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Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice

Bad advice:  You can’t do any practice questions until right before the exam because you don’t know enough.
Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Exams are all about applying the concepts and law that you have learned all semester to new fact scenarios or legal problems.
  • You wouldn’t go on a black diamond ski slope without lots of practice.  Why would you go into an exam without having worked on several practice questions throughout the semester?
  • A multitude of practice questions are available that test your knowledge on sub-topics and topics and not just entire courses.

Alternatives:

  • Do some practice questions at the end of each sub-topic to test your application skills.  Can you spot the issues and sub-issues?  Can you apply the concepts correctly?  Can you apply the rules and exceptions to the rules?
  • Practice your approach to questions:  how will you analyze the question; how will you marshal the facts; how will you organize your answer; how will you write the answer in the most concise way.
  • Become more adept by starting with one-issue questions, then progressing to two- or three-issue questions, then progressing to more extensive questions.  Once you can organize and answer shorter questions, you can practice your organization for longer questions.
  • Use multiple sources of questions:  ones handed out by the professor; questions in study aids; questions you and your study partners write and swap; questions from prior exams; introductory problems in your case book.  
  • Schedule practice question time each week for each course so that you do not forget to practice or put off practice too long.

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour

Luis Cartaya, 2L

Luis "Cher" Cartaya, pictured here shaving his legs, was once one of the legendary members of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (the red one, obviously). After suffering an ACL tear fighting Lord Zedd, Cartaya had to retire the red suit and follow his second dream, being Cher. After discovering he had a voice of an angel, Cartaya joined Sonny & Cher and began blessing the world with his voice. Cher, clearly the greater of the group, broke off to begin a solo career and was soon thereafter regarded as the Goddess of Pop. You might also know Cartaya from his Hollywood love affairs with such movie stars as Jessica Alba, Megan Fox, and Jessica Biel. Having traveled back in time, Cartaya has become great friends with Louis D. Brandeis, and after losing a hot game of poker agreed to bless Lawlapalooza with his epic voice.

ABA Facebook Sweepstakes

Please see the following information from the ABA regarding a sweepstakes opportunity:

 

Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in the ABA Facebook Sweepstakes at www.facebook.com/abaforlawstudents!  The American Bar Association will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot for every law student attending an ABA-accredited school who Likes ABA for Law Students on Facebook and submits an entry from.  You will also have a chance to win these weekly prizes: Two $1,250 travel packages from Hertz and Six $500 gift certificates for bar review course from BARBRI.  Enter today for all weekly prizes.  The sweepstakes ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2011.  

MCB Meeting TODAY

MCB's meeting is TODAY, Thursday, October 20th in Room 175 @ 12:10.

Members: All MCB members except Pirtle-Washer competitors must attend.

1Ls: If you are interested in serving as a bailiff this Saturday, please attend the meeting.  If you are interested in being a bailiff, but cannot attend this meeting, email Eric Johnson at eljohn10@louisville.edu.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions


1. Sports Law - TODAY, Thursday, October 20th @ 5pm.

2. Tax Law - Friday, October 21st.

3. Patent Law - Friday, October 21st (submission date extended).

4. Labor & Employment Law - Monday, October 24th (submission date extended).

5. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1st.


For further information, please visit https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/6945.

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice

This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice:  You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want.


Why this advice is bad advice:

  • You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam.  Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
  • If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.

Alternatives:

  • Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
  • Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it.  Then, you will not need to look up much.
  • If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
  • If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
  • Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc.  Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
  • Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.

1Ls: Interested in Helping Moot Court Board with Pirtle-Washer?

This year's Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition, the law school's premier internal oral advocacy competition, will begin this Saturday, October 22nd at 9 a.m. at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The competition is only open for 2L, 3L, and 4L students, but 1Ls can still help as bailiffs.

Serving as a bailiff at Pirtle-Washer is a great way to gain exposure to oral arguments, which you will have to do in the spring for BLS, and is also a great way to meet local attorneys. If you are interested in serving as a bailiff this Saturday, please attend a Moot Court Board meeting this Thursday, October 20th at 12:10 pm in Room 175.

If you are interested in being a bailiff, but cannot attend Thursday's meeting, email Eric Johnson at eljohn10@louisville.edu.

Welcome Reception for Howard Fineman (2011 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow)

Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to a meet and greet sponsored by the SBA to welcome back Mr. Howard Fineman.  The reception will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 1:45pm - 2:30pm in the Cox Lounge.  Light desserts will be served.  This is a great opportunity to meet one of our most distinguished graduates who is being named this year's Alumni Fellow.

 

Mr. Fineman is currently the Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group and also reports and writes on politics for the Huffington Post main site.  He also serves as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he regularly appears on shows such as "Hardball with Chris Matthews", the "Rachel Maddow Show", and many others.  Prior to October of 2010, Mr. Fineman was a reporter, columnist, and editor for Newsweek.  In addition, he has written a book The Thirteen American Arguments", which was a national best seller in 2008. 

 

Please join us in welcoming back Mr. Fineman!  Email Kristie Wetterer with any questions.

Sign-Ups for Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

*Submission Date Extended*

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and would like to represent UofL in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition, now is the time to apply. The competition will be held in New York City in March 2012. Please email the following information to Professor Levinson (arlevi03@louisville.edu) while cc'ing Brittany Hampton (Blhamp25@gmail.com) on Monday, October 24th at noon:

1. Resume
2. Completed Labor Law Info Sheet (see below)
3. A one-page statement of interest including any past experience in labor and employment law

For tryouts, be prepared to argue both sides of Thompson v. North American Stainless found at http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7401240344092765062&hl=en&as_sdt=2&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr.

Professor Levinson or Professor Render will conduct tryouts the week of October 31st. Signups for tryout times will be available on the Moot Court Board Office door on October 24th.

If you have any questions, please email Brittany Hampton.

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Nathan Batey and Sarah Christianson for making the Animal Law Moot Court team! Thank you to everyone who tried out this year!