The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes. The remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.
- Ask your professors questions. Your professors will be writing and grading your exams. Your professors are the experts. Ask questions about any areas on which you are confused. Ask early and often rather than wait until the end of classes.
- Spend time on memory work. Drill on rules and elements so that you know them by heart. Even if you are able to take a rule or statute book into an exam, you need to know the rules to avoid having to look everything up.
- Apply the material constantly. The more practice questions that you do, the better prepared you will be to organize your answers and to spot nuances in the law. Practice questions also help you self-monitor what you need to study more and what you know already.
The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event. There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes. In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, the remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.
- Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus. If you have been coasting through class until now, stop. If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop. If you have been partying instead of studying, stop. You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
- Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies. If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels. If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind. Own it and move forward.
I am very proud to announce that I received the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law 2010 Dean's Service Award at the Law School Alumni Banquet on Wednesday October 6, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. The award was presented for our innovative efforts to improve diversity in the legal community.
Minorities are underrepresented in the legal community, which has the potential to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the American legal system. Although bar associations have uniformly called for action to address this state of affairs, there are very few effective programs to combat this phenomenon.
Our program involves a continuing partnership between the Pike Legal Group, PLLC and the Black Law Students Association designed to build the organizations's capacity to attract new minority students to law school and to improve chances of success for existing law students.
Here is what Dean Chen said when he advised me of the Award, "No one else among that group of non-alumni has come close to what you've done for my students and my school. I deeply appreciate your generosity toward the Black Law Students Association. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you toward the larger goal of advancing diversity -- at our school, in our state's bar, and in our profession at large."
This is an important cause. If you would like to learn more about ways to improve diversity in the legal profession or support our effort, please contact me.
David A. Pike
Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you. Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study? Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student? Have you completed a degree checklist recently? Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27. Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc. Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection. To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112).
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You are in your ninth week of classes now. Today's tip addresses the question that I've been asked by a lot of students lately: What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?
- Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class. You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
- Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (one case at a time).
- On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week. Then use extra time for catch-up reading.
As you approach the Thanksgiving Break, you do not want to be behind in your reading or your outlining. Stay focused now and get caught up so you will be in the best position possible when doing your core studying for finals.
Dual degree and other students taking non-law graduate level courses must have the permission of the Associate Dean for Student Life. Registration for these courses occurs BEFORE law school registration. Law students thus need to do the paperwork now if they want to take these courses. The rules are set out in the Student Handbook on page 14: http://www.law.louisville.edu/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/Student. The form you need to fill out is attached.
It’s happening here – another “brief” break!! Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Cox Lounge, Thursday October 14, for a brief break from their computers and their books. We’ll have every variety of Krispy Kreme you can imagine! So please join us anytime between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
Dual degree and other students taking non-law graduate level courses must have the permission of the Associate Dean for Student Life. Registration for these course occurs BEFORE law school registration. Law students thus need to do the paperwork now if they want to take these courses. The rules are set out in the Student Handbook on page 14: http://www.law.louisville.edu/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/Student . The form you need to fill out is attached.