Time is a precious commodity in law school. Law students are always looking for shortcuts; however, shortcuts are not the answer. Instead, you want to use your time more efficiently and effectively. Here are some suggestions:
- Learn the material as you read it rather than highlight it to learn later. Ask questions while you read. Make margin notes as you read. Brief the case or make additional notes to emphasize the main points and big picture of the topic after you finish reading. If you only do cursory "survival" reading, you will have to re-read for learning later which means double work.
- Review what you have read before class. By reviewing, you reinforce your learning. You will be able to follow in class better. You will recognize what is important for note taking rather than taking down everything the professor says. You will be able to respond to questions more easily. Your confidence level about the material will increase.
- Be more efficient and effective in taking class notes. Listen carefully in class. Take down the main points rather than frantically writing or typing verbatim notes. Use consistent symbols and abbreviations in your notes.
- Review your class notes within 24 hours. Fill in gaps. Organize the notes if needed. Note any questions that you have. If you wait to review your notes until you are outlining, you will have less recall of the material.
- Regularly review material. We forget 80% of what we learn in 2 weeks if we do not review. Regular review of your outlines will mean less cramming at the end of the semester. You save time ultimately by not re-learning. You gain deeper understanding. You have less stress at exam time.
- Look for the big picture at the end of each sub-topic and topic. Do not wait until pre-exam studying to pull the course together. Synthesize the cases that you have read on a sub-topic: how are they different and similar. Determine the main points that you need to cull from cases for the sub-topic or topic. Analyze how the sub-topics or topics are inter-related.
- Ask the professors questions as soon as you can. Do not store up questions like a squirrel storing nuts for winter. The sooner you get your questions answered, the greater your comprehension of current material. New topics often build on understanding of prior topics. Unanswered questions merely lead to more confusion and less learning.
Today, Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit. If you need any approvals, please contact Barbara Thompson is Student Records before 4:00 p.m. today.
On August 13, 126 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation (126/140)! They were joined by 10 upper-division law students, 7 staff members, and 8 faculty members.
Photos from the Habitat for Humanity and Family Scholar House projects were prominently featured on UofL's homepage last week. Additionally, a nice article about the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter project was published in the August 14 issue of The Tribune.
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Additional Photos
- "Helping in and out of the court room" (video)
- "Strokes of Kindness: U of L students paint New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter" (The Tribune)
- Volunteers' Testimonials
Many thanks to our volunteers!
Catholic Charities: Andrew Beckman, Linh Biscan, Nick Caprino, Ashley Haile, Paige Hamby, Matthew Little, Luke Markushewski, Sean O'Tormey, John Slayton, Patrick Smith, Audrey Villon, Becky Wenning (Law Resource Center), Kristie Wetterer (2L), Krista Willike
Dare to Care Food Bank: Zach Berry, John Brooks, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (2L), Bradley Hall, Matthew Kinney, Michael Marks, Laurie Beth McTighe, Angela Nolden, Caroline Ramsey, Brian Smith, Sara Thompson, Josh Waldrop, Sydney Wilson, Becky Wimberg (Assistant to the Dean)
Family Scholar House: Phillip Burrell, Quintin Diggs, Andrea Fagan (3L), Larry Forman, Rebekah Gray, Jimmy Kaufman, Matthew Kaufman, Doug Keil, Professor Ariana Levinson, Yuan Lin, TaKeisha Mink, Thom Stevens (2L), Brian Strunk, Tracy Tan, Ashley Wiggins (SBA Vice President)
Habitat for Humanity: Jim Becker (Dean of Information Technology), Paul Bradford, Jackie Clowers (2L), Willa Fuqua, Vincent Gonzalez, Matthew Johnson, John Jones, Nick Laughlin, Chris Moncrief, Joesph Pierson, Michael Profumo, Dorothy Rush, Donna Tooill
