Student News

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Semi-Final Round

The Quarter-Final round of the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition was a close contest, with four competitors advancing to Thursday evening's Semi-Final round. All eight competitors were praised for their poise and preparation by the judging panel, made up of UofL alumni Marilyn Osborn Patterson, Barry Dunn, Andrew Palmer, and Jason Nemes. In Thursday's Semi-Final Rounds, Mia Walters and Sean Dennis argued at 5:30 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom, followed by Lacey Gullett and Jon Hollan at 6:15 p.m. One competitor from each round advanced to Friday's Final at 2:00 p.m.

Calling All Grads!!! Graduate Day at the Downs - May 10, 2012

To celebrate your upcoming graduation, you are cordially invited to attend UofL Alumni Association's Graduate Day at the Downs! Presented by UofL Alumni Association, Student Activities Board, Office of Student Affairs, and SOAR.

When: Thursday, May 10th, gates open 11:30 a.m., post-time 1 p.m.
Where: Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave.
RSVP: www.UofLalumni.org/grad-race-2012

Come celebrate graduation with live horse racing at Churchill Downs with friends and family dressed in your Derby Best! Every graduating student will receive $5 in Downs Dollars!

RSVP now and enter yourself in a drawing to be in the Winner's Circle picture!

Each graduating student can register FOR FREE. Friends and family are invited for $5 each person.

Tickets may be picked up Monday, May 7th, through Wednesday, May 9th, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room W310 in the SAC. Tickets not picked up at the SAC can be picked up at Churchill Downs Will Call at Gate 10 the day of the event.

Louisville Law T-shirts and Sweatshirts

Louisville Law shirts are available for PRE-ORDER only as T-shirts or Hooded Sweatshirts. Orders must be paid in advance. See Ronnie Morton, Erica Wood, or the Resource Center for order forms and payment. We will be taking orders until Thursday, April 19th. Shirts will be delivered for pick up to the Resource Center during or after finals.  Please see the attachments for the two design options. 

Reminders for Registration

On Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m., registration begins for current 2L students, defined as students with 22 or more hours, excluding spring 2012 courses.  Registration begins for all 1L students (students with fewer than 22 hours, excluding spring 2012 classes) on Monday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m.

Please note:  If you are registering for a course that requires a prerequisite (as listed on the Schedule of Courses), please double-check to make sure you have satisfied the pre-requisite.  If not, the online registration system will not permit you to register for the course.  If you have received permission from the professor and the Associate Dean for Student Life to enroll in a course without having satisfied the prerequisite, please notify Barbara Thompson in Student Records before you register to prevent problems during your registration period.

Below are reminders about course scheduling from the Student Handbook.  If you have questions, please refer to the Student Handbook or ask Dean Cross or Dean Ballard:

  • No student is permitted to register for more than 16 class hours per week in the full-time division or 12 hours in the part-time division without special permission of the Associate Dean. Class hours include credit for journals and moot court.
  • Students are prohibited from counting more than 25 hours of the following non-traditional courses or credit hours towards the 90 credit hours required for graduation: (1) graduate courses in another college or school; (2) externships; (3) hours earned for moot court and in other skills competitions; (4) independent studies; (5) hours earned for journal or law review; and (6) Clinic II.
  • A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which the student satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.  
  • A student receiving a failing grade (F) in a required course must repeat the course. The repetition of the course does not remove the prior grade from the student's academic record. Students who fail a first year course must retake the course at its next offering.
  • Students having a 2.0 or better average and at least 22 hours may register for seminars. No more than two seminars may be taken in any semester.
  • An Independent Study may be for one or two credit hours.  Students may apply no more than 4 credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  • Students may take one externship per semester.  Students may not apply more than 8 hours of externship and Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the 90 hours necessary for graduation.
  • Students may earn no more than two (2) hours credit for participation in a single competition and may apply no more than six (6) hours of Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the ninety (90) hours necessary for graduation.   Students may receive credit for no more than one competition per semester and ordinarily may participate in no more than one per semester. For a student to participate in more than one in the same semester, the Associate Dean for Student Life, faculty members, and other instructors must first approve.

Office of Chief Counsel, IRS seeking 2L Summer 2012 Intern

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS is seeking a second-year student who has taken Basic Income Tax to be a Summer 2012 Intern.

For additional information and how to apply, go to:  https://law-louisville-csm.symplicity.com/students and click on "Jobs & Resume Collection".

 

 

Student Health Law Association Elects New Officers

The Student Health Law Association would like to congratulate its newly elected officers for the 2012-2013 year.

