Student News

Bar Exam Information

If you are planning to take the Kentucky or Indiana bar exam in July 2012, but were unable to attend the Bar Exam Panel on Thursday, October 27, please stop by Dean Ballard's office (Room 212) to pick up a bar folder with helpful information.

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012:

On Thursday, November 10, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the November 10 program is a requirement for graduation.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 10 program, you must notify Dean Cross by November 4, so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Academic Success Tip - Save Time for Proofreading

If you are working on a writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work.  A law memo requires diligent editing to make sure it is as well written and clear as possible.

Avoid long, complicated sentences and fancy or superfluous language in law memos to help readers understand the covered issues quickly and accurately.  Edit your writing ruthlessly, omitting unnecessary words and rewriting for clarity. Careful proofreading is particularly important in legal writing. Spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors in a document submitted to the court, opposing counsel, or a client can undermine your credibility as a legal professional.

If you are finalizing a paper for a course or are polishing your second memo for BLS, be sure that you reserve time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing. Also, check to make sure you have followed your professor's instructions.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.
 

PR Exams - Friday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

PR exams (Prof. Giesel's and Prof. Powell's) will be given Friday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Please see the attached classroom schedule and the Exam Procedures Memo.

Crowned Champions! The Brandeis Blitz Franchise

On Tuesday night The Brandeis Blitz completed the goal of becoming University of Louisville Intramural Champions.  The final game capped off a 6-2 season and was the third "Mercy Rule" victory for the Blitz in the 2011 post-season.  Despite being accidentally left off of the roster list in the last Daily Docket, 2L Zach Berry had his greatest performance in a Blitz Jersey by snagging four interceptions, two of which went for touchdowns. The game was called a mercy with two minutes left in regulation with the final score of 33-12.

In a post game interview Coach White said, "On behalf of the entire team, we accept in advance any celebratory parades, gifts, breakfasts, dinners, shrines, rings, plaques, trophies et. al. that any deans, the SBA, or any individuals want to provide to commemorate our proud franchise."

2011 Champion Brandeis Blitz:
  •     Alex White
  •     Tyler Korus
  •     Josh Porter
  •     Joe Mandlehr
  •     Brandon Johnson
  •     Luis Cartaya
  •     John Spalding
  •     Doug Keil
  •     Johnathan Ryan
  •     Richard Williams
  •     Zackary McKee
  •     Jackie Clowers
  •     Brad Hall
  •     Donavan Potter
  •     Zach Berry



Externship Opportunities for Spring 2012 - Professor Jordan

Each semester, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship experiences.  In spring 2012, student externs will be placed with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Louisville, the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office, the Legal Aid Society, Jefferson County Circuit and Family Court judges, and the U of L Offices of Industry Contracts and Clinical Research Services.  Information about requirements and enrollment deadlines is available on the TWEN course titled Externship INFORMATION Spring 2012.  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information.

Patent Law Information Session - Practising Law Institute - Monday, November 7th at Noon in 175

Mr. John White, Director of Patent Professional Development at the Practising Law Institute will be discussing Patent Practice, the patent bar exam, where the jobs are in this field and answer any questions on Monday, November 7th at Noon in room 175.

Do You Want to Get a Job this Summer?

The Office of Professional Development will be having an information session The Office of Professional Development will be having an information session TODAY from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075. A panel of students will be on hand to provide students with helpful information on how to get a job this summer and careers in public service. If you are thinking of getting a job this summer, you won't want to miss this. Food and drinks will be provided. This information session is open to all students. We hope to see you there! 

Academic Success Tip - Tackle Exam Anxiety Now

Tackle any test anxiety that you have now.  There are a number of strategies for test anxiety.  The sooner you implement them, the better.

  • The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam.  Study to understand and not just to remember.
  • The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam.  For example:  read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc. 
  • Do as many practice questions as possible.  You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
  • Begin doing relaxation exercises now.  For simple relaxation techniques, visit   https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.   
  • Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams.  You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
  • If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques.  852-6585

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012:

On Thursday, November 10, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the November 10 program is a requirement for graduation.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 10 program, you must notify Dean Cross by November 4, so that alternative arrangements can be made.