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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Stay Positive

Are you feeling fatigued or discouraged?  Does it seem as though there is no way to get everything done?  Are you stressing out over the time crunch you are in right now?  Take a very deep breath and count to ten.  Then, use some of the pointers below to get things under control.

  • Get a pep talk from someone.   You can do this!  Talk to whomever you have in your life who will encourage you and help you calm down.  It may be a professor or Academic Fellow.  It may be a spouse or significant other.  It may be a non-law mentor.  It may be a counselor or doctor.  And, if no one comes to mind, schedule a “pep talk” appointment with the Academic Success Office.
  • Be an optimist and not a pessimist.   Optimists are more successful in academics than pessimists.  Look for that silver lining in the cloud.  Go ahead and make yourself feel better!
  • Use visualization for success.   Athletes visualize themselves making the winning basket, breaking the speed record, or throwing the fastest pitch.  You can visualize yourself studying diligently each day, conquering a difficult concept in a course, and confidently taking an exam. 
  • Post inspirational sayings around your apartment.   
  • Put things into perspective.   As anxious as you may be about law school, it is not a life or world crisis.  Each day there are ordinary people dealing with hunger, poverty, homelessness, illness, natural disasters, or armed conflict.  Law school is nothing by comparison.  So, lighten up and be thankful for the opportunities that you have.
  • Be cooperative and not cut-throat competitive.   Explain a class concept to another law student who is struggling.  Provide class notes to someone who has been sick.  Offer to lend a supplement to someone who cannot afford one.  Praise another student for an excellent presentation in class.  Thank someone for supporting you when you needed help.
  • Take one day at a time.   Consciously decide each day how to use your time and talents.  Do the best you can do and then let it go.  Do not dwell on mistakes or lost time.  Re-evaluate your priorities and keep going.  The best you can do is the best you can do.
  • Set up a support system.   Decide with another law student what each of you needs help on and consciously help each other.  If the other law student needs a phone call in the morning to get moving, then make the phone call.  If you need someone to monitor your wasted time chatting in the student lounge, then ask the other student to confront you when you procrastinate.
  • Cuddle a cat, pet a pooch, or hug a horse.   Animals have a way of calming us.  Some furry friendship can do wonders.
  • Give yourself some credit.   Remember that you are here because we believed in your abilities when we admitted you.  You were selected when hundreds of others were denied admission.  You still have the same attributes and talents as when you walked in the door on day one of law school.  There are a lot of very bright and competent people here.  And, you are one of them.  You may need to learn some new study strategies, but that is different than not belonging here.

Fall 2011 Course Notes Addenda & Revised Fall 2011 Course Schedule & Exam Schedule & Revise Spring 2011 Course Schedule

Addenda to the Fall 2011 course notes, and revised versions of Fall 2011 course schedule, Fall 2011 exam schedule, and Spring 2012 course schedule are posted below and on the Class Schedules Page of the Law School website (under Academics - Resources).  The only major changes are the addition of a second section of Advanced Trial Practice in Spring 2012 (Chris Meinhart; Fridays, 9:00-11:40 a.m.) and the addition of Natalie Kaelin to teach the Fall 2011 evening section of Negotiable Instruments.  Any other changes were minor corrections.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

Heads Up! Exam4 for Spring 2011 Finals Is Coming.

The IT department has requested a UofL Law version of Exam4 for Spring 2011 finals and hopes to have it tested and ready for release on Monday, April 4. Stay tuned to The Daily Docket for details.

While we have not yet received the software, we recently received new release notes from Extegrity announcing the following new features:

