The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two new professors for the next academic year. The law school welcomes Jamie Abrams and Laura McNeal. Jamie is currently a visiting assistant professor at Hofstra University. Laura is currently a Harvard Law School Fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. Both Jamie and Laura will meet various curricular needs and enrich our faculty's already impressive record of scholarship.
Congratulations! You survived final exams. Enjoy this time off and recharge your battery in preparation for the spring semester. And, when you're ready, get a head start on organizing your 2012 calendar by penciling in the following programs and events:
- January 4 - Classes begin
- January 12 - KY Bar Exam Program with Eric Ison and Bonnie Kittinger (12:15 p.m.)
- January 20 - 1st Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
- January 26 - Student Life Info Session: Study Abroad (12:10 p.m.)
- January 26 - Brandeis “Brief” Break (3:40 p.m.)
- January 27 - 2nd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
- February 3 - 3rd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
- February 7 - 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility (12:15)
Check out other upcoming programs on the Law School calendar at http://www.law.louisville.edu/event.
The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program
2012 Summer Fellowships - funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States
2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship - 1 funded part-time position in Chicago
Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org
Please note: The application process has changed this year. Students can now apply online through our website.
Application deadline: January 13, 2012
The Office of Professional Development will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 20th and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 3rd.
If you need anything prior to December 20th, please contact us. Thank you
To learn more about Justice and our legal careers, please visit our website: www.justice.gov/careers/legal/.
In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country. If you know any law students who may be interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please encourage them to review the many opportunities featured at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/volunteer-intern.html.
Law students try at times to substitute memorization of the black letter law for actual understanding of their course material. They are then surprised that they receive grades in the "C" range in return for their efforts.
The focus on memorization is a leftover from many undergraduate courses where the professor just wanted students to regurgitate information on a page for an "A" grade. The difference in law school is that students have to go beyond mere memorization. Memorizing the rules, exceptions to rules, methodologies, policy arguments, and so forth is essential to a good grade in law school; but memorization is just the beginning of the learning process rather than the end goal.
Lawyers in essence are problem solvers. They are confronted with client problems that they must solve either by prior knowledge or through research. The easy questions are dealt with fairly quickly. The hard questions are the ones that consume their days and our court system. To problem solve, lawyers must understand the law and how to apply it to legal scenarios.
Law students must also be able to problem solve. On exams, law students are faced with new legal scenarios to analyze. To do so effectively, they need to understand the law that applies to the situation and explain their analysis in detail. Yes, they need to have memorized the law so that they can state it accurately. But without understanding they will be able to apply it only superficially.
Memorization is the start. Understanding is the key. Application is the reward. (Post from Law School Academic Support Blog by Amy Jarmon.)