Student News

Externship Opportunites for Spring 2012 - Professor Jordan

Each semester, several opportunities exist for skills-based externships experiences.  In spring 2012, student externs will be placed with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Louisville, the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office, the Legal Aid Society, Jefferson County Circuit and Family Court judges, and the U of L Offices of Industry Contracts and Clinical Research Services.  Information about requirements and enrollment deadlines is available on the TWEN course titled Externship INFORMATION Spring 2012.  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information.


Patent Law Information Session - Practising Law Institute - Monday, November 7th at Noon in 175

Mr. John White, Director of Patent Professional Development at the Practising Law Institute will be discussing Patent Practice, the patent bar exam, where the jobs are in this field and answer any questions on Monday, November 7th at Noon in room 175.

Legal Externship position at Office of Government Ethics for Spring 2012 semester

The Office of Government Ethics seeks highly qualified law students to participate in a Spring semester externship program in Washington, D.C. to work with attorneys in support of the Office of Government Ethic’s mission.  This may include aiding attorneys in:  providing oral and written advice to senior agency ethics officials and ethics counselors throughout the executive branch on a wide variety of topics of interest to the ethics community; preparing memorandum on policy and advisory opinions; making presentations to Federal agencies and other organizations; working with the White House and executive branch agencies in reviewing candidates for positions requiring Senate confirmation; drafting legislation and regulations, formulating ethics and conflict of interest policy for the executive branch; and assisting the OGE Director in the administration of the agency.  This position is for class credit only.  (See attachment for full details.)

Patent Law Information Session - Practising Law Institute - Monday, November 7th at Noon in 175

Mr. John White, Director of Patent Professional Development at the Practising Law Institute will be discussing Patent Practice, the patent bar exam, where the jobs are in this field and answer any questions on Monday, November 7th at Noon in room 175.

Public Service Program Information Session - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

The Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session for all students on Tuesday, November 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075.

Representatives from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") program and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy will be speaking to our students about public service opportunities available at their placements.

The VITA program is an income tax assistance program where law students assist low income individuals with their tax returns during tax season.  Students will receive training in January and then participate in tax clinics at various locations around the city helping lower income individuals with their taxes.  This is a great opportunity for any student who still needs to fulfill their public service requirement. 

Pizza and drinks will be provided.  See you there!

Brandeis at 155

November 13 is the birthday of Justice Louis Brandeis, for whom our law school is named.  On Monday, November 14, Professor Laura Rothstein will give a one-hour power point presentation about Louis Brandeis.  Prizes will be given at the end for those answering the most questions correctly about Louis Brandeis. 

All students, faculty, and staff members are invited and welcome to attend.  Doughnuts, one of Brandeis’s favorite foods will be provided for the event.

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS (born November 13, 1856) * 1856-1941 *

Long before Louis Brandeis made his mark as a United States Supreme Court Justice, he had a brilliant career as an advocate for social justice issues. Brandeis’s commitment to using the law to promote social justice was a major reason some members of the Senate opposed his confirmation to the Court.  Justice Brandeis was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and chose the law school at the University of Louisville as his final resting place.  In 1997, the law school was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  Inspired by his commitment to public service, the Brandeis School of Law requires all law students to perform at least 30 hours of public service to graduate.  Brandeis’s personal papers are housed at the law school, and can be accessed at

-- from Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” website.

Bar Exam Information

If you are planning to take the Kentucky or Indiana bar exam in July 2012, but were unable to attend the Bar Exam Panel on Thursday, October 27, please stop by Dean Ballard's office (Room 212) to pick up a bar folder with helpful information.

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012:

On Thursday, November 10, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the November 10 program is a requirement for graduation.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 10 program, you must notify Dean Cross by November 4, so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Academic Success Tip - Save Time for Proofreading

If you are working on a writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work.  A law memo requires diligent editing to make sure it is as well written and clear as possible.

Avoid long, complicated sentences and fancy or superfluous language in law memos to help readers understand the covered issues quickly and accurately.  Edit your writing ruthlessly, omitting unnecessary words and rewriting for clarity. Careful proofreading is particularly important in legal writing. Spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors in a document submitted to the court, opposing counsel, or a client can undermine your credibility as a legal professional.

If you are finalizing a paper for a course or are polishing your second memo for BLS, be sure that you reserve time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing. Also, check to make sure you have followed your professor's instructions.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

PR Exams - Friday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

PR exams (Prof. Giesel's and Prof. Powell's) will be given Friday, November 4, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Please see the attached classroom schedule and the Exam Procedures Memo.