  • Start-up sequence confirmations:
    New pop-up dialogs add confirmation steps during the startup sequence after the two most important screens. The first one requires students to verify their Exam ID and Course entries. The second, not applicable at UofL Law, alerts students who have selected an OPEN or TAKEHOME Exam Mode to be absolutely certain of their choice.
  • Exam submittal certainty:
    Responding to students asking for greater certainty their exams have been successfully submitted, Exam4 now provides upgraded information at the moment of submittal plus an easier means to verify after submittal. The notification screens indicating successful or unsuccessful exam submittal have been redesigned for much greater visual impact, with larger and clearer text, presented in bright green or red blocks.
    Students also want to verify after the fact, so Extegrity has added prominent instructions and a dedicated button to the first start-up screen. The new verification method has the advantage of being 100% accurate, because it checks for the receipt files returned to the laptop by the exam collection server at the time of submittal. And, it works even when not connected to a network.
  • Redesigned multiple choice interface: (Not applicable at UofL Law.)
    Extending last semester’s major upgrade to fully automated multiple choice scoring and grading, the student multiple choice answer screen has been completely redesigned for user-friendliness, with dramatically improved graphics and navigation, and the addition of a much-requested "clear" function.
  • ScreenShield:
    The new ScreenShield introduced in the Windows versions last semester has been added to the Mac versions. It is a simple white circle on a green background covering the entire screen accessible during the startup sequence or in an exam, providing an easy, uniform way for students to block the view of their laptop screen without having to shut the lid.
  • Performance and Appearance Improvements:
    High processor loading reported by some Mac users last seemster has been repaired; and final touches toward making the Mac and Windows experience identical include mostly appearance items, but it’s a surprisingly noticeable improvement.

Also, Extegrity included this IMPORTANT announcement: The time has come to announce the end of support for the Windows XP and Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems. Therefore, students with Windows XP or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) laptops will NOT be able to use Exam4 beginning with the Summer 2011 semester.

Professional Responsibility Exam, Fall 2011

The PR final exam in Fall 2011 will be Friday, November 4, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., not Friday, November 7 (a typo in the Course Notes).

Fall 2011 Course Notes Available

The latest version of the Fall 2011 course notes are now available through the link below and also on the Law School website, under Academics - Resources - Class Schedules.  PLEASE READ THESE COURSE NOTES CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING FINAL DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR FALL 2011 SCHEDULE AND BEFORE REGISTERING FOR CLASSES.  The course notes contain valuable information that you need in selecting and registering for classes.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.  Thank you.

Dean Jim Chen - In Person

I bet you're already aware that the Dean enjoys college sports, but did you know he also enjoys skiing? Do you know the names and breeds of his canine clan? Read all about it and more in his "In Person" profile at UofL Today.

President. Provost, vice president, dean, professor, manager, director.

As much as these titles describe and apply to the work that happens at the University of Louisville, they don’t get to the essence of what makes UofL unique — its people.

Once or twice a month, UofL Today profiles people who help to make the university what it is.

Name: Jim Chen

Title: dean and professor of law

At UofL since: Jan. 2, 2007. My first official day on the job took place at the Orange Bowl. I proudly claim to be the first fan in my section to spot the trick play that yielded a touchdown pass from Patrick Carter to Anthony Allen. I defy you to find another law school dean in America who can better explain the triple option or the cover 2.

Hometown: When native Louisvillians ask me where I went to school, I oblige and answer, with my best deadpan, “Clarkston High School, DeKalb County, Ga.” My wife, Heather, does make Louisville seem more like home every day.

First job and what I learned from it:
My paternal grandmother lived with my nuclear family when I was in grade school. She liked to sell jewelry. She spoke only Taiwanese; for my services as translator, I got a little spending money. I learned that everyone, deep down, wants to work and to feel a sense of accomplishment. I also learned that talent, patience and hard work all have their rewards.

The thing I like most about what I do: Getting to work closely with lawyers, judges and business professionals. Every legal professional’s journey of a lifetime begins with a thousand days in law school. Being dean gives me an unusually good view of what our graduates make of their careers, and I like what I see.

I am: happiest when I am in motion with lots of open space on all sides. Hiking trails and ski slopes are best. I like the adrenaline rush.

I never: treat myself to anything. The idea of “retail therapy” repulses me. If you see me wearing or carrying something nice and new, chances are that Heather bought it for me and ordered me to donate whatever that nice thing replaced.

Guilty pleasure: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that anyone bored by “Pride and Prejudice” in high school or college was a straight man who had not yet come to appreciate all the mysteries of dating and mating. I have since come to appreciate the virtues of romance novels and chick flicks. What I really need to know in life, I can learn from “Clueless,” “Legally Blonde” and “Sex and the City.”

And when I’m not mining this peculiar corner of popular culture, I draw great pleasure from being the assistant commissioner and official statistician (aka StatBoy) of the Ruth Adams Fantasy Football League.

Favorite books: In no particular order: “All the King’s Men.” The U.S.A. trilogy. “Look Homeward, Angel.” “Giants in the Earth.” “Ethan Frome.” The books that most move me are those about America, having come of age (in the human lifespan connecting the end of the Civil War with the beginning of the Second World War), and those typically dealing with immigrants, their immediate descendants and/or the deep South dealing with the awful responsibility of Time.

