Student Life News

BLS Guest Speaker - Allen Courtoom, March 21, 11:50 a.m.

Basic Legal Skills - Guest Speaker - Allen Courtroom, March 21, 2012, 11:50 a.m.

Upcoming Student Programs and Events

If you have not already done so, organize your 2012 calendar by penciling in the following programs and events:

  • January 12 - KY Bar Exam Program with Eric Ison and Bonnie Kittinger (12:15 p.m.)
  • January 20 - 1st Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • January 26 - Student Life Info Session: Study Abroad (12:10 p.m.) 
  • January 26 - Brandeis “Brief” Break (3:40 p.m.)
  • January 27 - 2nd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 3 - 3rd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 7 - 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility (12:15)

Check out other upcoming programs on the Law School calendar at

National Trial Team Needs Witnesses for Practices

The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.

Jan. 4: 7:00pm
Jan. 8: 1:00pm
Jan. 11: 7:00pm
Jan. 15: 1:00pm
Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm 
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm

The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.

Final 1L Daily Docket Winner this Semester

Congratulations to Elizabeth Richardson, the winner of a UofL Law School polo shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, to claim your prize!

Want to learn a new language--and thereby develop your own legal niche--for free?



The Dept. of Education offers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship grants to professional students (YOU!). FLAS Fellowships offer students the chance to learn one year's worth of a language (generally--though not exclusively--those spoken outside of western Europe) in an eight-week intensive summer immersion setting at one of many universities in the United States. All expenses are paid: tuition, room, and board. You could apply to go back the next summer for another intensive course, or alternatively pursue an advanced-level Critical Language Scholarship, Graduate Boren Fellowship or Fulbright grant to the country in which the language is spoken. Note that based upon our contacts to sponsoring universities, FLAS Fellowships are often not highly competitive, compared with other national awards, such as the summer Critical Language Scholarships.


Don't delay! First, students should pick a language (almost any imaginable) that they might be interested in learning. Second, they should call [past FLAS winner and Brandeis Law alum] Jeff Benedict at the U of L Office of National and International Scholarship Opportunities at 852-1515 between the hours of 11:00 and 5:00 pm or email him at for an appointment. The applications for individual FLAS programs are not particularly difficult, but the process of navigating the bureaucracy regarding which universities offer intensive summer FLAS programs each year is highly unwieldy. Jeff will help students there, as well as with giving a general sense of what’s expected with the applications and essays. Note that Jeff will be out of the office and away from email contact from Dec. 16th through Jan. 16th. Deadlines for the FLAS applications vary between mid-January and March, so students should contact Jeff before Dec. 16th.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Congratulations to Janet Lewis, the 1L Daily Docket winner.  To claim your prize, a $10 Burger King gift card, stop by Dean Ballard's office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1.

Free Massages for Law Students Today

Are you at the Law School studying for an upcoming final exam?  Did you just finish an exam?  Reward yourself with a free massage today!  On Monday, November 28, massage therapists will be in the Washer Lounge from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide complimentary massages for law students sponsored by your Student Bar Association.

Registration is Closed Through November 27

The University Registration system through ULINK is closed through November 27.  If you have not already done so, you may register for Spring 2012 classes beginning on November 28.  If you have questions, please email Ms. Barbara Thompson in Student Records. 

Academic Success Tip - Stress Resilience (Cont'd)

It's that time in the semester when stress begins to escalate to new levels of intensity.  However, now is also the time when you need to use your best stress resilience skills.  Stress that is out of control can lead to illness, anxiety, lessened concentration, lack of sleep, and many other problems.  Below are a few more tips on managing your stress for the remainder of the semester.

  • Remember to look at the pieces and not the whole.  Focus on one small task at a time.  List all of the topics that you need to review for each exam course.  List all of the research, writing, and editing tasks that you need to complete for a paper.  Then focus on one small task at a time until that small task is complete.  Cross it off the list and move on to the next small task.  Step by step you can do it all. 
  • Ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed.  Talk to your professors about areas of the course that are confusing you.  Talk to a counselor at the Student Counseling Center.  Talk to a physician if you are having physical problems.  Talk to your family.  If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques.  852-6585
  • Sleep at least 8 hours a night.  You will be more productive when you study.  You will be able to focus on the essentials.  You will be able to make wiser decisions about your priorities for studying.  You will feel less helpless and hopeless.  You will be less likely to burst into tears or yell at everyone around you.  You will go into exams well-rested and alert. 
  • Add exercise to your schedule if you have let it go.  Exercise is one of the best stress busters you can use.  Try to get a minimum of three 30-minute workouts a week.  Consider where a study break can include an exercise break.  Even walking around the building or the campus can be a boon to your brain cells for memory and your body for sleeping better.

Brandeis "BRIEF" Break - TODAY!

The final Brandeis “Brief” Break of the semester is TODAY from 3:40 to 4:10!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Mosaic Lobby area for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of cookies to choose from, hot coffee, and another special treat for our students!  So please join us after Business Organizations, Trademark Law, Corporate Taxation, Torts, or Civil Procedure, or before Criminal Procedure or Domestic Violence.