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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Evaluate Your Exam Performance

Are you proud of your academic performance during the fall 2011 semester, dismally disappointed, or somewhere in-between?  Regardless of your situation, most every student can benefit by participating in an exam review with their professor.  No one gets a perfect score on a law school exam and there is always room for improvement.  Below are some tips for having a productive exam review:

  • Be very clear about the professor's requirements.  Some professors have specific dates and times when they will hold exam reviews with students.  Some professors request that you sign up for an appointment.  Follow your professors' instructions.  If you are unsure of a professor's availability, send him or her an email.
  • Come to the meeting with only one thing in mind - learning from past experience and gaining from professional reaction to your product.  Do not expect that this meeting with lead to a grade change.
  • Take an active role in the meeting.  Do not expect a packaged answer from the professor, pinpointing your precise strengths and weaknesses.  The following questions, if you ask them consistently, can identify trends in your exam-taking:
    • Did I misread the instructions for the exam?
    • Did I spot the important issues?
    • Did I miss important issues entirely?
    • Did I display the rule/test/framework/standard properly and clearly?
    • Did I adequately explain exceptions and/or counter arguments?
    • Did I organize my answer based upon what was asked in the call of the question?
    • Did I thoroughly develop the analysis/application?  Did I explain each step of my legal analysis?
    • Did I explore the facts of the question thoroughly in light of the legal principles and issues that I identified?
    • What ways could the answer have been better organized?
    • Did I make unwarranted assumptions in order to reach my conclusion?
    • What aspects of my exam were strong?

Take a hard look at your performance last semester.  Be honest with yourself about what worked and what did not work.  Give yourself credit for your study strategies that were efficient and effective.  Admit what study strategies were disasters.  If you did not put in enough effort, own up to it.  If you procrastinated, own up to it.  If you have poor time management skills, own up to it.  To improve this semester, you must know your strengths, be honest about your weaknesses, and rigorous in your time management.  

Now is the time to commit to achieving your personal best.  You have only 14 weeks of classes until you sit for your final exams. Consider working at your highest levels of efficiency and balance for 14 weeks.   How do you work at your highest levels?  Practice each of the components of the attached Success Cycle in each class each week. 

VITA Students Needed!

It's not too late to sign up to participate in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.  There will be a training here at the law school on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 175.  To sign up for the training, you will need to complete a Reservation Form to sign with the Public Service Program, as well as a Registration Form to sign up directly with VITA.  If you are unable to attend the training on January 21, training is available Saturday, January 7 or Saturday, January 14 at  different locations.

This opportunity is open to all students, but is especially great for third year students needing to complete their public service requirement for graduation.  Third year students who sign up with this project will be granted an extension of the March 26 public service deadline until April 15, since that is the tax deadline.

Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary forms.

Upcoming Student Programs and Events

If you have not already done so, organize your 2012 calendar by penciling in the following programs and events:

  • January 12 - KY Bar Exam Program with Eric Ison and Bonnie Kittinger (12:15 p.m.)
  • January 20 - 1st Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • January 26 - Student Life Info Session: Study Abroad (12:10 p.m.) 
  • January 26 - Brandeis “Brief” Break (3:40 p.m.)
  • January 27 - 2nd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 3 - 3rd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 7 - 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility (12:15)

Check out other upcoming programs on the Law School calendar at http://www.law.louisville.edu/event

KY Bar Exam Program and Application Deadline

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 KY Bar Exam is February 1.  Before you mail your application, be sure to attend the KY Bar Exam program on Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m.

Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications;
  • Most common student questions the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions receives;
  • Statistics for bar passage;
  • How to prepare for the essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how the bar examiners grade answers; and
  • The Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam.

Both speakers will also be available to answer specific questions you may have about the application or the exam.  The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided. If you are planning to take the July 2012 or February 2013 KY Bar Exam, you should plan to attend.

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Eric Johnson and Brandon K. Johnson for being selected to represent our school in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition.  Best of luck to them as they prepare to compete in March.

Witnesses Needed for the National Trial Team

The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.

Jan. 4: 7:00pm
Jan. 8: 1:00pm
Jan. 11: 7:00pm
Jan. 15: 1:00pm
Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm

The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at carly.a.harvey@gmail.com if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.

National Trial Team Needs Witnesses for Practices

The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.

Jan. 4: 7:00pm
Jan. 8: 1:00pm
Jan. 11: 7:00pm
Jan. 15: 1:00pm
Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm 
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm

The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at carly.a.harvey@gmail.com if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.

Witnesses Needed for the National Trial Team

The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.

Jan. 4: 7:00pm
Jan. 8: 1:00pm
Jan. 11: 7:00pm
Jan. 15: 1:00pm
Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm 
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm

The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at carly.a.harvey@gmail.com if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.

February 2012 KY Bar Exam - Location Change

The location of the February 2012 bar exam has changed and will not be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington.  The February 2012 exam will now be held at the The Crowne Plaza – Campbell House, 1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY  40504. 

The Crowne Plaza – Campbell House is offering a discounted room rate of $89.00.  To make a reservation, applicants may do so online at the Crowne Plaza – Campbell House and use the Group Code KOB to receive the discounted room rate, or they may call the hotel at 859-255-4281 or (800) 227-6963 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, again referencing the Group Code KOB to receive the discounted rate.  The cutoff date to receive the discounted rate is February 15, 2012.

Information about Class Ranks

Class ranks will not be available until mid-February.  Ms. Barbara Thompson will post a note in the Daily Docket when class ranks are available, and she will post instructions on how to request your class rank.