Student News

Short Bar Exam Survey for All Graduating Students

Attention Graduating Law Students:  In an effort to help our future graduates be successful on the bar exam, I am asking for your help with the attached survey.  The questions on the survey deal primarily with your preparation for the July 2010 bar exam.  All information within the survey will remain confidential.  The survey consists of 5 short questions.  You may return the survey by email, or you may drop it off at the Academic Success Office, Room 212.  Copies of the bar survey are also available outside the Academic Success Office.  Please return the survey by May 24, 2010.  Thank you!

University of Louisville Law Review Applications in the Faculty Resource Center

Please remember to pick up your application for the University of Louisville Law Review -- the school's flagship law journal. Membership is a valuable experience and a well-recognized signal to employers that your work is quality.


Applications are due in the Law Review office (room 238) by May 10. Details are provided in the application packet.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

You have worked hard all semester.  So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself?  If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely.  During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule.  Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams.  By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best.  No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations.  On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops. 

Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams.  You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.  (Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.)

Free Massages for Law Students


Did you just finish an exam?  Are you taking an exam this evening?  Why not treat yourself to a complimentary massage?  Massage has been shown to help relieve stress and muscle tension, to reduce levels of anxiety, and to promote a relaxed state of mental alertness.  Massages will be offered today in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Student Ambassador Application - We Need Your Help for Orientation!

If you have a winning personality and a great work ethic - we want you!

The Admissions Department and Student Life are seeking applicants for Student Ambassador positions for orientation.  Student Ambassadors will serve as hosts to incoming law students during orientation, and will also assist the faculty and administration.  Student Ambassadors must be available for a mandatory training session on Monday, August 9, and must be free on the first day of orientation - Tuesday, August 10.  We will also need Student Ambassadors on the second and third days of orientation (August 11 and 12), and on Friday, August 13, for Service Day.  Student Ambassadors will receive a cool, free t-shirt and all the fame you can handle!  If you are interested in applying, please complete the attached application and submit it to Kimberly Ballard (Room 212) by June 15.

Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery



Photos from the Awards Ceremony and Reception that was held on April 9, 2010 are now available. Feel free to add your comments. Also, if you're able to help identify those pictured in the images, please contact Virginia M. Smith.

Got Study Aids? Donate them!

Students:  If you've got study aids that you will no longer be using, please consider donating them to the Academic Success Office.  Why?  There are several great reasons:  (1) you can de-clutter your car/home; (2) you will provide a great resource for other students in the future; and (3) you may claim a tax deduction for your donated items up to the amount of their cost.  If you are interested in donating some of your study aids, please stop by the Academic Success Office, Room 212.  Thank you!

Free Massages for Law Students Today

Did you just finish an exam?  Are you taking an exam this evening?  Why not treat yourself to a complimentary massage?  Massage has been shown to help relieve stress and muscle tension, to reduce levels of anxiety, and to promote a relaxed state of mental alertness.  Massages will be offered today in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Health Law Moot Court Team Soliciting Interest Now

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that selection of a team for the fall 2010 Health Law Moot Court Competition will take place during May and June.  At this time, we are soliciting names of students who may be interested in the Competition.


The problem for the Competition could involve any aspect of health law and/or procedural issues that may arise during litigation involving health law issues.  The problem generally arrives in early August, and the due date for the brief ordinarily is in late September or early October.  The Competition will be held November 5-6, 2010, at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale Illinois.


If you may be interested in being a team member and want to receive more detailed information about the Competition and the application/selection process, please send an email message to Marlow Riedling ( by Friday April 30th, including your name and an email address that you will be checking regularly throughout May.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.