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Events on the Oval Affecting Law School Classes and Operations

In the past month, the University administration has scheduled three events on the Oval that have disrupted the Law School’s program of legal education by affecting access to the building and parking and, in one case, requiring the relocation of Law School classes to another building on campus and the closing of the Law Library during regular hours.  Each event has also taken scarce administrative, staff, and faculty time away from educational functions to work on informing the Law School community of these events and planning and implementing adaptive responses.

 

We know that many of you are frustrated by these circumstances, particularly when there has been very little advanced notice.  We too are frustrated.  In every instance, the Law School was given no choice in the matter.  The decisions were made unilaterally by the University administration.  The University administration has endeavored to assist the Law School to minimize or adapt to these disruptions, but we are aware that disruption has nonetheless occurred.  We are concerned that academically disruptive events on the Oval may become normal.  We are aware that these events serve value for the University and its mission, but that there are concerns that they could increasingly undermine the education for which students are paying tuition and our capacity to meet ABA-mandated classroom hours.

From:  Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development; Kathy Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life: David Ensign, Director of the Law Library; and Vickie Tencer, Business Manager

Academic Success Tip - Review Your Outlines

Review; review; and then review.  You want the course information to be as comfortable as a baggy pair of sweats when you walk into the exam.  If you do not consistently review material throughout the remainder of the semester, you will walk into your exams with information that feels like a stiff new suit instead.  Deep understanding and quick retrieval from memory pay off because of the time constraints of exams.  You can recognize the nuances in answer choices or fact patterns better, and you will not waste time trying to remember the material.  If you get in the habit of reviewing your outlines each week, you will have a better understanding of the material and will be better prepared for the intense course review before finals.

College Democrats to host Bill Clinton on the Oval November 1

Former President Bill Clinton and Jack Conway, Kentucky attorney general and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be guests of the University of Louisville College Democrats Monday, November 1, for a free, public talk on the Belknap Oval outside the law school.

Clinton and Conway are expected to arrive at about 6 p.m.

The Oval will be closed to incoming traffic at 3 p.m.

UofL faculty, staff and students who park on the Oval and in the Grawemeyer/Natural Science, Law School and Southern Police Institute lots need to move their cars from the area by 3:30 p.m. or must remain in place until after the event, which could be as late as 10 p.m.

Faculty and students with evening classes in buildings that face the Oval should enter through the back entrances.

Public parking will be available in the Engineering Graphics lot just south of Eastern Parkway on Third Street and across from Reynold's Lofts. Stadium parking also will be available, and people can take the campus shuttle to the Ekstrom Library bus stop.

No signs will be allowed at the event.
 
Look for updates to this information in UofL Today.

Academic Success Tip - Get Caught Up on Your Outlines

The time of the semester is here when you have no choice but to start thinking about exams.  There are only three weeks of classes left.  You need to have a plan for exam studying or you will have too much to learn and not enough time in which to learn it.  Get caught up on your outlines quickly.  Your outlines will be your master documents for studying.  If you wait too long to get them up-to-date, you will not have enough time to review the material for deep understanding.  If you have the world’s best outline and do not study it thoroughly, you will not perform as well as you could on exams.  Your goal this weekend should be to catch up on your outlines and then outline every week.

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #4:  Allow time for three types of outline review.   Making the world’s greatest outline is counter-productive if there is no time to learn and review it.  One type of review is intense studying to learn the material in your outline initially (several topics or sub-topics each study period).  The second type of review is regular reading through the outline from cover to cover to reinforce material that you have already learned and anticipate material that you will learn (at least once a week).  The third type of review is additional careful studying of areas that still confuse you or are hard to remember (as often as needed to “conquer” the topic).

Law School Sustainability Committee

The Law School is starting a Sustainability Committee of students, faculty, and staff to develop ways to make the Law School environment and practices more environmentally sustainable.  Sustainability is a focus of major efforts on campus, and this Committee will have Law School-focused activities and also will work with University-wide sustainability efforts.  If you are interested in participating, please let either Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu (Room 213), or Dean Bean, kathybean@louisvile.edu (Room 216) know of your interest.  The Committee will form and start planning activities in early January, after the Spring semester begins.

National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts for the National Trial Competition will begin today at 5:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom. 

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #3:  Become aware of when you lose focus.  Determine why you are losing concentration.  Then, determine whether you can correct the situation.  Do you need to make your reading more active by asking questions as you read?  Do you need to move to a quieter place?  Do you need to write a reminder note so that you stop worrying about forgetting something?  Are you hungry and need a quick snack?    If you cannot re-capture your focus, then take a short break and come back once you are refreshed.

November 1 deadline for input on Summer 2011 schedule options

November 1 is the deadline to provide your preferences among the 4 schedule options for Summer 2011 (via email to tony.arnold@louisville.edu, in Dean Arnold's mailbox, or to Dean Arnold or Ms. Siegwald in person).  This is for anyone who thinks that he or she might take a course this coming summer.  A choice will be made and publicized by November 4.  Thank you very much.

Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #2:  Take advantage of “windfall” time.   Always keep tasks handy that can be used as study “fillers” when unexpected time becomes available.  Working with flashcards, rewriting a rule several times for memory, or reviewing a chunk of an outline can create productive time when a ride or study buddy is late.