Student News

Free Massages for Law Students Today

Are you at the Law School studying for an upcoming final exam?  Did you just finish an exam?  Reward yourself with a free massage today!  On Monday, November 28, massage therapists will be in the Washer Lounge from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide complimentary massages for law students sponsored by your Student Bar Association.

Exam Tip - Outline Your Answers

Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response.  Too many law students read the first paragraph in an essay exam question, recognize an issue, and are so overjoyed at finding an issue that they spend the next 20 minutes responding to it.  The problem with this approach is that the fact pattern was probably over a page long, and the writer just spent more time than was necessary in responding to a relatively straightforward issue.  While different students outline differently, students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones.  This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer.  (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

MCB Results

Congratulations to this year's Pirtle-Washer Champion, Thomas Stevens and to this year's runner-up, Jennifer Siewertsen!  Congratulations also to semi-finalists Nathan Batey and Joshua Porter!  These competitors advanced to the final day of competition on Friday, October 28th, from a field of sixteen competitors that began competing on Saturday, October 22nd.  Thank you to all of the competitors who did a great job representing our law school to the local bar!
 
A special thank you is in order for the judges who graciously volunteered their time and experience to judge the semi-finalists and finalists.  Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Chief Regional District Judge Sean R. Delahanty, and District Judge Katie King formed the panel that selected the two competitors that advanced to the final round.  Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), United States Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, District Judge Ann Bailey Smith (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Wine formed the panel that selected Thomas Stevens as this year's Champion.
 
Thank you also to the twenty-four local attorneys from Kentucky and Indiana who volunteered their time and experience to judge the three prelimary rounds on Saturday, October 22nd.  These local attorneys narrowed the field from sixteen competitors to the four semi-finalists.

MCB Results

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate this year's members of the National Moot Court Team: Stephanie Carr, Brittany Hampton, Samantha Constantine and Paige Hamby for an outstanding performance in Richmond, VA last weekend.  Both teams represented the Law School very well against impressive competition.  The team consisting of Paige Hamby and Samantha Constatine did especially well winning both matches in the preliminary rounds and losing by only two points to Duke University, last year's champions, in the quarter finals.  Please congratulate these students on their success and hard work!

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Nathan Batey and Cassie Kennedy for being chosen to represent our school in the Criminal Law Moot Court Competition! Thanks to everyone who tried out, and good luck to Nathan and Cassie at the competition in March!

County Attorneys Office seeking First- and Second-year Students

The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is seeking 1L or 2L law students to conduct legal research in both Criminal and Civil areas of the office.

Responsibilities include:  preparing pleadings, jury instructions, discovery and various other legal memoranda and court documents as requested by prosecutors and civil attorneys in the County Attorney's Office; responding to various requests for legal research; file documents with the courts; perform other tasks as needed to assist attorneys; deliver interdepartmental mail and assist in hand-deliveries; maintain law library.

Salary and benefits include:

$10.50/hr. first 6 months probationary period

$11.00/hr after probation is successfully completed

$12.00/hr after one year of service

Partial tuition assistance

Vacation, sick, personal time and holiday pay based upon work schedule

Submit resume by December 16th to:  Debbie Hamm, H.R. Specialist, Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., Suite 2086, Louisville, KY  40202.

Academic Success Tip - Studying over Thanksgiving

Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday.  What family commitments do you have?  Are your outlines complete?  Where are you in your review for exams?  Keep in mind the following:

  • Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday.  Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends.  Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the holiday.
  • Make a priority list of tasks.  Work on tasks in the order of priority.
  • Break tasks into smaller steps. 
  • Consider productive ways that you can use travel time:  listen to Sum and Substance CDs; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
  • Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example.  You get to study, and they get to participate.
  • Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you. 
  • And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.

Federal Summer 2012 Intern Litigation Program in Tennessee

The Eastern District of Tennessee is seeking first- and second-year students to apply for positions in the 2012 summer Federal Student Intern Litigation Program.  These are unpaid positions.

If you are interested, see the attached brochure for details.  The deadline for applying is Friday, January 13th.    

Academic Success Tip - Create a Skeletal Outline for Every Course

Regardless of whether you will be taking a traditional law school exam, a take-home exam, an exam in which you are permitted to use your notes, or an exam in which you are permitted to use a one-page "cheat" sheet, you must create, memorize, and be able to write (in one or two minutes) a checklist of all the topics and subtopics covered in the course.  You can use this checklist as a handy guide to see if you have forgotten anything in your outline of an answer to an exam question.  The process of creating your own checklist (or "skeletal" outline) can also serve to gauge your level of understanding of the material.  If you cannot remember the checklist you create for a course, you do not know the material well enough.

Make-up Exams

If you are planning to take a make-up exam, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2011.