Student Life News

Writing Competitions for Students

A number of organizations sponsor writing competitions that are open to law students.  Many of these competitions have cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $500, and may also include a funded trip to a meeting to receive the prize.  Be sure to check the Writing Competitions bulletin board outside Room 275.  There are over 15 writing competitions posted, with topics ranging from labor and employment law, international business, and international humanitarian law, to factory farms, energy law, and tax law.  You are also encouraged to visit the Student Life page to see a list of additional writing competitions.  http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044

Study Abroad and Language Study Programs Information Session

Learn about study abroad opportunities and language study programs on Thursday, January 26.  Students who have studied law abroad will speak about their experiences, and Mr. Jeff Benedict from UofL’s International Center will address logistics.  The session will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Questions?  Contact Dean Cross.

Trial Team Needs Witnesses

The National Trial Team is still in need of volunteers to help with practices. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out to learn more about mock trial and the competition. There is minimal time commitment. Witnesses are needed on the following dates:

Jan. 22: 1:00pm

Jan. 29: 1:00pm 

Feb. 1: 7:00pm

Feb. 5: 1:00pm

Feb. 8: 7:00pm

Please contact Carly Harvey at carly.a.harvey@gmail.com if you are willing to volunteer or have any questions. Thank you.

KY Bar Exam Program Tomorrow

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 KY Bar Exam is February 1.  Before you mail your application, be sure to attend the KY Bar Exam program tomorrow Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. 

Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications;
  • Most common student questions the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions receives
  • Statistics for bar passage;
  • How to prepare for the essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how the bar examiners grade answers; and
  • The Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam.

Both speakers will also be available to answer specific questions you may have about the application or the exam.  The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

Bar Program on Thursday

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 KY Bar Exam is February 1.  Before you mail your application, be sure to attend the KY Bar Exam program this Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. 

Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications;
  • Most common student questions the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions receives
  • Statistics for bar passage;
  • How to prepare for the essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how the bar examiners grade answers; and
  • The Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam.

Both speakers will also be available to answer specific questions you may have about the application or the exam.  The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

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 http://www.law.louisville.edu/event

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 carly.a.harvey@gmail.com 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?

PRESTIGIOUS SUMMER LANGUAGE IMMERSION FELLOWSHIPS: ATTENTION TO ALL LAW STUDENTS WITH A FREE SUMMER

 

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 jeffrey.w.benedict@louisville.edu 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.