Student News

Join us for another Brandeis "Brief" Break THURSDAY

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, Thursday October 13, for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to choose from.  So please join us anytime between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m.  There will be a preview of Lawlapalooza featuring Dean Jim Chen.  You don't want to miss it!  Stop by when your classes end at 3:40 or 4:05, or join us before your 4:15 classes.

Bar Exam Panel on October 27

Upper division students:  On Thursday, October 27, please join recent May 2011 graduates for a panel discussion regarding the bar exam – what to expect; the application process; bar review options; handling stress; preparing financially; and much more.  All panelists are eager to share their experiences with you in preparing for, taking, and successfully passing the Kentucky bar exam or the Indiana bar exam.  Dean Ballard will provide attendees with important information on deadlines and helpful information to complete the bar exam application. The session will begin at 12:10 p.m., in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided. 

Happy Hour

ELLUS and ACS will have a joint happy hour on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the BBC on 4th Street. All students are welcome to attend.

The next Brandeis "Brief" Break is THURSDAY

It’s happening here – another “brief” break!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, Thursday October 13, for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to choose from (original glazed, chocolate glazed, raspberry filled, crullers, lemon filled, cinnamon apple, pumpkin spice, and more).  So please join us anytime between 3:45 and 4:15 p.m.  There will be a preview of Lawlapalooza featuring Dean Jim Chen.  You don't want to miss it!

Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation

The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event.  There are only six full weeks remaining before the end of classes.  In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.

  • Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus.  If you have been coasting through class until now, stop.  If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop.  If you have been partying instead of studying, stop.  You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
  • Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies.  If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels.  If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind.  Own it and move forward.

Sign-Ups for the National Trial Competition

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and would like to participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation, now is the time to sign-up! The Regional Competition will take place in Michigan at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in February 2012. The top two winners in each Region will compete in the National Competition in Austin, Texas, March 21-24, 2012.

The School will select two teams (consisting of two or three student attorneys) to compete in the Regional Competition in February 2012. This year’s Regional Problem will be released mid-November. It will be a civil problem. Participants may earn up to 2.0 hours of academic credit.

Please sign up on the sheet posted on the Moot Court Board door. Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, October 18th. Please bring one copy of your resume to the tryout. In addition, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – Krista Chaona Harbour v. Southern Comfort Life Insurance Company.

The Harbour problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.” To access Krista Harbour v. Southern Comfort Life Ins. Co.:

1. Go to:
2. Scroll down to and click on “National Trial Competition – Past Archive Problem”
3. Select “Krista Chaona Harbour v. Southern Comfort Life Insurance Company”

If you have any questions, please contact Carly Harvey ( or Dean Ballard (

Katz Teller Brant & Hild - Cincinnati Law Firm Seeking 2L 2012 Summer Associate

Second-Year Students,

Katz Teller Brant & Hild, a Cincinnati firm is seeking a 2012 Summer Associate.  Previously, their hiring criteria required the top 10%.  They have changed that to "Prefer top 10%".

If you are interested in applying for an interview on Monday, October 17th, please apply by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12th through Symplicity.


Public Service Opportunity Available

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status.  If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at  The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project.

ATTENTION 1L's! First Mandatory Meeting with the Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development will be conducting their first of three mandatory meetings for first year students on TODAY  from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275. All first year students are expected to attend.

Our first meeting will be entitled, "Get Your Career Started Now". Dean Urbach will be providing you with valuable information on what you can be doing at this point in law school to help you in your job search. Pizza will be served while it lasts. (Please note that the room number is now 275 for all mandatory meetings).

Our second and third mandatory sessions will be October 25 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275 and November 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275. Please mark your calendars.

Our office would also like to remind students to check the calendar next the elevator for upcoming events. The events are color-coded to indicate which students the event is directed to, but all students are invited to attend all sessions.


Academic Success Tip - Fall Break

Fall Break is today.  How are you doing on accomplishing the goals you set for yourself?  Take a few minutes today to evaluate your progress and to plan your day so you can be productive and use your time effectively.  If you've accomplished your goals for Fall Break, celebrate your achievements and take some much-deserved time to enjoy the day.