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ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Start Your Day Early and On Time

 

The work day typically begins between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and so should your study day.  A good rule of thumb is to spend three hours studying (outside of class) for every hour of class time.  This translates into between 45 and 50 hours per week studying pre-class and post-class (30 to 38 hours if you are in the part-time program).  Considering the number of hours you will spend studying, it may not be possible to get everything done in the evening, even if you are a "night owl."  Night time studying may have worked in college, in part, because you rarely spent 40 to 50 hours preparing for classes.  So, try to start your study day early and work during the daylight hours.

Last Day To Add A Class & Refund Dates

Friday, August 21 is the last day to add a class or change a class to an audit.

 

TUITION REFUND DATES

Friday, August 21      100% refund

Friday, Sept. 4             50% refund

Friday, Sept. 11           25% refund

Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law

This year's Innovation and Communication Law conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information. As a result, discussion will focus less on the creation of rights and more on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge.


Attendance at the Saturday morning session has been approved for two CLE ethics credits.

The event will be held this Friday and Saturday, August 21-22, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Free tickets are available to students, but meals are not included.

For more information, visit: www.law.louisville.edu/CICL

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Take Control of Your Studying Before Too Much Time Flies By

  • Designate one place in your apartment where you will have your law school study center.  Organize all of your casebooks, study aids, dictionaries, binders, spiral notebooks, and other study materials in this one spot.  When you finish with a binder or casebook or stapler, return it to its place.  You will waste less time searching for your law school materials if you have one spot for everything.
  • Make a shopping list of what study materials you need and stock your apartment study center now.  Buy extra notepads, pens, ink cartridges, printer paper, paper clips, and other materials.  By anticipating your needs for the semester, you can avoid multiple or panicked trips to the office supply store later.  Also, you may be able to save money by buying bulk quantities instead of separate purchases of the items over time. 
  • Lay out everything you will need the next day before you go to bed.  It is easier to get organized while you can think calmly about the items you need for each class.  Grabbing up items as you rush out the door will likely lead to not having everything you need once you arrive at the law school.
  • Purchase a large dry erase board for your study center if you think it will help you.  Visual learners often benefit greatly from a dry erase board with multiple colors of markers.  Create flowcharts, methodologies, IRAC outlines for practice question answers, or other information initially on a dry erase board.  You can add, delete, and modify until you are happy with the result.  Then, you can copy the final version on to the computer or paper.  Some students use the dry erase board for calendaring and listing “to do” items. 
  • Use monthly and weekly schedules and daily “to do” lists to organize yourself.    The monthly schedule can be used for deadlines and assigning daily tasks to meet the deadlines on time.   The weekly schedule can be used to design a study schedule that can be repeated most weeks to make certain you are getting all study tasks done each week.   “To do” lists can be used to prioritize the most important tasks each day. 

Law Library Fall Semester Hours

The law library returns to its regular schedule on Monday, August 17. During the fall semester, we will generally be open from 8 AM - 11 PM Monday thru Thursday, 8 AM - 6 PM on Fridays, 9AM - 6 PM on Saturdays, and 1 PM - 11 PM on Sundays.

Refer to the library hours for details and excpetions.

 

Congratulations to Ten Upper-Division Law Students Selected to be Academic Fellows

The Director of Academic Success is pleased to announce that the following 10 upper-division law students have been chosen to serve as Academic Fellows in the fall:

 

Brian Bennett

Holly Hudelson

Megan Keane

Tina Nance

Rexena Napier

Bradley Palmer

Aaron Price

Kristine Tarra Ragan

Maddie Schueler

Andrew Swafford

 

The Brandeis Academic Fellows will be responsible for facilitating weekly structured study group sessions in Contracts for all first-year students.  The 10 Academic Fellows were selected based on their solid academic records, interpersonal skills, maturity and genuine willingness to assist first-year law students learn effective law school study skills.   

 

Law School Reopens

Dear Law School community:
 
The Law School will be OPEN on Friday, August 7.  All faculty and staff should report according to the normal schedule.
 
Some basement areas, especially in the library, may remain inaccessible.  Please observe posted signs regarding access.
 
On behalf of the Law School, I thank the University of Louisville workers who have labored tirelessly to bring our campus back from Tuesday's storm.
 
Best wishes,
 
Jim Chen
Dean

"Help" Day Canceled for Returning Students

Because of a purchasing snafu, the IT staff will NOT be deploying a new file server this week, nor making most other previously announced changes to returning students' Lawnet accounts.  The only scheduled change, which has already been implemented, is moving the School of Law's Web site over to ULink authentication.

Consequently, the "Help" Day previously scheduled for Monday, August 10, for returning students is canceled, primarily because there is nothing new to connect or configure for returning students.

The previously planned network changes, including deploying a new file server and copying students' documents and files to it, and moving Law Library lab computers and printers over to the University's Windows Active Directory domain, are now tentatively scheduled to occur after fall 2009 final exams.

 

An Invitation for All Students

Please help us welcome the first-year class by participating in their Community Service Day. 

The Student Bar Association has come up with an incredible list of service projects for the first years’ Community Service Day, an optional activity scheduled as part of Orientation.  All students, not just first years, are invited and encouraged to participate.  Faculty and Staff will also be participating.

For a complete list of projects, click here.
 

Important Technology Changes for Returning Students

The IT staff are making changes to the School of Law's network, two of which are immediately significant to returning students:

Changes to Web Site Log-in

From 10:00 PM Wednesday, July 29th, through 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law Web site will be unavailable while the law school's IT department makes an important change to the site.  Beginning at midnight, Thursday, July 30th, the School of Law's Web site will require the law school community -- faculty, staff and students, including incoming students -- to log in using their ULink credentials (user name and password), rather than their Lawnet credentials, to view private content.  Publicly available information will remain so.

Changes to School of Law Network (Lawnet)

From 12:00 AM Thursday, July 30th, through Friday, August 7, the IT staff will close returning students' Lawnet accounts while they make a series of changes to the School of Law's internal network (Lawnet).  During this blackout period, students will not be able to log on to law school computers or use law school network resources, including accessing their files on the file server or printing to the laptop printer.  Also during this period, the IT staff will:

  • Deploy a new file server
  • Copy students' documents and files from the current file server to the new one
  • Remove all Law Library lab computers from the Lawnet domain and add them to the University's new Windows Active Directory domain
  • Configure lab printing in the new network environment
For students, the most important consequence of all these changes is that they will no longer have Lawnet accounts.  Instead, they will be able to use their ULink user names and passwords for everything.  These changes will also affect how students connect their laptops to the School of Law file server and laptop printer.

"Help" Day

On Monday, August 10, the IT staff will be available nearly all day (specific hours TBA), tentatively in room 177, to assist both incoming and returning students connect their laptops to the wireless network, to the new file server and to the reconfigured laptop printer.  "Help" Day will be the only opportunity before the first day of class for students to configure, or reconfigure, their laptops in the new environment.  The IT staff will be occupied with Orientation responsibilities the rest of the week of August 10-14.

Please make a note of these important changes.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jim Becker, Assistant Dean for Information Technology, at j.becker@louisville.edu.