Posted August 26th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Study groups are one of the most misunderstood aspects of law school life. In fact, the term "study group" is something of a misnomer - "review group" may be more appropriate. Review groups are most effective when all the group members have studied on their own and then come together to test each other's knowledge. Before you decide whether or not to join a review group, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages. Review groups can be valuable in the learning process if they are well structured. Be sure to set the purposes and goals for your group at the beginning so your group is not counterproductive.
Posted August 25th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Even if you learn perfectly every bit of information presented to you in your texts and classes, you still may fail to do well in law school. Although knowledge is crucial to success, the goal of legal education is to teach you skills. In other words, what you need to learn is how to apply the knowledge you acquire and how to effectively do so in writing. This point is often overlooked by new law students. Your law school exams will require you to demonstrate your skills in applying your knowledge of the law to new situations. Acquiring new skills requires you to practice those skills over and over and requires a large expenditure of time by you (and does not necessarily come easily or quickly). Keep your focus this semester and allow the time necessary to develop these important skills. Adapted from Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael Hunter Schwartz.
Posted August 25th, 2010 by Craig Anthony (...
September 1 is the deadline for submitting concerns, requests, or input about the Spring 2011 schedule. A few changes will need to be made to meet student needs and interests and to resolve a couple of unavoidable problems in the current schedule. All of these changes need to be made soon after September 1 and the schedule prepared for registration later in the fall semester. Please submit any input by September 1 to Associate Dean Arnold at email@example.com
Posted August 24th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
The more you remember from your reading assignment, the more you will get out of class. If you do your reading too long before a class meets, you will remember so little of the material that you will lose the benefits of working ahead. As a general rule, try to complete your reading one to two days before class. This, together with a five-minute pre-class review, will maximize your classroom learning.
Posted August 23rd, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Time is a precious commodity in law school. Law students are always looking for shortcuts; however, shortcuts are not the answer. Instead, you want to use your time more efficiently and effectively. Here are some suggestions:
- Learn the material as you read it rather than highlight it to learn later. Ask questions while you read. Make margin notes as you read. Brief the case or make additional notes to emphasize the main points and big picture of the topic after you finish reading. If you only do cursory "survival" reading, you will have to re-read for learning later which means double work.
- Review what you have read before class. By reviewing, you reinforce your learning. You will be able to follow in class better. You will recognize what is important for note taking rather than taking down everything the professor says. You will be able to respond to questions more easily. Your confidence level about the material will increase.
- Be more efficient and effective in taking class notes. Listen carefully in class. Take down the main points rather than frantically writing or typing verbatim notes. Use consistent symbols and abbreviations in your notes.
- Review your class notes within 24 hours. Fill in gaps. Organize the notes if needed. Note any questions that you have. If you wait to review your notes until you are outlining, you will have less recall of the material.
- Regularly review material. We forget 80% of what we learn in 2 weeks if we do not review. Regular review of your outlines will mean less cramming at the end of the semester. You save time ultimately by not re-learning. You gain deeper understanding. You have less stress at exam time.
- Look for the big picture at the end of each sub-topic and topic. Do not wait until pre-exam studying to pull the course together. Synthesize the cases that you have read on a sub-topic: how are they different and similar. Determine the main points that you need to cull from cases for the sub-topic or topic. Analyze how the sub-topics or topics are inter-related.
- Ask the professors questions as soon as you can. Do not store up questions like a squirrel storing nuts for winter. The sooner you get your questions answered, the greater your comprehension of current material. New topics often build on understanding of prior topics. Unanswered questions merely lead to more confusion and less learning.
Posted August 20th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
The faculty members at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law are top notch legal scholars and teachers, and they also provide valuable insight into how you can be successful. Be sure to meet with each of your professors at least once during the semester. Utilize their office hours to clarify points of the law or to follow up on a class discussion.
Posted August 20th, 2010 by Barbara A. Thompson
Today, Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit. If you need any approvals, please contact Barbara Thompson is Student Records before 4:00 p.m. today.
Posted August 19th, 2010 by Virginia Mattingly
Anyone registering for more than 16 credit hours must be approved for an overload. Please see Associate Dean Bean for approval. In addition, the ABA limits students to 18 credit hours a semester. This includes Independent Study credits, Moot Court credits, and Law Review credits; it also includes courses taken in another graduate school, either for law school credit or as part of a dual degree program. Please see Dean Bean with questions.
Posted August 19th, 2010 by Craig Anthony (...
Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations class meeting for Thursday, August 19 is canceled. Starting Tuesday, August 24, Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations section will merge with Professor DeMuth's Domestic Relations section. Both classes will move to Room 175 starting Tuesday, August 24, and Professor DeMuth will teach the combined section. Professor Jones' Torts I class will move to Room 075.
Posted August 18th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Avoid simply rewriting information about the cases that is already contained in your case briefs. Instead, correct or add to your briefs so that they accurately reflect what your professor and classmates are saying about the case. If you use this technique, you will be more engaged in the class discussion. The continuing orientation workshop this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275 will provide more tips on how to take effective class notes.