Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations class meeting for Thursday, August 19 is canceled. Starting Tuesday, August 24, Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations section will merge with Professor DeMuth's Domestic Relations section. Both classes will move to Room 175 starting Tuesday, August 24, and Professor DeMuth will teach the combined section. Professor Jones' Torts I class will move to Room 075.
All first year students entering the School of Law in the fall semester of 2009 or thereafter must receive at least one (1) credit hour of an upper division professional skills class or experience. Fall 2010 courses that satisfy the skills requirement are marked “SK” in the “Notes” column of the Class Schedule and a separate schedule of qualifying skills courses is included in the course registration packet.
SK courses on the Fall 2010 Schedule are:
• Accounting and Finance for Lawyers - canceled
• Externship:- Criminal Justice I (Prosecution)
• Externship:- Legal Aid
• Externship:- Tax ( IRS)
• Externship:-KY Innocent Project - canceled
• Externship:-Technology Transfer
• Labor Law
• Law Clinic I
• SEM. Arbitration Practice & Procedure
• SEM. Drafting
• Trial Practice (two classes)
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Prof. Blackburn, has recently been added to the schedule. You may register for this course online, but if you have had more than three credit hours of accounting since high school, you must contact Professor Blackburn before registering.
The Spring 2011 class schedule will be posted soon and skills courses will be identified on the schedule.
SK courses tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011 are:
• Advanced Legal Research
• Comparative Constitutional Law
• Estate Planning
• Externship: Crim. Justice-Defense
• Externship: Crim. Justice-Prosecution
• Externship: Immigration
• Externship: Legal Aid II
• Externship: Tax
• Externship: Technology Transfer
• Land Use and Planning Law
• Law Clinic I
• Mortgage Foreclosure Law
• SEM:-Written Advocacy
• SEM:- Drafting
• SEM:- Problems in Corporation Law
• Trial Practice (two classes)
The Skills Requirement, as adopted by the faculty, is not yet included in the Student Handbook. It is copied here:
“RESOLVED FURTHER that the following new paragraph (paragraph II (M)) is added as a graduation requirement to the Student Handbook.
II (M). Upper Division Skills Experience
All students must complete a substantial skills experience after completing 22 hours or more of course work.
1. The skills requirement may be fulfilled by successful completion of a course, seminar, clinic, extramural advocacy competition or externship designated as a “skills” experience by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Work done in satisfaction of the Public Service graduation requirement may not satisfy the Skills requirement.
2. Courses, seminars, extramural advocacy competitions and externships designated as “skills experiences” shall be those which provide substantial instruction in professional lawyering skills. Such skills may include trial and appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, or other professional lawyering skills.
3. A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which she satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement. If the satisfaction of the skills requirement involves the production of written work product, that written work product must not be submitted for credit in any other course or seminar or in satisfaction of any other requirement of the School of Law.
4. To satisfy the skills requirement, the course, seminar, externship or clinic shall contain the equivalent of at least one (1) credit hour of skills training and the student's performance of those skills must be assessed by the instructor or supervisor as part of the experience. Assessment will include substantial, documented feedback to the student regarding the quality of her performance and opportunity, as appropriate, to improve her skills performance in the course of the experience.
5. The faculty member supervising the fulfillment of the skills requirement shall submit to the Student Records Office at the end of each semester the names of the persons who have fulfilled the skills requirement and the grades earned by each student. A student shall not satisfy the skills requirement in a graded course unless the student earns a grade of "C" or higher in the course, or in a pass/fail course unless the student receives a grade of “pass.” The Student Records Office shall note the fulfillment of the skills requirement on each student's academic record.”
Wednesday, September 15, 2010, is the deadline to apply for a December 2010 degree.
Be sure to do a degree check to make sure that you have all your requirements for graduation. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson.
Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit. Please refer to the School of Law's academic calendar for other dates.
The Director of Academic Success is pleased to announce that the following 12 upper-division law students have been chosen to serve as Academic Fellows in the fall:
Brandeis Academic Fellows are responsible for facilitating weekly structured study group sessions in Contracts for all first-year students. The 12 Academic Fellows were selected based on their solid academic records, interpersonal skills, maturity, and genuine willingness to assist first-year law students learn effective law school study skills.
- Designate one place in your apartment where you will have your law school study center. Organize all of your casebooks, study aids, dictionaries, binders, notebooks, and other study materials in this one spot. When you finish with a binder or casebook or stapler, return it to its place. You will waste less time searching for your law school materials if you have one spot for everything.
- Make a shopping list of what study materials you need and stock your apartment study center now. Buy extra notepads, pens, ink cartridges, printer paper, paper clips, and other materials. By anticipating your needs for the semester, you can avoid multiple or panicked trips to the office supply store later. Also, you may be able to save money by buying bulk quantities instead of separate purchases of the items over time.
- Lay out everything you will need the next day before you go to bed. It is easier to get organized while you can think calmly about the items you need for each class. Grabbing up items as you rush out the door will likely lead to not having everything you need once you arrive at school.
- Purchase a large dry erase board for your study center if you think it will help you. Visual learners often benefit greatly from a dry erase board with multiple colors of markers. Create flowcharts, IRAC outlines for practice question answers, or other information initially on a dry erase board. You can add, delete, and modify until you are happy with the result. Then, you can copy the final version on to the computer or paper. Some students use the dry erase board for calendaring and listing “to do” items.
- Use monthly and weekly schedules and daily “to do” lists to organize yourself. The monthly schedule can be used for deadlines and assigning daily tasks to meet the deadlines on time. The weekly schedule can be used to design a study schedule that can be repeated most weeks to make certain you are getting all study tasks done each week. “To do” lists can be used to prioritize the most important tasks each day.