Student Life News

1L Students: Consider Donating Your Flash Drive to Family Scholar House

Family Scholar House (FSH) is an organization that provides single parent families with the resources that they need to help break the cycle of poverty through education. This past Friday, some of our first-year law students volunteered at FSH, organizing items from a school supply drive based on the specific needs of the parents and their children. Though most of the needs have been met, it has come to our attention that flash drives are in high demand, as the families may not always have easy access to a computer or printer.

The students that volunteered for this service project remembered that they all received a free 1GB USB drive from LexisNexis during orientation. Many law students either already have a flash drive, or use internet services such as iCloud and DropBox.

If you would like to donate your flash drive to FSH, please drop it off in Dean Ballard's office this week.  Students who donate their flash drive on Tuesday, August 21, will receive a second raffle ticket for the 1L Daily Docket drawings.  Professor Kathy Bean will deliver all donated flash drives to FSH at the end of the week.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Greta Nunnally, the winner of a UofL School of Law red polo!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 20), before 4:00 p.m., to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Reminders: Registration and Course Load Rules


  1. For students graduating in May 2013, your cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2012 semester is used for the commencement program and honor cords. Questions?  Please see Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
  2. Unless explicitly authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, no full-time student is permitted to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester and no part-time student is permitted to register for more than 12 credit hours per semester.  With permission, a full-time student may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours and a part-time student may register for a maximum of 13 credit hours.  “Credit hours” includes all classes the student takes at the University of Louisville, regardless of whether the credit will be applied toward the student’s degree. Skills competitions and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  3. Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  4. Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  5. The last day to add a class is Friday, August 24.

Brandeis School of Law Event Guide and Room Request Form

I am happy to announce that the Brandeis School of Law Event Guide and Room Request Form are now online!

The guide is intended to assist student organizations in planning programs and features nine steps to a successful law school event. It also includes helpful information from each administrative department at the law school so students know exactly who to contact for help.
To be most effective, every student group should review the event guide and submit a room reservation request before adding an event on the law school calendar. 

You may access the Brandeis School of Law Event Guide and Room Request Form from the News & Events page on the law school Web site and from the Student Life or Current Students pages. You must be logged into the law school Web site in order to download the event guide or submit a request for a room.
The law school administration hopes that this event guide and room request form will help to simplify planning and hosting an event. Your feedback and input about how to improve the guide or form are always welcome.

Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

Dear Graduates:
You have one less thing to worry about on Tuesday!  Complimentary box lunches will be available to all UofL Law graduates taking the Kentucky Bar Exam on July 24.  The lunches will include a hoagie-style sandwich (turkey, veggie, or ham), chips, fruit, cookies, and your choice of water or soda. 

The box lunches will be available in the Hancock and Knox conference rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Signs will be posted directing you to the correct room where you can pick up your lunch.  Please note – seating is limited in the Hancock and Knox conference rooms.  If you prefer to pick up your box lunch and eat outside or somewhere else in the hotel, you are welcome to do so.
Lunch has been made possible thanks to many sponsors, including faculty, staff, alumni, and Louisville businesses. 

Don’t forget to read or re-read the Bar Exam Instruction Manual,, for important information regarding the dress code, registration on exam day, and what is and is not permitted in the exam room.

We wish you the best of luck on the exam.

Orientation Ambassadors

All students that have applied for, expressed interest, or would like to apply for a position as an Orientation Ambassador, please contact Nakia Strickland at no later than Monday, July 23, by 4:00 p.m. This includes all current and former Admissions Ambassadors; please contact Nakia Strickland to register your interest in this position.
You will need to be available to work orientation from August 13th - August 17th.

Law Resource Center Closing Early Friday, July 20, 2012

The Law Resource Center will close at noon on Friday, July 20, 2012.  Normal summer hours (8am - 4pm) will resume on Monday, July 23, 2012.

Resource Center Hours June 21 and June 22

Please note the Resource Center, Room 272, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22.

I am working an event away from the law school but still available to answer emails and/or other requests.  My email is   

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center will be open tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 8 am – Noon.

Next Friday, June 15, closed.

Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22, open 8 am – Noon.

Please note summer hours are currently 8 am - 4 pm.

Studying for the Bar Exam? Enjoy lunch and a movie on June 19

On June 19, at 12:30 (or as soon as the morning Barbri class ends), join your fellow graduates for lunch and a screening of the movie A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar.  This film highlights the trials and tribulations of trying to pass the State Bar of California exam and follows six law graduates struggling to prepare and actually pass the test with the lowest national pass rate.  The movie also features commentary by Alan Dershowitz, Nancy Grace, Robert Shapiro, and other notable lawyers.  It’s fun, witty, and real.  The movie is 92 minutes. 

Please feel free to invite your spouse or significant other to attend and watch the movie too.  It may help them understand what you are going through. 

So that we can have enough food, please RSVP to if you can attend, and let Dean Ballard know if you will have any guests.  Please RSVP by Friday, June 15.