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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

You have worked hard all semester.  So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself?  If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely.  During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule.  Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams.  By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best.  No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations.  On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops. 

Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams.  You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.  (Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.)

Free Massages for Law Students


Did you just finish an exam?  Are you taking an exam this evening?  Why not treat yourself to a complimentary massage?  Massage has been shown to help relieve stress and muscle tension, to reduce levels of anxiety, and to promote a relaxed state of mental alertness.  Massages will be offered today in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Student Ambassador Application - We Need Your Help for Orientation!

If you have a winning personality and a great work ethic - we want you!

The Admissions Department and Student Life are seeking applicants for Student Ambassador positions for orientation.  Student Ambassadors will serve as hosts to incoming law students during orientation, and will also assist the faculty and administration.  Student Ambassadors must be available for a mandatory training session on Monday, August 9, and must be free on the first day of orientation - Tuesday, August 10.  We will also need Student Ambassadors on the second and third days of orientation (August 11 and 12), and on Friday, August 13, for Service Day.  Student Ambassadors will receive a cool, free t-shirt and all the fame you can handle!  If you are interested in applying, please complete the attached application and submit it to Kimberly Ballard (Room 212) by June 15.

Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery



Photos from the Awards Ceremony and Reception that was held on April 9, 2010 are now available. Feel free to add your comments. Also, if you're able to help identify those pictured in the images, please contact Virginia M. Smith.

Got Study Aids? Donate them!

Students:  If you've got study aids that you will no longer be using, please consider donating them to the Academic Success Office.  Why?  There are several great reasons:  (1) you can de-clutter your car/home; (2) you will provide a great resource for other students in the future; and (3) you may claim a tax deduction for your donated items up to the amount of their cost.  If you are interested in donating some of your study aids, please stop by the Academic Success Office, Room 212.  Thank you!

Free Massages for Law Students Today

Did you just finish an exam?  Are you taking an exam this evening?  Why not treat yourself to a complimentary massage?  Massage has been shown to help relieve stress and muscle tension, to reduce levels of anxiety, and to promote a relaxed state of mental alertness.  Massages will be offered today in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m.

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.

Congratulations to the Hooding Professors

Each year, the graduating class chooses three professors to hood them at graduation.  This is the highest honor that the graduating class can bestow upon a faculty member.  This year the graduating class has chosen Professors Abramson, Giesel, and Marcosson to hood them at graduation. .  Congratulations to our three hooding professors!!!  You are greatly appreciated!!!

Weekly Academic Success Tip: Tips for the Exam Period

How are you doing?  Most of you have exams beginning this week.  Some of you are balancing exam study with papers/projects.  Here are some ways to make the remaining days of the semester more productive:

  • Each day make a detailed “to do” list.  A detailed “to do” list will help because (1) you will not forget tasks; (2) you will be more efficient and effective with your time; and (3) you will be more realistic about what you can accomplish during the day.  Include all the tasks that you need to complete broken down in small steps.  Schedule next to the task the time period when you will complete it.  Include non-school items with times as well. 
  • Take short breaks throughout your studying to let your brain “file away” material that you are working on immediately prior to the break.  Confine short breaks to 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Take longer breaks after 3 or 4 hours of intense studying.  Depending on the course or task, you may have to adjust your study stretches before a longer break is needed.  If possible, go for a walk to defuse stress during your long breaks.
  • Take at least an hour break for a meal during study periods that are not up against an exam session.  Sitting down and relaxing over a healthy meal will aid your studying more than standing up at the counter wolfing down a microwave dinner.
  • The night before a morning exam or the morning before an afternoon exam, restrict your studying to light review.  Read your outline through a few times or complete a few practice questions.  Avoid cramming up to the exam because you will increase your stress level and get minimal retention of the material.
  • After an exam, take a 2 - 4 hour break if at all possible.  Your brain will be worn out.  A relaxed break will allow you to go back to studying later with a refreshed mind and more positive outlook.
  • If you get sick or have a personal crisis, contact Associate Dean Bean to discuss your options.  If you are too ill to focus or too upset to think, you do not do yourself any favors by taking the exam.
  • Put a paper draft aside for a full day if possible before you re-read it.  You are less likely to miss errors in logic or to miss style, punctuation, or grammar problems.  A fresh pair of eyes on a paper is invaluable to a better finished product. 
  • Choose your study locations wisely.  Avoid distractions such as television, computer games, and chatty studiers.  Avoid places that will increase your anxiety level.
  • Avoid talking about the exam afterwards.  You gain nothing by rehashing the exam questions.  You cannot change anything.  You will become more stressed if you think you missed an issue (and the other person may be wrong).  You will waste valuable energy that you need for studying.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Staying up late to cram is non-productive.  You are very likely to go into the exam less alert, more stressed, and more confused about material.

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!