Student News

Reception for MCB Members & Pirtle-Washer Competitors

All MCB members and Pirtle-Washer competitors need to be at the reception Friday, October 28th from 5-7 p.m. at the University Club.  This will be a great chance to network with judges, previous winners, and other alumni.  The dress is business professional.  There will be a cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. 

Sign-Ups for International Law Moot Court Competition

If your interests are in international law the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is for you! Any 2L, 3L, or 4L is eligible to compete. There will be an information session on Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Room LL71. You will given a problem question in the topic area. If you are unable to attend the event, the problem question will be available on the Moot Court door.

Please email the following information to Joshua Waldrop ( no later than Tuesday, November 1 by 12:30 p.m:

1. Problem question

2. Resume

3. Unofficial Transcript

4. Writing sample (optional)

5. Anything else you think may be pertinent

A try-out interview will be scheduled soon after which will be held the first week in November.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.The School will send one team to the regional competitions being held the in the first part of 2012. The competitions will be held in Washington, D.C.

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to this year's Pirtle-Washer finalists:

Nathan Batey 

Josh Porter

Jennifer Siewertsen 

Thomas Stevens

These four competitors are advancing from a field of sixteen very talented student oral advocates.  All of the competitors did a great job representing our law school in front of the twenty-four local attorneys who judged them this Saturday at the Hall of Justice.  The semi-final and final rounds will take place this Friday, October 28 in the Allen Courtroom.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. Labor & Employment Law - TODAY, Monday, October 24 @ noon (submission date extended).

2. Tax Law - Friday, October 28 (submission date extended).

3. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1.

4. Criminal Law - Wednesday, November 2 @ 5 p.m.

For further information, please visit

Brandeis Portrait on Display at Young Professionals Event

Robert Shetterly's portrait of Louis Brandeis from which the law school's reproduction was made will be on display along with about 30 other portraits of "Americans Who Tell the Truth: at a Young Professionals Cocktail Hour sponsored by the Kentucky ACLU.  The event will be on November 17, at 5:30 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Bar Exam Panel - This Thursday

On Thursday, October 27, join Dean Ballard, Brian Bennett, Roz Cordini, Nicole Kersting, Marilyn Osborn-Patterson, and Tarra Ragan for an important informational meeting regarding the Kentucky and Indiana Bar Exams.  The session will begin at 12:10, and lunch will be provided.  The May 2011 graduates are eager to share their experiences with you in preparing for, taking, and successfully passing the bar exam.  Learn from their mistakes and gain some valuable tips for studying.  Dean Ballard will also provide attendees with important information on application deadlines and helpful information to complete the bar exam application. Room 275

Academic Success Tip - Finding Time for Exam Preparation

Everybody is (or should be) sliding into “studying for exams” mode.  Time becomes a critical variable now.  It is important to find time for all of your tasks.  It is also important to be productive with that time.  This week's tips will focus on how to get more time out of each day and be more productive during studying.

Tip #1:  Evaluate your day for “lost” time.   Look for time wasted in the following ways:  unproductive time between classes; assignment time stretched to 3 hours when with more diligence it could have been finished in 2 ½ hours; delay in starting a project because “I have all day;” inefficient and scattered errand running or other non-school tasks; completion of chores or other non-school tasks during prime study time.  If only ½ hour is captured each day of the week, it nets 3 ½ hours of extra study time per week.

Upper Division Registration Advising Office Hours

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?  
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 24, 25, and 26, and during the week of November 1.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring or Summer 2012 schedules, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  John Cross, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside Dean Ballard's office. 


Spring 2012 Schedule of Courses and Exam Schedule

The Spring 2012 Schedule of Courses, Exam Schedule, and Course Notes for registration are attached in the document link below.  Details about the registration process will be forthcoming from the Office of Student Life.  Upper-division academic advising will take place October 24, 25, and 26 with Dean Ballard.  Dean Cross will offer upper-division registration advising office hours the week of November 1. 

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

Sam I Amicus

Sam I Amicus consists of six third-year law students at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. Hunter Brown, from North Carolina, provides soulful vocals and regularly snacks on ketchup packets. Sam Goss, a founding member of Zoo Legacy (yes, it's a real band), lays down a steady beat. Jarad "keys" Key, a Paducah, Kentucky native, tickles the ivories. Ross Neuhauser, from Louisville, plays a fine fiddle. Jared Hall, the bearded siren, honed his acoustic guitar skills in Mascoutah, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. Brenton Stanley, who moonlights as frontman and guitarist for The Perfectos (EP available on iTunes), is from Carmi, Illinois. The band took shape quickly in Molly MacCaskey's basement, and is performing for one night only at Lawlapalooza 2011.