Student Life News

Did You Miss the Study Abroad Information Session?

The Student Life Office held the first information session of the spring semester yesterday focusing on Law Study Abroad.  Dean Ballard, Professor Weaver, Professor Cross, and Virginia Hosono, Associate Director with the Office of Study Abroad and International Travel, spoke about the four different types of study abroad opportunities, the Law School's international partner institutions, financial aid and scholarship options, and more.  Handouts from the information session are available outside Dean Ballard's office.  You can also find Dean Ballard's handout online.

Mark your calendar now for the upcoming Spring 2014 Information Sessions:

  • 2/24  Law Journals   
  • 2/26  Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
  • 3/6    Skills Certificate Programs                              
  • 3/18  Summer and Fall Externships        
  • 3/20  Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • 3/24  1L Registration Advising Session (mandatory)
  • 3/25  Moot Court Board and Competitions
  • 3/27  Law Clinic
  • 4/1    Dual Degree Programs

For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar.

      

Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 2L Program on Financial Responsibility

Attention Second-Year Law Students (graduating in December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015):
 
On Tuesday, February 4, at 12:10 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.

Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the February 4 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar now.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance.

2014 IADC Legal Writing Contest

Sponsor: Int'l Association of Defense Counsel

General criteria: Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

Submission information: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx

LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The Louisville Bar Association is pleased to present the 2014 LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, which will award $1,000 of financial assistance to a scholarship recipient attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  This award is presented annually to a second- or third-year law student.

The applicant's educational background, personal statement, and participation in community service activities will be considered in the selection process.  The recipients will be selected by the LBA Diversity Committee.

For more information regarding requirements for eligibility and application instructions, review the Scholarship Application.

The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014.

Study Abroad Information Session - Monday, Jan. 13

Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study?  Or that opportunities exist to study abroad during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters?

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on Monday, January 13.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics and the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program and the types of study abroad options that exist.  Professors Russ Weaver and John Cross will provide more information on the Law School's foreign exchange partner schools.

The session will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

General criteria: The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the ABA no later than February 21, 2014.

Topic: This year's contest hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Deadline: February 21, 2014

Amount of award: $5,000

Submission information: For the essay contest hypothetical and rules visit http://bit.ly/Levit2014.

 

For more writing competitions, visit the Student Writing Competitions page.

11:50 Study Abroad Information Session: Monday, Jan. 13

Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study?  Or that opportunities exist to study abroad during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters?

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on Monday, January 13.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics and the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program and the types of study abroad options that exist.  Professors Russ Weaver and John Cross will provide more information on the Law School's foreign exchange partner schools.

The session will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

Classroom or Exam Accomodations

The Office of Student Life at the School of Law works closely with the University's Disability Resource Center (DRC) to provide accommodations to law students. If you received accommodations last year and want those to continue, you need to contact DRC by January 17.  At DRC, contact your prior advisor or Ms Cathy Patus, the Director. Ms Patus's email is cathy.patus@louisville.edu.  

If you have not had accommodations previously, but wish to request them, please contact Cathy Patus and copy Dean Ballard on the email. Questions?  Please review the UofL Law Handbook for Applicants and Students with Disabilities at http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/disabilities.  

Lost and Found December 2013

Lost and Found items may be claimed in the Law Resource Center (Room 272).

3L Featured in SIGS Student Spotlight

Greg Justis, a third-year law student, was selected by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies to be featured in its Student Spotlight for December.  Read more about the social justice advocate's adventures on and off the dance floor here.