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Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law on Sale Now!

Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law are on sale now for only $10 each.

Tickets are available:

  • In person at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Resource Center (Room 272), M-F, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • At the door, Oct. 27, 2011, Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204

    Payment by cash or check only. Make checks payable to "University of Louisville."

Last Call for Students to RSVP for the LBA IP Section Meeting--Tuesday, September 13

Last call!  Any students who want to attend the LBA IP section meeting in the Law School on Tuesday, the 13th, should RSVP to Dean Cross no later than noon on Monday.  The meeting is a chance for you to meet local intellectual property attorneys, as well as hear presentations on interesting IP topics by our own Professor Smith and 3L Brenton Stanley.

Those students who have already indicated they plan to attend need not RSVP again.

Brandeis "Brief" Break - Thursday

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief."  Take a few minutes next Thursday to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down, come to the Cox Faculty Lounge (second floor, up by the administrative offices).  Grab an ice cream bar and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., so come when you get out of class at 3:40 or 4:05, or come before you go to class at 3:50 or 4:15.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Gina Young who is the winner of a $10 gift card to Burger King and a UofL Law decal.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

Our daily prize drawings are now finished.  But, now and then, just to make sure you keep checking the Docket, we'll draw for a prize recipient and post it in the Docket.  So keep reading -- for prize notices now and then and for other important daily news!

Academic Success Tip - Course Outlines

How are your course outlines coming along?  By now, you should have enough information in each course to begin an outline.  Then, you want to add to your outlines regularly – preferably every week or every other week.  Remember that your outlines will be your primary study aids for exams.  Once you have a good outline for a segment of the course, your class notes and case briefs will no longer be your focus for that part of the material. 

1L Oath

The 1L signed School of Law Oath has been framed and hung.  Check it out -- it's right outside Dean Cross's office in the Student Life wing.  See attached photo.

Jonathon Raymon wins the Yoga Prize

Congratulations to Jonathon Raymon, who won the drawing for the lavish and glitzy prize given to one student who attended the first yoga session.  The drawing was overseen by representatives from one of the Big Four accounting firms. And it's a good thing the representatives were there, as some non-students tried to cheat by signing their names to the list (Dean Duncan, this means you ..). 


Jonathon wins a UofL Law School polo shirt.  He can pick it up in Dean Ballard's office.

December Graduates

Are you planning to take the bar exam in February 2012?  The regular application filing deadline for the KY Bar Exam is October 1, 2011.  If you have not started already, you will want to begin the application process now.  Attached are helpful documents explaining the Kentucky Bar application, as well as information on bar loans and a self-assessment tool for the bar exam.  Please see Dean Ballard if you have any questions.  Dean Ballard can also assist you if you are planning to take the bar exam in another state. 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Hannah Truxell who is the winner of a UofL Law polo.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim you prize.

Academic Success Tip - Improve Your Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you.
  • Take short 5-minute breaks after every hour of studying.
  • Take a longer 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours.
  • Take a quick break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material.
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions.
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study.
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar.
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas.