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ACS New Member Interest Meeting

Are you interested in becoming part of the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics?

Do hold a progressive vision of core constitutional values such as genuine equality, liberty, justice and the rule of law?

Do you believe that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people?

The American Constitution Society wants you! Join us for our new interest meeting today, 8/28 at 1:00 pm, in room LL75. Free Papalinos pizza will be served. Like us on Facebook at

Attorney General's Honors and Summer Law Intern Program - Wednesday, August 29 at Noon - room 175

Part 2 of our presentation: How to Get a Government Job during the Fall Hiring Season - U.S. Dept. of Justice – Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program Information Session – Wednesday, August 29 at Noon in room 175

If you are interested in a career with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, please attend.  Mr. Lou DeFalaise, Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management at the Department of Justice, will be speaking about the opportunities available for new attorneys and interns at the U.S. DOJ. 

Pizza and drinks will be served.


Need Money for Your Organization?

University of Louisville's CPC (Club Programming Committee) provides funding for student organizations' special events (i.e. guest speakers) that would not be possible without this financial assistance.  CPC requires a detailed budget of how the funding will be used. 

For guidelines and the application, please visit  The fall 2012 application deadline is September 19, 2012, at 3 pm for events occurring after October 10, for the fall semester.

A.J. Jolly Scholarship Award

The $500 A.J. Jolly Scholarship will be awarded by the Northern Kentucky Bar Foundation to a current University of Louisville law student who has completed the first year of law school.  The recipient must have graduated from a Northern Kentucky High School.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office (216) to pick up an application.  Completed applications are due by September 14

Are you struggling to select a seminar paper topic, or confused by the writing requirement?

If so, then we have the perfect presentation for you! On Tuesday, September 4, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will present a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room LL75 from 12:00-12:50.

Professor Metzmeier decribes his presentation as follows:               

The fifty-minute session will begin by discussing the student handbook section that sets out the writing requirement, noting its importance as a core requirement of a professional degree.  Then general advice on picking a topic will be given, with some emphasis on library resources like subject-specific legal newsletters, ProfBlogs, and general legal news sources that may helpful in generating topics. Researching the policy aspects of legal issues that come up in seminar papers will be briefly discussed, leading to a treatment of issues involved in writing of a research paper.  Issues discussed may include creating outlines, constructing a thesis, resolving common style and grammar issues, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism by the proper use of quotation and citation.  Given the limited time to discuss these matters, liberal mention will be given to library resources like Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and the collection of other legal writing books on reserve in the law library.

You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative event.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Paul Casi, the winner of a UofL Law School insulated lunch bag and gold UofL pin!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 27) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.

SBA Tailgate Presales

Your SBA will be preselling wristbands for the Tailgate this week (August 27-31) in the Mosiac Lobby. Buy this week and SAVE MONEY ($2 savings versus purchasing at the tailgate). For more details, contact Christy Ferko

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 2013.  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.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Noah Whittle, the winner of a UL Law Orientation 2012 t-shirt!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 24) before noon to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Last Day to Add a Class and Other Reminders

  1. TODAY is the last day to add a class - Friday, August 24.
  2. TODAY is the last day for 100% tuition reduction - Friday, August 24. 
  3. For students graduating in December, the last day to apply for a degree is September 12.
  4. For students graduating in May 2013, your cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2012 semester is used for the commencement program and honor cords. Questions?  Please see Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
  5. Unless explicitly authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, no full-time student is permitted to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester and no part-time student is permitted to register for more than 12 credit hours per semester.  With permission, a full-time student may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours and a part-time student may register for a maximum of 13 credit hours.  “Credit hours” includes all classes the student takes at the University of Louisville, regardless of whether the credit will be applied toward the student’s degree. Skills competitions and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  6. Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  7. Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.