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Academic Success Tip - Taking Effective Notes In Class

Avoid simply rewriting information about the cases that is already contained in your case briefs.  Instead, correct or add to your briefs so that they accurately reflect what your professor and classmates are saying about the case.  If you use this technique, you will be more engaged in the class discussion.  The continuing orientation workshop this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275 will provide more tips on how to take effective class notes.

August Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the August 2010 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "Is Legal Education About to Change?" by Susan Hanley Duncan (p. 1)
  • "From the President's Desk: All in the Family" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
  • "The Writ (and Wrong) of Habeas Corpus" by Rebecca J. O'Neill, '09 (p. 10)
  • "I Finished the Bar Exam - Now What? Five Tips for New Laywers" by A. Nicholas Naier, '09 (p. 24)
  • "Law Schools in the Bluegrass: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law" (p. 18-19)
  • "10th Annual Summer Law Institute" (p. 26)
A copy is available in the library's reserves.

New Skills Requirement for Graduation: Updated Information

*As of August 17, 2010

All first year students entering the School of Law in the fall semester of 2009 or thereafter must receive at least one (1) credit hour of  an upper division professional skills class or experience.  Fall 2010 courses that satisfy the skills requirement are marked “SK” in the “Notes” column of the Class Schedule and a separate schedule of qualifying skills courses is included in the course registration packet.

SK courses on the Fall 2010 Schedule are:  
•    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers  - canceled
•    Externship:- Criminal Justice I (Prosecution)
•    Externship:- Legal Aid
•    Externship:- Tax ( IRS)
•    Externship:-Immigration
•    Externship:-KY Innocent Project - canceled
•    Externship:-Technology Transfer 
•    Labor Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Negotiations
•    SEM. Arbitration Practice & Procedure
•    SEM. Drafting
•    Trial Practice (two classes)

Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Prof. Blackburn, has recently been added to the schedule.    You may register for this course online, but if you have had more than three credit hours of accounting since high school, you must contact Professor Blackburn before registering.

The Spring 2011 class schedule will be posted soon and skills courses will be identified on the schedule.   

SK courses tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011 are:
•    Advanced Legal Research
•    Comparative Constitutional Law
•    Estate Planning
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Defense
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Prosecution
•    Externship:  Immigration
•    Externship:  Legal Aid II
•    Externship:  Tax
•    Externship:  Technology Transfer
•    Land Use and Planning Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Mortgage Foreclosure Law
•    SEM:-Written Advocacy
•    SEM:- Drafting
•    SEM:- Problems in Corporation Law
•    Trial Practice  (two classes)

The Skills Requirement, as adopted by the faculty, is not yet included in the Student Handbook.  It is copied here: 

“RESOLVED FURTHER that the following new paragraph (paragraph II (M)) is added as a graduation requirement to the Student Handbook. 

II (M).  Upper Division Skills Experience
All students must complete a substantial skills experience after completing 22 hours or more of course work.

1. The skills requirement may be fulfilled by successful completion of a course, seminar, clinic, extramural advocacy competition or externship designated as a “skills” experience by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Work done in satisfaction of the Public Service graduation requirement may not satisfy the Skills requirement.

2. Courses, seminars, extramural advocacy competitions and externships designated as “skills experiences” shall be those which provide substantial instruction in professional lawyering skills.  Such skills may include trial and appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, or other professional lawyering skills.

3. A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which she satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.  If the satisfaction of the skills requirement involves the production of written work product, that written work product must not be submitted for credit in any other course or seminar or in satisfaction of any other requirement of the School of Law.

4. To satisfy the skills requirement, the course, seminar, externship or clinic shall contain the equivalent of at least one (1) credit hour of skills training and the student's performance of those skills must be assessed by the instructor or supervisor as part of the experience.  Assessment will include substantial, documented feedback to the student regarding the quality of her performance and opportunity, as appropriate, to improve her skills performance in the course of the experience. 

5. The faculty member supervising the fulfillment of the skills requirement shall submit to the Student Records Office at the end of each semester the names of the persons who have fulfilled the skills requirement and the grades earned by each student. A student shall not satisfy the skills requirement in a graded course unless the student earns a grade of "C" or higher in the course, or in a pass/fail course unless the student receives a grade of “pass.”  The Student Records Office shall note the fulfillment of the skills requirement on each student's academic record.”

Judge-in-Residence

Justice Bill Cunningham will be the Law School's judge-in-residence on Monday, August 23.  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a community-wide forum from 11:30 to 12:15 in room LL75.   Pizza will be provided.
  
Please join us in welcoming Justice Cunningham to the Law School and making the most of his visit.

Academic Success Tip - Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Do not make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams!

December 2010 Graduates - Deadline to Apply for a Degree

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, is the deadline to apply for a December 2010 degree.

Be sure to do a degree check to make sure that you have all your requirements for graduation.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson.

August 20: Last Day to Add a Class or Change to Audit

Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit.  Please refer to the School of Law's academic calendar for other dates.

Academic Success Tip - Start Your Day Early and On Time

The work day typically begins between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and so should your study day.  A good rule of thumb is to spend three hours studying (outside of class) for every hour of class time.  This translates into between 45 and 50 hours per week studying pre-class and post-class (30 to 38 hours if you are in the part-time program).  Considering the number of hours you will spend studying, it may not be possible to get everything done in the evening, even if you are a "night owl."  Night time studying may have worked in college, in part, because you rarely spent 40 to 50 hours preparing for classes.  So, try to start your study day early and work during the daylight hours.

Professor Marcosson Quoted in "Time" Magazine

Professor Marcosson was recently quoted in a Time magazine article, "Why California's Gay-Marriage Ban Was Upended" (August 5, 2010).

"The opinion is strong, first because it is carefully grounded in the factual record made by the parties," constitutional scholar Samuel Marcosson of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law tells TIME. "Judge Walker used the combination of fundamental rights and equal-protection analysis. I don't think there is a better federal constitutional argument to be made. The question is whether we currently have a Supreme Court truly prepared to rule in favor of these arguments."

The article was written by Michael A. Lindenberger, a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Notice of UofL's Smoke-Free Campus Policy

***Starting Tuesday, June 1, 2010, the designated smoking areas ceased to exist and the policy will be fully enforced on all campuses.

On November 19, 2009 the University of Louisville instituted a policy that prohibits smoking on all campuses.

There are many reasons why we've instituted this policy:

- Public health: Smoking harms both the smoker and people around the smoker.
- Employee satisfaction: More and more UofL employees are complaining about walking through smoke to enter buildings and about cigarette butt litter.
- Inequity: Many employees also have pointed out the inequity in having a smoking ban only on one campus.

Smoking is an individual choice. This, however, may be an opportunity for many of you who want to stop smoking. Both our Get Healthy Now employee health management initiative and our Campus Health Center can connect you with classes and products that can help you quit. Humana has made a generous offer to partially cover the costs of smoking cessation support, so we will offer an array of products, including pills, patches and gum, as well as behavioral support to people who want to quit. 

Shirley Willihnganz
University Provost