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Academic Credit for Summer Judicial Externships

Students in good academic standing and who have completed the 1L curriculum may earn academic credit for a summer judicial externship.  Judicial Externships provide students with many opportunities not available in a classroom: observing lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system at work; developing research and writing skills, and applying doctrine learned in law school; assessing the skills and styles of attorneys and judges; analyzing the effectiveness of the legal system; and networking and developing as a member of the legal profession.  To earn two credit hours, students must devote 104 hours to externship field work (generally 16 hours per week for 6.5 weeks).  The time is spent observing courtroom proceedings, discussing issues with the supervising judge or court personnel, or worrking on research and writing projects.  Students may arrange an externship with any judge.  For more information, contact Professor Karen Jordan at karen.jordan@louisville.edu.

Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration remains open for externships for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Externships allow students to earn academic credit for time spent observing and performing legal work at various placement sites away from the law school.  Externships allow students to (1) develop lawyering skills and professional identity while working as part of a team of legal providers serving real clients; (2) network with lawyers and judges in the community; (3) learn new law, or reinforce understanding of legal concepts learned in the classroom; (4) learn about specific practice settings, including how lawyers balance expectations and tensions; and (5) assess possible career paths.

The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students.  Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work.  Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work.  For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work.  For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

Pre-registration remains open for the KIP course for 2015-16.  Any student in good academic standing who has completed the 1L curriculum is eligible to participate.  The course is taught by an attorney and an investigator with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Students work in teams to explore whether KIP clients have a basis for exoneration or other post-conviction relief, and learn fundamental investigative and case management skills that are relevant and helpful to any practice setting.  Teams are expected to locate, gather, and examine information relevant to the process that led to a client’s conviction (e.g., courthouse files, trial attorney notes and materials, etc.): to explore potential arguments supporting a claim for relief; and to engage in investigatory work that might bring to light supporting evidence.  The work will include client and witness interviews, and may involve drafting motions and accompanying arguments.  The externship includes a classroom component, and requires enrollment in both fall and spring semesters.  For more information, please see the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Journal of Law and Education Application Period Open

The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume.The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume. Applications are due May 15th, so you will have plenty of time after finals. If you have any questions, please contact Annale Renneker at annale.renneker@louisville.edu. 

NOTE: After talking with the editors of the other law journals, we have agreed to send out offers on the same day. Instead of May 19, as the application states, offers will be sent on May 24th. 

 

Student Bar Foundation Board Positions Available

The Student Bar Foundation is looking for new Board members for next year! Available postitions include: Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Fundraising Chair, and Public Relations Chair. This is a great opportunity to gain experience serving on a charitable Board. SBF raises money for fellowships that are then given to students who volunteer their time for public interest work. Also, this looks fantastic on your resume! Please submit applications (attached) and resumes by Friday, April 17 at 5pm to Felicia Marple at feliciamarple@gmail.com. Please send an email with any questions you may have!

ELLUS Board positions AVAILABLE

There are a few Board positions available for the Environmental Law and Land Use Society (ELLUS) for the 2015-16 school year. Open positions include Secretary/Director of Communications, Treasurer/Director of Finance, and Director of Public Relations.  If you are interested in one of these positions, please send an email to ellus.brandeis@gmail.com.

Summer Positions with UofL General Counsel’s Office

The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel has two positions available for the summer. One is a paid position and the other is a public service opportunity.

Paid Position - Temporary Paralegal. The General Counsel's Office is in need of a temporary litigation paralegal through the summer. They are looking for someone who has a paralegal background or comparable experience. Interested students should send their resume to Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu by Tuesday, April 21.

Public Service Opportunity - The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel is now a pre-approved public service placement. They are looking for a student to assist with research, preparing discovery responses and interview questions for witnesses. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary public service paperwork.

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy E-Town Office Needs Intern

The Elizabethtown Office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for summer of 2015.  Hours can be counted toward the public service requirement.

Duties will include accompanying attorneys to their jail visits, interview clients and witnesses, collect
physical evidence, go on investigative runs for records and/or service of subpoenas,
photograph various locations, assist on large rule days, perform some clerical duties,
conduct legal research, draft memos and assist in jury trials. Trial office internships are
generally fast-paced with a good deal of client interaction.

For more information and how to apply, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Deadline Extended for Legal Aid Society Equal Justice Works Intern

The Legal Aid Society is looking for a law student to assist with their Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans. Student can begin working at any time.
Student may recieve a $1,175 education award as part of their internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnerhsip with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Monday, April 20. Log on to Symplicity for additional information and how to apply.

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, April 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, May 1.

Students interested in attending the training on April 30 and/or going on the jail visit on May 1, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, April 20. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.
Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.