Student News

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.

Networking - Part 3

Get Involved

If you are not meeting new people, put yourself out there.  Go to events held on campus and in the community.  Join the local bar association and be sure to participate.  Volunteer somewhere.  Check out, and find a group of people with similar interests just to hang out with.  The point, again, isn’t to ask every person you meet for a job; it’s to expand your social network in a way that feels comfortable for you.  If you are worried that you might not know what to say when meeting possible professional contacts, have an “elevator” speech ready.  (See attachment.) 

Informational Interviews

If you want to focus specifically on meeting attorneys, consider setting up informational interviews.  This means calling or e-mailing someone in a practice area in which you are interested and asking for a few moments of their time to pick their brain about what they do and how they got where they are.  (See attachment.) Once again, people like to talk about themselves, and most attorneys are happy to share advice with current law students.

Following Up

Finally, make sure to follow up.  You don’t have to bombard people with daily phone calls and emails, but an occasional email sharing a link to a topic that you know is of interest to another person is a way to stay in touch without being intrusive.  And if someone offers you advice or sits down with you for an informational interview, by all means, send that person a thank you note, and check in with him or her now and then to report on your progress through law school.

Remember – networking doesn’t have to be painful.  Your skills will improve with practice, and you may just find that it’s a lot of fun!   

The “Networking in your Comfort Zone” originally scheduled for Thursday, August 30th is going to be rescheduled.  Stay tuned for details.


Jail Tour and Q&A Session

 The Women's Law Caucus and Women Lawyers Association invite any interested students to sign up for a Question & Answer session with representatives from the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, the Office of Jefferson County Attorney, and the Jefferson County Public Defender's Office followed by a tour of the Jefferson County Corrections facility. The session and tour will take place on September 5 from 5:30-7:30. 


Please email Courtney Pawley at no later than August 29, 2012 if you are interested in attending. 


If you have already signed up, you will receive an email with final details on August 29 or 30. 

Deans' Townhall Meeting

The deans of the law school will be having a townhall meeting on September 4th, 2012. The meeting will be in Room 275 from 1:00-2:00. This is your time to have any questions you have answered. All students are invited and encouraged to attend. Those students interested in asking the deans of the law school any questions should draft and send your questions to be addressed by 5:00 p.m. on August 31st. This will allow enough time for the deans to get answers to your questions. 

Please email your drafted questions to Ms. Wimberg at

Drop/Add Period

This is a friendly reminder that the end of the period for adding classes is tomorrow, Friday, August 24.  If you intend to add a class, you must do so no later than tomorrow. This includes obtaining all permissions and completing all paperwork that may be necessary to enroll.


On a related note, we still have a few classes that are enrolled to capacity and have students on wait lists.  If you are holding a seat in one of those classes, and you know that you intend to drop the class, please do so as soon as possible so that a wait list student will be able to enroll before the add period ends.

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 Shool.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office (216) to pick up an application.  Completed applications are due by September 14.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Mary Halloran, the winner of a Civil Procedure study aid!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 23) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And, remember to keep reading the Daily Docket.

Networking - Part 2

Where to Start

So how do you do this?  A good first step is to think about all of the people you already know.  If you think you don’t know anybody, just take a look at your Facebook page!  Start making a list of contacts including family, friends, former professors and co-workers, and other acquaintances, and don’t be shy about letting them know that you are now in law school and will be looking for opportunities to gain legal experience.

When you meet new people, pay attention!  Effective networking comes as the result of being genuinely interested in what someone else has to say. If you’re not a naturally outgoing person, don’t worry – people love to talk about themselves, and while you’re thinking that you’re being too quiet, they’re admiring what a great listener you are!  Ask for a business card and take a moment to write yourself a note or two on the back to remind you of your conversation with this person.

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center has ended its summer hours.

For the academic calendar year, the hours are 8am - 5:30pm M-Thur. and 8am - 4pm Fri.

Law School Mentoring Options

On Friday, August 24 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session on mentoring options. The panel will consist of representatives from BLSA and the Women's Law Caucus. A representative from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will discuss their Individual Mentoring Program. Dean Urbach will also be discussing the Jet Mentoring program. All students are invited. We hope to see you there.