Student Life News

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.

Multicultural Law Student Association Interest Meeting

Please join us for the first interest meeting of the Multicultural Law Student Association.  This organization seeks to raise awareness of the culturally diverse community that the legal community serves.  Attend this interest meeting to find out how you can become better prepared to work in our diverse community, and to meet your fellow classmates with culturally diverse background.  Dean Duncan, Professor Abramson and several of the organization founders will be attending and they look forward to meeting you.  All students are welcome to attend.  There will also be free food.

Friday September 20 at 1:00PM in room 175

Brandeis "Brief" Break - Today (9/19) from 3:30 to 4:30!

Congratulations!  You have completed five weeks of classes.  It's time to celebrate and to take a well-deserved mini-break.

Join your fellow classmates and the faculty and staff of the law school and take a few minutes on Thursday for a brief respite.  Put the books down and come to the Mosaic Lobby.  Grab an ice cream bar and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., so come when you get out of class at 3:40 or 4:05, or come before you go to class at 4:15! 

Arrive early to grab your favorite ice cream treat: Snickers, Twix, Milky Way, Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond, Frozen Fruit, Minute Maid Soft Frozen Lemonade, Yoplait Greek Yogurt, Klondike, Nestle's Toll House; and Skinny Cow!

Student Communications Specialist

The Brandeis School of Law is seeking to hire a student to assist with promoting the various accomplishments of members of the law school community.  The student will be responsible for interviewing various law faculty, students, and alumni about their current projects/accomplishments and drafting short stories for publication on the law school’s website and communications materials. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication and writing skills. This paid position requires 4-8 hours per week. Please submit a letter of interest, short writing sample, and resume via email to: Professor McNeal at laura.mcneal@louisville.eduAll application materials must be received by September 20th. Feel free to contact Professor McNeal via email with any questions regarding the responsibilities associated with this position.

Flexner Forum on Legal Ethics - Today (9/18) at 12:10

Professor Grace Giesel will speak on “The Story of Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion 435:  The Ethics of Plea Bargains That Waive Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.”  This Inaugural Flexner Forum on Legal Ethics will be Wednesday, September 18, 12:10-12:55 p.m. in Room 175.  The entire Law School community is invited, and pizza will be served.  Professor Giesel is the author of KBA Ethics Opinion 435, which is the subject of a legal challenge being argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court at our Law School (Allen Courtroom) on Thursday, September 19 (the next day).  Come to hear our distinguished legal ethics expert talk about this important case in which she’s involved.

Massages at Health Promotion Office Started Sept 16!

As a law student at the University of Louisville, you may take advantage of the massages offered through the Health Promotion Office on MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, and WEDNESDAYS during the fall semester beginning on September 16. 

Start date:  Monday, September 16

30-minute appointments available from noon to 3:00

To schedule an appointment and pay, visit, OR sign up at the reception desk in the Health Promotion Office.  The Health Promotion Office is located in the Student Services Annex between Houchens and the Student Activities Center.