Student Life News
The law school final exam period can be stressful. To help ease some stress and anxiety, Dean Ballard has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on FIVE separate days during the exam period.
Tuesday, April 22 10:00 – 1:00
Wednesday, April 23 11:00 – 6:00
Friday, April 25 10:00 – 2:00
Tuesday, April 29 10:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, April 30 10:00 – 2:00
Two massage therapists will be at the Law School on most days. You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too. Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just enjoy a break from studying while at the law school.
GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!
Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship
Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014. Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties. The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations. Students can earn 2 or 3 credits. Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum. Contact Professor Jordan for more information.
Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox
Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014. Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation. The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law). Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs. Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester. Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum. Contact Professor Jordan for more information.
Students - before finals begin, please remember to check your mailbox and recycle anything that you do not want to keep. Award certificates for students unable to attend the Awards Ceremony have been place in student mailboxes. So, please remember to mosey down to the basement to pick up your mail.
10:30-11 AM: Welcome & Wreath Laying on the portico at the law school's entrance
1-2:20 PM: Open Forum with Eugene Robinson and Enid Trucios-Haynes in Room 275
All members of the law school community are also welcome.
Slots remain available for a number of externship experiences for summer and fall 2014. Externships enhance your legal education by providing many opportunities not available in the classroom: opportunities to develop lawyering skills under the supervision of a licensed attorney serving as mentor and teacher, and to explore career options and make valuable contacts in the legal community. Also, earning externship credit during the summer semester frees up time for, and provides experience that may help with, employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters. Don’t wait until your last semester of law school to take advantage of these valuable experiences. Placements are available at the following sites:
Legal Aid Society
Children’s Law Center
Metro Gov’t (Office of the Mayor)
Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Administrative Hearing Div.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Fort Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
US Attorney’s Office
Jefferson County Circuit and Family Courts
Detailed information about opportunities and prerequisites is available on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.” You may also contact Professor Jordan for information, in office 287 or via email at email@example.com. Priority due date for pre-registration is Wednesday April 2nd.
The Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Fund will be used to make financial awards to students for whom payment of expenses related to Kentucky Bar Exam Review courses and related course materials would otherwise result in financial hardship.
Interested students must be currently enrolled (in good standing) or recent graduates of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. A recent graduate is defined for this purpose as someone who completed law school within one year of the bar exam review course for which support is being sought. Qualified students will be of high moral character, demonstrate excellent writing and analytical skills, and show a commitment to serious preparation for the Kentucky Bar Exam. A candidate’s grades will be taken into account as one factor, but not the primary factor for consideration. A successful candidate for an award must show that he or she cannot otherwise afford to pay for a Bar Exam Review Course and/or the Bar Exam review materials.
To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit the completed application and required documents to Dean Ballard by March 31.
For more information, and to access the application, click HERE.
The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director. Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case. The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.
This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court.
Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer and the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law. The Case fellowship is a paid fellowship that that involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court. The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate. Don't let these opportunities pass you by!
The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175. Lunch will be provided from The Cafe. Please bring your own drink.