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Registration in Fall 2011 Low-Enrollment Classes by May 9: Classes at Risk of Cancellation

The following three low-enrollment classes are at risk of being canceled: Written Advocacy Seminar; Tax Policy Seminar; Business Planning Seminar.  If you plan on taking any of these courses, you need to register for them by Monday, May 9 so that we can make decisions about whether to cancel them based on their actual anticipated enrollment.  If you need assistance with registration, contact Barbara Thompson.  If you have questions, please contact Dean Arnold.  Please note that the Written Advocacy Seminar can be used to satisfy either the Skills requirement or the Writing requirement.  The Tax Policy Seminar can be used to satisfy both the Perspective requirement and the Writing requirement.  The Business Planning Seminar can be used to satisfy the Skills requirement.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

You have worked hard all semester.  So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself?  If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely.  During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule.  Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams.  By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best.  No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations.  On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops. 

Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams.  You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.   Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.

Graduation Information

University Commencement and Brandeis School of Law Convocation

Friday, May 13

5:00 p.m.
University of Louisville Commencement Rehearsal      www.louisville.edu/commencement
KFC Yum! Center     (All students participating in the University-wide ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm seat for Commencement.)    

Saturday, May 14

10:00 a.m.
University Commencement Ceremony   www.louisville.edu/commencement      
KFC Yum! Center     (Academic procession at (9:30 a.m.)

12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
President’s Reception
KFC Yum! Center

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
The Louisville Palace Theatre  (625 S. Fourth Street)
Graduates should arrive no later than 3:30 for the Law School Convocation.
Class picture will be taken at 3:45.

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Academic procession and Brandeis School of Law Convocation
Guests do not need tickets or announcements.


ACADEMIC APPAREL AND HONOR CORD DISTRIBUTION

Distribution at the Red Barn:
Wednesday, May 11, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Honor Cords:
As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society will be selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2010 semester.  Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation.  Honor cords may be purchased at the Red Barn on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at the same time academic apparel is available.  Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) may purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) may purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) may purchase a gold/red honor cord.

Hotels for Guests:  To get the rate listed, you must ask for the UofL rate.


THE LINE UP LIST & DETAILS WILL BE IN THE DOCKET NEXT WEEK.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - A reminder about Skeletal Outlines, Instructions, and Organization

Skeletal Outlines - Write your skeletal outline of the course on a blank piece of paper as soon as the exam begins.  A skeletal outline is an organized list of principles and issues, created by you, which relates to a given area of the law.  Think about the outline you have been creating all semester, but now reduce it down to a page or two – this is your skeletal outline.  Writing out this list will give you a few moments to compose your thoughts before digging into the exam.  TIP:  If you cannot write your skeletal outline for a course from memory the day before the exam, you do not know the material well enough!


Instructions - Read the exam instructions closely!  When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, write your skeletal outline, and read the instructions.


Organization - Before answering an essay question, outline and organize your response.  Students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones.  This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer. 

Limited Access on Saturday, April 30

Access to Belknap Campus will be limited until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, because of street closures for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini-Marathon.

Major road closures include:

  •     Third and Fourth streets
  •     Central Avenue between Fourth and Floyd streets
  •     Southern Parkway
  •     Floyd Street between Central and Eastern Parkway
  •     Hahn Street between Floyd and Eastern Parkway
  •     Eastern Parkway between Crittenden Drive and Third

Anyone coming to campus that day should arrive from the east. Access to campus will be via Warnock Street, which should be reached via Eastern Parkway, Crittenden Drive or I-65. (See map)

More resources:

Business Planning Prerequisites Altered & Waivable

Dean Arnold and Professor Smith have approved an alteration to the prerequisites to the Fall 2011 offering of Business Planning: Basic Income Taxation and Business Organizations are now co-requisites (may be taken concurrently), not prerequisites for this particular offering.  In addition, any individual student who has a good case why the prerequisites should be waived for that student should contact Dean Arnold about an individual waiver.

Certificates in Student Mailboxes

All certificates from the April 1 Honors & Awards Program have been placed in student mailboxes. 

Extended Library Hours During Exam Period

The law library is offering extended hours during the final exam period April 21-May 6.

Thursday, April 217:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, April 227:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 238:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 24Noon - Midnight
Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 287:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, April 297:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 308:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 1Noon - Midnight
Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 57:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, May 67:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship - Application Deadline April 27

DRI is still accepting applications for its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship.  To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be full-time students or evening students who have completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best demonstrate:

Academic excellence
Service to the profession
Service to the community
Service to the cause of diversity


Interested students must complete the 2011 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application, obtain three letters of recommendation as outlined in the scholarship requirements, and submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide two separate suits in which foreign product manufacturers are contesting the state courts' exercise of personal jurisdiction over them. The Court will decide, among other things, if a company's mere awareness that a product could wind up in a state is sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction, or if companies must purposefully direct their products toward a state to warrant the exercise of personal jurisdiction. If the Court concludes that foreign manufacturers can or cannot be sued in any state in which the product is sold, absent direct contacts with the forum, what impact might that ruling have on product liability litigation defense?
 

For complete scholarship details and how to apply, visit the DRI website.

Brandeis Brief Break on Wednesday - It's a Surprise

Last Day of Class, Wednesday, April 20, Mosaic Lobby, 3:40 p.m.  Be there or be square.