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Accepting/Declining Offers

What is the etiquette of accepting/declining an offer from an employer?  The policy that the Office of Professional Development has established is that if you are offered a position and accept, you should honor that commitment and decline all outstanding or subsequent offers.  Let employers you are waiting to hear from know that you have accepted an offer so they can remove you as a candidate.

When accepting an offer, do so with enthusiasm and sincerity, making sure that you have confirmed all of the details. Knowing specifics such as your starting date, whether you will attend an orientation session, office attire (casual Fridays), business hours, what is expected of you, and other information will enable a less stressful transition to your new position.

Careers in Education Law - TODAY - Noon in room 175

The Education Law & Policy Society and the Office of Professional Development are sponsoring Careers in Education Law on Wednesday, September 19th at Noon in room 175.  Speakers include Kevin Brown, General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education; Marcia Seiler, Director of the LRC - Office of Education Accountability; Alicia Sneed, General Counsel for the Education Cabinet -Educational Professional Standards Board; and Anne Coorssen, General Counsel for the Oldham County Board of Education.Pizza will be provided.

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls

In preparation for the Legal Research final exam, Friday, October 5, the IT staff will conduct training for 1Ls on using Exam4 on Tuesday, September 25, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 275. This training is mandatory for all first-year students. Students are not required but are encouraged to bring their laptops.

Save the Date - Reception for Dean Urbach on Thursday, November 1st

There will be a reception for Dean Urbach on Thursday, November 1st in the Cox Lounge for all students, staff and faculty from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. 

Careers in Education Law

The Education Law & Policy Society and the Office of Professional Development are sponsoring Careers in Education Law on Wednesday, September 19th at Noon in room 175. 

Speakers include Kevin Brown, General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education; Marcia Seiler, Director of the LRC - Office of Education Accountability; Alicia Sneed, General Counsel for the Education Cabinet -Educational Professional Standards Board; and Anne Coorssen, General Counsel for the Oldham County Board of Education.

Pizza will be provided.

External Writing Competitions Open to Law Students

Students:  Don't forget to check the Student Life website for information regarding writing competitions open to law students.  https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044  There are typically cash prizes awarded that may range from $500 to $5,000.  Currently, we have information posted for the Securities Law Writing Competition ($5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 cash prizes); the American College of Legal Medicine's Writing Competition (1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes); the Public Land & Resources Writing Competition (1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes); and the Planning and Law Division Writing Competition ($2,500, $500, and $250 cash prizes).  Most of the submission deadlines are in 2013, so you have plenty of time to polish your work!  Writing competition information is also posted on the bulletin board outside classroom 275.

Stolen Valor Debate: Lying about military service protected speech?

Hear Professor Stephen McAllister, the Solicitor General of Kansas, and Professor Slamanca of the University of Kentucky College of Law debate the issue of Stolen Valor and the attempt of the federal government to criminalize speech. Free Pottbelly Subs provided. 09/18/12 Room 275 @ Noon.

Thank You Notes

Following an interview, promptly write the interviewer a letter expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview.  The thank you note shows your appreciation for the employer’s interest in you; reiterates your interest in the position and organization; reminds the employer about your qualifications; and demonstrates that you have good manners and know how to write a thank you letter.  In addition, you can follow up with any information the employer may have requested.

The Office of Professional Development recommends sending handwritten notes to each individual who interviewed you.  Use professional, blank thank you notes.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

1L Docket Winner!  Congratulations to Patrick Walsh, the winner of a UofL Brandeis School of Law orientation 2012 t-shirt.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 17) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.

Student Life Information Session - Study Abroad

Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study? 

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student thisThursday, September 20.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program.  Jacob Sims, President of the International Law Society, will speak about law students’ experiences abroad.

The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 177.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.