Student Life News

Fall Schedule for Student Life Information Sessions

Before too long, it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for spring 2013 and perhaps summer 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.

The information sessions will cover study abroad opportunities, externships, the Law Clinic, the Entrepreneurship Clinic, and Fulbright, Boren, FLAS, and Critical Language Scholarship opportunities.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this November.  Mark the dates on your calendar now.  The information sessions that will be offered this fall are posted below. 

  • Thursday, September 20, 12:00, Room 177 – STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNTIES
  • Tuesday, October 9, 12:00, Room 175 – EXTERNSHIPS
  • Tuesday, October 23, 12:00, Room 275 – LAW CLINIC and ENTREPRENEURSHIP CLINIC
  • Thursday, October 25, 12:00 – Room 175 – FULBRIGHT, BOREN, AND OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

A pizza lunch will be offered at each session.  Questions?  Please see Dean Ballard.

First Brandeis "Brief" Break on Sept 20!

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

Take a few minutes next week on Thursday, September 20, to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down, come to the Cox Faculty Lounge (second floor, up by the administrative offices).  Grab a cupcake and coffee and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 4:00 - 4:40 p.m. so come when you get out of class at 3:50, 4:00, or 4:25, or come before you go to class at 4:35.

During the first Brandeis "Brief" Break this semester, you can meet and network with several transactional law attorneys who practice in Louisville, in addition to mingling with faculty, staff, and your fellow classmates. 

Mark your calendar for this great opportunity.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to JonVieve Hill, the winner of a prize pack including a $10 Starbucks gift card, a UofL Law orientation t-shirt, and a red insulated UofL Law School lunch bag.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 7) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

The daily prize drawings are now finished.  But, now and then, just to make sure you keep checking the Docket, we'll draw for a prize recipient and post it in the Docket.  So keep reading -- for prize notices now and then and for other important daily news!

1L Oath

The 1L signed School of Law Oath has been framed and hung.  Check it out -- it's right outside Dean Ballard's office.  Photo

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Aaron Smith, the winner of a UofL Law School polo shirt!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 6) to claim your prize.  And, keep reading the Daily Docket.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Molly Robertson, the winner of a women's UofL Law School black v-neck polo.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 5) by 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Writing Competition Announcements

30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association.

The deadline for submission of entries is June 7, 2013. The Competition is open to law students and graduate planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.  In addition to the first prize, the Competition will offer a second place prize of $500 and a third prize of $250.  Up to two additional submissions may be awarded Honorable Mention.  For more information visit,

Is Homicide Ever Justified or Murder at the Opera Essay Contest sponsored by Kentucky Opera and Daniels Associates, Attorneys at Law.  The law student division winner will receive a $500 prize to be awarded on stage during the pre-curtain speech at the September 28 performance of TOSCA.  Deadline for submission:  5:00 p.m. on September 17.  To review the facts of the case for the essay, please read the essay contest rules.  Copies are also availabe outside Dean Ballard's office (Room 216).

Please visit the Student Life page for a list of other external writing competitions open to law students, at

Negotiation Competition in Michigan - Expressions of Interest Due Sept 7!

Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2012-13 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professors Arnold and Gleason at and  It is very important that you send an email message to both Professors Arnold and Gleason, who are the co-coaches of the teams. 

Your message should include: a) why you are interested in the Negotation Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with negotiations (including any past or current classes or other experience); c) your time availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends during September, October, and early November; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses.  You may attach a resume if you would like, but it's not necessary. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Noon on Friday, September 7.  We will take 2 teams to the Region 6 competition in Lansing, Michigan on November 10 and 11.  The selected participants must be available to travel to Lansing November 9-12, be available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from October 1 to November 9, and be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing no later than October 1.  If we receive more expressions of interest than the 4 spots available on the teams, we will give preference to students with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advanced negotiation skills. 

If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3Ls Jill Smith and Carli Clowers, who competed last year.  Thank you for your interest!

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Christine Shannon, the winner of a UofL Law orientation t-shirt and UofL Law insulated lunch bag.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 4) by 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes. 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Eddie Harlan, the winner of a $10 Burger King gift card, plus yesterday's unclaimed prize - a UofL Law orientation t-shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 31) to claim your prizes.  And remember, continue to read the Daily Docket!