On April 5, 2010, the Brandeis School of Law will host a reception to recognize all the Moot Court Teams that have participated and excelled in competitions over the past academic year and to honor those coaches and facilitators who have supported and enabled the achievements of all participants.
The event will be held in the Career Services Wing (North Lobby) of the Law School and will run from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided and it is not necessary to RSVP.
Please join us as we congratulate the teams, coaches and all those involved in our excellent Moot Court Program. Should you have any questions, please contact Vickie Tencer, Unit Business Manager, at 852-6092.
Exam4 for Spring 2010 final exams will be available to all students beginning Monday, April 5.
Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download. Students are also urged to review the policy governing exams taken on computer.
Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista and now Windows 7.
Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, April 16, 2010. A properly taken and submitted practice test identifies the student by his/her UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) -- not by one's student ID number, or any other combination of letters or numerals. To submit a practice test electronically, one must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network. The University's firewall prevents off-campus submission.
Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester and cannot comply with the practice test requirement by the deadline must contact the Associate Dean for Student Life before the deadline if he/she wishes to petition for an extension of the practice test deadline or exemption from the practice test requirement.
VERY IMPORTANT: Any student who takes any exam on computer who: 1. has not properly taken and submitted a practice test, or 2. has not brought a working USB flash drive to any exam, will be refused technical assistance by the IT staff, including, but not limited to, submitting a completed exam.
After the practice test deadline has passed, the IT staff will send an e-mail confirmation to each student who has properly and timely submitted a practice test. In the meantime, you may check whether your practice test was received at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker. Any practice test listed on the Exam Tracker is presumptively o.k.
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. For some, these will come from favorite authors or famous people. For some, these will come from scriptures. For some, these will be found using Google searches for quotes on various topics.
- 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.
Professor Wexler serves as director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence which is designed to stimulate thought in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence and serves internationally as a clearing house and resource center regarding developments in this field.
The event is free and open to all and will take place at 11AM on Thursday, April 1. This is the final program of the academic year in the law school's Diversity Forum Series. Professor Wexler will also be interviewed on WFPL's State of Affairs at 1 PM.
For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083.
Honorable Judges Combs, Clayton, Stumbo, Taylor, and VanMeter presiding. Hosted by the University of Louisville School of Law March 23-24, 2010, in the Allen Courtroom.
The complete docket, along with bios can be found here.
The law school would like to thank the Kentucky Court of Appeals judges who attended a Q&A session with students on the second day of their appellate proceedings.
As noted by moot court board president Barry Dunn, the Q&A conveniently preceded this weekend's first-year oral advocay competition begins on Saturday.
Moot Court Board President Barry Dunn introduces the panel.
Appellate judges field questions.
(From left to right, Judge Laurence VanMeter, Judge Jeff Taylor and Judge Janet Stumbo.)
Students enjoyed the opportunity to ask Kentucky Court of Appeals Judges about the appellate process.
May, August and December 2010 Graduates
Wednesday, March 31 is the deadline to order graduation apparel for the May 8, 2010 School of Law Convocation. Please keep checking the Docket for other graduation information.
Some of you have been studying for exams all semester by staying on top of your course reading, adding to your outlines each week, and conscientiously learning new material while reviewing past material. This ongoing process is the key to the highest grades because deeper understanding and long-term memory result.
As you study for exams, consider the four kinds of review that you should include in your study plans. If you incorporate all four types, you are more likely to master your courses and garner better grades.
Intense Learning. First, you need to learn intensely each topic. This type of study has deep understanding as its goal. It may take several study sessions to reach this level of learning for a long topic that was covered over multiple class sessions. Intense learning may need to include additional reading in study aids or time asking the professor questions in order to clear up all confusion and master the material. In addition to learning this one part of the course, the student should consider how it relates to the course as a whole.
Fresh Review. Second, you should strive to keep fresh everything in the course. This type of study is focused on reading your outline cover to cover at least once a week. It makes sure that the law student never gets so far away from a topic that it gets "foggy." Students forget 80% of what they learn within two weeks if they do not review regularly. After intensely learning a topic, it would be a shame to forget it. Constant review reinforces long-term memory and provides for quicker recall when the material is needed.
Memory Drills. Third, you should spend time on basic memory drills. This type of study helps a student remember the precise rule, the definition of an element, or the steps of analysis. For most students, these drills will be done with homemade flashcards. Some students will write out rules multiple times. Other students will develop mnemonics. Still others may have visual reminders. The grunt work of memory can be tedious. However, if you do not know the law well, you will not do well on the exam.
Practice Questions. Fourth, you must complete as many practice questions as possible. This step has several advantages. It monitors whether you really understand the law. It tests whether you can apply the law to new fact scenarios. It allows you to practice test-taking strategies. And it monitors whether you need to repeat intense learning on a topic or sub-topic because errors on the questions indicate that it was obviously not learned to the level needed.
Ideally, you should set aside blocks of study time to accomplish each of these reviews every week for every course. The proportion of time for each course will depend on the amount of material covered, the difficulty of the course, and the type of exam.
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS: ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE?
Finals are right around the corner! This is a great opportunity to test your knowledge. The Challenge begins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Room 275. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
The challenge will consist of several objective-type (non-essay) questions covering one subject – either Contracts or Torts. You will be asked to answer as many questions as you can within 30 minutes. The student who answers the most questions correctly will be crowned the Spring Break Challenge Champion.
Prizes sponsored by Lexis and Kaplan PMBR:
- $300 certificate towards the purchase of a Kaplan PMBR Complete Bar Review Course or MBE Combination Course
- 3,200 Lexis Rewards Points
- 1L Finals Survival Kit
On Monday, March 22, 2010, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law will host the inaugural William Marshall Bullitt Lecture. Lowry Watkins Jr. has honored the memory of his grandfather, William Marshall Bullitt, by establishing a lecture series in his name. Bullitt, a Louisville native, earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1894 and his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1895. Bullitt served as Solicitor General for the United States from 1912-13 and was a senior member of his law firm, Bullitt, Dawson & Tarrant.
The inaugural lecture will feature Kenneth Starr who has served as Solicitor General and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. One of the country's leading litigators and legal scholars, Mr. Starr currently serves as dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law. He was recently named president of Baylor University.
Please join the law school in welcoming Mr. Starr. The lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. To make a reservation, please contact Becky Wenning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502.852.1230.