Student News

Congratulations to This Year's Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team Members

Congratulations to Ben Basil, Heather Sidwell and Kristen Staley for being chosen to represent our school as this year's Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team!  The team will compete in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City in the spring.

The Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Team Selects members!

Congratulations to Marilyn Osborne, Whitney True, Chris Arnold and Richard Williams for making the Trademark Moot Court team!

Law School Sustainability Committee

The Law School is starting a Sustainability Committee of students, faculty, and staff to develop ways to make the Law School environment and practices more environmentally sustainable.  Sustainability is a focus of major efforts on campus, and this Committee will have Law School-focused activities and also will work with University-wide sustainability efforts.  If you are interested in participating, please let either Dean Arnold, (Room 213), or Dean Bean, (Room 216) know of your interest.  The Committee will form and start planning activities in early January, after the Spring semester begins.

Kaplan PMBR Table Day

Kaplan PMBR table will be on TUESDAY, November 2nd, from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by for PIZZA at Noon!!!
1/2Ls lock-in your Kaplan PMBR tuition rates with a discounted deposit of $25—only available at the table!
3Ls lock-in your rates with a $150 deposit—only available at the table!
Taking November MPRE? Enroll for our FREE, online MPRE Course—no deposit on file is required. It is available NOW at!
Pick-up your free MPRE book at the table on TUESDAY. It is also available as a PDF on your student account—get started today.
1Ls utilize our FREE Civil Procedure Qbank at
Prices INCREASE after November 12th! Questions? Contact Jenn Murzyn at or Leslye Swigert at

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.