Student News

Brandeis School of Law Will Welcome Two New Professors in Fall 2012

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.


Learn more about Jamie and Laura.

Academic Success Tip - Take Care of Yourself During the Break

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

2012 Summer Fellowships and one 2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship - The Peggy Browning Fund

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

Please note:  The application process has changed this year.  Students can now apply online through our website.

Application deadline: January 13, 2012

One Exam Remaining

For those of you who have just one more final exam to take before enjoying the winter break, stay positive and conquer any distracters you may have.  Disable your internet, if necessary.  Turn off your cell phone.  Lock your T.V. in the closet.  Most importantly, have faith in your abilities.  You were admitted into law school because you have the potential to be an excellent attorney upon graduation.  Law school may be difficult, but it does not diminish who you were upon entering and who you will be upon leaving.  Study hard and think about your own personal reward for your work.

Final 1L Daily Docket Winner this Semester

Congratulations to Elizabeth Richardson, the winner of a UofL Law School polo shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, to claim your prize!

Office of Professional Development Holiday Schedule

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

Academic Success Tip - Prioritize Study Topics

As you study for your final, final exam, be sure that you prioritize topics so that study time is allotted by difficulty.  Consider the order in which you study topics for a course and the time apportioned to the topics.  If you know the first third of the course really well, you may want to start studying the later topics that you do not know well and then go to the well-known material.  Beware of the human tendency to study what is already well-known to avoid studying what is not known.  Make very conscious decisions each day about your priorities for study time.

Office of Professional Development Holiday Schedule

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.

Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Trustee Program Region 06, Dallas TX 1 Assistant United States Trustee AD-301-00 Announcement # R06-DTX-12-01 OPEN: 12/12/2011 CLOSE: 12/23/2011
Date posted: 12-05-2011
Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Senior Panel Attorney) GS-905-15 Executive Office for Immigration Review (Falls Church, VA) Vacancy Announcement Number: EOIR-12-0007 Applications received after December 9, 2011 will not be considered.
Date posted: 12-05-2011
Deputy Director, ES-905 Office of International Affairs Criminal Division U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC Announcement #: 11-CRM-SES-03 All applications (including Mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on the CLOSING DATE: December 29, 2011.
Date posted: 12-02-2011
Assistant Deputy Chief, GS-905-15 U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section Washington, D.C. 12-CRM-AFMLS-008 All applications must be received by Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Special Assistant United States Attorney (Uncompensated) United States Attorney's Office Western District of Missouri Application materials must be received by December 16, 2011, to be considered.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Experienced Attorney / GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Intermittent Legal Advisor in Bangladesh 11-CR-OPDAT-011 Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas Announcement Number 12-SDTX-01 (AUSA - TERM APPT) The position is open until filled. The initial cutoff date for receipt of applications is December 16, 2011.
Date posted: 11-29-2011

To learn more about Justice and our legal careers, please visit our website:

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


Exam Tip - The Fallacy of Mere Memorization

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.)