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Spring 2012 Registration Information

Pre-registration forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2011.  Your Employment Card also needs to be returned to Student Records by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

Please check the attached sheet (Spring 2012 Registration Times & Classifications) to see when you register for spring classes.

Be sure to read all of the registration instructions before you register for your spring classes. (Spring 2012 Registration Instructions).

If you have any questions concerning registration, please feel free to contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.



Immigration Clinic

Course Number: LAW 961Prerequisites:  Constitutional Law I and II.  Immigration Law is strongly advised, but not required.

Students will be assigned to cases under the supervision of a practicing immigration law attorney and a member of the Brandeis School of Law faculty.  Students will participate in immigration matters relating to refugees such as lawful permanent resident petitions, citizenship petitions, and applications for employment authorization, as well as immigration matters for other noncitizens including all aspects of deportation defense and applications for asylum. Students may have the opportunity to represent clients before an immigration adjudication officer or before an immigration judge.  Students must be certified under the Student Practice Rules of the Kentucky Supreme Court.  When submitting your application please indicate whether you are applying for the Ky Refugee Ministries (2 spots available) or the Catholic Catholic Charities (1 spot available).

Restorative Justice Class Description

Restorative Justice (2 credits), Professor Susan DuncanCourse description: Restorative justice is a broad term used to describe a way of thinking, a philosophy or a social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights instead of, or in addition to, using retributive models. Restorative justice has both a values and process conception. The course examines the values underlying restorative justice which seek to repair harm, reduce risk and build communities. The course then introduces students to the process of various RJ techniques including victim/offender conferencing, victim/family conferencing, victim impact panels, Native American based circles, etc. which bring together stakeholders affected by some harm that has been done. In addition, the course provides substantial instruction in professional skills and techniques to resolve-conflict and develop restorative agreements. Pass/Fail. This course meets only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with breaks) all week during spring break. It is a one-week course.

New Classes: Entrepreneurship 401 and the Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Law School has added two new courses to the curriculum for next semester: Entrepreneurship 401 and the Entrepreneurship Clinic. These are two different courses. The first, Entrepreneurship 401, is a cross-listed course offered at the business school. Law students that should consider this course are students interested in learning about entrepreneurship from the prospective of business. The course will introduce law students to the many issues faced by start-up companies, and provide law students with the opportunity to better understand the needs of small businesses. Students will be learning about these issues along with their business school classmates.

To enroll in the Entrepreneurship 401 course, please submit an unofficial transcript to Dean Duncan.

The second new course, the Entrepreneurship Clinic, is structured as a transactional law clinic. Students in the clinic will be working with the law school instructor in providing legal advice to the Entrepreneurship MBA students that are participating in business plan competitions. In this role, the students will be acting as legal counsel to the business plan teams as they prepare and participate in business plan competitions. Thus, unlike the cross-listed course, the students in the clinic are not enrolled in a business school course, but rather acting as advisors to the MBA students in putting together their business plans under the guidance of the course instructor. Since legal advice may being given, students interested will have to submit the following:

Statement of Interest
Application to be admitted under Kentucky's limited practice rule.

Lawlapalooza T-Shirts are Still on Sale - New Price

If you weren't able to get your Lawlapalooza t-shirt before the big event, it's still not too late!  2010 and 2011 Lawlapalooza t-shirts are on sale at a reduced price of $5.00 each.  They are available in the Resource Center.  Come and get it!

Registration Dates

Pre-registration Forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9.

8:00 a.m., Thursday, November 10:  Registration begins for 4L part-time evening students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student Records.  This is the only opportunity for evening students to ensure registration in evening classes.

8:00 a.m., Friday, November 11:  Registration begins for 3L students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student Records. 

8:00 a.m., Monday, November 14:  Registration begins for 2L students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

8:00 a.m., November 15:  Registration begins for all first-year students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office. 

Do You Want to Get a Job this Summer?

The Office of Professional Development will be having an information session TODAY from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075.  A panel of students will be on hand to provide students with helpful information on how to get a job this summer and careers in public service.  If  you are thinking of getting a job this summer, you won't want to miss this.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.  This information session is open to all students.  We hope to see you there!

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor - November 10

Attention students graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012: 

On Thursday, November 10, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Your attendance at the November 10 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 10 program, you must notify Dean Cross by November 4, so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

MCB Good Luck!

Good luck to Greg Mayes and Brandon Johnson, who are competing in the Twentieth Annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition on November 4th and 5th. The competition is being held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Professor Karen Jordan will be accompanying the team as coach.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. International Law - Tuesday, November 1 by 12:30 p.m.
2. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1.
3. Criminal Law - Wednesday, November 2 by 5 p.m.

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