Student News

Public Service Opportunity - The Department of Public Advocacy Needs Assistance

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy has notified the Office of Professional Development that they are looking for a student to update a Mental Health Manual. The  attorney needs someone to go through the current manual and shepardize the cases to be sure they're current. This project can be done from home and will satisfy the 30-hour requirement.  This would be an excellent project to work on over the holiday break.  Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at  The first student to respond will receive the assignment.

Cap on Credit Hours

Contingent on faculty approval (which is pending), beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, the 18-hour cap on hours in which students may enroll will include skills competition and journal membership/editorship hours. 

Professor Trucios-Haynes Receives Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Trucios-Haynes for receiving a 2012 Richard and Constance Lewis Fellowship. She will conduct research on "Formal and Informal Migrant Networks:  Post 9/11 Connections Between Guanajuato and the United States."  Professor Trucios-Haynes will present her project in April at the 2013 Latin American and Latino Studies Showcase.

Fall 2011 Grades

Grades for fall 2011 classes will be released on or before December 21.  You can check your grades online through Ulink.

Important Announcement Regarding Registration for Spring Classes

Attention Students (especially 1L students):  Make sure you have enrolled in all your courses for the spring 2012 semester.  For full-time 1L students, you must be enrolled in Introduction to Lawyering Skills, BLS, Criminal Law, Property II, Contracts II, Torts II, and Civil Procedure II.

Many professors communicate with their classes over the winter break via Blackboard to provide information on assignments, etc.  If you are not registered for the correct classes, you will miss these important communications.  Please finalize your registration as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, December 19.

Faculty Approves Revised 1L Curriculum

Beginning in 2012-2013, first year law students will experience an updated curriculum reducing their contact hours from 31 to 29 hours. This change provides students the opportunity to adjust to the challenges of law school and the demands of the legal profession.

Fall Semester:

Basic Legal Skills

Legal Research

Torts I

Contracts I

Criminal Law

Civil Procedure (starting approximately September 24th)

Spring Semester:

Basic Legal Skills

Torts II

Contracts II


Civil Procedure II

Five Professors Selected for International Exchanges

The following faculty members will participate in our international exchange program in 2012:

Tracey Roberts at University of Mainz

Judy Fischer at University of Montpellier

Ariana Levinson at University of Leeds

Russ Weaver at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

JoAnne Sweeny at University of Turku

Brandeis School of Law Will Welcome Two New Professors in Fall 2012

The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two new professors for the next academic year.  The law school welcomes Jamie Abrams and Laura McNeal.  Jamie is currently a visiting assistant professor at Hofstra University.  Laura is currently a Harvard Law School Fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute.  Both Jamie and Laura will meet various curricular needs and enrich our faculty's already impressive record of scholarship.


Learn more about Jamie and Laura.

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, get a head start on organizing your 2012 calendar by penciling in the following programs and events:

  • January 4  - Classes begin 
  • January 12 - KY Bar Exam Program with Eric Ison and Bonnie Kittinger (12:15 p.m.)
  • January 20 - 1st Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • January 26 - Student Life Info Session: Study Abroad (12:10 p.m.)
  • January 26 - Brandeis “Brief” Break (3:40 p.m.)
  • January 27 - 2nd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 3 - 3rd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 7 - 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility (12:15)

Check out other upcoming programs on the Law School calendar at

2012 Summer Fellowships and one 2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship - The Peggy Browning Fund

The Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship Program

2012 Summer Fellowships - funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States

2012-2013 School-Year Fellowship - 1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Information available at

Please note:  The application process has changed this year.  Students can now apply online through our website.

Application deadline: January 13, 2012