Student News

SALDF Meeting!

Please join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for our first meeting of the semester on Monday, Aug. 24th in Room 177 from 12pm to 1pm! We will be discussing our trip to the annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon as well our upcoming events for the year. SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. We are excited about the events we have planned for this year and hope to see you on Monday!

Law School Ranks High Among Best Values

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is ranked #18 in The National Jurist's "Best Value Law Schools".

In its September 2009 issue, the magazine identified 65 law schools that are both affordable and prepare students well to compete in today's job market. The criteria included tuition, employment statistics, and bar passage rates. 

 

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Get to Know Your Professors:  The faculty members at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law are top notch legal scholars and teachers, and they also provide valuable insight into how you can be successful.  Be sure to meet with each of your professors at least once during the semester.  Utilize their office hours to clarify points of the law or to follow up on a class discussion.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Taking Effective Notes in Class:  Avoid simply rewriting information about the cases that is already contained in your case briefs.  Instead, simply correct or add to your briefs so that they accurately reflect what your professor and classmates are saying about the case.  If you use this technique, you will likely be more engaged in the professor's lecture.  For more tips, attend the Workshop this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275.

SALDF Meeting!!

Please join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for our first meeting of the semester on Monday, Aug. 24th in Room 177 from 12pm to 1pm! We will be discussing our trip to the annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon as well our upcoming events for the year. SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law. We are excited about the events we have planned for this year and hope to see you on Monday!

Flood Relief Fund

The law school has started a Flood Relief Fund to provide assistance to some of our students who were adversely affected by the flood that occurred on Tuesday, August 4. 

If you'd like to contribute, please contact either Vickie Tencer, Bob Micou or Matt Williams. If you've been affected and would like to request assistance, please contact Vickie Tencer by email or by phone at 502.852.6092.

 

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More Resources:

This information appeared in the Courier-Journal and may be helpful. Numbers to call:

  • For food, clothing or other services: 311 (metro government)
  • For special request of the Red Cross: 589-4450
  • To volunteer through the United Way: 292-6107
  • For help from the United Way: 292-6115
  • Metro United Way's Volunteer Engagement Center is recruiting standby volunteers, age 18 and older, to respond quickly to flood cleanup needs in the community.
  • Anyone wishing to join the volunteer standby list should register at www.metrounitedway.org/volunteer or call 292-6107.
  • People who require assistance who lack physical or financial capacity to handle flooding cleanup should call 292-6115 or register online. They will be contacted by representatives of the member organizations of Kentucky and Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.
  • If you have suffered damage and would like to request aid from the university, or if you would like to volunteer your time and effort to help victims, send an email to Tammy Lawson.

Community Service Day Photo Gallery

More than 100 students from the Brandeis School of Law volunteered their time Aug. 14 as part of “Community Service Day,” a new, optional program offered as part of the school’s student orientation. Activities also are planned for Aug. 15.

Volunteer opportunities ranged from trash pick-up and dog walking to painting and yard work. The Student Bar Association-organized program included nine different agencies in the Louisville area.

The community service option seemed to be a welcome addition to the orientation program, said Kathleen Bean, professor and associate dean for Student Life at the law school.

“We had 109 of 142 students sign up in advance and a few added themselves after they got here,” she said.

Read the full story, Law school students embrace community service, and view more photos.

Operation Brightside Volunteers
Operation Brightside Volunteers Clean Up Central Park
Family Scholar House Volunteers Donated Cleaning Supplies
Volunteers Bag Donations for the Family Scholar House Donated Cleaning Supplies
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Volunteers
Ross Neuhauser, Ross Jordan, Jeremy Climer, Ryan Anderson, Jackie Clowers, Alex White, John Friend and Virginia M. Smith volunteered at Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Volunteers
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

New Student Printing Policy

Effective at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, law students may now purchase additional printing credit to supplement their 500-page per semester allotment.  Printing credit must be purchased in 100-page increments for five dollars ($5) each in the Law Resource Center, room 272.

NOTE: Additional printing credit purchased in the Law Resource Center will not be available until the next business day after purchase.

The full, new Student Printing Policy is available at www.law.louisville.edu/it/policies/printing.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Don't make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams! 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Start Your Day Early and On Time

 

The work day typically begins between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and so should your study day.  A good rule of thumb is to spend three hours studying (outside of class) for every hour of class time.  This translates into between 45 and 50 hours per week studying pre-class and post-class (30 to 38 hours if you are in the part-time program).  Considering the number of hours you will spend studying, it may not be possible to get everything done in the evening, even if you are a "night owl."  Night time studying may have worked in college, in part, because you rarely spent 40 to 50 hours preparing for classes.  So, try to start your study day early and work during the daylight hours.