Student Life News

Kentucky Bar Study Scholarship

The Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association will award a $500 bar study award to a graduating University of Louisville Law School student based on the following criteria:  The $500 award shall be granted to a graduating 3L or 4L who:

(1) has made a significant contribution to his/her law school community (with preference for participation in student organizations such as the Student Bar Association);

(2) has a demonstrated need for financial assistance;

(3) intends to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  

The award shall be used for expenses associated with taking the Kentucky Bar Exam in July 2012.  Individuals wishing to apply for the award should submit a one-page letter detailing why he/she should receive the award along with a resume to Dean Cross by April 20th.  The determination will be made in the sole discretion of the Executive Committee of Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Graduation Apparel: ORDER NOW!

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 

APPAREL

If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax

https://louisville.edu/commencement/caps-and-gowns/student-orders.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 
http://www.balfour.com/for-graduation.php

HOTEL 

The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Parking is an additional $20 per night.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

Please RSVP for Honors Reception (you know who you are ...)

Thanks to the many of you who have RSVPed concerning the Honors Reception.  For those who have not yet responded, please let Becky Wenning (becky.wenning@louisville.edu) know whether you are coming (and the name of any quests) at your earliest convenience ... but no later than this Wednesday, March 21st.  We need to know who is attending for a number of reasons. One of the more important reasons is that in order to save time, we do not read the names of those who are not in attendance.

If you do not RSVP by the 21st, we'll assume you are not coming ... and your name will not be read aloud at the program.

Thanks in advance!

2nd Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar

The Second Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

Registration is FREE for law students this year.
 
A reception sponsored by the Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section will follow the seminar at the Kentucky Coffeetree Café. The Café is located a short walk from the History Center at 235 West Broadway in downtown Frankfort.
 
The seminar and reception are a great opportunity for students interested in environmental and natural resources law to learn about important issues and meet practicing attorneys. You may review the seminar agenda and registration form, and if you would like to attend please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

 

The brochure is also available, here.


Questions may be directed to Jennifer Cave or Lori Alvey, or you may call 502-564-3795.

Graduation Information - Apparel, Annoucements, Hotel

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 

APPAREL

If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax

https://louisville.edu/commencement/caps-and-gowns/student-orders.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 
http://www.balfour.com/for-graduation.php

HOTEL 

The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Parking is an additional $20 per night.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

Graduation Information - Apparel, Announcements, Hotel

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 

APPAREL

If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax

https://louisville.edu/commencement/caps-and-gowns/student-orders.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 
http://www.balfour.com/for-graduation.php

HOTEL 

The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

Student Life Info Session: Externship and Clinic Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship this summer or fall, or next spring, please join us today, Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Papa John's pizza will be served.

Information will be provided relating to the:

  • Tax Externship
  • Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
  • Immigration Externship
  • Medical Research Contracting & Regulatory Affairs Externship
  • Technology Transfer Practicum
  • Judicial Externship
  • Criminal Justice Externship - County Attorney
  • Criminal Justice Externship - Prosecution
  • Criminal Justice Externship - Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
  • Legal Aid Externship
  • Law Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship Clinic

First year law students who have earned at least 30 credits are eligible to apply for a summer judicial externship.  Students who have completed the first year curriculum are also eligible to apply for the Kentucky Innocence Project externship.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Be Smart During Spring Break and Use Your Time Wisely

Spring Break is just one week away!  How can you have an enjoyable break and boost your learning for finals?  It is possible – consider the tips below:

  • Plan ahead.   Plan in advance what tasks you need to accomplish during Spring Break.  Plan which days you will do those tasks.  Plan what materials you need to take with you.  For example, if you want to work on practice problems, be sure to copy them this week.  If you plan to listen to CDs, be sure to check a set out now.   
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish during Spring Break.  You are unlikely to study 15 hours a day every day.  Instead of telling yourself that you will accomplish 100 tasks, make a list that you think you actually will accomplish. 
  • Get on a regular sleep schedule before you return to school.  Catch some extra sleep hours to build up your stamina for the last push of the semester.  Take some power naps in the afternoons.
  • Take the time to play in active ways and not just in mental ways.  By exercising, you can release stress and prepare your body for the marathon ahead.  Enjoy the movement and healthy competition.
  • Exercise your brain cells by doing lots of practice questions for each course.  You accomplish several positives - better memory of the black letter law; better understanding of how to apply concepts; faster use of exam taking techniques and strategies; and greater confidence in the nuances of the law.
  • Catch up on any back reading that was not completed before the break.  Also, it is a good time to read for the first two days after break so that you do not feel behind when you start classes up again.
  • Eat healthy foods.   You are in training for exams now.  The better your nutrition during the break, the better your body and brain will serve you.  Keep up the healthy eating once you get back from break so that you will be at the top of your productivity and brain power during the remainder of the semester.
  • Spend time with family and friends.   Make sure that you have some fun time and get some relaxation during Spring Break to re-charge your batteries for the last push through classes and exams. 
  • Keep on track.   By planning your studying, you can be more productive.  By starting with the hardest task first, you can make your day more pleasant.  By breaking tasks into small steps, you can cross them off more quickly for a sense of accomplishment.  By focusing on your priorities, you can accomplish more of your study tasks. 
  • Stop by the Academic Success Office to check out study aids.  A variety of study aids are available for first-year classes and upper division classes.
  • 1Ls:  Take the Contracts Practice Exam on March 9 and the 1L Spring Break Challenge on March 23!  The Challenge will consist of many objective-type (non-essay) questions covering Contracts II.  Your goal is to correctly answer as many questions as you can, in any order, in the time allotted.  All you need is a pen.  There will be separate Challenges for Section 1 and Section 2 contracts classes.  Great prizes will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers.

Working on Your Brief Today? Enjoy a Complimentary Massage!

Enjoy a complimentary massage in the Washer Lounge today between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Students may sign up for a specific time; walk-ins are also welcome.  Clinical studies have found massage helpful for stress relief, managing anxiety, and boosting immunity.  Treat yourself today.  Good luck on your briefs!

Externship and Clinic Opportunities - Info Session on Tuesday

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship in 2012-13, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Get answers to your questions before the April registration period for the summer and fall semesters.

Information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, and the following externships: Tax, Immigration, Clinical Research Contracts, and Technology Transfer; Judicial; Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney and the County Attorney; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Legal Aid; and the Kentucky Innocence Project.

First year law students who have earned at least 30 credits are eligible to apply for a summer judicial externship.  Students who have completed the first year curriculum are also eligible to apply for the Kentucky Innocence Project.