Attention Students Taking a February 2014 or July 2014 Bar Exam:
Several years ago the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) launched its Online Practice Exam (OPE) initiative - taking retired test MBE questions, having designated members of the test drafting committees write annotations explaining why each of the four options were correct or incorrect, and packaging the material in a 100-item format that simulates an actual half-day of MBE testing. A fourth OPE is now available. Please note the addition of a fourth OPE on the handout in your Bar Exam Folder that you received during the Candor Program on November 5.
Each of the four OPEs is offered on a subscription basis; that is, the individual student purchasing a subscription is entitled to revisit the content an unlimited number of times over the course of one year. Because the test is delivered online, it has interactive features that deliver useful feedback.
Authentic test preparation is available on the NCBE website at a modest cost of $50 per OPE.
On Thursday, November 14, the Law School was pleased to host representatives from the Dave Nee Foundation and the Kentucky Lawyers Assistance Program, and our very own Professor Jim Jones for a powerful and timely program to educate students on the signs of depression and where to get help. Our guest speakers were amazed by the turnout of students, faculty, and staff. We are very proud of the supportive community we have here at Brandeis.
If you were unable to attend the program, brochures created by the Dave Nee Foundation are available outside Office 214. To learn more about ways to help yourself or a friend who may be struggling with feelings of depression, visit http://www.lawlifeline.org/louisville/. If you are interested in learning more about Dave Nee and the Foundation created in his memory, you can watch a short video at http://www.daveneefoundation.com/history.
The International Law Society and Christian Law Society are honored to host Lyndsay Taylor with Sister Bridge this Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 12:00-4:00 pm in the Mosaic Lobby.
Sister Bridge is a wonderful organization that pairs with others in order to help women in developing nations. Last year ILS showed a documentary on the tragedy of human trafficking. This Wednesday we will get the opportunity to do something about it.
In the lobby, there will be hand made items including African cloth bags and home decor, Indonesian beaded jewelry and ornaments, and card sets from India. 100% of the funds goes directly to the women/artists, through specific missions organizations that Sister Bridge has partnered with.
After TODAY, the SBA Bookstore will be closed until next semester. If you would like to purchase some early Holiday gifts (t-shirts) or load up on K-cups, do so this week. If you forget and need to make a purchase, contact Dani Smith (TDani.Smith@gmail.com) and she will try to coordinate a time when you can make a purchase. Your SBA wishes you the best of luck on finals!
Tip #2: If you do not receive, or have not received, an e-mail like the one pictured below at your CardMail address within about an hour after submitting your practice test, you did something wrong. Try again following these instructions.
If you are planning to take a make-up exam this FALL semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 25.
If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
Space is still available at the Ky. Department of Public Advocacy and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission for the week of December 16 and we are opening up the projects to all students. If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact Jina Scinta ASAP to sign up. These projects would be a great opportunity for third year students who still need to complete their public service requirement. The projects are as follows:
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy-Education Branch Frankfort Office (most of the work can be done from home or Brandeis law library) - 2 Slots Available
The Education Branch needs two students to update legal training materials for training manuals. It is very likely students will get all 30 hours completed in a week for this project.
Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission - 1 Slot Available
(a) Goal Statements with Commission Board Members- as part of an annual review, we would like a student to call each of the board members and get both a review and a goal statement from them. From there, they should compile the information so that it is clear what we should continue doing, what needs work, what needs abandonment, and what new ventures we should involve ourselves with.
(b) Reconfiguration of handouts- the current handouts are separated by division within the department. We would like a condensed one.
You may be aware of the extraordinary number of lawyer suicides in Kentucky over the past couple of years, which has gained national attention. In our ongoing effort to provide information to our law school students across the state, and to put a halt this tragic trend, KYLAP has reached an agreement with the Dave Nee Foundation to present an informative program to educate students on the signs of depression and where to get help. They will present at the Brandeis School of Law on Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m.
Dave Nee was a brilliant law student who struggled silently with depression for many years, eventually committing suicide while in law school. The goal of the Dave Nee Foundation is to reach out to every law school in the country to "[e]ducate society (especially lawyers and law students) about the symptoms of depression in themselves and in friends and family so that they might recognize and not feel ashamed about seeking treatment."
KYLAP will be sponsoring a "Lunch and Learn" event at Brandeis today. A representative from the Foundation will share about Dave Nee’s life and then detail the signs and symptoms of depression. The representative will provide information on local mental health resources (including those provided by the University). Students will learn how to recognize the signs of stress/burnout, as well as be provided with general wellness tips. KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to lawyers in distress. Professor Jim Jones, the recipient of the 2013 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award, will also speak and will introduce the representative from the Dave Nee Foundation.
The program will take place in classroom 275.