Academics News

Student Mailboxes

Students:  Please check your mailboxes this week.  If your name is listed incorrectly, or if you do not have a mailbox, contact Marilyn Peters or Becky Wenning in the Law Resource Center - Room 272.  Every student should have a mailbox and should check it regularly.

LSAT Prep Event

Are you interested in LAW SCHOOL?
Plan on taking the Law School Admissions Test?

Gain the upper edge by joining the Harlan Scholars for the

LSAT Strategies & Official Practice Exam Event

Event is instructed & proctored by a licensed Kaplan professional.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 -- 9 AM-4 PM
UofL Brandeis School of Law Room 175
Cost to attend is $15 (includes lunch)

Please make checks payable to the Harlan Scholars Program.

To Reserve Your Spot, e-mail Sierra Ashby or call 270-339-7239. Hurry! Space is Limited!

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Create a structured study schedule and stick to it!   If you have been “flying by the seat of your pants” on your time management, now is the time to create a schedule and stick to it for the remainder of the semester.  If you follow a study schedule, you will be able to complete your reading and briefing one or two days before class (without rushing through the material), rather than the day of class.   You will also ensure that you are devoting enough time to other study tasks, including reviewing your class notes, outlining, meeting with your study group, working on papers and projects, and completing practice questions.  Perhaps the best part about following a study schedule is that you can have guilt-free time off because you have finished all of your study tasks for the week.  And, your family members, significant others, and friends will know when you will be free.  To create your own study schedule, use the blank time management schedule posted on the Academic Success webpage at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  If you need any assistance in completing your schedule, stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212).

Research Assistant Position Available Immediately (Prof. Arnold)

Professor Tony Arnold is seeking a research assistant for Fall 2010 to assist with research in the fields of environmental sustainability, property, takings, land use and development, and ecosystems.  Applicants should be able to devote a substantial amount of time to the project in September, particularly on a project involving coastal land use and property rights.  Please submit a resume to Professor Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or at the Associate Dean's office (213), or my mailbox, no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 2.  A selection will be made on September 2 or 3, and work will begin no later than September 7.

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Congratulations!  You are beginning your third week of classes.  For those of you who are new to law school, things should be getting into a routine now.  For those of you who are returning to law school, you probably feel like you never left because it is all so familiar.

You now have a long weekend that you can look forward to.  Use this time wisely to improve your future workload as a law student.  Three days can be a blessing for law students who have gotten behind in their reading or who are feeling sleep-deprived.  This week's tips will provide suggestions for getting the most out of this weekend. 

Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your apartment, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Finish unpacking boxes.  Finish organizing your study area.  Finish the final decorating touches.  Starting Tuesday morning, you want to make law school your priority. Even if you are settled in your home, take advantage of the long weekend to get your errands run and to get your space in order. 

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Congratulations!  You are beginning your third week of classes.  For those of you who are new to law school, things should be getting into a routine now.  For those of you who are returning to law school, you probably feel like you never left because it is all so familiar.

You now have a long weekend that you can look forward to.  Use this time wisely to improve your future workload as a law student.  Three days can be a blessing for law students who have gotten behind in their reading or who are feeling sleep-deprived.  This week's tips will provide suggestions for getting the most out of this weekend. 

Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your apartment, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Finish unpacking boxes.  Finish organizing your study area.  Finish the final decorating touches.  Starting Tuesday morning, you want to make law school your priority. Even if you are settled in your home, take advantage of the long weekend to get your errands run and to get your space in order. 

Academic Success Tip - Study Groups are Not for Studying

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. 

Academic Success Tip - It Takes Time to Acquire New Skills in Law School

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.

Feedback on Spring 2011 Schedule: September 1 Deadline

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 tony.arnold@louisville.edu.  Thanks!

Academic Success Tip - Don't do Your Reading Too Far in Advance

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.