Latest News

Massages for Law Students during Finals

Are you feeling stressed?  Do you need a break from studying? 

Enjoy a complimentary chair massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics on Wednesday, April 21, or on Monday, April 26.  Massages will be offered from noon to 6:00 in the Washer Lounge.  You may sign up for an appointment time.  Walk-ins are also accepted!

Valid Exam4 Practice Tests

The following students, identified by user name, submitted a valid Exam4 practice test for Spring 2010 on or before the 6:00 PM EDT deadline, Friday, April 16th.  These students will also receive a confirmation e-mail.  If your user name does not appear below and/or you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you may not use Exam4 to take any final exam this semester.

If you believe you did timely submit a valid practice test, and your user name does not appear below, contact Jim Becker at j.becker@louisville.edu IMMEDIATELY.

A0PRIC01
A0THOR02
ABBUCK01
ABPRAG01
ACAWKA01
ACBRAH01
ACDAVI07
AEEMLE01
AEFARG01
AELOVE02
AEMIZE01
AENYST01
AETROU01
AIPAEZ01
AJCOOL01
AJCURR01
AJLEON01
ALEVER01
ALFRIT02
ALVO0001
ALWARF02
AMBROA03
AMCARM01
AMDYKE01
AMGILL06
AMPALM03
AMSWAF01
ANFAGA01
ANGULZ01
ARGRAT01
ARMONI01
ARWHIT12
ARWIGG02
ASHENS01
ATSTUR01
B0SCHR02
BABAIL03
BABROW09
BACORA01
BCNOLA01
BDFITZ01
BDSTAN02
BDSTEM01
BHBROW04
BISILV01
BKHAGE01
BLCOTT02
BLDUNN01
BLGARY02
BLMILL05
BMABEL01
BMBENN02
BMWEBE02
BNMELV01
BPESSE01
BRMCCO02
BRPALM02
BRPOLL01
BSBOWL01
BSVIRK01
BWCORB01
BWSLOA01
C0BOOK01
C0CAST03
C0HAGE01
CAROGE01
CBKOCA01
CCGRIF01
CDTURN03
CEROGE02
CEWILL12
CJARNO03
CLBARR02
CLDUNC05
CLEYLE01
CLGRAH06
CLLOEW01
CMPACH01
CNBALL02
COPROP01
CPLAMB01
CRBARN06
CRDUCK01
CRKING01
CSCOMB02
CSCRAM01
CTROBE03
D0DAWS02
DAERHA01
DBELLI02
DBTRAG01
DEFUCH01
DGAMES01
DHSCHO02
DJCAME01
DKKINC02
DLHANE03
DLKITT01
DMBELL02
DMSCHU07
DMWALL04
DNWARD01
E0FARR01
E0PIER03
EAFITZ03
EILUFF01
EJLOWE01
ELJOHN10
EMBLAK02
ERBERG01
ERBIND01
ERCOLE03
ERWHIT05
FCVALD01
FJDUFR01
FSKUHN01
G0MAYE03
GANOFF01
GBTHOM01
GCATTI01
GLJOHN02
GMAXON01
GRKULI01
H0CARW01
HARALS01
HGRICH01
