Student News

Jonathon Raymon wins the Yoga Prize

Congratulations to Jonathon Raymon, who won the drawing for the lavish and glitzy prize given to one student who attended the first yoga session.  The drawing was overseen by representatives from one of the Big Four accounting firms. And it's a good thing the representatives were there, as some non-students tried to cheat by signing their names to the list (Dean Duncan, this means you ..). 


Jonathon wins a UofL Law School polo shirt.  He can pick it up in Dean Ballard's office.

December Graduates

Are you planning to take the bar exam in February 2012?  The regular application filing deadline for the KY Bar Exam is October 1, 2011.  If you have not started already, you will want to begin the application process now.  Attached are helpful documents explaining the Kentucky Bar application, as well as information on bar loans and a self-assessment tool for the bar exam.  Please see Dean Ballard if you have any questions.  Dean Ballard can also assist you if you are planning to take the bar exam in another state. 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Hannah Truxell who is the winner of a UofL Law polo.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim you prize.

Academic Success Tip - Improve Your Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you.
  • Take short 5-minute breaks after every hour of studying.
  • Take a longer 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours.
  • Take a quick break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material.
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions.
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study.
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar.
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas.

U.S. Navy JAG Information Session - Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Noon in room 171

Learn about opportunities with the U.S. Navy JAG on Thursday, September 8th from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 171.



 All On-Campus Interviewers are requested to read and agree to a non-discrimination policy.  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.



I/We are in full compliance with the Brandeis School of Law's non-discrimination policy.

Withdrawing from a class--that awful (?) "W" and deadlines

From several different conversations I've had during the past week, there seems to be a fairly widespread misperception among students about withdrawing from a class.  If you voluntarily withdraw after the first week of class, your transcript will typically show a "W" next to the name of the course.  The misperception involves the effect of this "W" on potential employment.  As far as we know, no potential employer would hold an ordinary "W" against you (barring unusual circumstances, such as if the employer specifically asked you to take the course).   At worst, they might ask you why you dropped (unlikely) ... but that allows you to demonstrate good judgment in recognizing that a course wasn't what you thought, or that you can recognize when you're overextended. Potential employers are much more likely to care about the more serious "withdraw/failure", which is given only if you are removed from a class or have failed an exam or assignment prior to withdrawing.


Also, a note to part-time students: don't forget that this Friday (the 9th) is the last day you can withdraw from a course and still receive a 25% tuition refund.  Full-time students do not receive any refund, as they pay a fixed fee for full-time study.

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