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Repair Work on Front Entrance

A repair crew will be doing some work on the brick floor outside the front entrance.  Beginning Friday, September 30, through Thursday, October 6, the main entrance will be unavailable.  Please use either the east (classroom) or west (library) entrance during this period.

Academic Success Tip - Campus Resources

As a student of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, you may take advantage of the many services offered through the Belknap Campus Health Center.  Campus Health provides confidential, affordable, effective and student-focused medical, mental, and health education services to all students in the university community.  For example, Campus Health Services provides confidential psychiatric services at no-charge to any student for a variety of mental health issues including:

• New or existing depression or other mood problems
• Panic attacks or other forms of anxiety
• Eating disorders
• Sleep problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling totally "stressed out" or overwhelmed
• Problems with alcohol or drugs


Other campus health services include counseling, primary care, personal nutrition counseling and self-management support, and prescription assistance.  To learn more about the services you can take advantage of this semester and throughout the school year, visit the Campus Health website at https://louisville.edu/campushealth/.  The Counseling Center is a 5-minute walk from the law school and is located between the Student Activities Center and the Houchens Building and behind the Floyd Street Parking Garage.

Academic Success Tip - Stress

I’m stressed!  What can I do? 

  • Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week.  You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.  For a blank study schedule template, visit the Academic Success web page at www.law.louisville.edu/academics.
  • Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks.  When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about intentional torts and defenses.  When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
  • Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam.  Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
  • Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged.  You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks.  Congratulate yourself for completing tasks. 
  • Minimize your non-law school commitments.  If you work, cut back your hours.  Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.

Free Flu Shots for Law Students, Faculty, and Staff

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots on Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.

Academic Success Tip - Proofread and Follow Instructions

If you are working on writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work.  Should your paper be single-spaced or double-spaced?  What are the margin requirements?  What font is recommended?  Where are you supposed to write your exam number?  In what format are you supposed to submit your writing assignment, and when?  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Similarly, take time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing. 

  • When your document is almost finished, print a hard copy and put it aside for at least 24 hours to gain some perspective.  Then read your paper, looking for errors you may have missed.
  • For a fresh perspective, read the document aloud and check for errors.
  • As you read the document, consider that a sentence or paragraph should be clear on the first reading.  Revise any passages that do not meet that standard.
  • Check your citations against your original sources for accuracy.
  • Check your overall formatting.  Did you follow your professor's instructions?  Check your overall organization.

These tips were adapted from Professor Judith Fischer's Course Supplement for Basic Legal Skills 2011-12.

Academic Success Tip - Course Outlines

You are in your seventh week of classes now.  This week's tips are based on student questions that have been asked recently. 

What if I am behind on my course outlines?

  • For each course, calculate how many weeks behind you are on outlining the material. 
  • Start with the course that is most caught up and finish that outline first.  Then work on the next outline that has the fewest weeks to catch up and so forth.
  • If you are equally behind in several outlines, start with the course that you think you can do most quickly. 
  • If you have not started any outlines, decide which outline will be the easiest to do and complete it first.  Next easiest and so forth.
  • Block off time in your schedule to work on each outline over several days rather than expect to find 8 or 10 hours straight for outlining.
  • Set goals for when each outline will be current.  Try to have all outlines completed within 10 days – the earlier the better.
  • You will need to sacrifice weekend “fun” time to get on top of your outlining so that you only have to add new material each week.

Exam4 Information for Fall 2011

Important information about using Exam4 to take Fall 2011 exams is now available online and in print. This information includes software support changes, hardware and operating system requirements, instructions for downloading and installing Exam4, policy and procedures, and dates and deadlines for all exams.

1Ls are reminded they must attend an Exam4 information and training session Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275. Bring your laptop!

A printed flyer, "Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2011," is available in the IT hallway, so pick one up today!

AFL-CIO KY Chapter President Speaks Monday

The Labor and Employment Law Society is hosting Bill Londrigan, the President of the Kentucky Chapter of the AFL-CIO, on Monday September 26th from 12-1 PM in Room 175. He will talk about the new regulations regarding the Employee Free Choice Act and the on-going battles in various states concerning public sector unions.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Determine your current areas of confusion and get help now.  Concepts often build on one another – if you wait too long, you will be hopelessly lost.  Review your briefs and class notes and determine what questions you have at this time.  Talk with classmates who understand the material.  Ask professors questions.  Use a study aid to clarify a topic. 

Students interested in Health Law: Scholarship Opportunities for Seton Hall's Summer 2012 Healthcare Program

Every summer, Seton Hall University offers a Healthcare Compliance Certification Program.  The 2012 program will take place in June.  While the program is aimed primarily at attorneys, the organizers also encourage 2L and 3L law students to attend.

Seton Hall has announced that two scholarships will be available to students who want to attend the 2012 conference.  For more information, visit the Program Website.