Student News

Summer School--Maximum Hours

Students may take up to 8 credit hours in summer school. This reflects the fact that summer school is in session for half the time of the spring and fall terms.  An 8 hour workload in the summer is the equivalent of a 16 hour workload in the spring or fall.

 In exceptional cases--for example, a student who hopes to graduate early--a student may be allowed to take more than 8 hours. However, you must obtain the permission of Dean Cross to enroll in more than 8 hours.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program - Deadline is April 10th

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that will provide law students with the opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps applicants must be a current student at an Equal Justice Works member law school. Summer Corps members may also serve at organizations that currently host Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows and traditional Equal Justice Works Fellows.

For details and to apply, go to:

The deadline to apply is April 10th.

Got Questions about UofL Law's 2012 Graduation ?

For answers to your questions about what's happening and when it's happening for UofL Law Graduation, then check out the Current Students page on Brandeis School of Law's Web site.

Professor Judith Fischer Discusses Gender-neutral Language

UofL Law Professor Judith Fischer presented her data about justices' use of gender-neutral language in 2010 U.S. Supreme Court opinions at a presentation titled The Supreme Court and Gender-Neutral Language: Splitting la Difference. The presentation was on March 10, 2012 for legal writing professors during the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.


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. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail.
The next training will be Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060. A visit to the Boone County Jail will be Friday, April 20. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by TUESDAY, APRIL 10. 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  April 20, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by TUESDAY, APRIL 10 so she can add your name to the list.
A complete description of the project is attached; however, please disregard the dates mentioned 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

TODAY - How to Have a Successful Summer and Prepare for the Fall Hiring Season

The Office of Professional Development will be sponsoring an information session TODAY  from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 175. Depending on whether you are a rising 2L or rising 3L, Dean Urbach will be giving you valuable tips on what you can do over the summer to get ready for the fall hiring season. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game. This is a brown bag event, so please bring your own lunch.

Student Bar Foundation Fellowship Applications Now Available!

Applications for the Student Bar Foundation Fellowships are now available below and at the Student Bar Foundation student organization website,, and are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association at the Brandeis School of Law. This student-run organization helps raise and distribute funds for student fellowships or travel stipends for law-related public service work with a focus on:

  • Delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent
  • Law related public education
  • Improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system

To qualify for a Student Bar Foundation fellowship, a student must have secured a position or developed a project, in which they will engage for at least 10 weeks and for no fewer than 35 hours per week. As the fellowship application indicates, the project must also satisfy the mission of the Student Bar Foundation. Three copies of the completed application packets are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012, to the student mailbox of Sarah Clay, addressed to the Student Bar Foundation. Please see the application document for additional information on the fellowship qualifications and requirements

More Schedule Changes

1) Prof. Mackey from the History Department is now available to teach Legal History on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:35-8:00 p.m.  The exam will be December 11th at 6 p.m.  This class is a perspectives class and will have a cap of 25.

2) Real Estate Transactions will now be offered on Tuesday nights from 4:35-6:25 p.m.  This course will be a 2 hour course instead of a 3 hour course and will be team taught by a Professor from the John Marshall Law School, Celeste Hammond and a practicing Chicago attorney, Virginia Harding.  The class will have distance education components.  If interested please see Dean Duncan for more information.

3) The Friday morning trial practice class is moved to 1-3:50 p.m. on Fridays.  Melanie C. Schneider will teach the course. Professor Schneider has experienced both extremes of the legal profession - she worked at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. and at the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office.  As an Assistant Public Defender, she personally resolved over 1,600 cases.  In the classroom, she applies her trial experience, which includes acquittals of both misdemeanor and felony charges, along with her exposure to complex commercial litigation, to teach hands-on advocacy skills that will prepare students to be practice-ready. 

4) Tuition for the Online International Law Course this summer is:

If designated part-time $845 per credit hour

If designated full time $1015 per credit hour 

Working in Frankfort this Summer? Share a Ride!

A few students will be working in Frankfort over the summer and would like to carpool.  (Who wouldn't with gas prices steadily increasing?)

If you are interested in sharing transportation to Frankfort, please sign the sheet posted on Ms. Reh's door (184).  Students can get together to work out the details.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Make the Most of the Last Two Weeks of Classes

Congratulations!  You are about to finish another semester in law school.  Here are some tips to make the most of the last two full weeks of classes in preparation for finals:

  • Do not skip classes.  Professors often give information about the exam during the last few classes.  In addition, there is a good chance that there will be questions on the exam specifically on the last week’s material.
  • Attend all review sessions that your professors offer.  Professors provide review sessions to help you do well on the exam.  Whether the session is a professor-led review of the material or based on questions and answers, you can use the session to your advantage.  If you are confused about certain areas, then this is the time to get the material straight.  If you think you understand the material, then this is the time to “test” your depth of understanding.
  • If there are not scheduled review sessions, ask your professors any questions that you have this week.   Once classes are over, many professors work from home or work in their offices during limited hours.  Yes, you could e-mail or telephone the professor regarding your questions; however, there is no substitute for being there face-to-face.
  • Try to have all of your reading and outlining completed by April 20.   You want to allow yourself plenty of time for learning your outlines, memorizing black letter law, and applying the concepts through practice questions. 
  • Evaluate your status in each course.   Determine which topics and sub-topics still need to be learned for each course.  Determine which topics and sub-topics just need to be reviewed.  Determine how many practice questions need to be completed for each topic and sub-topic.  Prioritize your studying tasks.  Be realistic. 
  • Map out your plans for each day for the next two weeks.   A monthly calendar format may help you to see when your exams are, when papers are due, when other projects may be due.  Mark down review sessions being held by professors.  For each day, indicate the course(s) you plan to study, the topics or sub-topics for that course, and the hours of study. 
  • Maximize your study time within your plan.   Decide whether you learn better by studying one course all day or by mixing up two or even three courses in the same day.  Decide when you are most alert and place the most difficult tasks (intense learning and memorization for many students) in those time slots.  Use time slots when you are less alert for tasks that you find easier (review of material already learned, practice questions, and flashcards for many students). 
  • Re-check the exam schedule to make sure that you have written the correct days and times down for all of your exams.   Nothing can be more distressing than to find out that you missed an exam because you were not careful enough in noting the dates and times on your calendar.  If in doubt, find out now.
  • Have a talk with your significant others about the fact that you will be studying for exams and need their understanding.   Have a heart-to-heart with your friends, parents, spouse, children, and any others who need to be cooperative with your efforts.  Schedule needed babysitters now.