Academics News

Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation

The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event.  There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes.  In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, the remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.

  • Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus.  If you have been coasting through class until now, stop.  If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop.  If you have been partying instead of studying, stop.  You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
  • Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies.  If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels.  If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind.  Own it and move forward.

Town Hall meeting re: schedules

Town Hall meetings for students to meet with the Associate Deans re: schedules will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Room 075, and Thursday, October 21 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 080.  The meeting will cover the Spring and Summer 2011 schedules as well as beginning the process of gathering student input regarding the 2011-12 coure offerings and schedule.  We want to receive your input and answer your questions.  If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

Upper Division Advising Office Hours for Spring Registration

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?  
 
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112). 

Office Hours:
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Catching up on Reading

You are in your ninth week of classes now.  Today's tip addresses the question that I've been asked by a lot of students lately:  What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?

  • Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class.  You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
  • Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (one case at a time). 
  • On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week.  Then use extra time for catch-up reading.

As you approach the Thanksgiving Break, you do not want to be behind in your reading or your outlining.  Stay focused now and get caught up so you will be in the best position possible when doing your core studying for finals.

Law Day to Withdraw

Reminder:  The last day to withdraw from a course is Friday, October 15. 

Academic Success Tip - Follow Instructions (a reminder)

Whether you are working on a writing assignment or getting ready to take an exam, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professors' instructions.  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Academic Success Tip - Do You Feel Behind on Your Outlines?

The Law School's mid-term break is on Monday.  This long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get caught up with outlining in each of your courses.  Try these tips:

  • For each course, calculate how many weeks behind you are in the outline. 
  • Start with the course that is most caught up and finish that outline first.  Then work on the next outline that has the fewest weeks to catch up and so forth.
  • If you are equally behind in several outlines, start with the course that you think you can do most quickly. 
  • If you have not started any outlines, decide which outline will be the easiest to do and complete it first.  Next easiest and so forth.
  • Block off time in your schedule to work on each outline over several days, rather than expect to find 8 or 10 hours straight for outlining.
  • Set goals for when each outline will be current.  Try to have all outlines completed within 10 days – the earlier the better.
  • You will need to sacrifice weekend “fun” time to get on top of your outlining so that you only have to add new material each week.

Academic Success Tip - Test Your Knowledge

At this point in the semester, it is always a good idea to begin testing your understanding of the material and your memorization of the material.  You can create your own flashcards, checklists, and games to quiz yourself.  Another great resource is CALI, which offers free lessons and tutorials for law students.  CALI provides over 720 interactive, computer-based lessons in subjects such as Administrative Law, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Legal Research, PR, Property, Tax, Torts, Wills & Trusts, among others.  You can run lessons directly from the CALI website at www.cali.org/lessons.  Students report that the tutorials are a good supplement to class lectures and useful in testing knowledge of the material. 

Academic Success Tip - Plan Ahead

Plan ahead for the long weekend. Take time this week to identify tasks that you need to complete, and then prioritize those tasks. The more prepared you are to get started, the more you will acomplish during the break.

Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism to Visit Law School

On Thursday, October 7, Professor Nancy Schultz will give a faculty workshop presentation on teaching legal skills across the curriculum, at noon, in the Cox Lounge.  Professor Schultz will be our Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism. 
Professor Schultz is Professor of Law and Director of the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Program at Chapman University School of Law in California.  She has chaired the ABA's Student Competitions Committee, served as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and was the Director of Legal Writing at George Washington University Law School.  She is the author of three major texts and has spoken extensively on legal skills pedagogy throughout the U.S. and internationally.
This particular presentation supports the Law School's efforts to enhance its legal skills curriculum.