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Give "Om" a Chance! Yoga every Monday and Wednesday at the Law School!

Research shows that yoga enhances concentration, boosts mood, aids learning & memory, develops strength & flexibility, supports relaxation, increases physical fitness & body awareness, and is fun

If you have not had an opportunity to attend a yoga class at the law school, it's not too late.  Beginning, January 28, 45-minute yoga classes will be offered every Monday and Wednesday at noon in the Washer Lounge.  The classes are free, no experience is required, and yoga mats are provided.  All you need is comfortable clothing.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsor: Notre Dame Law School

Criteria: All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate.  Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics.  Entries must be original, unpublished work. 

Deadline: April 26, 2013

Amount of award: A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for one winning entry.

Submission info:

To see a list of other writing competitions open to law students, go to

Documentation of U.S. Citizenship for KY Bar Application

The Kentucky Bar Application now requires all applicants to provide documentation of U.S. citizenship or immigration status.  If you are a U.S. citizen and were born in the United States, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will accept a certified copy of your birth certificate. You should obtain a certified copy from the appropriate government office in the state where you were born.

If you were born in Kentucky, you may request a certified copy of your birth certificate by phone, internet, mail, or in person.  The cost is $10 per copy.  Additional fees apply if you request a copy by phone or internet.  For more information, visit

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will not accept a hospital birth certificate, photocopies, notarized photocopies, or foreign birth certificates.

2013 KBA Writing Competition

The Kentucky Bar Association encourages UofL Law students to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition is open only to students at the three Kentucky law schools - UL, UK, and Chase! 

First ($1,000), second ($300), and third place ($200) awards will be given.  Entries must be received by June 1, 2013.

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the "General Format" section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at

Our very own Leah Rupp Smith won the 2012 KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law."   Let's continue the tradition for 2013!

Submission Information

Yoga on Wednesday

Research shows yoga enhances concentration, boosts mood, aids learning & memory, develops strength & flexibility, supports relaxation, increases physical fitness & body awareness, and is fun!  Don't miss the next yoga class today at noon in the Washer Lounge.  Mats are provided.  All you need is comfortable clothing. 

Feb 1 KY Bar Exam Application Deadline

The regular application filing deadline for the July 2013 KY Bar Exam is February 1. Please refer to the bar exam folder that you received on November 13 during the candor program for instructions on how to complete the application.  Please see Ms. Wolford (room 212) or Dean Ballard (room 216) if you have any questions.  To request a copy of your law school application, you may sign-up on the clipboard outside office 214.

Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Sponsor: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Criteria:  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domestic partners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation or fiduciary obligations. 

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Amount of award:  Two cash prizes of $1,500 for the top two submissions.  

Submission information: See competition rules.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Application

This scholarship is limited to Berks County, PA residents entering their second year of law school.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to deserving Berks County residents entering their second year at an accredited law school, who demonstrate financial need.  Applications may be submitted electronically between January 15 and April 1.  The application and instructions are available at

Yoga Tomorrow - Wednesday, Jan 16!

The next yoga class is on Wednesday, January 16, at noon, in the Washer Lounge.  No experience is required; mats are provided; and no matter what your level of fitness, yoga will help you feel better physically and mentally.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!

More Writing Competitions Added Daily

Remember to continue visiting the writing competitions page on the Law School website to learn about new contests.  The page is updated regularly and now includes information regarding the IADC 2013 Legal Writing Contest.

Sponsor: Int'l Association of Defense Counsel

General criteria: Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

Deadline: May 17, 2013

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

Submission information: