Two classes have been added to the spring 2010 schedule. The final exams for these classes are:
1) Crim. Pro. 2: Judicial Process (Abramson) - Friday, 4/23/2009 at 1:00 pm
2) Business Organizations (Blackburn) - Monday, 4/26/2009 at 1:00 pm
In his/her mailbox, every student has received a copy of the complete, new Policy Governing Exams on Computer. The policy is also posted online at www.law.louisville.edu/it/computer-exam-policy. The practice test deadline to use Exam4 for Fall 2009 finals is 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.
The complete Docket announcement about downloading and installing Exam4 and submitting a practice test is posted at www.law.louisville.edu/node/4051.
Exam4 for Fall 2009 final exams is now available to all students. Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download. Rather than downloading Exam4 directly from our Web site, you must now download it from Extegrity. Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista. A Windows 7 version is not yet available, and Windows 7 will not be supported for exams until a certified version of Exam4 becomes available for it.
Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester (including 1Ls who used the previous version for Legal Research and/or Prof. Leibson's Torts I mid-term) must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20. 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 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.
As a reminder, the last day for classes is Tuesday, 11/24/2009.
Monday classes will meet on Tuesday, 11/24/2009 - Tuesday classes will not meet on that day.
Use study groups judiciously as you prepare for finals.
- Do not skimp on your personal review time by joining too many group activities.
- Schedule group time when you have reviewed the material enough to gain the most from discussions.
- Alternate who explains concepts or answers questions so everyone has to “work” and get practice.
- Have individual practice question time as well – your group cannot help you during the exam.
- If study group sessions become too frustrating, consider gracefully bowing out to study by yourself or with just one other person.
On October 24th and 25th a group of ten students from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law attended the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington, DC. Ten students, seven third-years and three second-years ventured to the nation’s capital in order to explore Public Interest opportunities. This was the first time that any of our students attended.
Assistant Dean for Career Services/Public Service, Kathy Urbach, got the ball rolling in September and encouraged students who were interested in attending the conference to meet with her to have their resume reviewed. There was also an application process to be completed.
Funding for travel and lodging came from two sources. Some of the money used was from the Career Services budget in lieu of other travel expenses. Victor Revill, Student Bar Association President, obtained funds from University of Louisville’s Student Government Association. One student even used frequent flyer points to get to the conference.
A meeting was held prior to the conference to provide information about what students could expect, how they should approach the employers at Table Talk, networking, workshops and other related topics. Also, students outlined plans of action which gave fellow students ideas of how to assist one another.
Some of the students had specific goals. Jessica Kingley, a third-year student, knew that she wanted to meet with the New York District County Attorney’s Office as well as Public Service people from New York City and turn it into a job. Guion Johnstone, a second-year student, attended with four actual interviews scheduled. Rexena Napier and Melissa McHendrix, both third-year students and both interested in animal law, knew that there wouldn’t be any employers dedicated to solely animal law, but viewed the conference as a way to learn about other related opportunities. Victor Revill, a third-year student and president of the SBA, knew ahead of time that his approximately “five minute introduction speech” needed to be well-rehearsed and fine tuned for each prospective employer.
All of the students were committed to public service work prior to attending the conference. Jamie Izlar, a second-year student, worked in a public interest position before attending law school. Her work involved working with indigent, undocumented immigrants. Colleen Hagan, a third-year student said that the rewarding part of going to such a big conference with so many attendees is that the students all are like-minded and want to be part of a greater good. Students felt encouraged to see so many employers who focus on public service.
Besides the career fair and Table Talk sessions, students attended workshops, sessions, discussions and had the privilege of hearing Ralph Nader speak. Samantha Thomas, a second-year student, attended a government workshop which supplied her with tips (call specific government agencies, keep applying and find a niche). Jamie Izlar attended a resume building session which she found extremely helpful and also attended several discussions where she learned which employers will pay for law school student loans. Rexena Napier attended a workshop that gave her a lot of ideas including applying for grants.
All of the students who attended felt it was worthwhile to attend and felt a deeper sense of commitment to public service. Duffy Trager came away with connections and a lot of business cards that he intends to follow up with. Samantha Thomas plans to capitalize on what she observed at the conference and use it to shape what she does in law school. Melissa McHendrix said that the most worthwhile aspect of the conference for her was meeting other students and discussing what organizations are non-profit and in the public sector.
The three second-year students are looking forward to returning to the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair next year. This is a great experience for our students and an opportunity for them to represent the law school. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law would like for all students interested in attending the conference in 2010 to have the opportunity to do so.
~Debra Reh, Program Assistant for the Office of Career Services
- A companion article by Beth Haendiges will appear in the December 2009 edition of the LBA's Bar Briefs.
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The success of the day was due to many at the law school. Appreciation goes to:
Les Abramson, Jim Becker, Peggy Bratcher, Scott Campbell, Dean Chen, Joe Leitsch, Kurt Metzmeier, Marilyn Peters, Virginia Smith, Vickie Tencer, Becky Wenning, Becky Wimberg and students Jenna diFrancisco, Lauren Bean, and Jessica Campbell and also to the students in the Animal Law Organization for selling doughnuts and coffee.
~Professor Laura Rothstein
It's that time in the semester when stress begins to escalate to new levels of intensity. However, now is also the time when you need to use your best stress resilience skills. Stress that is out of control can lead to illness, anxiety, lessened concentration, lack of sleep, and many other problems. Below are a few more tips on managing your stress for the remainder of the semester.
- Remember to look at the pieces and not the whole. Focus on one small task at a time. List all of the topics that you need to review for each exam course. List all of the research, writing, and editing tasks that you need to complete for a paper. Then focus on one small task at a time until that small task is complete. Cross it off the list and move on to the next small task. Step by step you can do it all.
- Ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Talk to your professors about areas of the course that are confusing you. Talk to a counselor at the Student Counseling Center. Talk to a physician if you are having physical problems. Talk to your family.
- Sleep at least 8 hours a night. You will be more productive when you study. You will be able to focus on the essentials. You will be able to make wiser decisions about your priorities for studying. You will feel less helpless and hopeless. You will be less likely to burst into tears or yell at everyone around you. You will go into exams well-rested and alert.
- Add exercise to your schedule if you have let it go. Exercise is one of the best stress busters you can use. Try to get a minimum of three 30-minute workouts a week. Consider where a study break can include an exercise break. Even walking around the building or the campus can be a boon to your brain cells for memory and your body for sleeping better.