Student News

3L Composite Photos Pick-Up

3Ls and 4Ls who sat for the Class of 2014 Composite may pick up their miniature copy in Dean Ballard's office (Room 216) between 9 and 5pm now through Friday, April 11th. If Dean Ballard is not in her office when you stop by, please see Ms. Thompson across the hall.

3Ls - Vote for Hooding Professors

Vote for 2014 Graduation Hooding Professors


Every year graduating students get to select three (3) professors to assist in the hooding process at graduation.  Usually, students select professors who have been influential during their time in law school.  Now is your chance to cast your vote as to which professors should assist in our May 2014 commencement!


We will take votes until next Tuesday, April 8 at midnight and will release the selected hooding professors after we check their availability for the ceremony.


Thank you for your contribution! 


Vote at:

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Consider Becoming an ABA Member

TO: 1L and 2L Students
SUBJECT: How the ABA Can Help You Become a Leader

The American Bar Association has helped shape the careers of many of the nation???s top attorneys including Paula Boggs, Vernon Jordan, and Theodore Olson, in addition to generations of law students. Learn more about their ABA experiences here.

Now is the time to start your own ABA story! Join today for a chance to win a trip to the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston or an iPad Mini*.

If you are already a member, share your ABA story.

ABA membership offers unparalleled resources for law students, including:

  • CareerAdvice LIVE!, a free monthly webinar with practical tips from experts
  • Free membership in 22 practice specialty groups to discover your career path
  • Free subscription to ABA Journal and Student Lawyer magazines?? and their mobile apps
  • Free career resources, including our online job board
  • Leadership opportunities on a local, regional and national level

Tell your ABA story or join today to start your own!

*See full contest rules here.

Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8,??Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy??will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

Last Day to Sign Up for National Moot Court Team Try-Outs

Just a reminder: Today is the last day to sign up for try-outs for the National Moot Court team. If you have already signed up for a try-out time, you must submit all required materials to Professor Marcosson by the end of the day today. If you have not signed up, the information is on the Moot Court Board office door, so go check it out!

Course Registration Instructions

Registration for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 classes begins on Friday.  In preparation, every student should carefully review the Registration Instructions for important information on registration dates and times, deadlines, and other helpful information.  If you have any questions after reading the Registration Instructions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records, Office 217.


  • Unless 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.  “Credit hours” include 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, externships, clinics, and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  • Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  • Students may apply no more than two pass/fail independent studies or seminars toward graduation.  Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  • A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which the student satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement. 
  • Students registering for courses should read all Course Notes AGAIN and ensure that they have satisfied the prerequisites for all courses for which they intend to enroll before attempting to register.  Courses with prerequisites beyond the first year curriculum are marked on the course schedule with a "P," and specific course prerequisites are listed in the Course Catalog.

CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction's (CALI) Library of Lessons contains over 900 interactive, computer-based legal tutorials covering more than three dozen legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Many of your classmates have found them helpful in preparing for their exams.

Free copies of the DVD are available at the library's Circulation Desk and outside of Kimberly Ballard's office. You may also view the lessons online. The student authorization code and instructions are available at the library's website. You must register with your "" email address.

Official 2014-2015 SBA Election Results

Official 2014-2015 SBA Election Results:

President: Josh Collins
Vice President: Katie Ball
Secretary: Lauren Busch
Treasurer: Walter Cosby
Senator: Shannon Huffer
Social Chair: Madison Shoffner
Public Relations: Jeff Perkins
Fundraising Chair: Jessica Homer
Prof. Dev. Chair: Rudy Ellis
Community Eng. Chair: Connor Breen
ABA Rep.: William Von Brandenburg
Historian: Rachel Dalton
3L/4L Class Representatives: Mitchell Jackson and Andrew Marvin
2L Class Representative: Kseniya Buck and Timothy "Andy" Distler
Honor Council: 3Ls: Sarah Reddick, Hayleigh Hurt, Lauren Busch, Alexandra Chase (alternate), 2Ls: Vlad Bursuc, Madison Shoffner, Lauren Gibson (alternate)

SAVE THE DATE - Fall 2014 On Campus Interviews

Rising 2L and 3L students,

If you plan on participating in Fall 2014 On Campus Interviews, please note that they begin on Thursday, August 7th.  Student bidding for Session 1 begins on Friday, July 18th.