Student News

SBA Elections - Candidacy Interest Meetings Today

SBA Elections for the SBA 2012-2013 will take place the week of March 26, 2012.  Please see the attached document regarding Election Rules and Procedures.  If you would like to run for a position, you must attend a Candidate Interest Meeting during the week of March 19, 2012.  The times for the meetings are in the attached document.  The following positions will be elected during the election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, Career Services Chair, Public Service Chair, Public Relations Chair, American Bar Association Law School Division Representative, Fundraising Chair, Technology Chair, two (2) University of Louisville Student Government Association Senators, two (2) Third Year Class Representatives, and two (2) Second Year Class Representatives.  Honor Council Elections are also included in the SBA Elections and the following positions will be elected: Five (5) Third Year Students and three (3) Second Year Students - the two (2) Third Year Students and the one (1) Second Year Representative with the least number of votes are elected as Alternates on the Honor Council.  Please see the attached document for further details on the election.

Financial Guidance Program Today

The Financial Guidance Program is today (Tuesday March 20th) from 12:00-1:00pm in Room 275.  Representatives from the UofL Financial Aid Office, Republic Bank, Northwestern Mutual, and McCauley, Nicolas & Company will be there to discuss loan repayment and financial planning while you are in law school and after graduation.  Jimmy Johns will be served!

Please RSVP for Honors Reception (you know who you are ...)

Thanks to the many of you who have RSVPed concerning the Honors Reception.  For those who have not yet responded, please let Becky Wenning (becky.wenning@louisville.edu) know whether you are coming (and the name of any quests) at your earliest convenience ... but no later than this Wednesday, March 21st.  We need to know who is attending for a number of reasons. One of the more important reasons is that in order to save time, we do not read the names of those who are not in attendance.

If you do not RSVP by the 21st, we'll assume you are not coming ... and your name will not be read aloud at the program.

Thanks in advance!

Bidding Has Begun for Kaplan Bar Review Courses!!

On Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., bidding began on three certificates to be used towards three individual Kaplan Bar Review courses. Certificates available for bids are as follows:


* A Kaplan MBE Final Review Course (Valued at $499 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan MBE Combination Course (Valued at $999 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan Complete Bar Review Certificate (Valued at $1500 Until April 1)


Bid sheets will be outside of the Office of Professional Development Offices in the Student Lobby area. Bidding will run until 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 22. The winning bidders of each certificate will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on March 22 in the Student Lobby area. Credit cards and checks will be accepted and payment is due by March 29, 2012. Proceeds of the silent auction will go to assist students who will be doing internships at governmental or non-profit agencies during the summer of 2012.


Place your bids TODAY!  Good luck!!

U.S. News Best Law School Rankings Top 100

 

 

University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law moves up in the rankings; From 99 to 89 in the Top 100 Law Schools Rankings according to U.S. News & World Report.

 

 

 

2nd Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar

The Second Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

Registration is FREE for law students this year.
 
A reception sponsored by the Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section will follow the seminar at the Kentucky Coffeetree Café. The Café is located a short walk from the History Center at 235 West Broadway in downtown Frankfort.
 
The seminar and reception are a great opportunity for students interested in environmental and natural resources law to learn about important issues and meet practicing attorneys. You may review the seminar agenda and registration form, and if you would like to attend please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

 

The brochure is also available, here.


Questions may be directed to Jennifer Cave or Lori Alvey, or you may call 502-564-3795.

Grossman & Moore seeking 2L Sudent to work part-time during Spring semester

Grossman & Moore, a personal injury law firm, is seeking a second-year student to work 12-15 hours a week during the Spring semester.  Student should be in the top 1/3 of their class.  There is the potential for a student to work full-time over the summer.

If interested in applying, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Donna Voyles, Grossman & Moore, PLLC, One Riverfront Plaza, 401 W. Main Street, Ste. 1810, Louisville, KY  40202 or e-mail:  dvoyles@gminjurylaw.com

Arbitration Moot Court Team

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition? The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one. The regionals will be held in November. The finals will be held January. More information is available at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html.

If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it, a statement of interest (no more than one page, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, 1” margins) and a copy of your résumé to Professor Levinson (a.levinson@louisville.edu). You may also leave these materials in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door. Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 23. During your interview, you will be asked to give a closing statement (no longer than 10 minutes) on behalf of the Port Adair Sports Authority from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Brad Johnson at cbjohn09@louisville.edu

Kaplan Bar Review Courses to be Auctioned Off Starting March 19!!!

Starting on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., bidding will begin on three certificates to be used towards three individual Kaplan Bar Review courses. Certificates available for bids are as follows:


* A Kaplan MBE Final Review Course (Valued at $499 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan MBE Combination Course (Valued at $999 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan Complete Bar Review Certificate (Valued at $1500 Until April 1)

Bid sheets will be outside of the Office of Professional Development Offices in the Student Lobby area starting at 10:00 a.m. on March 19. Bidding will run until 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 22. The winning bidders of each certificate will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on March 22 in the Student Lobby area. Credit cards and checks will be accepted and payment is due by March 29, 2012. Proceeds of the silent auction will go to assist students who will be doing internships at governmental or non-profit agencies during the summer of 2012.


Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, March 19 to start your bids. Good luck!!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Think About Your Review Process in Preparation for Finals

Some of you have been studying for exams all semester (and during Spring Break) by staying on top of your course reading, adding to your outlines each week, and conscientiously learning new material while reviewing past material.  This ongoing process is the key to the highest grades because deeper understanding and long-term memory result.

As you study for exams, consider the four kinds of review that you should include in your study plans.  If you incorporate all four types, you are more likely to master your courses and garner better grades.

  1. Intense Learning.  First, you need to learn intensely each topic.  This type of study has deep understanding as its goal.  It may take several study sessions to reach this level of learning for a long topic that was covered over multiple class sessions.  Intense learning may need to include additional reading in study aids or time asking the professor questions in order to clear up all confusion and master the material.  In addition to learning this one part of the course, the student should consider how it relates to the course as a whole. 
  2. Fresh Review.  Second, you should strive to keep fresh everything in the course.  This type of study is focused on reading your outline cover to cover at least once a week.  It makes sure that the law student never gets so far away from a topic that it gets "foggy."  Students forget 80% of what they learn within two weeks if they do not review regularly.  After intensely learning a topic, it would be a shame to forget it.  Constant review reinforces long-term memory and provides for quicker recall when the material is needed.
  3. Memory Drills.  Third, you should spend time on basic memory drills.  This type of study helps a student remember the precise rule, the definition of an element, or the steps of analysis.  For most students, these drills will be done with homemade flashcards.  Some students will write out rules multiple times.  Other students will develop mnemonics.  Still others may have visual reminders.  The grunt work of memory can be tedious.  However, if you do not know the law well, you will not do well on the exam.
  4. Practice Questions.  Fourth, you must complete as many practice questions as possible.  This step has several advantages.  It monitors whether you really understand the law.  It tests whether you can apply the law to new fact scenarios.  It allows you to practice test-taking strategies.  And it monitors whether you need to repeat intense learning on a topic or sub-topic because errors on the questions indicate that it was obviously not learned to the level needed.

Ideally, you should set aside blocks of study time to accomplish each of these reviews every week for every course.  The proportion of time for each course will depend on the amount of material covered, the difficulty of the course, and the type of exam.