Historic Locust Grove: Matthew Doran, Jack Hartz, Andrew Lay, Thomas Lutes, Joseph McMahan, Andrew Miller, Marcie Norsworthy, Professor Richard Nowka, Ryan Steirs, Melissa Weinstein, Mackenzie Wallace, Joshua Wong
Hosparus of Louisville: Mara Biliter, Taylor Cooper, Professor Susan Duncan, Jacob Fiesecke, Charles Johnson, Professor David Leibson, Alice Lyon, Kayla Means, Ronald Morton, Jenn Murzyn (3L), Edward O'Brien, Kaitllyn Potzick, Kevin Pride, Scott Redding, Debra Reh (Career Services), Professor Shelley Santry, Amanda Smith, Kathy Urbach (Dean of Career & Public Services), Kyle Winham
Kentucky Refugee Ministries: Professor Kathy Bean, Sabrina Clayton-Stubblefield, Cassandra Kennedy, John LaFollette, Patrick Stubblefield
Masonic Homes: Katie Bennett (2L), Darick Crumbly, Dana Eberle-Dethy, Denise Hall, Trey Jenkins, Jennie Lynch, Victoria O'Grady, Whitney Roth, Professor Laura Rothstein, Jillian Smith, Stefanie Stolz, Amanda Warford (2L), April Wimberg
New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter: Kimberly Ballard (Dean of Academic Success), Samantha Constantine, Jacob Ford, Emma Franklin, Josh Hartsell, Mary Lu Jessee, Elizabeth Johnson, Gregory Justis, Clay Kennedy, Danielle Yannelli
Operation Brightside: Catherine Barnes (2L), John Brown, Michael Buff, Ryan Driskill, Jennifer Ewa, Ryan Fenwick, Richard Hinton, John Johanboeke, Brandon Johnson, Professor Karen Jordan, Erin Kimla, Virginia Mattingly (librarian), Brian O'Connor, Alston Peek, Jonathan Raymon, Zachary Richards, Lauren Robinson, Ahmed Safeelah, Barney Sutley, Sharon Wright
Ronald McDonald House: Carli Ashe, Carly Baize, Angela Beverly (Admissions), Stephanie Carr, Lauren Claycomb, Sarah Gritton, Courtney McGrew, Luschka Montijo, Andrew Noland, Andrew Phelps
St. Vincent de Paul: Sarah Christianson, Brittany Deskins, Brittany Hampton, Jamie Jackson, Tyler Korus, Chris Rogers (3L), Leah Rupp, Samantha Thomas-Bush (SBA Service Chair), Ashley Trosper
I had a great group of students who went with me to the Ronald McDonald House. We did chores for the residents living there and we also baked cupcakes and cookies for them as well. We made pig and monkey cupcakes and reeses pieces cookies. We did get to talk with one resident at the facility. She told us her story. She was staying at the RMH because her 21 year old son went into cardiac arrest and was in a diabetic coma. He had been in hospice for a week and on that day, they were expecting that he would pass on. It was heart wrenching to hear a story like that, but so fulfilling to know that we were there doing good works. I gave her a hug and told her I would pray for her. Since I have left there she has been on my mind and I wonder how she is doing.
Angela L. Beverly, Ronald McDonald House
Our group went to Catholic Charities and made pillows for the refugees. We tore open cushions, throw pillows, etc. and used the stuffing to make bed pillows. I hadn't used a sewing machine for 30 years and I sewed the ends of the bed pillows together so the stuffing didn't fall out. We talked, laughed and bonded. It was uplifting to give to others.
Becky Wenning, Catholic Charities
I went to Dare to Care to participate in the orientation service project. Everyone worked very hard -- not a slacker in the bunch.
There were large empty bins grouped roughly in a square. In the center of this were many boxes containing assorted food items. Our job was to empty the boxes and sort the food into the large bins, which were labeled for specific items, such as "cereal," "coffee/tea," "canned beans," "side dishes," etc.
After about an hour and a half, the foreman sent us on break. They had a table large enough to seat all of us. They provided bottles of cold water. It was nice to sit for a few minutes and get to know the people around me. There really was no time for chatter while we were working.
When we came back, the foreman asked if we were there until noon. After some hesitation, someone spoke up and said our assignment was until 11:30 but that most of us could probably stay until noon if needed. After the break, the work seemed to go much more smoothly. We had the hang of it, and quickly finished sorting the rest of the food. We then prepped the empty boxes for the next team of volunteers. We finished right around 11:30.
The foreman, Johnnie, thanked us for our hard work. He said we had sorted 14,000 lbs of food! The work was tiring, but very rewarding. As we were leaving, one of the students said, "This might sound corny, but I just kept thinking, 'some hungry kid is going to get this food.'"
