As you are surely aware from having watched "The Paper Chase" yet again this summer, law school professors typically post reading assignments for the first day or week of class in advance. Those are, or will be, available on the School of Law Web site at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules/assignments. This is a private page, so you must log in with your ULink credentials to view the page. Faculty post their assignments themselves, so if you don't see an assignment right away, check back often until it's there.
Some faculty use Blackboard, and if they do, they are likely to put a comment or link to that effect on the assignment page for their class. Blackboard also uses your ULink credentials, so once you are registered for your classes, you should have no trouble getting into Blackboard: http://blackboard.louisville.edu.
Other faculty use a Web-based course management system from Westlaw called TWEN (The West Education Network). You will not have access to TWEN, or any other Westlaw service, until you receive and register your Westlaw password, which will not happen until Orientation next week. You will learn more about that at Orientation.
Do not fret. You will not be at any disadvantage if you must wait until next week to get your first-week assignments.
At orientation, Judge Sara Combs will administer the UofL Brandeis School of Law pledge, which includes a statement that you pledge to support and defend the Codes of Honor and Conduct of the Law School and the University. The School of Law's Honor Code also incorporates by reference the University's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. These codes are attached to this posting.
Please read these codes before you come to orientation. Be especially familiar with the School of Law's Honor Code. The School of Law treats compliance with the Honor Code as each student's most serious obligation.
All Incoming First Year Students and International Visitors:
The attached pdf document (1 L Orientation - How to Brief a Case) includes the material you will need to complete your assignment for the Academic Success and Contracts classes at orientation. You will need to bring this completed assignment to orientation on Wednesday August 12. Please contact Ms Kimberly Ballard, Director, Academic Success, if you have questions or difficulty accessing the document.
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To all Incoming First Year Students: Note that the orientation includes an opening ceremony on August 11 to which family and friends are invited. They are invited first to the law school from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. for a light breakfast; all first year students will register at this time. We will then walk over to Strickler Hall for the convocation, which will begin at 9:00 and end at 10:15 a.m. After that, first year students will be involved in a number of orientation activities. The activities and programming for the day will end at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Please see the attached schedule for more details on the August 11 and the August 12-14 schedules.
To all transfer students, visiting students, and international students: Information has been sent to all transfer students, visiting students, and international students concerning their specific orientation activities. Generally, international students will register for classes on August 10 and then join the first year class for orientation on August 11-14. Transfer students and non-international visitors are also invited and encouraged to attend an optional session on August 10 to help them register for classes. Their orientation will be on August 11. Any visitors, transfers or international students who do not have the specific information on these activities should contact Admissions immediately. Please see the last page of the attached schedule for the schedule for visitors and transfers.
To all students new to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law: Orientation is a requirement for attending the School of Law.
Students: On Tuesday August 11, your law school orientation will begin with a Welcome 2009 program to which your family and friends are invited. The schedule for this part of orientation is pasted below.
Please dress appropriately for your opening ceremony, but also bear in mind that Louisville is typically hot and humid and that later in the day you will be outside for some activities. Recommended is "summer casual" - skirts or long pants (e.g., khakis) and short sleeve shirts or tops. After Tuesday, shorts and flip-flops are fine.
7:45 - 8:30:Registration at Law School. Continental breakfast provided.
9:00 - 10:15: Welcome 2009 1-Ls, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Family and friends invited. Location is Strickler Hall.
9:00: Oh, the Places You've Been: Presentation of the Class, Brandon L. Hamilton, Assistant Dean for Admissions
The Place Where You'll Be: Welcome to the School of Law, Jim Chen, Dean
Oh, the Places You Can Go: Your Future in Law, Kathy Urbach, Assistant Dean for Career Services and Public Service
Administration of the University of Louisville School of Law Pledge, The Honorable Sara Combs, Chief Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals
Your Journey Has Begun, Bonnie C. Kittinger, Director & General Counsel, Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
Please help us welcome the first-year class by participating in their Community Service Day.
The Student Bar Association has come up with an incredible list of service projects for the first years’ Community Service Day, an optional activity scheduled as part of Orientation. All students, not just first years, are invited and encouraged to participate. Faculty and Staff will also be participating.
