal Research exam make-up request form is available here.  Even if your professor or the Assistant Dean for Student Life has approved a make-up LR exam, you must submit the attached form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m. on October 3, for final written approval. 

The Law School's exam policies are posted on the School of Law website at  Each student is responsible for reviewing these policies before taking a law school exam.

Fresh Start Fridays: Free Massages Today!

Feeling stressed?  Don't forget about Fresh Start Fridays!

To provide students a little stress relief and relaxation at the end of the week, a massage therapist from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering free, 10- to 15-minute chair massages to law students every Friday this semester from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Washer Lounge.  Treat yourself today and every Friday as you end your week and re-organize for the following week.

Yoga Class

Feeling stressed, uptight and anxious or maybe you'd just like some exercise to end the week on a good note? Mackenzie Wallace (3L) is teaching a 90 minute Vinyasa Flow yoga class at Shine: A Wellness Studio today, Friday, September 28th at 5:45pm. The studio is located at 727 East Jefferson Street. The entrance is located on the Market St. side.

The class is only $7 for students and it's a perfect way to begin the weekend.

ABA Client Counseling Moot Court Team Tryouts

ABA Client Counseling Competition will be holding tryouts October 5th from 1-4 pm in Room 270 for any 2L or 3L interested. The Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which a team of two students act as attorneys with their task being to find out the legal problem of their client and decide how to represent the client from a litigation and counseling perspective. Those interested should sign up in teams of two students and after signing up more details will be placed in your student mailboxes. The Regional Competition takes place Feb. 16-17, 2013 in Ann Arbor, MI with the National Finals being held in Waco, TX and International Finals in Glasgow, Scotland. For an example of a previous competition please visit: For any questions please contact Professor Abramson Rm. 260 ( or Nick Whitt (