Student Life News

Want to learn a new language--and thereby develop your own legal niche--for free?

Attend the Information Session on Wednesday, October 23, from 12:00 to 12:45 in Room 275, to learn about prestigious summer language immersion fellowships available to professional students (you!). 


  • The Critical Language Scholarship is a summer only scholarship funded by the U.S. State Department and allows for students to study critical languages of national security interest.
  • The Boren Fellowship is funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and provides up to $30,000 for the graduate-level study of a critical language in a country of national security interest. 
  • Third-year law student Josh Hartsell, a Boren Fellowship award recipient, spent the past academic year in Seoul, Korea studying intensive Korean language and trade law and policy between the United States and Korea.  Josh will speak about his experience studying abroad and the application process.

This information session is co-sponsored by the International Law Society.  All students are invited to attend.  Lunch will be provided in Room 275 for attendees - catered by Safier Mediterranean Deli - while it lasts.

Next Brandeis "Brief" Break on October 31 - Guess the Pet!

The Brandeis Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is excited to be co-sponsoring the next Brandeis “Brief” Break with the Student Life Office.   SALDF and Student Life are hosting a fun contest in which law students must try to match a picture of a pet to its rightful owner.  Pictures of law school pets will be on display in the Mosaic Lobby on October 31.  Students can submit their guesses throughout the day up to 4:00 p.m. at the SALDF table.  From 3:30 to 4:30, enjoy an assortment of Krispy Creme doughnuts in the Mosaic Lobby before the big reveal.  The student with the most correct answers will win $50, plus a $100 donation will be made in the winning student's name to the animal charity of the winner's choosing. 

Can you guess which law school faculty or staff member owns me?  My name is Mindy and I was rescued almost two years ago by my adoptive parents.  Try and guess who on October 31!

Upcoming Information Sessions for Students

Mark your calendars for three upcoming information sessions designed to assist you as you plan for registration for Spring 2014 and beyond. 

  • On Wednesday, October 23, guest speakers Dr. Pat Condon and Emily Maiden from the University Office of National and International Scholarships, and 3L law student Josh Hartsell, will discuss opportunities that exist for Boren, FLAS, and Critical Language Scholarships and Fellowships.  This will be a 45-minute program beginning at noon in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.  See flyer for more information.  This program is co-sponsored by the International Law Society.
  • On Thursday, October 24, Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic, will discuss the opportunities that exist 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 seminar that will be offered during Spring Break week.  The program will begin at 12:05 in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.
  • On Tuesday, October 29, Professor Karen Jordan will provide a not-to-be-missed program on externship opportunities available to second- and third-year law students.  In spring 2014, law students will have an opportunity to participate in over 15 externships, including new externships with Beam Inc., Passport Health, General Electric, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, just to name a few.  You'll learn everything you need to know about how to apply for an externship and how to register for Spring 2014.  The program will begin at 12:05 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided.

As a reminder, registration for law students will begin the week of November 11.  All dates are posted on the Law School calendar.  Information regarding registration forms and deadlines will be posted soon in the Daily Docket.

*** IMPORTANT CHANGE *** Academic Success Workshop: FREE mini-massages and refreshments will be provided Thursday, October 17!


Gimme a Break! Catch your breath, relax and maintain a positive perspective.

Now that the Legal Research exam is over, take a break with a massage! Massage therapists will be available from 9:00a - 5:00p in the Washer Lounge on Thursday, October 17. You must sign up in the Academic Success Office (Office 212) for a slot. The sign-up sheet will be available beginning Wednesday 11:50a. (*Note: This Workshop is for 1L students only.)

Also, rather than a seminar format, we will be distributing information packets and goodie bags for our 4th Academic Success Workshop.  Please stop by the Academic Success Office (Office 212) and sign out a packet.  The packets will be available Wednesday afternoon beginning at 11:50a.

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18, 2013

Monday-Thursday - 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday - 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 



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  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!