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Academic Success Tip - Catch Up on Reading

You are in your seventh week of classes now.  This week's tips are based on student questions that have been asked recently.

What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?

  • Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class.  You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
  • Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (1 case or 5 pages at a time). 
  • On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week.  Then use extra time for catch-up reading.

1L Exam4 Practice Tests So Far

As of 3:24 PM EDT, Saturday, September 26, 2009, the following 56 first-year students have submitted an Exam4 practice test, all of which but one (noted) were done correctly:

1594601 (Wrong. Try again.)
mafar01 (On second inspection, this is wrong, too.  Incomplete user name; unidentifiable.  Try again.)
mkahn01 (Actually, mlkahn01)

Reminder: Lawlapalooza Ticket Drawing for 1Ls

Just a reminder to 1Ls to take and submit an Exam4 practice test by 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, September 28, 2009 to be eligible to win one of 20 Lawlapalooza tickets, courtesy of Professor Kurt "Wolfman" Metzmeier.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, a journal of the University of Iowa College of Law, is pleased to announce the 2009-10 Trandafir International Business Writing Competition. The competition is open to all graduate and law students. The winning student will receive a cash prize of $2,000, and the journal will publish the winning submission in an upcoming edition. Submissions should address a contemporary international business or economic issue with a legal nexus.

Submissions must arrive at our office, via e-mail or U.S. mail only, no later than 5:00 PM CST on February 1, 2010.  A panel of journal editors and university professors will select the winning submission by early April 2010.  

Please address all inquiries to: Submissions can be mailed to Trandafir International Business Writing Competition, University of Iowa College of Law, Boyd Law Building, Room 185, Iowa City, IA 52242.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Do not give up hope.  It is not too late to become more efficient and effective this semester.  It is not too late to catch up if you are behind.  Start today to solve the problems.  Moaning and groaning are counter-productive.  If you need help in planning strategies to turn things around, contact the Academic Success Office.

Winner - Academic Success Drawing

Thank you to all first-year law students who completed an evaluation for the Structured Study Group program.  The winner of two tickets to Lawlapalooza on October 1, 2009, at Phoenix Hill Tavern is Joe Lambert.  Tickets for the drawing this week were provided courtesy of Dean Chen.  Please claim your prize from the Academic Success Office, Room 212, by Monday.

Exam4 Now Available for Legal Research and Torts I Mid-Terms

A version of Exam4 for the Legal Research final and Torts I mid-term is available now.  For more information, including how to download, install and use Exam4 to take and submit practice tests and live exams, click here.

The Exam4 practice test deadline for 1Ls planning to use their computer to take either or both the Legal Research final exam and Professor Leibson's Torts I mid-term exam is 6:00 PM EDT, Saturday, October 3, 2009.  A propertly submitted practice test is a requirement before you may use your computer on either of these exams.  Students who fail to properly take and submit a practice test by the deadline will be refused technical assistance of any kind should they experience any technical difficulty using Exam4 on the Legal Research final and/or the Torts I mid-term.

Another version of Exam4 for all other exams will be forthcoming, and more information about that will be posted later.

Winner - Academic Success Drawing

Thank you to all first-year law students who completed an evaluation for the Structured Study Group program.  The winner of two tickets to Lawlapalooza on October 1, 2009, at Phoenix Hill Tavern is Sadaf Aulakh.  Tickets for the drawing this week were provided courtesy of Dean Chen.  Please claim your prize from the Academic Success Office, Room 212, by Friday.  

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Use a reward system to keep your motivation up.  Decide small rewards for yourself for completion of small tasks.  Small rewards might be: a bubble bath; one ½-hour television show; one computer game; popcorn; a walk with the dog; a play break with your child.  Decide large rewards for yourself for completion of large tasks: a night at the movies; dinner with friends at a nice restaurant; two hours reading a novel; a new outfit. When you have a reward to look forward to, you are more likely to stay motivated in completing your work.

An Evening with Bob Edwards and This I Believe

On Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 7:30 PM, Louisville native Bob Edwards will host a live taping of his national radio program featuring the popular series This I Believe. Edwards will interview award-winning photojournalist Molly Bingham about a statement of belief written by her grandfather, Barry Bingham, Sr., in the 1950s. Then J. Blaine Hudson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville, will talk about an essay by longtime UofL professor and civil rights activist Charles H. Parrish. The conversations will be recorded for later broadcast on The Bob Edwards Show on Sirius/XM satellite radio, and on Bob Edwards Weekend, which is heard on more than 140 public radio stations nationwide including WFPL 89.3FM in Louisville.

The evening will also feature essays written and read by contemporary Louisvillians including Carol Besse, co-owner of Carmichael’s Bookstore; Judge Steve Mershon, '79; Bosnian-American peace activist and attorney Djenita Pasic, '98; and Joe Reagan, President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc. Edwards will interview each essayist to learn the stories behind their statements of belief.

The event will be held at the Cralle Theater in Wyatt Hall on the Bellarmine University campus. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students and senior citizens. A limited number of special VIP tickets to the live taping and a post-show, wine and cheese reception with Edwards and the essayists are available for $125 at 259-9889. To order all other tickets, please visit or call 866-468-7630. Tickets are also available at both Carmichael’s Bookstore locations.