Student Life News

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 www.ncbex.org 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 Jude Wolford, Academic Success Director, in Office 212, or Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, in Office 216.

Free Flu Shots on October 8 for Law Students, Faculty, and Staff

Mark your calendar.  Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots on Monday, October 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.

Student Life Information Session: Externship Opportunities

Soon it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for spring 2013.  To help you plan, the Student Life Office is sponsoring a series of information sessions this fall designed to provide information regarding several opportunities you have as a law student to enrich your legal education.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this November.  The next Information Session will focus on externship opportunities available to you as a law student. 

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in an externship in spring 2013, please join us on Tuesday, October 9, to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.   

Get answers to your questions before the November registration period.  Information will be provided relating to the following externships: TaxJudicial; Legal Aid Society; and the Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney, the Public Defender, and the County Attorney

The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees. (*Note:  Information regarding the Immigration Externship, the Law Clinic, and the Entrepreneurship Clinic will be provided at the October 23 Information Session.)

Law Resource Center Closed Friday, September 21, 2012

The Law Resource Center will be closed Friday, September 21, 2012.  If you have an urgent request, please contact Ms. Barbara Thompson at bthompson@louisville.edu or Ms. Janet Sullivan at janet.sullivan@louisville.edu.

 

Fresh Start Fridays Continues this Week!

Feeling stressed?  Don't forget about Fresh Start Fridays!

To provide students a little stress relief and relaxation at the end of the week, a massage therapist from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering free, 10- to 15-minute chair massages to law students every Friday this semester from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Washer Lounge.  Treat yourself this Friday and every Friday as you end your week and re-organize for the following week.

Although no appointment is needed, students may stop by the Washer Lounge to sign-up for a time in advance.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the door. 

Study Abroad Information Session - Today (Sept 20)

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student. 

Rebecca Simms, a 2009 law graduate, will speak about her summer study abroad experience in Strasbourg, France.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program.  Jacob Sims, President of the International Law Society, will speak about other law students’ experiences abroad.

The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 177.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

Brandeis "Brief" Break - Today (Sept 20)!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" Break!

The law faculty and staff look forward to seeing students at the first Brandeis "Brief" Break this semester.  We hope you can join your fellow classmates for a brief respite.  Come to the Cox Faculty Lounge, and grab a cupcake and coffee and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 4:00 - 4:40 p.m. 

This year, these gatherings are being expanded in another way to hopefully engage our local bar with our law school and students.  To that end, Grover Potts of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs is visiting the law school and will meet with our faculty and students.  Mr. Potts is a graduate of UofL Law, and he is looking forward to meeting you at the Brandeis "Brief" Break.

Brandeis "Brief" Break on Thursday!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" Break!

The law faculty and staff look forward to seeing students at the first Brandeis "Brief" Break this semester.  We hope you can join your fellow classmates for a brief respite on Thursday.  Come to the Cox Faculty Lounge, and grab a cupcake and coffee and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 4:00 - 4:40 p.m.   

Study Abroad Information Session - Thursday, Sept 20

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student this Thursday, September 20.  Rebecca Simms, a 2009 law graduate, will speak about her summer study abroad experience in Strasbourg, France.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program.  Jacob Sims, President of the International Law Society, will speak about other law students’ experiences abroad.

The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 177.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

External Writing Competitions Open to Law Students

Students:  Don't forget to check the Student Life website for information regarding writing competitions open to law students.  https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044  There are typically cash prizes awarded that may range from $500 to $5,000.  Currently, we have information posted for the Securities Law Writing Competition ($5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 cash prizes); the American College of Legal Medicine's Writing Competition (1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes); the Public Land & Resources Writing Competition (1,000, $500, and $250 cash prizes); and the Planning and Law Division Writing Competition ($2,500, $500, and $250 cash prizes).  Most of the submission deadlines are in 2013, so you have plenty of time to polish your work!  Writing competition information is also posted on the bulletin board outside classroom 275.