Student News

Admission to the Bar - A Reminder from the Student Handbook

"As soon as possible after deciding to study law, a student is urged to investigate the rules governing admission to the bar in the state in which he or she intends to practice. The rules of many states require registration upon beginning the study of law.  Compliance with bar admission requirements is the sole responsibility of the student."

If you are planning to take the bar exam in another state, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at www.ncbex.org to learn about the requirements to sit for a particular state's bar exam.  Each state is different, and the requirements can change often.  For example, in May 2012, the Chief Judge of New York announced a 50 hour pro bono requirement for admission to the bar in New York.  The rule applies to those who are admitted on or after January 1, 2015. 

If you have questions pertaining to requirements to sit for a bar exam, please see Jude Wolford, Academic Success Director, in Office 212, or Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, in Office 216.

Student Life Information Session: Externship Opportunities

Soon it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for spring 2013.  To help you plan, the Student Life Office is sponsoring a series of information sessions this fall designed to provide information regarding several opportunities you have as a law student to enrich your legal education.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this November.  The next Information Session will focus on externship opportunities available to you as a law student. 

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in an externship in spring 2013, please join us on Tuesday, October 9, to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.   

Get answers to your questions before the November registration period.  Information will be provided relating to the following externships: TaxJudicial; Legal Aid Society; and the Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney, the Public Defender, and the County Attorney

The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees. (*Note:  Information regarding the Immigration Externship, the Law Clinic, and the Entrepreneurship Clinic will be provided at the October 23 Information Session.)

SBA Election Results

Secretary - Charlie Rowland

Section One Rep - Scott Harper

Section Two Rep - Jessica Homer

LBA Rep - Isaac Fain

 

Congratulations!!

Alternatives to Practicing Law - Thursday, September 27 at Noon in room 175

A JD can be a stepping stone to a multitude of careers, but preparing for such a change is essential.  Here are some things to consider before making the change:  1)Self-assessment:  Know what you want to do professionally and what you have to offer an employer.  2)Do the Research:  Research the market for the area you are interested in.  3)Market Yourself and Network:  Persuade the employer that your law degree and legal work experience qualify you for the position.  You may have to create a new resume, focusing on transferable skills and experience.  4)Be Patient:  Be realistic about the time it will take to change your career.

If you want to explore careers that include non-traditional practice, consider attending the Alternatives to Practicing Law session on Thursday, September 27 at Noon in room 175.

Alternative Careers for Lawyers will be presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA, in partnership with the Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, (LMICK).  Panelists include Ashley Blacketer, Founding Partner of Barrister Capital Group, LLC; Gregory Nielsen, Executive Director of Green Hill Therapy; Kelly Wesley Taylor, Partner with Trek Advancement, LLC; Bobby Ferreri, Executive Director at GLI’s EnterpriseCorp; and Scott Hite, Academic Account Executive with LexisNexis.  Rebecca Schafer with Huddleston Bolen of the Young Lawyers Section of the KBA will also be present.

This 1 1/2 hour program will be a discussion on possible alternative careers for lawyers.  Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan.

Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Lori Alvey at:  lalvey@kybar.org

HUD Legal Honors Program - TODAY, Monday, September 24 at Noon in room 175

Mr. Robert Kuhnle, Associate Regional Counsel in Louisville, KY and Ms. Amy L. Brown, Assistant General for the Single Family Mortgage Division in Washington, DC, will be speaking on the HUD Legal Honors Program on Monday, September 24th at Noon in room 175.

Mr. Kuhnle and Ms. Brown will be explaining and encouraging applications to the HUD Legal Honors Program.  The deadline to apply is Friday, September 28th.

Pizza and drinks will be served.

University of Louisville Law School Picnic

Come have fun and reconnect with friends, faculty, staff and students at UofL's 1st Annual Fall Picnic (sponsored by the SBA). Grilled burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, and drinks are provided. There will be cornhole, horse shoes, and croquet. Please bring all your friends and family members! The food for this event was kindly donated by Barbri.

 

When:     Saturday, October 6, 2012

Time:      12:00 - 4:00

Where:    Grawemeyer Park, Belknap Campus (across the oval from the Law School)

Parking:   South Oval Parking Lot (Next to the Natural Sciences Building)

Cost:       Suggestion Donations $10 Adults; $5 Children and Students

 

Any questions? Please contact  Erica Wood or Jacob Giesecke.

Alternatives to Practicing Law - Thursday, September 27th at Noon in room 175

Alternative Careers for Lawyers will be presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA, in partnership with the Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky, (LMICK).  Panelists include Ashley Blacketer, Founding Partner of Barrister Capital Group, LLC; Gregory Nielsen, Executive Director of Green Hill Therapy; Kelly Wesley Taylor, Partner with Trek Advancement, LLC; Bobby Ferreri, Executive Director at GLI’s EnterpriseCorp; and Scott Hite, Academic Account Executive with LexisNexis.  Rebecca Schaefer with Huddleston Bolen of the Young Lawyers Section of the KBA will also be present.

This 1 1/2 hour program will be a discussion on possible alternative careers for lawyers.  Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan.

Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Lori Alvey at:  lalvey@kybar.org
 

HUD Legal Honors Program - Monday, September 24 at Noon in room 175

Mr. Robert Kuhnle, Associate Regional Counsel in Louisville, KY and Ms. Amy L. Brown, Assistant General for the Single Family Mortgage Division in Washington, DC, will be speaking on the HUD Legal Honors Program on Monday, September 24th at Noon in room 175.

Mr. Kuhnle and Ms. Brown will be explaining and encouraging applications to the HUD Legal Honors Program.  The deadline to apply is Friday, September 28th.

Pizza and drinks will be served

Judge Stephanie Burke Needs Students!

The  Public Service Program has been informed that Judge Stephanie Burke of the Jefferson District Court is in need of four students to assist her.  Second and third year students can count hours working with Judge Burke toward their public service requirement.  The following is a description of the work:

Students will assist the court in various research and writing assignments, including issue briefing and opinion drafting; students shall have the opportunity to observe criminal, civil, probate, disability and juvenile court matters, including bench and jury trials and assist the court in preparation for same. The students will be introduced to various aspects of the legal system from perspectcives of the prosecution, defense, circuit clerk's and the bench. The program provided is intended to be a true learning experience intended for those truly interested in a courtroom practice of law.

Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary forms to sign up.  The first four students to e-mail will be signed up.

Law Resource Center Closed Friday, September 21, 2012

The Law Resource Center will be closed Friday, September 21, 2012.  If you have an urgent request, please contact Ms. Barbara Thompson at bthompson@louisville.edu or Ms. Janet Sullivan at janet.sullivan@louisville.edu.