Student News

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Jamie McKiernan who is the winner of a marble UofL Law paperweight.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim your prize.

Academic Success Tip - Commercial Outlines

Should you rely on an upper-division student's outline or a commercial outline to prepare for exams?  NO.  Remember that you are not creating an outline to turn in as an assignment or to win any awards.  The outline is another tool from which you can study the law.  The process of you outlining a course dramatically increases your ability to retain the information and to develop a sense of what information you will need to apply to a set of facts on an exam.  In addition, commercial outlines are not always in tune with the material as presented by your professor.  Canned outlines may be helpful to fill in any gaps after you have done the work, but they SHOULD NOT take the place of your own outlines.


Student Competitors for ABA Negotiation Competition

If you are interested in representing the Law School on a team in the ABA Negotiation Competition, please send an email to Professor Tony Arnold,, with the following information, no later than noon on Monday, September 12:

1) Your name and year in school (e.g., 2L, 3L) [Note: 1Ls cannot compete];

2) Why you are interested;

3) Any background you have in negotiation (including whether you have taken or are taking the Negotiation class);

4) Your general schedule availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends; and

5) Your contact information (i.e., email address, cell phone, etc.) so that we can get ahold of you easily and quickly.

The regional competition will be held November 12-13 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Participants will need to be current members in good standing of the American Bar Association and its Law Student Division (as a competitor in this competition, the school will pay for this for you, if you are not already a member), and have a valid passport, as this will involve international travel. This year’s competition will involve negotiating on issues related to real property.

The co-coaches are Professor Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. Depending on the number of students expressing interest, there may or may not be a tryout. Practices will occur in evenings and on weekends, usually at least twice per week. Last year, we had a team advance to the national competition, and a few years ago, we had a team that won the national competition. Let’s continue our record of success in this competition! If you have any questions, please contact Professor Arnold.

National Aging & Law Institute - Law Student Day - November 10th - Boston, MA

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) is offering a complimentary introduction to Elder Law on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Boston, MA.  Law Student Day will expose law students to the growing field of Elder Law.  The focus of the event this year is "Starting A Solo Elder Law Practice". This program is free of charge and open to the first 30 registrants.

There are a limited number of scholarships open to law students to be used towards registration for the National Aging & Law Conference and/or travel expenses to the conference. You must be nominated by your law professor. For details contact Meredith Hansen at

Start Date:Thursday, November 10, 2011
End Date:Thursday, November 10, 2011
Coordinators:Hotel Information: Casey Anderson, Director of Meetings and Education Registration and Event Information: Meredith Hansen, Committee and Section Coordinator
Address:Seaport Boston Hotel
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA
Directions:1-877-732-7678 (Reference NAELA). Conference room rate is $168 per night plus tax. Room rates

U.S. Dept. of State - accepting applications for Foreign Service Diplomatic Security Engineering Officer

The U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service is now accepting applications for Security Engineering Officer positions.

Click here ( to read the vacancy announcement, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 4, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens between the ages of 20 and 59, able to qualify for a Top Secret/SCI security clearance, and be available for worldwide service. Please read the vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.


U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Ameliorization - U.S. Military

The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will take effect September 20th.  The Office of Professional Development's plan was to host all military recruiters after that date, but one of the branches was unable to change the date of their Information Session this week, due to prior scheduling and restrictions with airfair.  The Brandeis School of Law will ameliorate as usual on Thursday, September 8th, when the U.S. Navy JAG visits and conducts their Information Session.


All On-Campus Interviewers are requested to read and agree to a non-discriminationpolicy.  This non-discrimination policy is for military recruiters. In order to conduct job interviews in the law school or to obtain assistance from the Career Services Office, prospective employers must sign a statement of nondiscrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  Federal laws relating to military service preclude representatives of the Armed Forces from signing the nondiscrimination statement in its entirety.  Congress also has enacted a statute, known as the Solomon Amendment, requiring that federal funding  -- including several categories of student loans  -- be terminated at any educational institution that refuses access to military recruiters.  Therefore, the law school grants access to military recruiters who sign the nondiscrimination statement to the extent consistent with federal law.The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution.  Pursuant to regulations of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools and the National Association for Law Placement, the School of Law is committed to providing our students and alumni/ae with the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.  Our facilities and resources are available only to prospective employers who adhere to this policy.

EMPLOYER'S STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING:  I/We are in full compliance with the Brandeis School of Law's non-discrimination policy.

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1L Daily Docket Winner

Our Daily Docket winner today is Cody Remington, who must come to Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m., to claim his UofL Law orientation T-shirt, UofL Law decal, and bookmark.  Congratulations Mr. Remington!

Academic Success Tip - 11 Weeks Remain

Wow!  You have already completed three weeks in the fall semester.  At this point, it is a good idea to begin visiting your professors during office hours (if you have not already done so) to get clarification on any gaps in your notes or your outlines.  Before deadlines loom, it is also a good time to review your monthly calendar to plan your big projects.  Try to accomplish these two tasks this week:

  • Make a list of questions to ask your professors.  Plan when you will go see your professors this week to get their assistance.  It is easier for a professor to get you on the right path if you ask questions early and often.
  • Use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, practice exams, and assignments.  Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines.

Yoga begins tomorrow!

Don't forget that free yoga classes begin on Wednesday, September 7th, from 11:50 to 12:50.   All interested students, staff, and faculty are welcome, regardless of experience level.  Mats are provided.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Iman Jackson who is the winner of a UofL Law orientation t-shirt, plus a UofL Law lunch bag filled with UofL Law items.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 3:30 p.m. to claim your prizes.