Student News

Graduation Information

University Commencement and Brandeis School of Law Convocation

Friday, May 13

5:00 p.m.
University of Louisville Commencement Rehearsal
KFC Yum! Center     (All students participating in the University-wide ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm seat for Commencement.)    

Saturday, May 14

10:00 a.m.
University Commencement Ceremony      
KFC Yum! Center     (Academic procession at (9:30 a.m.)

12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
President’s Reception
KFC Yum! Center

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
The Louisville Palace Theatre  (625 S. Fourth Street)
Graduates should arrive no later than 3:30 for the Law School Convocation.
Class picture will be taken at 3:45.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Academic procession and Brandeis School of Law Convocation
Guests do not need tickets or announcements.


Distribution at the Red Barn:
Wednesday, May 11, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Honor Cords:
As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society will be selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2010 semester.  Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation.  Honor cords may be purchased at the Red Barn on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at the same time academic apparel is available.  Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) may purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) may purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) may purchase a gold/red honor cord.

Hotels for Guests:  To get the rate listed, you must ask for the UofL rate.


Summer Internship Opportunity at State Law Library in Frankfort, KY

If you are interested in working at the State Law Library in Frankfort, KY this summer, please send your resume to Ms. Jennifer Frazier at:   This is an unpaid internship, so as a volunteer, you will not need to fill out the state application.  The work will be on research projects involving questions that come in from the Judges.  The internship can be used towards Public Service hours.  (If you apply and are selected to work at the State Law Library, contact Jina Scinta to complete a Public Service placement form.)  

Hooding Professors for Graduation

Professors Powell, Liebson, and Rothstein have been chosen by the May 2011 graduating class as those professors who will hood our graduating students.  Congratulations to those professors on receiving such a great honor!

Internship with the Office of the Governor - Frankfort, KY

The Office of the Governor is currently accepting applications for internships in the Frankfort Capitol Offices.  All internships are unpaid, eligible for college credit, minimum of 10 hours a week commitment and open to college and graduate students.  Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks and responsibilities will vary.  However, interns must be self-motivated, professional in attitude and appearance, strong communicators, proficient in computer skills and research, willing to take on new and different tasks, diligent, and dependable.

The following departments are available for internships:  Communications, Policy and Legislative Affairs, Constituent Services, First Lady's Projects, Lt. Governor's Projects, Faith-Based Projects, Commission on Women, Minority Empowerment, Local Development and Legal Counsel.

To be considered, intern candidates must return a completed applications along with a resume, non-personal letter of recommendation and cover letter.

To download an application, go to:

For more information, contact Susan Bryan at (502)564-2611 ext. 357


Free Massages During Finals - April 27 and May 4

Massages will be provided to law students on Wednesday, April 27 and Wednesday, May 4 from 9:00am - 6:00pm.  Therapists from Advanced Massage will be located in the Pirtle Washer Lounge throughout the day.  There will be a female therapist available from 9:00am - 6:00pm and a male therapist available from 12:30m - 3:30pm.  There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the door with the time slots available.  Please email Kristie Wetterer ( with any questions.  Good luck on finals!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - A reminder about Skeletal Outlines, Instructions, and Organization

Skeletal Outlines - Write your skeletal outline of the course on a blank piece of paper as soon as the exam begins.  A skeletal outline is an organized list of principles and issues, created by you, which relates to a given area of the law.  Think about the outline you have been creating all semester, but now reduce it down to a page or two – this is your skeletal outline.  Writing out this list will give you a few moments to compose your thoughts before digging into the exam.  TIP:  If you cannot write your skeletal outline for a course from memory the day before the exam, you do not know the material well enough!

Instructions - Read the exam instructions closely!  When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, write your skeletal outline, and read the instructions.

Organization - Before answering an essay question, outline and organize your response.  Students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones.  This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer. 

SELS and the YMCA Safe Place Services

The YMCA Safe Place Services is a  service branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. In 1974 the YMCA of Greater Louisville Shelter House was created to meet the immediate needs of teens who were living on the street; to this day, it is the only shelter specifically for this age group in Louisville and the only place in town where any youth can self refer for services absolutely free of charge.

SELS is conducting a drive to collect items needed by the shelter. It will be extremely easy to donate; there will be a list of needed items in the Mosaic Lobby next to a box where you can drop the donation. The drive will run until the end of April.

Summer Opportunities

Interested in gaining experience as an Intern this summer with the Office of the Secretary of State in Frankfort, KY?  This is an unpaid position with an opportunity to gain invaluable experience.  For details, go to: and select Part-time Job 56.  Deadline is May 1st.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC is offering a paid Summer Legal Internship for 1L/2L students.  The deadline is April 29th.  Click on attachment.



Extra Student Tickets - First-come, first-served

After the student ticket lottery, there are still a few remaining tickets for next year's athletic events.  The tickets will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing Kristie Wetterer (  There is 1 combination ticket left (both football and basketball).  The cost of the ticket is $210.  Please be aware that only 1 ticket is left (not 2 tickets which would allow you to take a guest to the games).  There are also 7 football only tickets remaining.  Each student is allowed to order 2 football only tickets.  The cost for each football only ticket is $72 ($144 for 2).  Students who already received tickets through the lottery are not eligible to buy more tickets.  Once you send your e-mail to Kristie Wetterer requesting tickets, she will respond to you and let you know whether or not you received the tickets and will coordinate a time to pick up the voucher.  If you want tickets, send the email now! 

Locker Return - Graduating 3Ls and 4Ls

Graduating 3Ls and 4Ls need to return their locks to the Resource Center in order to receive their deposit back.  Please do so by the end of finals on Friday, May 6.