In the past month, the University administration has scheduled three events on the Oval that have disrupted the Law School’s program of legal education by affecting access to the building and parking and, in one case, requiring the relocation of Law School classes to another building on campus and the closing of the Law Library during regular hours. Each event has also taken scarce administrative, staff, and faculty time away from educational functions to work on informing the Law School community of these events and planning and implementing adaptive responses.
We know that many of you are frustrated by these circumstances, particularly when there has been very little advanced notice. We too are frustrated. In every instance, the Law School was given no choice in the matter. The decisions were made unilaterally by the University administration. The University administration has endeavored to assist the Law School to minimize or adapt to these disruptions, but we are aware that disruption has nonetheless occurred. We are concerned that academically disruptive events on the Oval may become normal. We are aware that these events serve value for the University and its mission, but that there are concerns that they could increasingly undermine the education for which students are paying tuition and our capacity to meet ABA-mandated classroom hours.
From: Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development; Kathy Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life: David Ensign, Director of the Law Library; and Vickie Tencer, Business Manager
The Seminar in Written Advocacy (Prof. Jones), Spring 2011, can be used to satisfy either the upper-division writing requirement or the upper-division skills requirement. However, academic rules prohibit students from using the course to satisfy both requirements with the same course. Therefore, each student must elect which of the two requirements the course will satisfy by notifying Professor Jones.
Everybody is (or should be) sliding into “studying for exams” mode. Time becomes a critical variable now. It is important to find time for all of your tasks. It is also important to be productive with that time. This week's tips will focus on how to get more time out of each day and be more productive during studying.
Tip #1: Evaluate your day for “lost” time. Look for time wasted in the following ways: unproductive time between classes; assignment time stretched to 3 hours when with more diligence it could have been finished in 2 ½ hours; delay in starting a project because “I have all day;” inefficient and scattered errand running or other non-school tasks; completion of chores or other non-school tasks during prime study time. If only ½ hour is captured each day of the week, it nets 3 ½ hours of extra study time.