Student Life News

Update on Study Abroad Opportunities

The law school is working hard to establish more student study abroad opportunities.  Currently, opportunities are available in France (University of Montpellier), Germany (EBS Law School), Canada (Universite Laval), and England (University of East Anglia).  The Chair of the International Committee has reached an agreement in principle with the University of Luxembourg and is working to renew an exchange relationship with the University of Leeds in England.  In addition, the International Committee is working towards establishing an exchange relationship in Spain (University Carlos III Madrid), and have had very preliminary discussions with law schools in Ireland and Italy.  There may also be some short term opportunities to study in Russia, Germany, or Finland.  In other words, some opportunities are “definite” and others are “in the works.”  We hope to finalize most of these opportunities by the end of the calendar year, if possible.

For semester-long or year-long study abroad opportunities, you would pay your normal tuition here, and would have the right to study at the foreign law school without paying tuition.  Thus, you would have your normal financial aid package available to you.  Of course, you would have increased costs for travel to and from the foreign institution, and would also need to arrange your housing, food, etc.  In some instances, foreign law schools have dorms available to you.  In the case of the University of Montpellier, the law school is located in the pedestrian district in the heart of the city, and you can live in the ancient part of the city, if you wish.

At this point, we are seeking to identify students who might be thinking about studying abroad next year.  It is useful to have discussions now so that you are aware of law school and ABA requirements, and can plan your schedule (both here and abroad accordingly).  You will want to make sure that you take the courses here and abroad that you will need to graduate.  For your foreign study, you will have to comply with ABA requirements so that you can apply the credits towards your UL degree.  If you would like information about the requirements, please contact Dean Ballard.  If you would like information about the exchange opportunities (e.g., which schools, what you can study, etc.), please contact Professor Weaver.  He can talk to you about the universities, whether you can study in English or need to be fluent in a foreign language, and whether you can simply earn credits or whether it is also possible to earn a degree.

Please also plan to attend the Study Abroad Information Sessions on October 23 and January 17. 

MPRE Score Reports - A Reminder!

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, and most other states, require students applying to sit for the bar exam to enter your passing score, or provide a copy of the score report, on you bar application.  When you receive your MPRE results, it is very important that you print a copy for your records.  When you apply for the bar exam six months or a year later, your score report will have been deleted and you may have to request (and pay a fee for) a duplicate report from the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  Save time and money and be sure to print your passing score for your records as soon as you receive your results.  August 2013 scores will be available only until November 4.

Study Abroad Opportunity for Upper-Division Students: Spring Break in Finland with Prof Cross

Looking for a way to spend spring break traveling abroad while earning academic credit?   If so, consider enrolling in the special course in “United States Intellectual Property Law in a World Perspective,” which will be taught by Professor John Cross in Turku, Finland, from March 10 to 14, 2014.  This is an intensive, one-hour course that meets for two and one-half hours per day Monday through Friday of spring break week.  The examination will take place after you return to the United States.

The course is actually part of the English-language program offered by the University of Turku Faculty of Law.  The program draws students from all over Europe, as well as some students from Africa and China.  However, because of the long-standing relationship between our School of Law and the University of Turku, they have agreed to open the course up to our students.  Upper-division law students would enroll for the course during ordinary spring semester registration here at UofL, and all credit will be awarded by UofL.  Permission of the instructor is required for registration

A student who completes the course would not be precluded from taking our course in Intellectual Property Law (Law 967).  On the other hand, successful completion of the special course would satisfy the prerequisite for these courses that require students to have taken Law 967.

In addition to the one hour of tuition, students would be responsible for paying for travel to and from Finland and their accommodations for the week.  Airfare to Helsinki is currently about $1,000 roundtrip.  As far as accommodations, we have arranged to have students stay at the university guesthouse, which offers rooms for about $30 per night.  Students could also opt to stay in one of several nearby hotels (which offer the advantage of providing breakfast as part of your room rate).  Professor Cross would be happy to discuss travel and accommodation options with anyone interested in taking part.  No visa is required for short-term study in Finland.

So pack up your swimsuit (for the sauna, of course—there is likely still to be snow on the ground in March in Finland) and spend your spring break doing something productive.

October 8 - National Expert to Speak at 12:10 and Annual State of the Law School at 1:00 - Both in Room 275

Personal Ethics v. Professional Ethics?
Do you ever think about what you would do if your personal beliefs conflicted with your professional responsibilities?  One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, will address these issues in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 275.  Pizza will be served.  An unrelated Town Hall meeting of students and the administration will take place immediately after Dean Morant's lecture, also in 275.  His lecture is "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations."  His bio is at http://law.wfu.edu/faculty/profile/morantbd/  Please join the entire Law School community as Dean Morant explores these important issues.

Annual State of the Law School and Town Hall - October 8

The Second Annual State of the Law School and Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. in room 275.  Dean Duncan will give the State of the Law School Address followed by a question and answer session.  We hope to see you there!

Tuesday - National Expert to Speak at Law School

Personal Ethics v. Professional Ethics?

Do you ever think about what you would do if your personal beliefs conflicted with your professional responsibilities?  One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, will address these issues in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 275.  Pizza will be served.  An unrelated Town Hall meeting of students and the administration will take place immediately after Dean Morant's lecture, also in 275.  His lecture is "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations."  His bio is at http://law.wfu.edu/faculty/profile/morantbd/  Please join the entire Law School community as Dean Morant explores these important issues.

Personal Ethics v. Professional Ethics? National Expert Explores the Issues in School-wide Lecture

Do you ever think about what you would do if your personal beliefs conflicted with your professional responsibilities?  One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, will address these issues in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 275.  Pizza will be served.  An unrelated Town Hall meeting of students and the administration will take place immediately after Dean Morant's lecture, also in 275.  His lecture is "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations."  His bio is at http://law.wfu.edu/faculty/profile/morantbd/  Please join the entire Law School community as Dean Morant explores these important issues.

Study Abroad Survey

The Law School's International Committee, chaired by Professor Russ Weaver, needs your help.  The Committee would like students' input on existing study abroad opportunities and students' interest in participating in foreign study abroad during law school. 

If you have not already done so, please take 5 minutes to complete a short survey (InstaPoll) on TWEN to help the International Committee develop a strategic plan for our law students with respect to study abroad.  The course name is International Law Committee - Study Abroad Survey.  The Committee will begin analyzing student feedback this week, and ask that students please complete the quick survey by Friday, October 4.  Thank you in advance for your help.

International Committee Members:  Professors Russ Weaver, John Cross, and Manning Warren, and law students Kathryn Ball and Isaac Fain.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at the LBA

Thursday, October 10
3-5 p.m.

Please join the Louisville Bar Association as it celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, hosted by the LBA’s Diversity Committee and the Lee A. Webb Latino Legal Clinic Committee.

The program will take place at the Bar Center (600 W. Main St., Ste. 110) and includes a FREE screening of the documentary film “A Class Apart."

Following the film, the first Lee A. Webb Award will be presented to a deserving LBA member and outstanding advocate for the local Hispanic/Latino community.  Refreshments will also be served.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition - Tryouts this Thursday

It's not too late.  Tryout slots are still open for the ACTL National Trial Competition, the premier trial advocacy competition for law students.  The Moot Court Board has approved funding for up to two teams.

Tryouts will be held on October 3, in the Hebel Court Room. Students can still sign up for a time to tryout on the Moot Court Board Office door. Students must prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem. A link to the Southern Comfort Life Insurance Co. problem is below. Your opening statement or closing argument should not last longer than 10 minutes. Please also bring a copy of your resume.

The ACTL competition is a SPRING competition. The regional trial competition is held in mid to late February. The top two teams from each Region will compete at the National Competition, which is held in Austin, Texas from March 26-30. Students will receive two credit hours in the spring for participating in the competition, and an additional hour of credit if a team advances to the National Competition.  Participation as a third-year law student will also satisfy the Capstone Course requirement for the Litigation Skills Certificate Program. Questions? Contact Kim Lynch Balkcom (Kim.Lynch@Louisville.edu), Matthew McClinton (Matthew.McClinton@louisville.edu) or Dean Ballard.

Try out problem: http://www.tyla.org/tasks/sites/tyla/assets/File/NTC_Regional_Problem_2010_rev_01-25-10.pdf