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Academic Success Tip - Marathon not a Sprint

Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.  It is attractive to skip meals, skip sleep, and skip exercise to get more hours to study.  Make sure you get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.  Eat balanced meals and not junk food.  Get three thirty-minute exercise periods a week.  Do not neglect yourself during finals. 

These Exam4 Practice Tests Are Wrong

If you submitted an Exam4 practice test under one of these names (below), you must submit a NEW ONE using your UofL user name (e.g. ldbran01), if you have not already done so, by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.  The user name allows us to send a confirmation e-mail.  Anything else makes doing so somewhat impossible.

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Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is TODAY

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.

Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Tomorrow

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.

Policy Governing Exams on Computer

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-policyThe 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.

Professor Nicholson’s Drafting seminar -> Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended.

The class schedule packet distributed yesterday (11/18/2009) correctly states on page 18 (the list of prerequisites) that when the Drafting seminar is taught by Professor Nicholson "Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended."

The Course Notes, however, incorrectly state on page 10 that "Business Organizations is a prerequisite."  The Course Notes should be corrected to read:

"Professor Nicholson’s Drafting seminar focuses on corporate documents including mergers and acquisition documents.  Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended."

Academic Success Tip - Do Not Procrastinate

During the last week of class and the Thanksgiving holiday, beware of the false sense that “I have all day to do X,” which will likely cause you to procrastinate.  Instead, fill in blocks of time each day with the topics you will study during that time period.  Stay focused and stay on task.  Do not let yourself fall into the trap of procrastination!

Updated copy of the 2010 spring Class Schedule Packet (18 pages)

A copy of the 2010 spring Class Schedule Packet (18 pages) updated to 11/18/2009 is attached.  Print copies may be picked up at the the usual places around school.  A copy will also be posted at the Student Records Web page.

Mediation Video Contest

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution invites you to participate in their first ever Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®. They seek creative, thoughtful, original three-minute videos that demonstrate the mediation process and benefits of mediation. The goal of the competition is to further public understanding of mediation and to promote the use of mediation as a way to resolve disputes. The video need not address only legal disputes.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to everyone except employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate family members.

Prizes: First Place - $1000 prize, Second Place - $500 prize

Submissions are due (via YouTube) by January 15, 2010.

Submissions will be judged by a committee of ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members and ABA staff. The ABA shall have sole authority and discretion to select winning videos.

The judges will evaluate entries using the following criteria:
  • Effectiveness in achieving purpose and goal of the video
  • Overall quality of presentation
  • Overall appeal to diverse audience
  • Overall production quality (including lighting, focus, sound, graphics)
  • Originality, Creativity and Adherence to Contest Rules.
The winners will be contacted via e-mail by February 28, 2010. The winners will also be announced on February 28, 2010 on the ABA Dispute Resolution website. The First and Second Place winning videos will be featured at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April 2010, with over 1,000 attendees.  The videos of the winners as well as any Honorable Mentions will be linked from the Section website. The Section may also post links to the video submissions that help promote and further the public understanding of mediation.

Academic Success Tip - Reward Yourself for Sticking to Your Study Schedule

Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  You might watch one half-hour of television if you complete a smaller task.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you.  So, stick to your schedule for studying and then reward yourself.