Student News

Working on Your Brief Today? Enjoy a Complimentary Massage!

Enjoy a complimentary massage in the Washer Lounge today between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Students may sign up for a specific time; walk-ins are also welcome.  Clinical studies have found massage helpful for stress relief, managing anxiety, and boosting immunity.  Treat yourself today.  Good luck on your briefs!

MCB Congrats!

Nathan Batey and Sarah Christianson gave strong performances in the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition last weekend in Los Angeles. Although the team did not advance to the semi-finals, the judges gave a substantial amount of positive feedback, saying that the team was “unflappable” and had given the best argument he had heard at the competition. Congratulations to Sarah and Nathan for representing our school so well on the West Coast.

Completion of Brief - Celebration Breakfast for First-Year Students - Monday, March 5th - Mosaic Lobby - 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

First-year Students,

The Office of Professional Development is pleased to announce the second annual Celebration Breakfast after your briefs are due.  Join us in the Mosaic Lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for bagels, fruit, coffee and juice from Panera Bread.

May 2012, August 2012 & December 2012 Graduates

The deadline to place an order for graduation apparel for the May 2012 graduation ceremonies is Saturday, March 31 at midnight.  For graduation information and to place a cap and gown order, please go to

HHS "Preventive Services" Mandate: Conscience Rights and Religious Liberty - Free Lunch

March 1, 2012, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 275

Gregory S. Baylor, Attorney, Alliance Defense Fund
Dr. Paul Simmons, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Topic: The recent controversy over the HHS “Preventive Services Mandate” has surfaced serious questions about religious freedom and conscience protection.  Should government force employers and insurance providers to include contraceptives and abortifacients in health insurance plans?  When, if ever, should government accommodate conscientious objections to paying for these drugs and devices?  What limits do legal protections of religious liberty (including the First Amendment) impose on government power in this area?

Many Externship Opportunities Exist for Summer & Fall 2012

Detailed information about the variety of externship opportunities for Summer and Fall 2012 is posted on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Contact Professor Jordan for additional information.

Law Review Members Selected for Volume 51 Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of Volume 50 of the University of Louisville Law Review would like to present their successors for the Editorial Board of Volume 51:

  • Editor in Chief - Eddie O'Brien
  • Senior Articles Editor - Lauren Claycomb
  • Senior Notes Editor - Spencer Brooks
  • Executive Editor - Stephanie Carr
  • Managing Editor - Amanda Smith
  • Article Selection Editor - Clay Talley
  • Articles Editors - Carli Clowers, Matt Doran, and Patrick Smith
  • Notes Editors - Ashley Haile, Jack Hartz, and Ben Lowry

Congratulations to those selected for the Editorial Board and best wishes for the upcoming volume!

Enhancing Employment Prospects Through Mentoring - Room Change

Panel on mentoring sponsored by the Student Bar Association

Wednesday March 7 - 3:45-4:45 pm - Allen Courtroom

What’s the difference between a mentor, a role model, networking, and a person who serves as a reference?  How do you find a mentor?  How do mentoring relationships work?  Leaders in the legal profession will provide their perspectives on mentoring at an SBA sponsored panel.

Moderator:  Professor Laura Rothstein
Speakers:  Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson
Bobby Simpson, Corporate Counsel, General Electric; President Louisville Bar Association

Externship and Clinic Opportunities - Info Session on Tuesday

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship in 2012-13, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Get answers to your questions before the April registration period for the summer and fall semesters.

Information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, and the following externships: Tax, Immigration, Clinical Research Contracts, and Technology Transfer; Judicial; Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney and the County Attorney; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Legal Aid; and the Kentucky Innocence Project.

First year law students who have earned at least 30 credits are eligible to apply for a summer judicial externship.  Students who have completed the first year curriculum are also eligible to apply for the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Dual Degree Information Session - Thursday

The Law School offers a number of dual degree programs providing students an opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced period of time. Generally, interested students must apply to one of the following dual degree programs prior to completing 45 hours of law school course work.

  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity
  • Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Students interested in any of these programs should attend the dual degree information session this Thursday, March 1.  Hear from current law students who are pursuing dual degrees.  The program will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Papa John's pizza will be served.