Student News

U.S. Department of State's Summer 2012 Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State 's is now accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.stategov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2011.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum ( to post questions or read discussions about this program.


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

UofL vs. UK Flag Football Games Tonight

Each year, the UofL and UK Law Schools participate in a flag football game the night before the varsity football game.  This year there will be both a women's game and a men's game.  The games are tonight (Friday, September 16) in Lexington.  The women's game starts at 8:00pm with the men's game to follow at 9:00pm.  The games will be held at the Johnson Center Fields on UK's campus.  The UK Law School has also invited any UofL law students to attend their tailgate for the varsity game on Saturday.  Please see the attached document for information on the games, parking, and tailgate.  We hope to see you at the games tonight in Lexington!


Physical Fitness Evaluation

UofL's Campus Health Services is offering "FitTest"--a personal physical fitness evaluation and coaching service.  For a highly-discounted fee of $10, students get:

•   a fitness evaluation

•   a personal workout plan

•   fitness coaching, and

•   a FitTest t-shirt

To enrol in the program, use the online enrollment form, which you can find here.   Questions?  Contact Campus Health Services at 852.5429.

2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - Deadline: November 15, 2011

The United States Department of State has announced the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.


Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.  Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011. Check out the CLS website or its Facebook page.

For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website:  Law school alumnus Jeffrey Benedict, who currently works in UofL's International Office, has also agreed to work with students interested in filling out an application.  You can contact Jeffrey here.

Candidate Interest Meetings for SBA 1L Elections

All 1Ls interested in running for a SBA 1L position must attend one (1) of the Candidate Interest Meetings. The first interest meeting will be held on Monday, September 19th in Room 245 from noon to 12:20 p.m. The second candidate interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th in Room 245 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Candidates may run for Section Representative (one representative will be elected from each section) or Louisville Bar Association Representative. If you would like to run for a position but cannot attend either of the candidate interest meetings and/or have any additional questions, please contact Katie Bennett at 1L elections will be held the week of September 26th in the law school lobby.

Academic Success Tip - Using Graphics in Your Outlines

When you supplement your course outlines this weekend, consider what graphics may work for you to help with the bigger picture, the analysis, and the synthesis of the material; some examples of graphics are:

  • Tables with material in rows and columns
  • Decision trees – flow charts with questions and yes/no choices to work through the analysis
  • Tree diagrams – the main concept is the trunk and the sub-topics (and beyond) branch off
  • Legal diagrams – the main concept starts in the center of the page and lines connect outwards to the sub-topics and beyond
  • Balloon diagrams – similar to the legal diagram using balloons to hold concepts and sub-topics instead of lines alone
  • Mind mapping – use pictures and shapes to brainstorm about the interconnections
  • Venn diagrams to show the overlap between several concepts
  • Time lines for chronological events
  • Columns of material to show connections and progression

Missing Sign-In Sheet

The sign-in sheet from yesterday's program featuring the Kentucky Foundation for Justice is missing.  We think that someone may have inadvertently picked it up when they left.  If you attended the program yesterday, please check to see if you may have it.  If you do, please turn it in to Jina Scinta in Room 180.  Thanks.

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Students, are you interested in financial rewards, oral advocacy, or the desire to represent the law school in national moot court competitions? If you answered yes to any of these, then read carefully!

The annual Pirtle-Washer Competition is an opportunity for law students to compete against one another and showcase their oral argument skills. The competition will be judged by local attorneys and judges. Briefs need not be submitted. 

Aside from the great networking and learning opportunity financial rewards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. The 1st place winner will receive $1000, the 2nd place winner will receive $750, and the 3rd and 4th place winners will each receive $500. 

The first round of the competition will take place on October 22, 2011 at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The final round is scheduled for October 28, 2011 in the Allen Court Room at the Law School. 

If you are interested in competing in the Pirtle-Washer Competition please sign up outside the Moot Court Board room or contact Eric Johnson at

There will be an informational meeting in room 175 on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at noon

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation Annual Writing Competition

Students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation, including papers written in connection with a law school course, seminar, or paid employment.  Submissions must be postmarked by January 6, 2012.  Winning authors receive $2,000 (first place) or $1,000 (second place).  For more details, see attached summary. 

Brandeis "Brief" Break - Tomorrow!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" break.  Take a few minutes tomorrow to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down and come to the Cox Faculty Lounge.  Grab an ice cream bar and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., so come when you get out of class at 3:40 or 4:05, or come before you go to class at 3:50 or 4:15.