Student News

National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts for the National Trial Competition will begin today at 5:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom. 

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #3:  Become aware of when you lose focus.  Determine why you are losing concentration.  Then, determine whether you can correct the situation.  Do you need to make your reading more active by asking questions as you read?  Do you need to move to a quieter place?  Do you need to write a reminder note so that you stop worrying about forgetting something?  Are you hungry and need a quick snack?    If you cannot re-capture your focus, then take a short break and come back once you are refreshed.

36th Annual National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts:  October 27 and 28
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office)

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms.  Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  

This year, for the first time ever, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will host one of the 14 Regional Competitions across the country.  The top two winners in each Region will compete in the National Competition in Houston, Texas, April 6-10, 2011.

The School will select two teams (consisting of two or three student attorneys) to compete in the Regional Competition, hosted in Louisville, on February 18-20, 2011.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 15.  It will be a criminal problem.  Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.” The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring one copy of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week).  A few practices may be scheduled in November and December.  

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Kimberly Ballard, or Jared Sawyer, 3L (Room 212).

November 1 deadline for input on Summer 2011 schedule options

November 1 is the deadline to provide your preferences among the 4 schedule options for Summer 2011 (via email to, in Dean Arnold's mailbox, or to Dean Arnold or Ms. Siegwald in person).  This is for anyone who thinks that he or she might take a course this coming summer.  A choice will be made and publicized by November 4.  Thank you very much.

Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #2:  Take advantage of “windfall” time.   Always keep tasks handy that can be used as study “fillers” when unexpected time becomes available.  Working with flashcards, rewriting a rule several times for memory, or reviewing a chunk of an outline can create productive time when a ride or study buddy is late.

Interest Meeting Thursday at 4:00: International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team

The International Law Society will be sponsoring an interest meeting on Thursday at 4:00 in LL86 regarding the possibility of an International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team for this coming Spring. We will discuss the brief process, the subject matter, and funding opportunities. If you are interested but unable to come, please email to get the meeting notes fowarded to you. We look forward to seeing you there.

Notice on Written Advocacy (Professor Jones) in Spring 2011

The Seminar in Written Advocacy (Prof. Jones), Spring 2011, can be used to satisfy either the upper-division writing requirement or the upper-division skills requirement.  However, academic rules prohibit students from using the course to satisfy both requirements with the same course.  Therefore, each student must elect which of the two requirements the course will satisfy by notifying Professor Jones.

New Clarification re Problems in Corporation Law (Prof. Warren) in Spring 2011

Problems in Corporation Law (Professor Warren), Spring 2011, will meet the writing requirement but will NOT meet the skills requirement.  We apologize for any confusion, as the details of the course content in relationship to the academic rules have been worked out.

Academic Success Tip - Find 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.

Decedents' Ball Ticket Sales

Decedents' Ball is right around the corner!  It will be held this Saturday, October 30 at O'Sheas.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  O'Sheas is located downtown at 123 Main Street.

Tickets will go on sale in the Mosaic Lobby on Wednesday, October 27.  The cost is $15 per ticket.  SBA Representatives will be available in the lobby from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Students can also buy tickets from their class representatives. 

This is going to be a fantastic event with plenty of prizes, food, and drink.  Come on out and wear your best costume!  

Hope to see you there!