Student Life 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!

Students: Deans' Townhall Meeting on Sept 4

The deans of the law school will be hosting a townhall meeting on September 4. The meeting will be in Room 275 from 1:00-2:00. This is your time to have any questions you have answered. All students are invited and encouraged to attend. Those students interested in asking the deans of the law school any questions should draft and send your questions to be addressed by 5:00 p.m. on August 31. This will allow enough time for the deans to get answers to your questions.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Taylor Eigelbach, the winner of a UofL Law School Orientation t-shirt!  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 30), before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Students: Notice of Changes to Student Handbook

During the August 28, 2012 faculty meeting, the faculty approved changes to the following sections of the Student Handbook: 
• Public Service Requirement
• Academic Regulations, General Rules
• Period of Retention and Review of Examination Materials
• Repeating a Failed Course
• Externship and Clinic Rules
• Bad Weather Schedule
• Honor Code
• Examinations on Computer

The changes approved by the faculty are summarized here.  To the extent possible, new language appears in bold type.  Please review the provisions carefully.  If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life.  The updated Student Handbook will be posted on the Law School's website soon.

All students are charged with knowledge of the contents of the Student Handbook and are responsible for complying with all of its requirements, rules, and regulations.