Student News

KY Bar Exam Filing Deadline

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam is February 1, 2012.  Postmarks are accepted. 

If you still need to take the MPRE, the next test date is March 17, 2012.  The regular application deadline is January 31; the late application deadline is February 16.

Last Day to Apply for Degree

Graduating Law Students:  February 2 is the last day to apply for a MAY 2012 degree. All May 2012 graduates must complete the application for degree on ULink, regardless of whether you intend to participate in commencement.  In addition to applying for a degree, you should check your unofficial transcript on ULink and complete a degree check form at

Seeking Second-Year Law Clerk

Simms & Reed is seeking a law clerk to work 20 hours a week for local office.  Hours are flexible and student can work evenings (attorney is in office) and/or weekends.  Student should be a second-year student.  Mr. Simms is a 2007 graduate of Brandeis.

If interested, please e-mail resume to: or fax resume to:  (502)618-4952 

How to Get A State Clerkship or Staff Attorney Position!

Have you ever wondered how people get their state clerkship or staff attorney positions?  You won't want to miss the next Office of Professional Development information session on Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. 

We will have three of our alums available to speak to you about how they got their jobs and where and how you can find them, as well.  Mary Jo Gleason (Class of '96), Kathi Jones (Class of '97) and Jacqueline Hersh (Class of '09) will talk about their experiences as staff attorneys or clerks and will provide helpful hints on how they became aware of their positions and how and where you can learn of such positions.

Pizza and drinks will be served while they last.  See you there!

Originalism and the Constitution

Come join us for lunch on Thursday for what promises to be a feast for both brain and belly as we dine on the palubum of professors and Panera during this scholarly debate on the judicial philosophy of Originalism.


On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill,  holds a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees.  Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training.  Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.  Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training.  All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available.

The next training will be Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060.  A visit to the Boone County Jail be Friday, February 17. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Her email is  Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training.  A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit.  Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on February 17, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, so she can add your name to the list.

Please see the attached information about this project, but please disregard the dates contained therein.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits.  Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail.  Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern at GE

GE is looking for a Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern. This position is ideal for candidates seeking a dual JD/MBA degree, students with a business/marketing background, or for law students seeking non-legal post-graduation employment in a business or corporate setting.

Responsibilities include: Website traffic analysis, SEO maximization, social media tracking, database/list management, and minor content creation.

There is negligible legal work involved in this internship, so it is not recommended for students seeking practical legal experience such as legal research, memo/brief writing, or courtroom experience.

Competitive applications will emphasize multiple social media platform awareness, data analysis ability, and working familiarity with Excel. This internship is a paid year-long position of 40 hours per week in the summer and 20 hours per week during the semester, so ideally 2Ls should apply.

A full job description and the link to apply is:

GE is looking to fill this position immediately, so the application link will only be live until Feb. 9th.

Dean Chen on ABC News

ABC News Wickard v. Filburn

UofL Law Dean, Jim Chen, was recently interviewed by ABC News about the role that the 1942 case called Wickard v. Filburn will play in the health care law.


Read the whole article at ABC News.


Photo provided by Mary Lou Spurgeon. 

Opportunities in Frankfort - Tuesday, January 31st, Noon in room 175

Speakers will be Sarah Coker, Deputy Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association; Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State Law Librarian; Neeka Parks with the Kentucky Parole Board; and May 2012 graduate, Nancy Vinsel, who worked at the Public Service Commission during the summer after her first year.

Find out how these individuals found their positions and what resources they used to get them.

The event will begin at Noon on Tuesday, January 31st in room 175 and continue until 1:30 p.m.  Pizza and drinks will be served outside of 175 before Noon.

New Classroom Laptop Printer Now Available

In response to requests from students made at town hall meetings and in other fora during Spring 2011, the UofL Law IT Department has purchased and deployed a second laptop printer for students. It is located in the classroom wing basement next to the student mailboxes outside Room LL75.  The printer is now available for use, and Christie Ballenger, our User Support Manager, will be available outside LL75 at the following times this week to install the printer on students' laptops:

  • Tuesday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Other dates/times will be announced if and as needed. Like the Law Library lab laptop printer, the new classroom printer is configured to default to duplex printing.