For a complete list of projects, click here.
Your responses continue to come in; the class participation rate is wonderful. It tentatively looks like all first year students who have volunteered thus far will be able to work on one of their three choices. If you have not volunteered yet, please do so by July 27.
At this time, Brightside has unlimited openings, as this is our spillover activity. We will make room for all who volunteer for this.
We also still have limited openings in:
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
St. Vincent DePaul
Some of these have only one or two slots available, though, so get your RSVP in now! Scroll down to the earlier announcment for the basics and and then check your UofL email for details.
We will hand out your project assignments at orientation. As always, email me if you have questions.
Students: The response from your class for your Community Service Day has been incredible!
If you haven't responded yet, check your UofL email inbox for the details on the various service projects available, including time, place, number of volunteers, and any special notes. (Brief descriptions are pasted below.) Then visit the websites of the organizations if you are not familiar with them. Finally, send an email with your first three choices to email@example.com by July 27. ALL projects are on Friday August 14 except for Habitat, which is on the 15th.
Operation Brightside; http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Brightside/; Litter cleanup. We pick the time and location(s) and Brightside provides bags, gloves, and will pick up the filled bags.
St. Vincent De Paul; http://www.svdplou.org/; May vary, but will probably include painting, project work in the clothes closet, and helping to move the thrift store and the maintenance shop. Specifics will vary depending on the number of volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity; http://www.hfhlouisville.org/; NOTE: this project is on Saturday August 15; Working alongside skilled construction staff in renovating and maintaining Habitat-owned buildings. Types of Construction Projects: Volunteers work on nearly every facet of home construction, helping with dozens of tasks including preparing the site for construction, framing, insulating, siding, hanging drywall, painting and landscaping, just to name a few.
Family Scholar House; http://familyscholarhouse.org/; Assembling Baskets of Cleaning Supplies for the residents of the Scholar House.
Animal Care Society; www.animalcaresociety.org; Painting, walking dogs, bathing dogs, cleaning, yard work, possibly some organization tasks at this no-kill facility.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries ; www.kyrm.org; Organizing donation basement, possibly assisting a family that arrives to resettle.
Hosparus ; http://www.hosparus.org/index.php; Several small projects, e.g., stuffing envelopes and doing labels for 1000 invitations for a charity event; putting together packets for incoming medical students.
Masonic Homes of Kentucky; http://www.masonichomesky.com/; Work with approximately 15 residents on a craft project.
Home of the Innocents; http://www.homeoftheinnocents.org/; Approximately two hours will be interacting with children (reading to them and wheeling them around); then lunch (provided); then from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., students will help to organize store room area.
The IT staff are making changes to the School of Law's network, two of which are immediately significant to returning students:
Changes to Web Site Log-in
From 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 29th, through 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law Web site will be unavailable while the law school's IT department makes an important change to the site. Beginning at midnight, Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law's Web site will require the law school community -- faculty, staff and students, including incoming students -- to log in using their ULink credentials (user name and password), rather than their Lawnet credentials, to view private content. Publicly available information will remain so.
Changes to School of Law Network (Lawnet)
From 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, through Friday, August 7, the IT staff will close returning students' Lawnet accounts while they make a series of changes to the School of Law's internal network (Lawnet). During this blackout period, students will not be able to log on to law school computers or use law school network resources, including accessing their files on the file server or printing to the laptop printer. Also during this period, the IT staff will:
- Deploy a new file server
- Copy students' documents and files from the current file server to the new one
- Remove all Law Library lab computers from the Lawnet domain and add them to the University's new Windows Active Directory domain
- Configure lab printing in the new network environment
On Monday, August 10, the IT staff will be available nearly all day (specific hours TBA), tentatively in room 177, to assist both incoming and returning students connect their laptops to the wireless network, to the new file server and to the reconfigured laptop printer. "Help" Day will be the only opportunity before the first day of class for students to configure, or reconfigure, their laptops in the new environment. The IT staff will be occupied with Orientation responsibilities the rest of the week of August 10-14.
Please make a note of these important changes. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jim Becker, Assistant Dean for Information Technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.