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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:  When you have someone else’s outline for the course, you don’t need to make your own outline.

Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Having the outline of someone else who did well in a course does not mean that you will do well in the course.  You will only do well if you know the material in-depth and understand it and can apply it.  Having an outline from an anonymous source is even less positive because you do not know if the student who created it did well in the course.
  • An outline matches someone else’s learning styles and may not match how you learn material.  It also does not tell you how to apply the material to new fact scenarios – the very essence of law school exams.
  • Outlines of other students are shortcuts that avoid your having to process the information yourself.  Processing the information through your own outlines increases understanding and retention of material.
  • Outlines from prior years may not include changes in the law, changes in the professor’s approach to a subject, and changes in textbooks.  Unless you are carefully taking notes and outlining, you may miss important changes since the last time the professor taught the course.
  • When each member of a study group outlines one course and then gives her/his outline to the other study group members, the same type of problems can result.  Each study group member will know the course s/he outlined very well.  Each study group member will only have a partial understanding of the other courses.


  • If you have not already done so, begin NOW to process material and make your own outlines.  Use any outlines you have depended upon up to now only as comparisons.
  • Consider whether you can condense material before you put it in your own outlines so that you will not have to condense your outlines later.
  • Be efficient and effective in making your own outlines: do not include everything – include the important things that give you the bigger picture and inter-relationships.
  • Consider whether flowcharts and other visuals will be helpful for you as a way to condense the material and understand the “big picture” of the course.

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute

Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute brings the classic alt-Southern-Country-Punk Rock sounds of mid-1980s Bowling Green, Kentucky (“the Athens, GA of South-Central Kentucky”) to this year’s Lawlapalooza.

Riding a resurgence of interest in the Bowling Green sound among now-middle-aged, minivan-driving professionals looking to recreate the magic of legendary nightclubs such as Picasso’s and Tewligan’s, and the gritty punk glamour of CBGB’s, Skinny and Small has quickly developed a reputation as the hardest-working band on the Government Cheese tribute band circuit, taking top honors at festivals such as “Lost River on the Ohio River” and “Picasso’s at the Lapin Agile.”

Representing the UofL Brandeis School of Law, Skinny and Small unites brothers Viva Las Vegas on guitar, Reggie Las Vegas on vocals and Jaime Las Vegas on drums with guitarist (and sometimes law professor) Tim Hall and longtime family friend Donnie Bott on bass for a six-song, 100-decibel tribute to the best damn rock band you’ve never heard of.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. Securities Law - Wednesday, October 19th @ 5pm.

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

3. Tax Law - Friday, October 21st.

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

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

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

For further information, please visit

MCB Members: Upcoming Responsibilities

Thursday 10/20:  Information session in Room 175 at 12:10 p.m.  All MCB members except Pirtle-Washer competitors must attend.

Saturday 10/22:  Preliminary rounds located at the Hall of Justice during 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Those members competing in Pirtle-Washers may leave when done competing.  Responsibilities for the day will be discussed on 10/20.

Friday 10/28:  Competition rounds are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Attendance of MCB members is optional but encouraged for the competition.

Friday 10/28:  Light reception from 3-5 p.m.  Snacks will be served.  Attendance is exclusive to MCB members, Pirtle-Washer competitors, and judges.  MCB alumni reception from 5-7 p.m.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.  There will be a cash bar.

A Conversation with Congressman John Yarmuth

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth will be speaking in at University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.

Congressman Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In his third term, Congressman Yarmuth was selected to the Committee on Budget, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Ethics. He served as President of the Freshman Class, as Senior Whip, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Kentucky Reading Association, "Outstanding New Member of Congress" by the Committee for Education Funding, which is the largest non-partisan education organization in the nation, and "Best of Congress" by Working Mother Magazine and Corporate Voices for Working Families both in 2008 and 2010.

Though best known for his work in the media, Yarmuth’s diverse career, prior to entering the political arena, gave him a solid background in policy, business, higher education, and healthcare.

