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Congratulations on Finishing Your First Year: Now What?

In many ways, the first year of law school is the toughest year. Students are learning new material, presented in a new format, from an unfamiliar type of book.  Below is a list of thought questions for students who have finished their first year of law school.

1) Did I meet my own goals?

It's easy to go on autopilot during the 1L year. Getting through the day, the week, and the semester are important short-term goals. However, everyone comes to law school with certain long-term goals. The time after 1L exams, but before 2L classes begin, is the ideal time to evaluate your long-term goals. Law school is an expensive, life-altering commitment. Are you meeting your own goals?  If not, are these goals still in reach? What can you do to reach those goals next year?  Are those goals reasonable?  If your goals were reasonable and you did not reach them, should you be reworking your long-term plans?

2) What did I enjoy this year?

It's so easy to complain about what didn't go right. Almost no one does as well as they think they will or should do on exams. This is the time to consider what was enjoyable during the 1L year. Did you really enjoy a specific class?  What did you enjoy about the class (was it the professor, was it the material, or both?)  Are there upper-division classes in this area of law or with this professor?  What are the employment prospects in this area of law?  What type of clinical, externship, or volunteer experiences will I need if I want to work in this area of law?  If you really liked the professor, does the professor employ research assistants during the school year?  If what you really enjoyed was something outside the classroom, how are you going to nurture that part of your life next year?

3) What should I think about changing for next year?

This is the time to really evaluate your successes and your failures. Evaluating your actions is not the same as judging yourself.  Don't beat up on yourself if you did not reach all your goals; figure out how to change so you can reach those goals next year. Evaluate how close you came to your goals if you did not reach them, and think about what it will take to reach them next year. If you succeeded, break down what you can replicate for the future.

Adapted from a post by Rebecca Flanagan on the Law School Academic Support Blog.

JLE Applications

Still interested in being on a journal next year? It’s not too late to apply to the Journal of Law and Education!  

Please see the attached application for more information or visit the JLE student organizations webpage.

All application materials are due by Thursday, June 7th, at 5 p.m.  Contact Cassie Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief, with any questions.

 

 

Moot Court Board Incoming Members Selected!

The Executive Board of the University of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law Moot Court Board is proud to announce the new incoming members of the Moot Court Board for the 2012-2013 Academic Year:

 

Caitlin Baird

Hallye Bankson

Kristin Birkhold

Greg Finch

Larry Forman

Lacey Gullet

James Hafley

Lindsey Howard

Kaitlyn Jones

Damon McCormick

Michael McGee

Jessica Meyer

Jaime Nelson

Ann Nutter

Chelsea Painter

Cassie Restrepo

Karleen Shiner

Ross Thompson

Michael Tyrikos

Mia Walters

Nick Whitt

Erica Wood

 

 Congratulations to all the incoming members of the Moot Court Board on this prestigious honor.  We know your hard work will pay off through the continued success of the upcoming competitions sponsored and facilitated by the Moot Court Board.

New University of Louisville Law Review Members Selected

The Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce selection of the following students as First-Year Members for Volume 51:

Michael Atkinson
Kristin Birkhold
Justin Brown
Thomas Clines
Harlen Compton 
Nicholas Craddock 
Amy Dorsch 
Ryan Driskill
Kasey Fehler 
Lacey Gullett
James Hafley
John Hardesty
Benjamin Hardy 
Molly Hardy
Emily Harris 
Billy Hopkins 
Lindsey Howard 
Michael McGee
Laurie Beth McTighe
Amir Nahavandi 
Chelsea Painter
Robin David Rice
Karleen Shiner
Dani Smith
Christopher Thurman 
Nicholas Whitt 
Erica Wood 

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishment!

Central Magnet program and UofL Signature Partnership Celebrate Milestones

The partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program celebrated its tenth anniversary this year during Black History Month as a part of the LBA Annual Trailblazer Event.  The LBA also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Summer Law Internship program at the event. The Partnership continues to grow and succeed.  Each year approximately 30 law students and 20 faculty and staff members join with members of the legal community to provide a comprehensive array of academic programming, skills development, and special programs with the goal of building the pipeline to the legal profession and government involvement.

The program, an initiative with West Louisville, is one of the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership programs.  The Signature Partnership Initiative also celebrated its five-year anniversary earlier this month.

2012 Composites

Attention Class of 2012:

Those students that ordered a composit photo that did not pick it up at graduation can now pick up the photo in Ms. Reh's office. If you have any questions, please contact Debra Reh directly via email or phone: (502)852-6368.

Pedley & Gordinier, PLLC, seeking Part-time Summer Law Clerk

Pedley & Gordinier is seeking a part-time Summer law clerk.  P&G does commercial litigation, transactional work, asbestos defense, family law and general litigation.  The law clerk will be primarily helping with litigation.

The top consideration for this position is excellent organizational skills (and the ability to start work immediately).  Much of the work will be organizing case files, preparing discovery requests and general motion practice.

Please call Mr. Polczynski at (502)371-2177 or e-mail resume.

Summer Entrepreneurship Clinic - Deadline May 25

To participate, students must apply by Friday, May 25 by p.m. to Susan Duncan, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Prerequisites: All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  Must be certified under the Kentucky Student Practice Rule.

Description:  Structured educational experience in which law students represent students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville College of Business who are participating in internal, national or international business plan competitions, or have other legal needs as determined by the Clinic Director. Students will gain and apply practical lawyering skills in the field of business law.

Credit Hours: One Hour

Scholarship assistance may be possible.

Questions:  Please email Dean Duncan at susan.duncan@louisville.edu.

Jeffersonville, IN Law Firm seeking rising 2L/3L Summer Law Clerk

Jeffersonville, IN attorney seeking 2L or 3L for various law clerk duties such as drafting motions, legal research, litigation prep. and client contact for immediate work for the summer. Areas of law practiced include personal injury, family, criminal, and probate. Candidate must be pleasant, have good work ethic, be reliable and able to work under pressure. Previous personal injury law experience is a plus, but not necessary.

If interested, forward cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to Ms. Anna Murray at: annamurray.esq@gmail.com

The position can be part-time or full-time with the potential to stay on after the school year starts.

Summer Entrepreneurship Clinic

Prerequisites: To participate, students must apply by Friday, May 25 by p.m. to Susan Duncan, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. All first year required courses, unless waived by the professor teaching the course and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  Must be certified under the Kentucky Student Practice Rule.

Description:  Structured educational experience in which law students represent students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville College of Business who are participating in internal, national or international business plan competitions, or have other legal needs as determined by the Clinic Director. Students will gain and apply practical lawyering skills in the field of business law.

Credit Hours: One Hour

Scholarship assistance may be possible.

Questions:  Please email Dean Duncan at susan.duncan@louisville.edu.