President - Justin Brown

Vice-President - Kit Thurman

Secretary - Chelsea Painter

Treasurer - Erica Wood

 

Congratulations new officers! 

Another reminder: Exam4 for Spring '12 now available; practice test deadline Friday, 4/13

This is a reminder that Exam4 for Spring 2012 final exams is now available, and that the practice test deadline is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 13, 2012. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test using the newest version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) by the deadline.

To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure. If you've already submitted a practice test and want to see if it was received, check the Exam Tracker 4000. If your practice test is not listed under "S12 Practice exam," it was either not received at all or is wrong, most likely because you did not identify yourself with your ULink user name.

For more information, click here.

Central High School Marshall-Brennan Participation Approved for Public Service Credit

One of the Central High School partnership activities is teaching seniors in the law and government class. Law students teach from a prepared curriculum and textbook focusing on civil liberties as it applies to students. Law students must have taken Constitutional Law to teach in this program. In the past, law students enrolled in the "We the People" Bill of Rights Teaching Practicum course for one credit hour per semester (maximum of two credit hours). The Public Service Committee has just approved participation in the Marshall Brennan program for public service credit as an alternative to academic credit. Law students interested in participating for either academic or public service credit should discuss their interest with Professor Sam Marcosson.

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition

The Preliminary round of the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition was a great success! Over 40 first year students competed throughout the day and received glowing remarks from their peers. Congratulations to Mia Walters, Kaitlyn Jones, Billy Hopkins, Sean Dennis, Lacey Gullett, Chadler Hardin, Jon Hollan and Lindsey Howard as they advance to the Quarter Final Round on Wednesday in the Allen Courtroom.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Find Extra Time and Commit to Your Studying

There are 13 study days remaining before final exams begin.  Now is not the time to procrastinate, to make excuses, or to give less than 100%.  If you use good time management skills and plan what you are going to accomplish each day, you will be more productive and you will hold yourself accountable.  Here are some tips for finding time:

  • Realize that you control your time.  With intentional behavior, you can take control of the remainder of the semester rather than feeling as though it is a roller coaster ride. Make time for what really matters.
  • Work for progress in every course.  If you focus on one course to the detriment of the other courses, it creates a cycle of catch-up and stress.  Space out work on a major assignment over the days available and continue with daily work in all other courses.
  • Use small pockets of time for small tasks.  Even 15 minutes can be used effectively!  Small amounts of time are useful for memory drills with flashcards or through rule recitation out loud.  Twenty minutes can be used to review class notes and begin to condense the material for an outline.  Thirty minutes can be used for a few multiple-choice practice questions or to review a sub-topic for a course. 
  • Capture wasted time and consolidate it.  Students often waste up to an hour at a time chatting with friends, playing computer games, answering unimportant e-mails, watching television, and more.  Look for time that can be used more productively.  If several wasted blocks of time during a day can be re-captured and consolidated into a longer block, a great deal can be accomplished.
  • Use windfall time well.  It is not unusual in a day to benefit from unexpected blocks of time that could be used.  A professor cancels class.  A study group meets for less time than expected.  An appointment with a professor is shorter than scheduled.  Rather than consider the time as free time, use it for a study task.
  • Realize the power of salvaged blocks of time.  If you capture just 30 minutes of study time a day, that is 3.5 extra hours per week.  An hour per day adds up to 7 hours per week.  Time suddenly is there that seemed to be unavailable.
  • Break down exam review into sub-topics.  You may not be able to find time to review the entire topic of easements intensely, but you can likely find time to review its first element intensely.  By avoiding the "all or nothing mentality" in exam review, progress is made in smaller increments.  It still gets the job done!
  • Evaluate your priorities and use of time three times a day.  Every morning look at your tasks for the day and evaluate the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish everything.  Schedule when you will get things done during the day.  Do the same thing at lunch time and make any necessary changes.  Repeat the exercise at dinner time.
  • Cut out the non-essentials in life.  Save shopping for shoes for that August wedding until after exams.  Stock up on non-perishable food staples now rather than shop for them every week.  Run errands now and get them over with to allow concentrating on studies for the rest of the semester.
  • Boost your brain power in the time you have.  Sleep at least 7 hours a night.  Eat nutritional meals.  Your brain cells will be able to do the academic heavy lifting in less time if you do these simple things.

So, take a deep breath.  Take control of your time.  And good luck with the remainder of the semester.  Adapated from a post by Amy Jarmon, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law.