Student News

Summer 2009 Grades

The summer grades have been posted to the web.

2009-2010 Academic Calendar

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

May 2009 Graduates: Don't Forget Your Files!

Monday, July 28th, is the last day May 2009 graduates will be able to retrieve their files from the law school's file server.  On Tuesday, the 29th, May graduates' Lawnet accounts and files will be deleted.  Don't be that person who comes in every year in early August and asks, "Where's my stuff?"

[Orientation] Start the Semester Fresh: Community Service for All First Years



Class of 2012:

As your Student Bar Association Secretary, I am organizing a community service event on behalf of the entire incoming first-year class. This year, we will be helping Family Scholar House. This organization was formed to help end the cycle of poverty by assisting single-parents with getting their four-year college degree. The organization currently provides housing, childcare, and academic assistance to 56 families. This service project involves a "START THE SEMESTER FRESH" campaign.

All Family Scholar House students rely on food stamps to feed their children. However, food stamps do not cover cleaning supplies. We would like for each of you to bring in items listed below. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring in a mop and paper towels. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring in a broom and all-purpose cleaner. Although we understand that you are extremely busy, we encourage you to bring in as many items as feasible and to ask those you know to donate some of the listed items as well. We need enough items for 56 families. One of our community service projects on August 14 will be sorting these supplies for delivery to the families. I assure you this is a worthwhile cause. You can find more information about the organization at:

So that we will be assured that we will have enough items, could you please send an email to let us know that you commit to bring something. Email me, and just put in the subject line Fresh Start. That will let us know we can count on you.

I look forward to meeting each of you at orientation.


Jenna Glasscock
SBA Secretary

Needs include:
paper towels
bathroom cleaner
dust rags
glass cleaner
Clorox wipes
all-purpose cleaner
toilet bowl brush
dish detergent

New Additions to the Library's Collection

The law library has implemented a new mechanism for keeping you abreast of the new books we add to the collection. Using a proprietary computer process, we are now listing the titles of new books directly on the law library's web page. Titles for the five most recent books added to the library's collection will be listed there. Click on the "More" link to see even more titles. They will also be posted to our Twitter account @lawlibnewbooks.



[Orientation] Community Service Day Preview

July 12, 2009


Your Student Bar Association (SBA) President, Victor Revill, and the SBA Vice President who is the liaison for orientation, Rachel Carmona, have written a letter to you about the Community Service Day for Orientation 2009 (see below). They are right that we hope your Community Service Day will be the most rewarding segment of the week.

Soon we'll be posting the service opportunities available and asking that you indicate your first three choices. We'll provide information about each project: the specific time; the organization and where it's located; whether the location is on the bus line; what the activity is; and how many students will be assigned to the activity. All but one of the service activities will take place on Friday, August 14 (Habitat had to be scheduled for Saturday, August 15). We'll give you your assignment during orientation, along with any other needed information.

Rachel and other student leaders have put together a great list of projects and we'll try to put you with one of the projects you request. And in addition to your classmates, some of the upper-level students, faculty members, and staff members will be participating.

Finally, another member of our student family is planning, on behalf of your class, a service project that can involve all of you. Her letter will be posted soon, but the project will be to collect cleaning supplies for the Family Scholar House, We'll ask each of you to bring an item or two to orientation, and then one of our projects will be to assemble baskets to take to the Family Scholar House. Watch for details!

Kathleen S. Bean
Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Student Life


[Orientation] A Letter from Your Student Bar Association concerning Community Service Day


July 10, 2009  


University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
2301 South 3rd Street
Louisville, KY 40292


Dear Colleague:


You are about to embark on a fruitful journey.  During your tenure at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, you will learn about your rights and how to protect them.  You will learn about service, but, most importantly, you will learn how to become a better servant to others.


Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said, "If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."  In making the law respectable, we must serve others, so that they may see our example and make similar choices.   We are hopeful that this principle will be an element of the foundation of your practice.


On Friday, August 14, 2009, we will have "Community Service Day" during your Orientation as a "1L" at the law school.   We hope that it will be the most rewarding segment of the week.   You have the opportunity to choose which community service event you would like to be involved in.  We ask that you start off your legal career by joining your fellow classmates in a day of service.


Congratulations on being accepted into our prestigious law school and we look forward to fellowshipping with you when you arrive.



Victor Revill
Student Bar Association President


Rachel Carmona
Student Bar Association Vice President

Purchasing a Laptop

The University's technology store, iTech Xpress, and the Brandeis School of Law have teamed up to offer recommended laptop configurations from Apple and Dell. Louisville Law students are not required to own a computer, but it is strongly recommended.  For more information and to purchase one of our recommended systems online, click here.

[Orientation] Orientation Information


Dear First Year Students:


Right now the School of Law staff members are busy planning your orientation program, which will take place on August 11, 12, 13 and 14. 


Tuesday, August 11, will include a welcome program in the morning to which friends and family are invited.  Later in the day, you'll get your campus picture IDs, attend a law school IT training session, get a tour of the campus and law building, get your locker keys, and do other nuts and bolts sorts of things. 


On Wednesday, August 12, you will attend several information sessions designed to prepare you for academic success in your first year of law school. 


Thursday, August 13, will include a class on Contracts (your assignments will be sent in advance) and an opportunity to meet your professors. 


And Friday, August 14, is your opportunity to participate in Orientation 2009 Community Service Day.  Your Student Bar Association officers have planned a number of service events and we hope you'll all choose to participate.  The community of Louisville will benefit from these projects but you'll benefit too, in two ways:  you'll feel good about your volunteer work and you'll get to know your workmates, i.e., your classmates and upper-level students, along with some faculty and staff members.  We'll have everything from litter pick-up in the park to serving meals at a shelter to painting walls at an animal rescue center to assembling care baskets for the Louisville Scholar house, a residential complex that offers affordable housing, education and child care for single-parents. 


And there's more.  So check back here for details and we'll keep you posted as plans progress.


Kathleen S. Bean

Professor of Law

Associate Dean, Student Life


Orientation Calendar


Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Application Deadline Today

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law is once again taking applications. Applications are available on TWEN under the course "Journal of Animal and Environmental Law."  The JAEL's main criteria for membership are excellent writing skills, strong interest, and good academic standing.  Therefore, candidates for membership will be evaluated on the quality of a submitted writing sample and a statement of interest. Positions are available for students who will be 2L's, 3L's, and 4L's during the 2009-2010 academic year.  We encourage both day and evening students to apply. While 1L's are asked to submit either the First Year Open Memo or Brief, 2L's and 3L's may submit a more recent document as a writing sample. Instructions for submission are provided on the applications. The deadline for applications is June 16th at 11pm. Please contact Rexéna Napier at or Algeria Ford at with any questions. We can't wait to read your application!