Student Life News

Need Registration Advising? Upper-Division Students May Begin Submitting Registration Paperwork on Monday, Oct 29

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Are you interested in taking non-law graduate level courses?  
 
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students beginning October 29.  Make an appointment in advance (using the clipboard outside Dean Ballard's office) to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2013 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  Dean Ballard will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  

All registration paperwork is due by November 8, 2012.  Registration instructions and forms are available online at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/registration-forms.  The Spring 2013 schedule, course notes, and exam calendar are also available online at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules

 

$5,000 Essay Contest

Public Justice is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest.  This year’s topic is:  “Is Democracy for Sale?  Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok?  Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?  Can funding disclosure be required?”

The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter.  The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school.  The intent-to-enter deadline is January 31, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013.  Attached are the poster, intent-to-enter form, and contest rules and criteria.

On average, the Public Justice Foundation receives between 10 to 15 entries per year.  All Brandeis School of Law students should consider entering the contest! 

Fresh Start Fridays - Free Massages Today!

Today is Friday!  If you are feeling stressed, stop by the Washer Lounge and treat yourself to a free massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Scholarships Available for 43rd Annual Advanced ALI CLE Course of Study Cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute

ALI CLE has approved a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to allow deserving law students to attend the ALI CLE Course of Study, Environmental Law, to be held Wednesday – Friday, February 6 – 8, 2013, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

For a PDF file of the announcement describing this course, please click on the following link: http://files.ali-cle.org/pdf/2013-CU026scholarship-flyer.pdf.  More information can also be found at http://www.ali-cle.org/CU026.

ALI CLE will accept scholarship nominations from across the country for full-time students currently matriculated in law school on a first-come basis. Additional students will be able to watch the live video webcast of the course.  Unfortunately, no funds are available to defray students’ travel and on-site expenses in connection with this course.

The ALI CLE will feature over 15 hours of instruction, particularly looking at environmental law under the post-election administration including legislative initiatives, regulatory changes, and recent judicial decisions. 

If you would like to be nominated, please contact Dean Ballard by November 1, 2012, to prepare a nomination.

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest - $5,000 Award

Public Justice is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest.  This year’s topic is:  “Is Democracy for Sale?  Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok?  Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?  Can funding disclosure be required?”

The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter.  The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school.  The intent-to-enter deadline is January 31, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013.  Attached are the poster, intent-to-enter form, and contest rules and criteria.

On average, the Public Justice Foundation receives between 10 to 15 entries per year.  All Brandeis School of Law students should consider entering the contest! 

Final Information Session on Thursday

On Thursday, October 25, at noon, in Room 175, Dr. Patricia Condon, Director of the University's Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities, will provide information regarding Critical Language ScholarshipsBoren Fellowships, and Fulbright Programs.  All students are invited to attend.  Learn how you can pursue a prestigious, nationally-competitive merit award.

Pizza will be served.

Pumpkin Pie and Apple Cider on Thursday!

Please join your classmates and the law faculty and staff at the next Brandeis "Brief" Break this Thursday, October 25, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cox Faculty Lounge.  Put down your books, take a breather, and enjoy some pumpkin pie and conversation.

Jack Wheat, a member and former Co-Chair (2000-2012) of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group at Stites & Harbison, will be our guest and looks forward to meeting with students at the event.  Mr. Wheat is a graduate of the Law School and also coaches the Trademark Law Moot Court team.  http://www.stites.com/attorneys/212/jack-a-wheat  Please be sure to introduce yourself on Thursday.

See you there!

Externship and Clinic Opportunities for Spring 2013

Several opportunities exist during the Spring 2013 semester for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences, including externships with the Jefferson County Attorney, Public Defender, and Commonwealth Attorney; the Immigration Externship, the Judicial Externship; the Legal Aid Externship; and the Tax Externship with the Internal Revenue Service.  For more information, please see the handout that was circulated at the Externship Information Session.  Please also visit Professor Jordan's TWEN page "Externship Information" for details and application instructions.

If you missed the Law Clinic and the Entrepreneurship Clinic Information Session, please review the handout that was circulated, and the Law Clinic application

If you have questions, please see Dean Ballard in Room 216.  Forms are also available outside Room 216, including the Limited Student Practice Application.

Writing Competition Open to Law Students: 12th Annual Environmental Law Essay Contest

Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

General criteria: The Competition is open to all law students.  Essays must be original and not previously published.  They may have been submitted for course credit or for law review, but not as part of paid employment.  Any environmental law topic of current interest to Michigan practitioners.

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.  Winning essays will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.

Submission information:  See flyer.

Clinic Information Session TODAY!!

On Tuesday, October 23, at noon, in Room 275, information will be provided regarding two clinic opportunities for law students at the Brandeis School of Law.  Meet Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Law Clinic, and Adjunct Professor Mike Slaven, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, as they tell you more about each clinic opportunity and the benefits of participating. 

All students all invited to attend.  Even if you will not have completed 60 hours by the spring semester, this is your opportunity to learn about the requirements to participate in a clinic so you can plan in advance and make sure you have enough credit hours and required courses.

Professor Trucios-Haynes will also briefly discuss the Immigration Externship and how to apply.  Pizza and breadsticks will be provided to attendees.