Yarmuth previously worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Aide for Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1974, before moving back to Louisville, to publish Louisville Today Magazine.  He went on to work as Associate Vice President of University Relations at the University of Louisville and Vice President of a local healthcare firm.

In 1990, Yarmuth founded LEO Newsweekly, a free publication with approximately 150,000 monthly readers.  With Yarmuth as editor, LEO won nearly 100 Metro Louisville Journalism Awards, 16 of which were awarded to Yarmuth for his editorial and column writing. He owned the paper from 1990 to 2003, and continued writing his columns through 2005.

On television he debated local and national politics as co-host and commentator on WAVE 3’s "Yarmuth & Ziegler" in 2003 and “Hot Button” in 2004 and 2005.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Congressman Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School.  He went on to earn a degree in American Studies from Yale University.   



U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - Spring 2012 Student Internship

The SEC has opened its applications for 2012 Spring Student Internship.  We welcome applications, and we will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on November 7, 2011.

The one-semester volunteer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, or JD/MBA students and L.L.M. Students have the opportunity to work for ten weeks during the spring at the SEC's Washington DC headquarters or at one of its eleven Regional Offices.  For more information, look at the SEC’s Web site.  There is a link there to the Futurestep Web site used for SEC hiring.  Students should look on that page under Current Opportunities / Washington, DC and click “Student Opportunities/Volunteer Opportunities.”  From there, they can apply to the DC or regional offices.  Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to     We will begin reviewing applications and hiring on a rolling basis beginning Nov. 7, 2011.  The posting will officially close on November 21, 2011.

Photo Gallery: Two Centuries of Black Louisville

Diversity Forum Series: "Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History" 

Charlie Sheen's Tips for Winning at Exam4

We asked Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Charlie Sheen about his secrets for winning at Exam4.  Here's what he had to say:

First, I make sure I have the right version of Exam4.  You know it expires, so if I can't run it at all, I know I don't have the latest; but I can get that at

When taking an Exam4 practice test, I always use my ULink user name, which is cieste01, to identify myself in the Exam Number field -- never my student ID number or something totally lame, like "1234."  And I always choose "Practice exam" from the list of Courses in the software. Plus, I know better than to try submitting my practice test from off campus, or waiting 'til the last minute to submit it.

For real exams, my method's a little different, of course.  In the Exam Number field, I use the exam number I get from Student Records.  Seems obvious, right?  Plus, I always have a USB flash drive with me in case I have problems submitting my exams electronically.

Pretty simple tips, I know, but that's why I'm WINNING!

U.S. Air Force JAG - Information Session and Individual Informational Interviews - TODAY

If you are interested in learning about Summer Intern or Full-time opportunities with the U.S. Air Force JAG, please attend a slide presentation and Information Session beginning at Noon in room 175 TODAY, Monday, October 17th.  If you would like to meet with Captain Hartman for an Informational Interview, appointments are available beginning at 1:00 p.m. in room 176.  There is a signup sheet on Ms. Reh's door (184) for appointments.

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performers du Jour

The Wannabees
Starring Susan Duncan and John Cross

Given their star power today, it may be hard to believe that Susan and John actually began their careers separately, and in relative obscurity. Susan started out with the all-girl band “Duncan Donuts,” where she was an a cappella pianist. John started out with the “Cross Family Yodelers,” a quintet that performed Alpine versions of heavy metal songs. Their meteoric rise to fame began when, unbeknownst to each other, they were hired as stunt doubles for the cult band “Captain and Tennille.”

As the following photo demonstrates, the visual similarity is obvious:

(Note: Susan and John are the two in the back.)

After that role, the rest is, as they say, history. But fame has not spoiled the two. You can occasionally hear their humble roots in their modern songs, whether it be Susan breaking into a spontaneous riff on the air piano, or John executing a musical run in an authentic Kitzbühel-region yodel (a technique once compared unfavorably to a basset hound's howl). Moreover, the two have turned into prolific songwriters. Who can forget that top-ten hit “Spring Schedule 2012,” a song that, while performed by Carol Channing, was actually penned by Susan? So sit back, put your earplugs in, and get ready to be entertained!