Student Life News
Please join your classmates, professors, and law school staff for the final Brandeis "Brief" Break of the semester. We will have coffee and tea and an assortment of cookies in the Mosaic Lobby for you to enjoy as you prepare for final exams. Stop by anytime between 3:15 and 4:30 on Wednesday, the last day of classes.
The "Brandeisliga" soccer team won the intramural championship on April 11, in its inaugural season! Congratulations, team members!
The Resource Center, Room 272, will be opening late on Monday morning. Everything should be open and ready by 10am.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
On Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m., registration begins for current 2L students, defined as students with 22 or more hours, excluding spring 2012 courses. Registration begins for all 1L students (students with fewer than 22 hours, excluding spring 2012 classes) on Monday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m.
Please note: If you are registering for a course that requires a prerequisite (as listed on the Schedule of Courses), please double-check to make sure you have satisfied the pre-requisite. If not, the online registration system will not permit you to register for the course. If you have received permission from the professor and the Associate Dean for Student Life to enroll in a course without having satisfied the prerequisite, please notify Barbara Thompson in Student Records before you register to prevent problems during your registration period.
Below are reminders about course scheduling from the Student Handbook. If you have questions, please refer to the Student Handbook or ask Dean Cross or Dean Ballard:
- No student is permitted to register for more than 16 class hours per week in the full-time division or 12 hours in the part-time division without special permission of the Associate Dean. Class hours include credit for journals and moot court.
- Students are prohibited from counting more than 25 hours of the following non-traditional courses or credit hours towards the 90 credit hours required for graduation: (1) graduate courses in another college or school; (2) externships; (3) hours earned for moot court and in other skills competitions; (4) independent studies; (5) hours earned for journal or law review; and (6) Clinic II.
- A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which the student satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.
- A student receiving a failing grade (F) in a required course must repeat the course. The repetition of the course does not remove the prior grade from the student's academic record. Students who fail a first year course must retake the course at its next offering.
- Students having a 2.0 or better average and at least 22 hours may register for seminars. No more than two seminars may be taken in any semester.
- An Independent Study may be for one or two credit hours. Students may apply no more than 4 credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
- Students may take one externship per semester. Students may not apply more than 8 hours of externship and Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the 90 hours necessary for graduation.
- Students may earn no more than two (2) hours credit for participation in a single competition and may apply no more than six (6) hours of Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the ninety (90) hours necessary for graduation. Students may receive credit for no more than one competition per semester and ordinarily may participate in no more than one per semester. For a student to participate in more than one in the same semester, the Associate Dean for Student Life, faculty members, and other instructors must first approve.
Student Nominations for the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court are now being accepted.
The Inn's purose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts. Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students.
If you will be a third-year law student in the fall and would like Dean Chen to nominate you for student membership in the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court during the 2012-2013 academic year, please send an email to Ms. Wimberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 13. Selection is based upon your demonstrated interest in advocacy and your student leadership or academic record.
The Brandeis Inn hosts an orientation reception for new members. Thereafter, the Inn will meet six times during the academic year on Tuesday evenings. At each meeting, members of the Inn will participate in an educational program and enjoy a meal together. Information regarding meeting dates for the 2012/2013 academic year will be circulated to nominees.
Students may take up to 8 credit hours in summer school. This reflects the fact that summer school is in session for half the time of the spring and fall terms. An 8 hour workload in the summer is the equivalent of a 16 hour workload in the spring or fall.
In exceptional cases--for example, a student who hopes to graduate early--a student may be allowed to take more than 8 hours. However, you must obtain the permission of Dean Cross to enroll in more than 8 hours.