Student News

Congratulations & Happy Holidays!

Congratulations to all students on the completion of the Fall semester, and all best wishes for a wonderful holiday break!  From the Law School Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Media Law Intern

makespace! media + design lab has an opening in the legal department for an intern specializing in Media and IP law.  This is a unique opportunity to do some meaningful work in the industry.  For details, go to:

http://www.law.louisville.edu/careers/current-jobs and select Part-time Job No. 112.

Commonwealth's Attorney's Office seeking Year-round Law Clerk

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney has an opening for a law clerk in its Appellate and Research Division beginning in February 2011.  For details, go to:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/careers/current-jobs and select Part-time Job No. 115.

Kentucky Bar Exam Application

Students planning to take the July 2011 Kentucky Bar Exam:  don't forget to work on your application during the holiday break.  And, when you return in the spring, be sure to attend the Kentucky Bar Exam program on January 11, at 12:15.  The application to sit for the Kentucky Bar Exam is due February 1, 2011.

Academic Success Tip - Take Care of Yourself during the Break

Congratulations!  You survived final exams.  Enjoy this time off and recharge your battery in preparation for the spring semester.  And, when you're ready, go ahead and get a head start on organizing your 2011 calendar by penciling in the following events:

  • January 5  Classes begin
  • January 7  “Welcome Back” treat for students, faculty, and staff 
  • January 11 Kentucky Bar Exam Program for graduating law students
  • January 19 The Brandeis “Brief” Break
  • January 20 1st Structured Study Group 
  • January 27 2nd Structured Study Group
  • January 27 Student Life Info Session:  Study Abroad
  • February 3 3rd Structured Study Group
  • February 8 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Seeks Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2011-12

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law seeks applications from renowned legal educators for a year-long appointment as the Ralph Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2011-12 academic term.  The Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor will teach a total of 3 classes.  One of these classes will be the year-long legal writing and analysis course in a small section of about 20 students.  [The legal writing and analysis course is entitled Basic Legal Skills.  It does not include legal research, which is taught in a separate course.  Given that it is a year-long course, the teaching package is the functional equivalent of a 4-course package.]  One course will be Professional Responsibility in an accelerated format in Fall 2011.  The third course, in Spring 2012, could include Domestic Relations (family law), an upper-level skills elective, or a seminar on a mutually agreeable topic.  The successful applicant must be a person "renowned for exceptional contributions to law, legal institutions or legal education."  To apply, please send a letter of interest and a c.v. to Professor Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Brandeis School of Law, Wyatt Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 or tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than January 15, 2011.  Please contact Dean Arnold at his email address or at (502) 852-6388 with any questions.

Don't Forget to Return Study Aids

If you checked out study aids over the course of the semester, please return them to the Academic Success Office before leaving for the holiday break. 

Academic Success Tip - Collegiality

Collegiality and physical exercise and tension reduction are critical to maintaining an even affect during exams.  Everyone is under pressure.  Maintaining a sense of humor and understanding of what everyone is going through will make you much more likable.  Remember, your classmates will be your colleagues down the road.  Adapted from Law School Survival Manual - from LSAT to Bar Exam.

FREE MASSAGES TODAY!!!!!

Students don't forget that today, December 8, in the Washer Lounge you can get a FREE MASSAGE!  Massage therapists will be here from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  

Academic Success Tip - Avoid being too Conclusory

Have your professors told you that your analysis is too conclusory? To avoid making that mistake again, try not to begin your analysis with a conclusion. Instead, the first sentence of your discussion of each issue should identify the problem in need of resolution. For example, you might begin your analysis of a torts problem by noting that “John may have battered Fred when he threw a stick over the fence that struck the plaintiff.” In contrast, avoid writing “John battered Fred when he threw the stick over the fence.” While beginning with a conclusion may be acceptable when writing a memorandum, keep in mind that these conclusions are usually based on a great deal of thoughtful reflection. When writing an examination answer, time is of the essence and you may be incorrect regarding your initial belief as to how the problem will come out. Beginning each problem with an issue statement, as opposed to a conclusion, addresses two related problems. First, it provides you with the flexibility to look at all sides of a problem before coming up with an answer. Second, it helps you to remain objective. When you start with a conclusion, the tendency is to support that conclusion even in the face of strong opposing arguments. (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)