HLBOOK01
HMRICH01
HNHUDE01
HRSIDW01
HSSHET01
IQMONT01
J0FOGL01
J0LAMB02
JALYNC06
JAMASS05
JAMAYH01
JAMCLE01
JASIMO01
JASPIC03
JBPURC01
JCLANH03
JCSAWY01
JDTAYL06
JDTAYL07
JDTHEI02
JEABEL03
JEKING05
JEMART16
JGBLAN02
JJWILK03
JKRIGG01
JKSPAL01
JKTARR01
JLADAM11
JLBROW47
JLCHEA01
JLIZLA01
JLKEIS02
JLSIEW02
JLSTEW08
JMMURZ01
JMPEYT01
JNKEY001
JPDAUM01
JPGOOC01
JPHALL01
JPNAWA01
JPOWEN04
JRCLOW01
JRDIFR01
JRLEON02
JRPORT10
JRTAUL01
JSFISH02
JSFRIE02
JSGILL05
JSRONE02
JSSCHL01
JSWARD01
JTHALL09
JWBEAM01
JWBENE01
JWBREW01
JWCOOT01
JWCROS02
JWCROU01
KABARN04
KAFLOC01
KDWALK07
KESTAL02
KGBATE01
KHBALE01
KJRICH03
KJTOMS01
KLSAMO01
KMBOUR01
KMMONS01
KMWETT01
KRORR001
KSLLOY02
KTBENN01
KTRAGA01
KTREIS02
KTWELL01
KVMCCU01
L0BATI01
L0GOYK01
L0QIAN03
LAKAME01
LAVANC02
LBNOLL01
LEBEAN01
LEFELS01
LFCAMP01
LJDUNM01
LJTACK02
LKCHAN03
LKNASH01
LMBUTC01
LNROEH01
LPREYN02
LRHART03
LTSMIT05
LWTRUE01
M0BEYE03
M0BREN03
M0CHES01
M0GATE02
M0MATT01
M0MCKA01
M0VILA01
MAHAIL01
MAIMBR01
MAMOUR01
MAOSBO06
MBMACC01
MCHEAD01
MDGEE001
MDSTAU01
MEHELT01
MEROYA01
MESCHU07
MFBURT01
MGMCHE01
MHRUSS01
MJDUNN02
MJHAST01
MJPICK03
MKPOYN01
MLCANN02
MLCANT02
MLEYRE01
MLKAHN01
MLWELC03
MMBARR03
MMCLEV01
MMLEWI04
MMSTEW01
MPKEAN01
MPRIED01
MRDODD01
MSGILB02
MTDELA01
N0NERL01
NALEEP01
NAWATS01
NBDONA01
NDKEAR01
NJSMIT06
NJVINS01
NMKERS01
NNSMIT02
NPBAIN01
NPHUMP01
NRBATE01
NRCRUM01
NSFORT01
NVCHIT01
NWMURP01
NWTABL01
OCJOHN01
PCLAWS01
PDTREN01
PLPADG01
PMLITT01
PMSAND03
PRMACO01
R0CORD01
R0JAHE01
R0MAY004
R0NAPI01
RBNEUH01
RCDENN01
REBENN04
RECHAN01
REFREE01
RIWILL03
RJBLIN03
RJCAPP01
RJHICK01
RKWOOL01
RLBARG01
RLBAYE01
RMROMI01
RMTROU01
RPGREE02
RTDANE01
RTGOOD02
RTWOOD03
S0GOSS01
S0MOON04
SAAULA01
SABURN03
SAHEST01
SAKLAU01
SAMUDD02
SAWALL07
SAZEGH01
SCJUST02
SCSLON02
SCTRAV01
SDBEAR02
SDDILL01
SECLAY01
SECOOM02
SEDONA01
SEPOTT02
SERAIN01
SLHAYE06
SLTHOM15
SMLOPE01
SMREED05
SNHUPM01
SRBURT01
T0STEV03
TASULL02
TLCORB04
TLMASS01
TMFLEC01
TMGARL02
TMJOLL01
TMMCDE01
TNNANC01
TPCHUM01
TRMAXE01
TSKENY01
VASMIT08
VKSTEI01
VMREVI01
VTKLIN01
WAENGL01
WAMETC01
WBBAHO01
WBLAMM01
WRSEID01
WSTAYL01
WTCLAU01
ZJSPRI01
ZMKIMM01

