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University of Louisville (Louis D. Brandeis School of Law)

The success and stature of the Brandeis School of Law are grounded in a commitment to excellence in preparing lawyers for productive careers. With the resources of the University of Louisville behind it, the law school is able to provide world-class faculty, strong programs and top-notch academic support. Yet, with one of the 10 best student-faculty ratios in the nation, it operates and feels more like a small college.

Smaller class sizes foster close interaction between students and faculty, nurture a culture of collegial learning and provide opportunities for individualized attention. The law school, by design, has actually downsized its student body in recent years in order to increase selectivity while maintaining diversity.

The Brandeis School of Law strives to promote collegiality and professionalism. Its culture is based on civility and respect for all students and faculty, avoiding “paper chase” or “cutthroat” law school stereotypes. The school also seeks to admit and support a diverse law school population and provides opportunities to share and discuss differing opinions.

The Brandeis School of Law has 30 full-time faculty members and numerous part-time or adjunct teachers. Twelve of the full-time faculty are women and five are minorities.

The faculty gives a high priority to excellence in teaching and accessibility to students. They are also a community of active scholars who earned their law degrees at such schools as Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Stanford, Michigan, New York University, Virginia, Duke, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Iowa and the University of Louisville.

Recent faculty works have been published in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (England), Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Northwestern Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, among others.

An exciting, vibrant metropolitan area with a population of almost one million, Louisville offers lots of hospitality and charm. Situated on the Ohio River, it is an ideal place to live for single adults or families, with a low cost of living for a metropolitan area, a nationally recognized public school system and much to see and do, from the cultural arts to sports.

There are museums, theaters, an orchestra, a zoo, outdoor festivals, live music and clubs, restaurants, coffee houses and shopping malls, and more than 100 beautiful parks in which to camp, hike or just relax. The city really comes alive each spring, when the Kentucky Derby Festival attracts more than a million visitors from all over the world.

For more information, go to the Web sites of Louisville Magazine,, or the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau,

The University of Louisville is a metropolitan research institution with an attractive, comfortable main campus in the heart of Kentucky’s largest city. The Health Sciences Center, home to University of Louisville Hospital and the schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing, is located downtown in the Louisville Medical Center.

The university has been a part of Louisville’s history for more than 200 years, contributing to its economic success and providing a valuable place of study for future physicians, lawyers, business leaders, educators and other professionals. U of L’s growing reputation as a research institution is attracting top faculty from across the country-and students benefit from interacting with and learning from these researchers and scholars.

The study of law is an experience in discovery, discourse and discipline. At the Brandeis School of Law, students find the excitement of new ideas, the challenge of intellectual exchange and the rigor of critical analysis. The school’s rich curriculum provides a comprehensive education in legal doctrine, practical skills and professional values, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their program of legal study through international study and clinical externships.

The Brandeis School of Law offers several dual degree programs designed to enhance the student’s understanding, skills and career opportunities in both areas of study. Each requires application and admission to both participating schools.
Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor (MBA/JD)
Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor (MSSW/JD)
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities (JD/MAH)
Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity (JD/M.Div.)
Juris Doctor/Master of Political Science (JD/MAPS)

The Brandeis School of Law has a strong track record in moot court and professional skills competitions. Students are also actively involved in writing for and publishing the Brandeis Law Journal and the Journal of Law and Education. Graduates of the Brandeis School of Law have achieved an employment rate above the national average and regularly score above the statewide average on the Kentucky bar examination.

Participation in numerous student organizations also enhances student success, providing access to a lively intellectual community. Students are active in the International Law Society, Environmental Law Society, Federalist Society, Lambda Law Caucus, Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Women’s Law Caucus, Black Law Students Association, Christian Law Society, Student Bar Association, the Foundation for Equal Justice and several legal fraternities.

As one of America’s first five law schools to incorporate public service into the required curriculum, the Brandeis School of Law assures that every student’s education includes a chance to work outside classroom walls, dealing with real people and real problems with professional supervision and mentoring.

Every student is required to perform a minimum of 30 hours of law-related public service prior to graduation. Nationwide opportunities include service in legal clinics, assisting in death penalty litigation, working on domestic violence issues, serving as court advocates for children, working with victims of rape, and dealing with environmental issues.

Through these experiences, students develop legal skills, professional values and an understanding of the real issues faced by the community. The vast majority of students say that participation in their public service project has led to an interest in doing pro bono work after graduation.

Each year, Brandeis students donate more than 4,000 hours of law-related work to local, state and national organizations through this program.

Through the clinical externship program, upper-level students perform law related work and gain practical experience under the supervision of faculty and members of the bar. Students who meet the required prerequisites can choose from the following clinical experience.

Judicial Externship - Students will be afforded an opportunity to observe the legal system from the perspective of the judge.

Legal Aid Clinical Externship - Students will study and practice in legal skills: including interviewing, investigation, counseling, negotiation, and courtroom behavior, with the goal of developing a model of lawyer decision-making.

Criminal Justice Externship - Students may be assigned to one of the following agencies: Public Defender, Jefferson County Attorney, or Commonwealth Attorney.

Tax Externship - Students will work with the local office of the Internal Revenue Service and will also study an overview of tax procedure and receive instruction in computer assisted tax research.

Domestic Violence Externship - At the Center for Women and Families, students will study statutes concerning family violence and procedures fro seeking remedies and will participate in intake meetings with clients and court appearances involving protective orders, divorce, custody, visitation and dependency.

The Career Services Office helps Brandeis Students and alumni in their job search efforts through general information sessions and individual counseling. Students are equipped for the job search process through education, information and access to experienced staff.

Brandeis School of Law graduates have achieved an employment rate above the national average, with 98 percent of the graduating class of 2002 finding jobs within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of those graduates received job offers before graduation.

Career Services provides on-campus interviews for summer and full-time employment in addition to individual job search assistance.

The Brandeis School of Law is housed in Wilson W. Wyatt Hall, a gracious colonial style building overlooking the formal entrance to the U of L campus. Two additions have been made to the original, which was designed by architect Jens Frederick Larson: a library wing completed in 1974 and a new classroom and office wing added in 1982. The integrated complex provides a spacious environment for research, teaching and learning.

The school’s law library houses a collection of more than 300,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents, carefully selected to aid student instruction and promote research. The library also receives original briefs of the U.S. Supreme Court-a rare distinction for a law school and a practice originated by Justice Brandeis that continues today.

The law library also features a wireless network and two computer labs exclusively for law students’ use. Students conduct research using Westlaw, LexisNexis and other electronic services. The Brandeis School of Law has incorporated instructional technologies into four of its eight classrooms and continues to make significant investments in academic computing.

School name:University of LouisvilleLouis D. Brandeis School of Law
Address:2301 South 3rd Street Belknap Campus
Zip & city:KY 40292  Kentucky

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