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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
On Tuesday, September 28, at noon in Room 275 the Diversity Committee hosts three distinguished speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Lisa Abramson, Judge Denise Clayton, Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham for the next program in our Diversity Forum Series.
Moderator: Jamie Izlar.
Co-sponsors: Black Law Students Association; Lambda Law Caucus; Women's Law Caucus.
Free light lunch available at 11:30. Open to all.
Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011:
On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar.
ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.” In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).” This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application. A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m. All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.
I’m stressed! What can I do?
- Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week. You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.
- Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks. When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about your Torts class. When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
- Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam. Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
- Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged. You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself. Congratulate yourself for completing tasks.
- Minimize your non-law school commitments. If you work, cut back your hours. Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.