Student News

February 2012 KY Bar Exam - Location Change

The location of the February 2012 bar exam has changed and will not be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.  The February 2012 exam will now be held at the The Crowne Plaza – Campbell House, 1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY  40504. 

The Crowne Plaza – Campbell House is offering a discounted room rate of $89.00.  To make a reservation, applicants may do so online at the Crowne Plaza – Campbell House and use the Group Code KOB to receive the discounted room rate, or they may call the hotel at 859-255-4281 or (800) 227-6963 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, again referencing the Group Code KOB to receive the discounted rate.  The cutoff date to receive the discounted rate is February 15, 2012.

Information about Class Ranks

Class ranks will not be available until mid-February.  Ms. Barbara Thompson will post a note in the Daily Docket when class ranks are available, and she will post instructions on how to request your class rank.

Dean Jim Chen's Recent Article Featured in ABA Journal

Dean Jim Chen's paper, "A Degree of Practical Wisdom: The Ratio of Educational Debt to Income as a Basic Measurement of Law School Graduates’ Economic Viability," which discusses law school's return on investment, was featured in the ABA Journal.  Chen's theory focuses on how much a law graduate needs to earn in relation to annual tuition for adequate and good financial viability.  This article was also among the top five to be dowloaded on SSRN for the week.

Dean Chen's paper is featured on National Law Journal, Tax Law Prof Blog (a leading source on legal education and tax law), Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, Constitutional Daily, Stuart L. Pardau's blog "On The 50 Yard Line" and Above the Law.  Many law professor and law student blogs have promoted the paper.

Congratulations Dean Chen!

Public Service Opportunity - The Department of Public Advocacy Needs Assistance

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy has notified the Office of Professional Development that they are looking for a student to update a Mental Health Manual. The  attorney needs someone to go through the current manual and shepardize the cases to be sure they're current. This project can be done from home and will satisfy the 30-hour requirement.  This would be an excellent project to work on over the holiday break.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at  The first student to respond will receive the assignment.

Cap on Credit Hours

Contingent on faculty approval (which is pending), beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, the 18-hour cap on hours in which students may enroll will include skills competition and journal membership/editorship hours. 

Professor Trucios-Haynes Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Trucios-Haynes for receiving a 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellowship. She will conduct research on "Formal and Informal Migrant Networks:  Post 9/11 Connections Between Guanajuato and the United States."  Professor Trucios-Haynes will present her project in April at the 2013 Latin American and Latino Studies Showcase.

Fall 2011 Grades

Grades for fall 2011 classes will be released on or before December 21.  You can check your grades online through Ulink.

Important Announcement Regarding Registration for Spring Classes

Attention Students (especially 1L students):  Make sure you have enrolled in all your courses for the spring 2012 semester.  For full-time 1L students, you must be enrolled in Introduction to Lawyering Skills, BLS, Criminal Law, Property II, Contracts II, Torts II, and Civil Procedure II.

Many professors communicate with their classes over the winter break via Blackboard to provide information on assignments, etc.  If you are not registered for the correct classes, you will miss these important communications.  Please finalize your registration as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, December 19.

Faculty Approves Revised 1L Curriculum

Beginning in 2012-2013, first year law students will experience an updated curriculum reducing their contact hours from 31 to 29 hours. This change provides students the opportunity to adjust to the challenges of law school and the demands of the legal profession.

Fall Semester:

Basic Legal Skills

Legal Research

Torts I

Contracts I

Criminal Law

Civil Procedure (starting approximately September 24th)

Spring Semester:

Basic Legal Skills

Torts II

Contracts II


Civil Procedure II

Five Professors Selected for International Exchanges

The following faculty members will participate in our international exchange program in 2012:

Tracey Roberts at University of Mainz

Judy Fischer at University of Montpellier

Ariana Levinson at University of Leeds

Russ Weaver at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

JoAnne Sweeny at University of Turku