Student News

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Do not waste valuable study time between classes.  Take a hard look at how you use the ½-hour, 1-hour, and 2-hour chunks of time during your day when you are not in class.  If you spend all of that time chatting with friends or running errands or deciding what to do next, you will automatically make your evening more stressful because you have accomplished nothing during the day on your reading or other projects.

World Trade Center Kentucky - seeking student to take Board Meeting Minutes

This would be a great opportunity for a law student to network with local companies.

 

Duties:  attend quarterly Board of Directors meetings for the WTCKY with the sole task to take Board minutes.  Board minutes would be due no later than one week after each meeting and will be reviewed by both the Chair and the President with changes made as needed.

 

Time - five hours per meeting (meetings held every quarter) including revisions; approximately 20 hours per year


Location - the meetings alternate between Louisville and Lexington to accommodate a board which is from both cities; the KY World Trade Center is willing to arrange for the individual selected for the job to drive with the staff for each meeting in Lexington

 

For details, go to Symplicity and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection."

 

September 30th Deadline for Submitting Makeup Requests for Legal Research

Students who cannot take the Legal Research exam on the scheduled date (October 8th) for religious reasons or because of a prior commitment must complete and submit a request to take a makeup exam no later than September 30, 2011.  The request form is available from Barbara Thompson (you can stop by in person at Room 217, or contact her by e-mail).  The completed form should be submitted to Associate Dean Cross for his signature.

U.S. Army JAG On Campus Interview Signup

Students,

If you are interested in interviewing with Captain Kalin Schlueter, Trial Counsel & Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, on Tuesday, October 4th, please sign up through Symplicity(Session 3) by Tuesday, September 20th.  Summer Legal Internships are available for second-year students and Judge Advocate General positions are available for students upon graduation.  Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th.

PIRTLE-WASHER COMPETITION

Students, are you interested in financial rewards, oral advocacy, or the desire to represent the law school in national moot court competitions? If you answered yes to any of these, then read carefully!

The annual Pirtle-Washer Competition is an opportunity for law students to compete against one another and showcase their oral argument skills. The competition will be judged by local attorneys and judges. Briefs need not be submitted. Aside from the great networking and learning opportunity financial rewards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. The 1st place winner will receive $1000, the 2nd place winner will receive $750, and the 3rd and 4th place winners will each receive $500.

The first round of the competition will take place on October 22, 2011 at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The final round is scheduled for October 28, 2011 in the Allen Court Room at the Law School.

If you are interested in competing in the Pirtle-Washer Competition please sign up outside the Moot Court Board room or contact Eric Johnson at eljohn10@louisville.edu. There will be an informational meeting in room 175 on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at noon.

November MPRE Exam - Regular Filing Deadline is September 20

The regular application deadline for the November 5 MPRE exam is September 20.  You may register for the MPRE online at www.ncbex.org.  Online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time.  For applications received on or before the regular receipt deadline, the fee for the MPRE is $63.  The Late Application Receipt Deadline is October 6. For those who apply after the regular receipt deadline but before the late receipt deadline, the fee is $126.
2012 MPRE Administrations will be March 17, August 10, and November 3. Registration will be available for these administrations beginning in mid-December 2011.

U.S. Marine Corps JAG Information Session - Thursday, September 22nd at Noon in Room 171

If you are interested in learning about opportunities with the U.S. Marine Corps JAG, please attend this Information Session on Thursday, September 22nd at Noon in room 171.  Captain Michael Masters will be conducting the session.

Celebrate the Implementation of the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

Dear Law School Community,

 

On September 20, please join us for cake outside of the Professional Development Office (room 182) to celebrate the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

What Was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Passed by Congress in 1993, DADT was a law mandating the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual military service members.
More than 14,500 service members were fired under the law since 1993. 

What is the History of the Repeal of DADT?

  • On December 15, 2010 the House passed a stand-alone DADT bill, 250-175. This bill reflected the language of the repeal provision in the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • On December 18, 2010 the Senate passed the House's stand-alone DADT bill, 65-31
  • On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the bill allowing for repeal of DADT.
  • On July 22, 2011, President Obama, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen certified the U.S. military ready for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal
  • The implementation of the repeal will go into effect 60 days after the date of certification on September 20, 2011.

How did DADT Affect the Law School ?

All employers who recruit on our campus must certify that they do not discriminate in hiring based on specified protected classes, including sexual orientation. Until recently the military has not been able to certify nondiscrimination on that basis. In theory, the law school should not have allowed the military access to our students based on the discriminatory practice mandated by DADT. However not allowing access would have caused UofL to forgo a large amount of money from the federal government. Our decision (and similar decisions by all but two US law schools) to allow military recruiting created a mandate that we provide "amelioration" in a form that both publicly expressed the law school's disapproval and provided a safe and protective atmosphere for our LGBT students.

Due to the implementation of the repeal of DADT on September 20, this OCI session will be the first that military recruiters will be welcomed on our campus without amelioration. Please stop by at your leisure.  Let's celebrate!
Sincerely,
Kathy Urbach

MPRE Exam - November 5 (Deadline to Register is September 20)

If you are planning to sit for the November 5 MPRE, the regular application deadline is September 20.  You may register for the MPRE online.  The 2011 MPRE Information Booklet and registration information appear at www.ncbex.org.  Read the MPRE  Information Booklet carefully, as applicants are responsible for all information contained in it.  The booklet provides a description of the MPRE, an outline of the subject matter covered, representative sample questions, guidelines for taking the exam, as well as application information.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester!  Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages.  You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above.  What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying?  This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.  

  • Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon.  Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes.  If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading.  If you need help finding time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with Dean Ballard for help with time management.