Student News

Temporary Summer Employment Opportunity with Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau has a temporary opening on their consumer Business Reports lines that would be available immediately and extending for the next 8 weeks, possibly longer into the summer. The work will involve assisting consumers in filing complaints, obtaining business reports, and referrals to agencies outside the BBB.  There is also an opportunity to complete 30 hours of public service credit after the paid portion of the work is ended.  The schedule would be Monday through Friday, 8:30 4:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. They will provide parking and good, strong coffee. Dress is business casual.

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit a resume to Jina Scinta at or Dean Urbach at by 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 30.  Resumes will also be accepted in hard copy.

Public Service Opportunity Available

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization is willing to wait until after finals to get started.  This would be a great project to work on over the summer.

Grace Giesel Named Flexner Professor of Law

Professor Giesel is the newly named Flexner Professor of Law

Congratulations to Grace Giesel, appointed 
Bernard Flexner Professor of Law in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service, as well as her commitment 
to continue this high level of achievement.


“I am honored ... and shall continue to pursue excellence in my teaching,
my scholarship and my service in the coming years.”

After graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics, Professor Giesel attended Emory University School of Law and graduated with distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. While at Emory, Professor Giesel was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. In 1988 she joined the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law faculty. In 1999 Professor Giesel was named a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and since 2005 Professor Giesel also has been the James R. Merritt Professor.
Learn more about Professor Giesel’s scholarship 
by visiting her faculty profile.

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center will be open 8am - 6pm during exams, April 23 - May 3, 2012.

Paid Summer Intern for ResCare, Inc. - Acquisitions Team, Development Department

ResCare, Inc. the nation's leading Human Services Company, is seeking a Summer Intern to work with the Acquisitions Team in the Development Department.  The Development Department is responsible for all Mergers and Acquisitons.  This is a paid position.

For additional information and to apply, go to: and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection".   


Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships


Please see the attached application for the Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships.  These scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled in a full-time curriculum in a course of study leading to the J.D. degree.  Applicants must be legal residents of the Louisville area.  For more information, see attached.

Kaufman & Coffman Scholarship for Graduate Students in Law, Medicine & Theology


Please see the attached application for the Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships.  These scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled in a full-time curriculum in a course of study leading to the J.D. degree.  Applicants must be legal residents of the Louisville area.  For more information, see attached.

Chen to Step Down as Law School Dean

Dean Chen

Jim Chen is resigning as dean of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law effective June 30.

Dean since 2007, Chen plans to take one year of administrative leave. He will retain his appointment as a member of the law faculty.

“It’s been the privilege of my professional life to serve as dean of the UofL law school,” Chen said.

University Provost Shirley Willihnganz credited Chen with several key accomplishments, including converting the night school to a part-time program, establishing a legal clinic and improving fundraising.

“Dean Chen has a strong legal background,” Willihnganz said. “We hope he will agree to share his extensive knowledge of commerce and health law to help us move forward with key initiatives in other areas of the university.” 

-- Reprinted from UofL Today (April 20, 2012)

Free Massages Today

Students:  Two massage therapists from Advanced Therapeutics Massage will be in the Washer Lounge today (Monday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you would like a free massage, stop by or sign up for an appointment on the door.  Walk-ins are welcome.  Help reduce your stress!!

Massage therapists will also be at the Law School next Monday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by your Student Bar Association.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Tips for the Exam Period

Most of you have exams beginning this week.  Some of you are balancing exam study with papers and/or other projects.  Here are some ways to make the remaining days of the semester more productive:

  • Each day make a detailed “to do” list.  A detailed “to do” list will help because (1) you will not forget tasks; (2) you will be more efficient and effective with your time; and (3) you will be more realistic about what you can accomplish during the day.  
  • Take short breaks throughout your studying to let your brain “file away” material that you are working on immediately prior to the break.  Confine short breaks to 10 – 15 minutes.  Take longer breaks after 3 or 4 hours of intense studying.  Depending on the course or task, you may have to adjust your study stretches before a longer break is needed.  If possible, go for a walk to defuse stress during your long breaks.
  • Take at least an hour break for a meal during study periods that are not up against an exam session.  Sitting down and relaxing over a healthy meal will aid your studying more than standing up at the counter wolfing down a microwave dinner.
  • After an exam, take a 2 - 4 hour break if at all possible.  Your brain will be worn out.  A relaxed break will allow you to go back to studying later with a refreshed mind and more positive outlook.
  • If you get sick or have a personal crisis, contact Associate Dean Cross to discuss your options.  If you are too ill to focus or too upset to think, you do not do yourself any favors by taking the exam.
  • Choose your study locations wisely.  Avoid distractions such as television, computer games, and chatty studiers.  Avoid places that will increase your anxiety level.
  • Avoid talking about the exam afterwards.  You gain nothing by rehashing the exam questions.  You cannot change anything.  You will become more stressed if you think you missed an issue (and the other person may be wrong).  You will waste valuable energy that you need for studying.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Staying up late to cram is non-productive.  You are likely to go into the exam less alert, more stressed, and more confused about material.