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Study Abroad!

Ever consider studying abroad, as part of your legal education?  An information session is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, November 11, in Room 075.  Ms Virginia Hosono, Assistant Director, from the International Center will be there to answer questions, and our own Colleen Hagan will speak about her summer abroad experience.  Professor Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, will also attend. If you are interested and cannot make this meeting, contact Professor Bean for information.  

Ace of Cakes

For those students who attended the Academic Success Workshop on Stress Resilience, you may recall the presenter's announcement that a star of Food Network would be visiting the University of Louisville Campus.  Geof Manthorne of the hit show Ace of Cakes will be in the SAC Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.  Join him for a live cake demonstration!  Admission is FREE with your UofL ID.  General public $10.

Need a Massage?

30 minute massages are available for $6 at Campus Health Services on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Schedule and pay in advance at the Belknap Campus Health Services Reception desk.

Academic Success Tip - Plan to Meet with Your Professors

Goal:  After each class this week, make a list of questions that you need to ask your professors.  This is the perfect time to organize the areas on which you need help.  By being ready to ask questions at the beginning of the last week of classes (next week), you will avoid the rush on the very last class days and the difficulty of finding professors over the exam period. 

Academic Success Tip - Conquer Your Most Difficult Tasks First

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Be alert to your “highs” and “lows” in planning your study schedule.  Do the hardest tasks when you are the most alert.  It often helps to do the most difficult or most unpleasant task first so that it does not hang over you all day.  Do more active tasks when you are feeling more drained:  flashcards, practice questions, making graphics, etc.  Read and review outlines when you are the most focused.  Be aware of when you need a short break to restore your focus. 

Academic Success Tip - Carve Out the Time You Will Need for Study

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Realize that it is your responsibility to carve out the time you need for study.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important for you to have study time during the break period to prepare for exams, to write a paper, or to accomplish whatever tasks you need to do.  If you have always played during undergraduate school on breaks, they may not understand why law study is different.  Even if family and friends do not fully understand, you need to make personal decisions that you will not regret later.  You may need to make some compromises and get up earlier or stay up later.  Do not use your family and friends as an excuse to procrastinate. 

Are You Taking the July 2010 Kentucky Bar Exam?

If you are planning to take the July 2010 Kentucky Bar Exam, be sure to stop by the Academic Success Office to pick up a handout explaining the application process.  Also, mark your calendars for a presentation on January 7, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275, regarding the Bar application process.  If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Director of Academic Success (Room 212).

Drafting Seminar, when taught by Nicholson (986-08), Spring 2010 - Business Organizations is not a prerequisite

Business Organizations is not a prerequisite for the Drafting Seminar being taught by Professor Nicholson (986-08) in spring 2010, but an understanding of business organizations is preferable.

Academic Success Tip - Create a Personal Study Calendar

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Once you decide your priorities, plot out on a calendar which tasks you will complete each day.  Be realistic.  Mark down the actual hours you will spend on each task.  Consider the following possibilities:

  • Listen to CD’s in the airport, on the plane, or while driving.
  • Review outlines while in the airport or on the plane.
  • Photocopy the pages you need to read for classes rather than lugging all of your books with you.
  • Ask a family member or friend to quiz you with flashcards while you are at home.
  • Get up earlier or go to bed later than family so that you can carve out time to study.
  • Negotiate time to study when family/friends are doing other activities that do not need to include you.
  • Schedule time with family and friends so that you know when you can study and they know when they will see you.
  • Consider whether you can study in a different location than home in order to get time, space, and quiet for studying.
  • Plan to take Thanksgiving Day off if possible.  If you have too much to do, at least take a portion of the day off and have fun.
  • Use the template calendar attached.

If you were not able to register for any spring 2010 course because the course had reached maximum enrollment . . .

If you were not able to register for any spring 2010 course because the course had reached maximum enrollment and was closed, then go to the TWEN site titled “2010 Spring - Class Schedule Discussion Forum” and download the Excel spreadsheet.  Follow the instructions you will find when you open the spreadsheet. Tom Blackburn, Associate Dean and Professor of Law,  tblackburn@louisville.edu