Exam Tip - Legal Analysis

Your analysis is the most important thing that goes into a law school exam, so make sure it is in there!  Much of what students write when answering a law school exam is not legal analysis, and has originated in places other than the student’s mind.  The issues you will be dissecting were created by your professors and are contained within the examination fact patterns.  The same is true of the facts you will be discussing in your answer; they were created by your professor.  The law you will be relying on to resolve these issues originated in the cases and statutes you read during the course of the semester.  The only part of an essay answer unique to you is your commentary on WHY certain facts lead you to believe that a legal issue should be resolved in a particular way.  This commentary is legal analysis, and is the difference between the grades of “C” and “A” on a law school exam.

Spring 2010 Exam Numbers

On Tuesday, April 13, your exam number was mailed to your louisville.edu e-mail address.  If you did not receive your exam number, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Please do not delete your exam number until you review your spring 2010 exams.

Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Today

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting an Exam4 practice test for Spring 2010 is Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM EDT. Never, ever, ever use one's student ID number with Exam4 -- not for a practice test, and not for a real exam.  For practice tests, only use one's user name (e.g., ldbran01).  For real exams, use the exam number given to you each semester by Student Records.

The following was published in the Daily Docket last week, but is repeated below for your convenience:

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.

 

Exam Tip - Use the Facts, But Do Not Just List the Facts

You cannot perform legal analysis without discussing the facts.  Remember, most law school essay questions are written in the form of a lengthy fact pattern or story.  The facts within these stories create the issues that you must discuss.  Almost every fact in these stories must be reproduced and discussed in your examination answer.  While it is true that your professors will know the facts in the problem, your professors do not know whether you understand which facts are relevant to resolving each issue. 

To ensure that the facts are making their way into your essay answers, place a line through each fact as you use it.  Do not cross the fact out so that it becomes illegible, however, because a single fact may be relevant to more than one issue.  After you finish your essay answer, look back at the fact pattern.  If there are facts left over, one of three things has occurred: (1) the facts are truly irrelevant and do not need to be discussed; (2) the facts are relevant to an issue or issues that you have already discussed; or (3) the facts are relevant to an issue that you have not addressed at all.

CautionListing facts is not the same thing as discussing them.  True legal analysis occurs when you explain to a reader why a fact (or facts) leads to a legal conclusion.  Consider the following examples. 

Example 1 - John told the plaintiff “I will hit you if you come around here again.”  Therefore, the battery was not imminent.

Example 2 – John told the plaintiff “I will hit you if you come around here again.” Generally, words alone cannot satisfy the imminence element of an assault.  More specifically, these words merely inform the listener that he might be “hit” at some point in the future.  The words “if you come around here again” placed a condition on the plaintiff being struck, which means that the plaintiff might never be struck by John.  The fact that John might never strike the plaintiff means that the battery cannot be imminent.

If you were not sure, example 2 is the better answer!  This is a somewhat obvious example to illustrate the point.  The pattern in the second example – note a fact (or facts) and then explain why you have brought it to the reader’s attention – consistently appears in well done legal analysis.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A REQUEST TO TAKE A MAKE-UP EXAM

If you are planning to take a make-up exam, please submit your request to take a make-up exam form to Student Records by Monday, April 19.

Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Friday

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting an Exam4 practice test for Spring 2010 is Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM EDT.

The following practice tests, already submitted, are invalid as they are unidentifable:

00000
123
1234
4321
1251774
1325373
1353646
1579786
1596407
1662563
1662783

Never, ever, ever use one's student ID number with Exam4 -- not for a practice test, and not for a real exam.  For practice tests, only use one's user name (e.g., ldbran01).  For real exams, use the exam number given to you each semester by Student Records.


The following was published in the Daily Docket last week, but is repeated below for your convenience:

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.

 

Exam Tip - Skeletal Outlines, Instructions, and Organization

Skeletal Outlines - You will be nervous when the examination proctor says “Begin,” so the worst thing you can do is to start writing out your answer immediately.  Instead, consider writing out your skeletal outline as soon as the exam begins.  A skeletal outline is merely an organized list of principles and issues, created by you, which relates to a given area of the law.  Think about the outline you have been creating all semester, but now reduce it down to a page or two – this is your skeletal outline.  Writing out this list will give a few moments to compose your thoughts before digging into the exam. 

Instructions - Read the instructions!  This is the most obvious advice imaginable, but every exam period several students will, for example, answer 3 short exam questions, only to discover that the instructions said “provide an answer to 1 of the following 3 hypotheticals.”  Most students get flustered at the start of an exam, so this type of mistake is more common than you might imagine.  When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, and read the instructions.

Organization - Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response.  Too many students read the first sentence in an essay exam question, recognize an issue, and are so overjoyed at finding an issue that they spend the next 20 minutes responding to it.  The problem with this approach is that the fact pattern was probably over a page long, and the writer just spent more time than was necessary in responding to a relatively straightforward issue.  While different students outline differently, students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones.  This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer. 

Legal Aid Barbri Fellow

On March 30th, Ryan Feola auctioned one law review course and two gift certificates that were generously donated by Barbri. The money that was raised will fund the first Legal Aid Barbri Fellow, Greg Thompson. Lauren Bean, Doug Dawson, and Barry Dunn were the winning bidders. Kudos to Colleen Hagan for organizing the event!