Johnnie told us even though he's in his 50's, he wants to go to law school. He said he hopes to see us next year. Come on, Johnnie! We'll leave the light on.
Becky Wimberg, Dare to Care Food Bank
Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations class meeting for Thursday, August 19 is canceled. Starting Tuesday, August 24, Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations section will merge with Professor DeMuth's Domestic Relations section. Both classes will move to Room 175 starting Tuesday, August 24, and Professor DeMuth will teach the combined section. Professor Jones' Torts I class will move to Room 075.
Here are some highlights from the August 2010 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
- "Is Legal Education About to Change?" by Susan Hanley Duncan (p. 1)
- "From the President's Desk: All in the Family" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
- "The Writ (and Wrong) of Habeas Corpus" by Rebecca J. O'Neill, '09 (p. 10)
- "I Finished the Bar Exam - Now What? Five Tips for New Laywers" by A. Nicholas Naier, '09 (p. 24)
- "Law Schools in the Bluegrass: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law" (p. 18-19)
- "10th Annual Summer Law Institute" (p. 26)
All first year students entering the School of Law in the fall semester of 2009 or thereafter must receive at least one (1) credit hour of an upper division professional skills class or experience. Fall 2010 courses that satisfy the skills requirement are marked “SK” in the “Notes” column of the Class Schedule and a separate schedule of qualifying skills courses is included in the course registration packet.
SK courses on the Fall 2010 Schedule are:
• Accounting and Finance for Lawyers - canceled
• Externship:- Criminal Justice I (Prosecution)
• Externship:- Legal Aid
• Externship:- Tax ( IRS)
• Externship:-KY Innocent Project - canceled
• Externship:-Technology Transfer
• Labor Law
• Law Clinic I
• SEM. Arbitration Practice & Procedure
• SEM. Drafting
• Trial Practice (two classes)
Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Prof. Blackburn, has recently been added to the schedule. You may register for this course online, but if you have had more than three credit hours of accounting since high school, you must contact Professor Blackburn before registering.
The Spring 2011 class schedule will be posted soon and skills courses will be identified on the schedule.
SK courses tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011 are:
• Advanced Legal Research
• Comparative Constitutional Law
• Estate Planning
• Externship: Crim. Justice-Defense
• Externship: Crim. Justice-Prosecution
• Externship: Immigration
• Externship: Legal Aid II
• Externship: Tax
• Externship: Technology Transfer
• Land Use and Planning Law
• Law Clinic I
• Mortgage Foreclosure Law
• SEM:-Written Advocacy
• SEM:- Drafting
• SEM:- Problems in Corporation Law
• Trial Practice (two classes)
The Skills Requirement, as adopted by the faculty, is not yet included in the Student Handbook. It is copied here:
“RESOLVED FURTHER that the following new paragraph (paragraph II (M)) is added as a graduation requirement to the Student Handbook.
II (M). Upper Division Skills Experience
All students must complete a substantial skills experience after completing 22 hours or more of course work.
1. The skills requirement may be fulfilled by successful completion of a course, seminar, clinic, extramural advocacy competition or externship designated as a “skills” experience by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Work done in satisfaction of the Public Service graduation requirement may not satisfy the Skills requirement.
2. Courses, seminars, extramural advocacy competitions and externships designated as “skills experiences” shall be those which provide substantial instruction in professional lawyering skills. Such skills may include trial and appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, or other professional lawyering skills.
3. A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which she satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement. If the satisfaction of the skills requirement involves the production of written work product, that written work product must not be submitted for credit in any other course or seminar or in satisfaction of any other requirement of the School of Law.
4. To satisfy the skills requirement, the course, seminar, externship or clinic shall contain the equivalent of at least one (1) credit hour of skills training and the student's performance of those skills must be assessed by the instructor or supervisor as part of the experience. Assessment will include substantial, documented feedback to the student regarding the quality of her performance and opportunity, as appropriate, to improve her skills performance in the course of the experience.
5. The faculty member supervising the fulfillment of the skills requirement shall submit to the Student Records Office at the end of each semester the names of the persons who have fulfilled the skills requirement and the grades earned by each student. A student shall not satisfy the skills requirement in a graded course unless the student earns a grade of "C" or higher in the course, or in a pass/fail course unless the student receives a grade of “pass.” The Student Records Office shall note the fulfillment of the skills requirement on each student's academic record.”