Being organized is essential to being a good attorney. Law school is a great place to learn better organizational skills. Here are some tips that can improve your organization:
- Keep all of your law school study materials in one place in your home rather than scattered in many areas. When you have finished with study materials, return them immediately to that designated place.
- Before you go to bed at night, sort out the materials you need to take to school the next day and put them together.
- Keep student organization materials in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep materials for your part-time work in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep the syllabus, case briefs, class notes, and handouts for a course together in a 3-ring binder. Designate a separate 3-ring binder for each of your classes.
- If color helps you organize, use different colored folders or binders for school courses, work, student organizations, etc.
- Read your syllabus carefully; highlight due dates and transfer them immediately to your calendar.
- Always date your class notes.
- Have as many consistent abbreviations as possible to use in your notes and outlines for all classes. For each new subject, decide on special abbreviations for that class to use in your notes and outlines and stay consistent.
- If bold, italics, underlining, all capitals and/or font changes help you learn, use them consistently in your outlines.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that your professor emphasized in class. For example: insert a star, underline the material, highlight the material in a different color, etc.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that you have questions about. For example: “Q”, “?”, red asterisk, red ink, etc.
- If flow charts help you, use a large dry erase board for formulating a flow chart before you finalize it on paper or on your computer.
- Regularly back-up your computer files on a thumb drive or CD.
Structured Study Groups meet today from 1:00 to 2:00. Room numbers are listed below:
Elisabeth Fitzpatrick Room 075
John Friend Room 080
Samantha Hupman Room 171
Ross Jordan Room 079/071
Vince Kline Room 275
Greg Mayes Room 270
Brittany McKenna Room 077
Thomas Stevens Room 060
Amanda Warford Room 177
For the past several months, University IT has publicized January 2011 as the time at which UofL students may begin migrating from GroupWise to the new CardMail service. Apparently, IT has experienced some "start-up issues," and is now asking that students who have not already migrated forbear from doing so until University IT announces a particular DATE after which it should be safe to migrate. As soon as the law school's IT department receives notice of that date, we will pass it on via the Daily Docket, our Web site and our Twitter stream.
In the meantime ...
- If you have not already migrated from GroupWise to CardMail, please wait to do so until we get the "all clear" from University IT.
- If you have already migrated to CardMail but have NOT also closed your GroupWise account, please do not close your GroupWise account until we get the "all clear."
- If you have already migrated to CardMail AND have closed your GroupWise account, and are experiencing problems, please just try to endure until University IT resolves its "start-up issues."
http://media.law.louisville.edu/B0DCEC05-CA83-4571-8191-EB2D2CD99958/. This link will be active for one more week. Students taking the bar exam in July 2011, or February 2012, should view the program. Questions? Please contact Kimberly Ballard, at email@example.com.
Due to public safety concerns, pedestrian access will be eliminated around the construction site at the northeast corner of Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The Third Street sidewalk from the corner to the Cardinal Shuttle stop just south of the Oval is being closed immediately. The sidewalk from that corner east on Eastern Parkway is being closed up to the Natural Science Building. Also, the Third Street sidewalk south of Eastern Parkway near the Engineering Graphics parking lot will be closed soon for utilities work. During that time pedestrians need to cross Third Street near the entrance to the Engineering Graphics lot, proceed north on Third, and cross back at the Eastern-Third Street intersection. Signs will mark all closures and alternate routes.
Time is a commodity that most law students lament during law school. However, there are some time management techniques that can really improve your control over your learning and your quality of life. Here are some suggestions on how to make time your friend instead of your enemy.
You should manage your time on three levels: monthly, weekly and daily. Each of these three levels complements the other two so that you work effectively and efficiently rather than haphazardly.
You can use paper templates to manage your monthly and weekly calendars or you can use Outlook or your own electronic templates. In addition, you can use a paper “to do” list for daily management. Weekly templates are posted on the Academic Success webpage http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.
For weekly time management, here are the steps you should take:
- You will get more out of your reading if you do not do it the day before class or the day of class. Instead, read for a class two days before you have class. For example, read on Saturday for Monday; on Sunday for Tuesday; on Monday for Wednesday; etc. This schedule allows you to read more carefully and to reflect on the material while reading; allows you time to review before class; and allows you to have Thursdays and Fridays for outlining, practice questions, time for papers or projects, review of your outlines, etc.
- Put your commitments in first: class attendance; structured study group sessions; work hours; study group times; sleep; meals; exercise; student organization meetings; non-law reward time, etc.
- Then, fill in your reading/briefing, review before class, review of class notes within 24 hours, outlining, practice questions, project time, review time. If you overdid it on reward time, you will have to designate additional study time.
- For most law students, 40-45 hours per week outside of class throughout the entire semester will mean reviewing near exam time instead of learning it for the first time.
- Include some blocks of “flex” time in case an assignment takes longer than usual or you were ill and needed to alter your schedule as a result. You then have additional times set aside when you can study and will not panic if you are surprised by an assignment or life event in a particular week.
- It will take 2-3 weeks to get a weekly schedule that feels comfortable and works consistently. As you evaluate what worked and did not work each week, alter the schedule to make better use of your “alert” time and your ability to concentrate in blocks. Include short breaks within longer blocks of studying so that you are able to focus and concentrate.
- The rewards for good time management are that your stress goes down, you are better prepared for studying for the bar, and you are better equipped as a new lawyer to manage a client load and work tasks.
If you were unable to attend the information session on Wednesday, but are still interested in volunteering for the National Trial Competition as a witness, forms are available outside the Moot Court Board Office (across from the Washer Lounge).
Students planning to volunteer must see Jina Scinta in Office 180 before February 15, to complete any necessary paperwork in order to receive public service credit.
Questions? Please email Brian Bennett. firstname.lastname@example.org