Student Life News

Let the Pawsitive Energy Be With You!

Morgan, Howdy, Ziggy, Jade, Phoenix, and Oliver wish all law students good luck on their final exams.  They enjoyed visiting with everyone yesterday and look forward to seeing you again in the spring!



Complimentary Massages for Law Students during Final Exams

The law school final exam period can be stressful.  To help ease some stress and anxiety, the Student Life Office has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on the following four days during exams:

MONDAY, Dec. 2:  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, Dec. 3:  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, Dec. 5:  11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY, Dec. 9:  10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Two massage therapists will be at the Law School each day.  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.


Final Brandeis "Brief" Break Today!

To help ease some of your stress, the law school is going to the dogs today!  Ziggy, Howdy, Bella and Jade have a knack for making people feel “pawsitive” and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will join a group of therapy dogs here at the law school to bring you some pawsitive energy!  The dogs are from the non-profit group Pawsibilities Unleashed.

Please stop by to visit at least once (if not more) whenever you need a study break!  The following certified therapy dogs are excited to meet you:  Bella (Newfoundland), Jade (Plott Hound), Phoenix (Sheltie), Ciara (Husky mix), Ziggy (Goldendoodle), Morgan (Yellow Lab), and Howdy (Labradoodle).  Some will be making special visits to classrooms today to greet you.

Power of Pawsitive Thinking

Ziggy, Howdy, Bella and Jade have a knack for making people feel “pawsitive” and on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will join a group of therapy dogs here at the law school to help ease your stress as you gear up for final exams. The dogs are from the non-profit group Pawsibilities Unleashed, and they all look forward to meeting you tomorrow.

Final Brandeis "Brief" Break on Thursday - Paws for the Law!

Anxious about final exams?  We understand that the next few weeks are going to be a high-pressure period.  To help ease some of your stress, the law school is going to the dogs this Thursday!  We've invited some of the cutest, cuddliest, and well-mannered certified therapy dogs from Pawsibilities Unleashed, a non-profit group based in Kentucky, to the law school. 

If you have classes on Thursday, or if you are in the building studying for your upcoming final exams, we hope you will take a few minutes to visit and play with these special pooches.  We hope that the stress of looming exams will be lifted for a couple of hours! 

The following certified therapy dogs are excited to meet you:  Bella (Newfoundland), Jade (Plott Hound), Phoenix (Sheltie), Ciara (Husky mix), Ziggy (Goldendoodle), Morgan (Yellow Lab), and Howdy (Labradoodle).  

Dave Nee Program

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  If you are interested in learning more about Dave Nee and the Foundation created in his memory, you can watch a short video at




Sister Bridge hosted by ILS and CLS

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.

For more information check out: or email Deanna Mulhall at

2014-15 Humane Studies Fellowships up to $15,000

The Humane Studies Fellowship ( from the Institute for Humane Studies provides annual scholarships of up to $15,000 toward your academic pursuits in legal studies. It is open to current full-time graduate students (including law students) from accredited universities anywhere in the world whose research interests are related to ideas of a free society.

Unlike other scholarships, an HSF also provides individual advising and an extensive support network to help ensure academic success both before and after you receive your degree.

For more information and to apply online please explore the HSF website at:

Third-Year Law Student Profiled in Student Lawyer Magazine

The Law School is thrilled to announce that Sean Dennis was selected by the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer publication to be profiled in its Head of Class column in the October 2013 publication.  Sean is a third-year law student with a diverse background.

Sean graduated from The Citadel in 2002.  He then went on to earn his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  After graduating from seminary, Sean received orders to serve as a chaplain in the 101st Airborne Division.  He spent more than one year in Iraq in a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley.  He has counseled innumerable soldiers suffering from PTSD.  

Sean is now President of the Christian Law Society at the Brandeis School of Law.  He is a father, a military veteran, and a great classroom leader. 

We congratulate Sean on this great recognition!

Pictured above: Sean, Joanna, Caroline (4) and Charlotte (2).

Apply Now for the Spring 2014 Law Clinic!

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Santry.  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.

To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. This 3- or 4-credit class meets the skills graduation requirement.

For more information about the Law Clinic visit:

To apply, please email your:
1.  unofficial transcript,
2.  resume, and
3.  a short statement of interest
to: by November 7, at 5:00 pm.