Favorite TV show: I generally haven’t the patience to watch anything on television except live sports events. I did follow “Lost” and was disappointed when it ended. Because I’m also a sucker for epics on good and evil involving outer space, I gave “V” a shot last season.

Favorite quote: I love the beauty and the power of this line from Dante’s Divine Comedy (Inferno, canto 2, line 72): “amor mi mosse, che mi fa parlare.” As love has moved me, so have I spoken.

These animals share my world: Heather and I have a blended canine family. She brought her soft-coated wheaten terrier, Finnegan, into the family. I added two pugs, Sophie and Savannah. There is never a dull or quiet moment in our house.

My day begins: I check news and messages that collected overnight. Heather and I talk while eating breakfast and ushering our dogs to and from the yard. I have a knack for starting a complicated topic of conversation just as she is headed out the door. Knowing that I have one shot at redeeming myself and making her happy when she gets home, I make the bed before I leave.

I wish I had more time to: pursue any of the objects of my life as Walter Mitty. To wit: Write the Great American Novel. Know the history of Earth and that of its living things, all the way down. Learn a few dozen foreign languages, and be content to master one or two of those. Crack the code on something deeply quantitative. Physics would be most profound. Finance would be the most materially rewarding. Music would be the most beautiful.

When I’m not cheering for the Cards, I’m cheering for: the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

Most Friday nights you’ll find me: at home or on a date with Heather. Really now. If you were married to the most wonderful woman in the world, would you be anywhere else?

If my life were a movie: Heather thinks my movie would be “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” I would like to think that my movie would be “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” or at least “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” Truth be told, though, it’s probably “Mean Girls.”

What else the UofL community should know: I am as old as the Super Bowl. Heather is a century younger than the Kentucky Derby. But the most significant annual event in our household may be the State of the University Address.

 

Reprinted from UofL Today (March 23, 2011).

 

Upper Division Registration Advising Office Hours

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 March 28, 29, and 30.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Summer or Fall 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 sheets outside offices 212 and 216. 

Office Hours:
Monday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration Advising Appointments for Upper Division Students

Need help planning your schedule of classes for the summer or fall?  Have questions about graduation requirements?  Sign up for an advising appointment with Dean Bean or Ms. Ballard on March 28 (between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.), March 29 (between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.), or March 30 (between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.).  Sign-up sheets are posted outside offices 212 and 216.

MAY, AUGUST AND DECEMBER 2011GRAUATES

The deadline to order graduation apparel is midnight, Thursday, March 31, 2011.  Complete apparel order information is available at www.louisville.edu/commencement.  Select caps and gowns from the left menu.  Please do not order announcements from the University's web sit.

Please check Graduation 2011 Information on the School of Law's web site for other graduation information and completed the School of Law Convocation Participation form by Monday, April 4.  If you  have questions, please contact Rita Siegwald or Barbara Thompson.

Kudos to McKenzie Cantrell

The first ever 1L appellate binding project was a huge success that had a net profit of about approximately $300 plus over $300 from contributions from donors inspired by the project.

McKenzie Cantrell initiated the idea and did much of the work, including a full day on a Saturday.
 
The funds will provide three scholarships for Central Law and Government Magnet students to attend the Summer Law Institute (a joint week-long program sponsored by the Brandeis School of Law, Bellarmine University, and the Louisville Bar Association).  It will also support some of the costs for the team of four magnet seniors and two coaches to participate in the third annual Marshall Brennan Civil Liberties Moot Court competition in Philadelphia in early April.

Thanks to the following for their support of this successful fundraiser:
  • Dean Chen, who gave permission for the project
  • Professor Nicholson, for her generous donation
  • Sheldon Haden, Annette Mattingly, and Angela Buckler (WLA members), for their generous contributions
  • Becky Wenning and Marilyn Peters in the Law Resource Center for collecting money and sign ups, ordering the supplies, and loaning the Resource Center’s binding machine
  • Vickie Tencer, for facilitating the arrangements
  • Wendy Helterbran, for facilitating the WLA contributions
  • The 1L class, for participating in the fundraiser and having your briefs bound for a worthy cause
  • Cyndi Hagenbuch, for loaning a binding machine
  • John Friend and Brandi Melvin, for donating their time during the fundraiser
  • And primarily again to McKenzie Cantrell, who is a 2L participating in the Street Law program.