Student Life News

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 (, Matthew McClinton ( or Dean Ballard.

Try out problem: 

Free Flu Shots on Wednesday

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to administer flu shots on October 2, at two different times:

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please remember to bring your University id card. Flu shots are free for law students, faculty, and staff.  Nurses will be stationed in the Washer Lounge for both sessions and will have a release form that you can complete in line.

Short Survey for Students on Study Abroad - We need your input!

Attention Law Students:  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.  

Please take 5 minutes to complete a short survey 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.

Free Flu Shots at the Law School on Wednesday!

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to administer flu shots on October 2, at two different times:

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Please remember to bring your University id card. Flu shots are free for law students, faculty, and staff.  Nurses will be stationed in the Washer Lounge for both sessions.


Information Regarding RSO Summit Meetings

If your RSO attended the Summit on September 20, you are in good standing.  If your student organization did not attend, please note that the last two RSO Summit meetings will be held on Monday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 2 from 12pm to 1pm in the HSC Instructional Building Room 102.

A free boxed lunch will be provided for everyone who pre-registers for these meetings.

Any RSO that did not attend the Summit on Sept. 20 must send a representative to one of these meetings to stay in Good Standing. These will be the last Summits for the Fall semester; if your RSO cannot attend, it will have to go on Probation until the Spring Summit.

If you are not sure whether your RSO has attended a Summit or have questions about your RSO’s status, please contact Victoria Spencer, Graduate Assistant to Recognized Student Organizations.

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls

First-year students are reminded to attend a mandatory information and training session on using Exam4 at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26, in room 275. Lunch will NOT be provided for this session. Students may bring their laptops but are not required to. Even if you are not planning to use your computer to take exams this semester, all 1Ls must attend this session.

2013 Lost & Found Inventory (September)

Lost and Found Items are located in Room 272, the Law Resource Center.

Admission to the Bar - A Reminder from the Student Handbook

"As soon as possible after deciding to study law, a student is urged to investigate the rules governing admission to the bar in the state in which he or she intends to practice. The rules of many states require registration upon beginning the study of law.  Compliance with bar admission requirements is the sole responsibility of the student."

If you are planning to take the bar exam in another state, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at to learn about the requirements to sit for a particular state's bar exam.  Each state is different, and the requirements can change often.  For example, in May 2012, the Chief Judge of New York announced a 50 hour pro bono requirement for admission to the bar in New York.  The rule applies to those who are admitted on or after January 1, 2015. 

If you have questions pertaining to requirements to sit for a bar exam, please see Laura Grubbs, Academic Success Director, in Office 212, or Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, in Office 216.

$500 Award for Professional Students - Deadline Oct. 11

Professional students are invited to apply for the 11th Annual M. Celeste Nichols Award to support academic and professional enrichment beyond normal graduate program expenses. The award will be given in November at the U of L Women’s Center Elizabeth Cady Stanton Luncheon. Examples of activities eligible for funding include:

  • Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for an academic conference at which the recipient will present a paper or attend as a participant.
  • Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for attendance at a leadership institute.
  • Expenses related to creating or staging a significant work in the visual or performing arts as part of the student’s professional education.
  • Costs associated with submitting an article or articles for publication.
  • (Note:  Membership dues to any organizations will not be accepted)

The application deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.  Review the criteria and application (attached below) for more information.

24 Hour Building Access


If you have issues accessing the building via the Library entrance after normal business hours using your Cardinal Card, please contact Maggie Bratcher at   She will need your name and student id number.