Student News

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.

Enjoy a Break - This Thursday!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" Break!

Take a few minutes on Thursday, September 20, to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down, come to the Cox Faculty Lounge (second floor, up by the administrative offices), grab a cupcake and coffee and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 4:00 - 4:40 p.m. so come when you get out of class at 3:50, 4:00, or 4:25, or come before you go to class at 4:35.

During the first Brandeis "Brief" Break this semester, you can meet and network with several transactional law attorneys who practice in Louisville, in addition to mingling with faculty, staff, and your fellow classmates. 

Character and Fitness Updates

Students:  Your law school application asked six questions in the Character and Fitness section.  The directions provide that "[t]hese questions are continuing in nature; if any answer becomes inaccurate or incomplete due to subsequent events, please file a written amendment with the ... Associate Dean for Student Life."

You thus need to file an amendment if anything has changed since you applied to law school.  Please come and see Dean Ballard if you need to file an amendment.  The questions are pasted below; if the answer to any of the questions is "yes," you must explain.    

  1. Have you ever been arrested, charged or cited for any law violation? (Include all felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile offenses, even if the record was later expunged. Parking and minor traffic violations may be excluded, but any alcohol or drug-related offense must be included.)
  2. Have you ever been a plaintiff or defendant in a legal proceeding?
  3. Have you ever been discharged, disciplined or asked to resign from a job?
  4. Have you ever received less than an honorable discharge from the armed forces?
  5. Have you ever been accused of violating an honor code or code of conduct at an academic institution or place of employment?
  6. Have you ever been dismissed, suspended, or otherwise disciplined by any college, graduate school or professional school?

Arizona v. The United States: What Happened and What Difference Will it Make?

Join ACS and Brandeis School of Law's Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law, to discuss the Supreme Court's recent ruling on the constitutionality of the Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070. Speaking points will include:

  • How the ruling fits the Court's jurisprudence regarding the role of states and municipalities enforcing federal immigration law. 
  • Was the Court's finding three of the four provisions pre-empted while leaving the most controversial provision intact a victory or a loss for immigrants' rights?
  • How the Court's decision will effect future as-applied challenges to the law.
October 4, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served. 

U.S. Army JAG Information Session TODAY at Noon in the Brandeis Room (112)

Major Tyson McDonald will be conducting an Informaton Session for all interested students at Noon in the Brandeis Room, 112 (next to the Allen Courtroom) TODAY, September 14th.  Pizza will be provided.

2012-13 Student Handbook

The updated Student Handbook is now available on the Law School website at  During the August 28 faculty meeting, the faculty approved changes to the following sections of the Student Handbook: 
• Public Service Requirement
• Academic Regulations, General Rules
• Period of Retention and Review of Examination Materials
• Repeating a Failed Course
• Externship and Clinic Rules
• Bad Weather Schedule
• Honor Code
• Examinations on Computer

The changes approved by the faculty are summarized here.  To the extent possible, new language appears in bold type.  Please review the provisions carefully.  If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life. 

All students are charged with knowledge of the contents of the Student Handbook and are responsible for complying with all of its requirements, rules, and regulations.


Congratulation to Negotiation Moot Court Team Members!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected to represent our law school at this year's Negotiation competition in Lansing, Michigan!

Jillian Smith
Carli Clowers
Patrick Kennedy
Emily Peeler
Cassie Kennedy

Thank you to everyone who submitted statements of interest, and good luck to both of our teams this year!

Careers in Education Law

You are Invited to Attend a program sponsored by ELPS and the Office of Professional Development:  Careers in Education Law

When: Wednesday Sept 19, 12:00 - 1:00, Room 175

Featuring the General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education, the Director of the LRC - Office of Education Accountability, and the General Counsel for the Educational Professional Standards Board. Pizza Lunch provided.