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Academic Success Tip - Reserve Time for Outlining

Congratulations!  You are beginning your eighth week of law school.  If you have not done so already, reserve time THIS weekend to begin your outlines for each course - do not wait!  We forget 80% of what we learn within two weeks if we do not review; by outlining regularly and reviewing your outline often, you will retain more information and not have to re-learn it.  If you are unsure how to start your outline, consider using the topics and sub-topics in your course syllabus or in the general table of contents in your casebook as a framework.  Remember that you want to focus on the bigger picture of the course and fit the parts into that bigger picture.  If you have already started outlining your courses, keep up the good work and reserve time this weekend to supplement those outlines.

Academic Success Tip - Save Time for Proofreading

Legal writing requires diligent editing and careful proofreading.  For any writing project, be sure to reserve time for these important skills.  Set your paper aside for a few hours or for a day and review it with fresh eyes to omit unnecessary words, to revise for clarity, and to correct spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors.   

Academic Success Tip - Campus Health Services

As a law student, you may take advantage of the services offered through the Belknap Campus Health Center.  Campus Health provides confidential, affordable, 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, prescription assistance, and Yoga and Pilates classes.  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/. 

Spring 2011 Exam in Prof. Mackey's Legal History Class

Professor Mackey's Legal History class in Spring 2011 (LAW 838, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:25 to 8:40 p.m.) will have a final exam on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m.  This will appear information will also appear in the registration packet.  Please note that Professor Metzmeier's Legal History class in Spring 2011 (LAW 838, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m.) will NOT have a final exam.

Law Is a Battlefield

You won't want to miss Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on September 30.

Dean Becker will perform with Professors Tim Hall and Lars Smith as The Subconscionables. 2Ls, Jennifer Siewertsen and Alex White, will emcee the event. Jennifer will also share her experience as the 2010 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow.

Tickets are available at the Law Resource Center in room 272. They're just $5 for students and $20 for general admission. Westlaw will provide a limited supply of bar tickets for students.

The Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund was established at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2005 with generous gifts from the Louisville Bar Foundation and the Women Lawyers Association. The fund provides up to $4,000 in summer fellowship funding for a University of Louisville law student to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Frost Brown Todd, Logan Lavelle Hunt Insurance & Wealth Management, LLC and Westlaw!

Academic Success Tip - Understanding the Reading

What if I am on top of my reading, but feel clueless about some of the material?

  • Go through your class notes and try to determine what specific questions you have about the course.
  • Write down your questions and where the reference is in your notes/casebook so that you can find the spot quickly if you need to refer back to it.
  • Read a study aid to gain more understanding about the specific topic.
  • Some learners clear up their confusion by outlining the material.  By “pulling it together” for inclusion in an outline, the material is no longer abstract or confusing.
  • If you still have questions, ask for help from your classmates or your professor. 
  • The more specific you can be about your questions, the easier it will be for someone to help you.
  • Have your class notes/casebook with you when you ask for help so that you can show the person the material that is confusing you.

Photo Gallery: Diversity Forum

On Tuesday, September 28, the Diversity Committee hosted three distinguished speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Lisa Abramson, Judge Denise Clayton, and Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham. The distinguished panelists discussed, "The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary".

The first program in our Fall 2010 Diversity Forum Series was moderated by Jamie Izlar, 3L, and sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Lambda Law Caucus, and the Women's Law Caucus.

Photo Gallery

 

Academic Success Tip - Follow Instructions

Whether you are working on a writing assignment (BLS open memo) or getting ready to take an exam, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professors' instructions.  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?  How many copies do you need to submit, and in what format?  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes

Law School Welcomes Distinguished Scholar in Law and Public Policy

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law welcomes Christopher Slobogin as its Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Law and Public Policy.  Professor Slobogin is the Milton Underwood Chair in Law, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Vanderbilt University.  He will give a faculty workshop on September 30 on "The Future of the Fourth Amendment."  Each semester, the Law School identifies a nationally renowned scholar in law and public policy to give a workshop as part of its Faculty Workshop Series, enhancing the exchange of ideas and intellectual inquiry at the Law School, particularly at the intersetion of law and public policy.

Spring 2011 Schedule Released & Summer Courses Identified

The current version of the Spring 2011 schedule (with exam schedule) is attached as a PDF.  This is the version that will be used for registration in early November unless there are errors that need correction or unusual circumstances necessitating change. 

 

There were a number of changes to the first draft that was released in mid-August, mostly in response to student input (to the extent practical and feasible).  Unfortunately, we cannot now add entirely new classes unless one or more classes do not receive sufficient enrollment during registration.  

 

In the next two weeks, the course notes will be released, including course descriptions for 999 courses, but the course notes are still being completed at this time. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.  If you would like advice as you put together your spring schedule, Dean Arnold, Dean Bean, or Ms. Ballard would be glad to talk with you.

 

The courses that we can offer in Summer 2011 have also been identified.  They are: a) Basic Income Tax (4) (Blackburn) (core); b) Decedents Estates (4) (Jones) (core); c) Externships (Jordan) (skills); d) Land & Ecosystem Conservation (2) (Arnold) (writing seminar; will meet 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day for the first week of the summer session with field trips/research in the region and then there will be no more class meetings while students write papers over the remainder of the summer term); e) Restorative Justice (2) (Duncan) (skills); f) Solo Practice Management (2) (Urbach and adjuncts) (skills); and g) Women and the Law (2) (Fischer) (writing seminar; perspectives). 

 

In the next two weeks, at least 3 different scheduling options for these courses will be presented to students for feedback from students who plan to take summer classes.  Unfortunately, though, the summer teaching budget is totally maxed out, which means we cannot add any other courses to the summer schedule.  This schedule represents a 40% increase in course offerings over the previous summer in an effort to meet many different student interests and needs.