Academics News

KY BAR PRESENTATION TODAY

All students planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in July are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation today at 1:00 in Room 275.  Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the bar application process, character and fitness issues, and the format of the Kentucky Bar Exam.  This program will be recorded for evening division students who are unable to attend. Feel free to bring your lunch.  Snacks will be provided.

The Law School's Bad Weather Policy

In light of snow being forecast for Thursday, 1/7/2010, we should all be reminded that the Law School follows the University’s bad weather policy and announcements.

 

If the University announces that classes are closed for the day, then the Law School is closed that day.  If the University announces that classes will be delayed (starting at 10:00 am, for example) then Law School classes beginning  before 10:00 am are cancelled and classes that begin at or after 10:00 am will meet at their regular time and for their regular length of time.

 

The University announces its bad weather decisions at the top of the University homepage, www.louisville.edu,  by direct email and text message to those of have signed up for this service and through local media.

 

The Law School’s policy is written in paragraph X of the Student Handbook, which I quote here:

 

“X.  Bad Weather ScheduleThe Law School follows the University’s lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays.   1)  We will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point. For instance, if we delay opening until 10:00 a.m., all classes that begin before 10:00 a.m. will be cancelled.  Classes meeting at 10:00 a.m. and later will meet at their regular times and will include the full instruction period. 2)  For purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:15 p.m. 3)  Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways:  A notice at the top of the University home page, www.louisville.edu; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their Groupwise accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555. 

These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information.  They are the first three methods by which we will communicate, although we will continue to announce our decisions through media as well.”

 

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Kentucky Bar Exam Presentation

All students planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in July are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation this Thursday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 in Room 275.  Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, and Mary Riddell, Deputy Director, will discuss the bar application process, character and fitness issues, and the format of the Kentucky Bar Exam.  This program will be recorded for evening division students who are unable to attend.

Last day to add a class and withdraw from a class

Friday, January 8, 2010, is the last day to add a class.

February 26, 2010, is the last day to withdraw from a class, but if you withdraw from a class after Friday, January 8, a W will show on your transcript.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A MAY 2010 DEGREE

Thursday, January 28, 2010, is the last day to apply for a May 2010 degree.

ULink, Student Services, under Degree Information - Degree Application

 

Reminder - Kentucky Bar Exam Presentation on Thursday

All students planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in July are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation this Thursday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 in Room 275.  Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will be one of the presenters, and will be available to answer your questions about the bar application process, character and fitness issues, and the format of the bar exam.  This program will be recorded for evening division students who are unable to attend.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Evaluating Your Exam Performance

Grades for the fall semester are in.  Were you pleasantly surprised or dismally disappointed or somewhere in-between?  Regardless of your situation, most every student can benefit by participating in an exam review with their professor.  No one gets a perfect score on a law school exam and there is always room for improvement.  Below are some tips for having a productive exam review:

  • Be very clear about the professor's requirements.  Some professors have specific dates and times when they will hold exam reviews with students.  If you are unsure of a professor's availability, send him or her an email.
  • Before you meet with a professor to do a formal exam review, request to see a copy of the exam.  Doing your own assessment will help you prepare your thoughts before meeting with the professor.  You will be amazed by what you notice about the exam question and your answer when you can look at it without the stress and time pressure of an exam period. 
  • Come to the meeting with only one thing in mind - learning from past experience and gaining from professional reaction to your product.  Do not expect that this meeting with lead to a grade change.
  • Take an active role in the meeting.  Do not expect a packaged answer from the professor, pinpointing your precise strengths and weaknesses.  The following questions, if you ask them consistently, can identify trends in your exam-taking:
  • Did I misread the instructions for the exam?
  • Did I spot the important issues?
  • Did I miss important issues entirely?
  • Did I display the rule/test/framework/standard properly and clearly?
  • Did I adequately explain exceptions and/or counter arguments?
  • Did I organize my answer based upon what was asked in the call of the question?
  • Did I thoroughly develop the analysis/application?  Did I explain each step of my legal analysis?
  • Did I explore the facts of the question thoroughly in light of the legal principles and issues that I identified?
  • What ways could the answer have been better organized?
  • Did I make unwarranted assumptions in order to reach my conclusion?
  • What aspects of my exam were strong?

Take a hard look at your performance last semester.  Be honest with yourself about what worked and what did not work.  Give yourself credit for your study strategies that were efficient and effective.  Admit what study strategies were disasters.  If you did not put in enough effort, own up to it.  If you procrastinated, own up to it.  To improve this semester, you must know your strengths, be honest about your weaknesses, and rigorous in your time management.   

SPRING 2010 FIRST DAY OF CLASS

January 4, 2010, is the first day of class for the spring 2010 semester.  Please see the attached schedule.

2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009)

The 2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009) is posted to the Law School website.  The schedule is "tentative," but I do not expect to make changes.

 

8 January 2010 is the last day to "add" a course to your 2010 spring schedule; for some students, the 2010 Summer Schedule is important to your course selection in spring 2010.

 

The faculty is using the holiday break to rest and rejuvinate for the spring semester.  I hope your holiday break is just what you want it to be and that you arrive on 4 January 2010 as rejuvinated as your faculty and ready to begin a new semester.

 

 

GRADES

Grades have been posted and you can check your grades on ULink.  Class rankings will not be ready until February. 

 

 The University will be closed from December 24 until January 4.

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY