Academics News

Academic Success Tip - Recharge Your Study Schedule

Take a close look at your study schedule.  Are you utilizing your free time effectively, especially the time that was once reserved for classes that have now ended, including Basic Legal Skills and Professional Responsibility?  Put this additional free time to good use - review your class notes, finalize your outlines, meet with your professors.  Whatever tasks you need to accomplish in preparation for finals, be sure to take advantage of the time you now have available.

Academic Success Tip - Plan to Meet with Your Professors

Goal:  After each class this week, make a list of questions that you need to ask your professors.  This is the perfect time to organize the areas on which you need help.  By being ready to ask questions by the end of the week, you will avoid the rush on the very last class days and the difficulty of finding professors over the exam period.

Academic Success Tip - Studying During the Holiday

Realize that it is your responsibility to carve out the time you need for study.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important for you to have study time during the break period to prepare for exams, to write a paper, or to accomplish whatever tasks you need to do.  If you have always played during undergraduate school on breaks, they may not understand why law study is different.  Even if family and friends do not fully understand, you need to make personal decisions that you will not regret later.  You may need to make some compromises and get up earlier or stay up later.  Do not use your family and friends as an excuse to procrastinate.

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

Academic Success Tip - Conquer Your Most Difficult Tasks First

Be alert to your “highs” and “lows” in planning your study schedule.  Do the hardest tasks when you are the most alert.  It often helps to do the most difficult or most unpleasant task first so that it does not hang over you all day.  Do more active tasks when you are feeling more drained:  flashcards, practice questions, making graphics, etc.  Read and review outlines when you are the most focused.  Be aware of when you need a short break to restore your focus.

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Private Property and Public Protection


 
Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Private Property and Public Protection:
The Brandeisian Alternative


Professor Michael Allan Wolf
Nelson Chair in Local Government Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:00 p.m.


Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Open to the public; reception to follow (no RSVP needed)
 
 
Michael Allan Wolf, Ph.D., J.D., is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A legal historian and nationally recognized expert on the intersection of land use and environmental law, Professor Wolf is the General Editor of the most widely cited property law treatise, Powell on Real Property, the co-author of a major casebook on land use planning and the environment, and author of The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler (2008), a history of the landmark zoning case and its impact on land use in the U.S. Professor Wolf received his B.A. from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Louisville Phi Beta Kappa Speakers’ Committee. This lecture is given in honor of the birthday of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Louisville native for whom the Law School is named.

Registration is Closed through Nov 15

Attention students:  The University registration system is closed November 10 through November 15.  You may manage your registration account beginning November 16. 

Academic Success Tip

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Once you decide your priorities, plot out on a calendar which tasks you will complete each day.  Be realistic.  Mark down the actual hours you will spend on each task.  Consider the following possibilities:

  • Listen to CDs in the airport, on the plane, or while driving.
  • Review outlines while in the airport, or on the plane, or while waiting for family to arrive.
  • Photocopy the pages you need to read rather than lugging all of your books with you.
  • Ask a family member or friend to quiz you with flashcards at home or during a long commute.
  • Get up earlier or go to bed later than family so that you can carve out time to study.
  • Negotiate time to study when family/friends are doing other activities that do not need to include you.
  • Schedule time with family and friends so that you know when you can study and they know when they will see you.
  • Consider whether you can study in a different location than home in order to get time, space, and quiet for studying.
  • Plan to take Thanksgiving Day off if possible.  If you have too much to do, at least take a portion of the day off and have fun.
  • Use the template calendar attached to plan your schedule.

Climate Change & the Law: Spring 2011

Changes have been made to the Climate Change & the Law Seminar in Spring 2011, including a change in time (now Wednesdays, 3:50 to 5:30).  Please see the revised schedule on the Law School intranet course schedules page (in the category of Academics), and contact Dean Arnold if you have any questions.

Academic Success Tip - Create a Task List

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Create a task list for each exam course or paper/project.  Determine which tasks are your priorities to complete over your break period.  Weigh the following factors:

  • Are there projects/papers/presentations that will be due before the end of the semester?
  • Are your outlines up-to-date for all of your exam courses?
  • Are certain courses extremely difficult for you and need additional review time?
  • Are you aware that you are behind in certain courses or portions of courses?
  • Do you need to make tables, flowcharts, or other graphics if you are a visual learner?
  • Are there certain supplemental materials that you want to read and study to clarify certain topics?
  • Have you had a chance to do practice questions for your exam courses?
  • Do you need to spend more time on memorization of the law?
  • Will you be meeting with a study group during the break period?