Student News

Brandeis "Brief" Break - Thursday

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief."  Take a few minutes next Thursday to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down, come to the Cox Faculty Lounge (second floor, up by the administrative offices).  Grab an ice cream bar and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., so come when you get out of class at 3:40 or 4:05, or come before you go to class at 3:50 or 4:15.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Gina Young who is the winner of a $10 gift card to Burger King and a UofL Law decal.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

Our daily prize drawings are now finished.  But, now and then, just to make sure you keep checking the Docket, we'll draw for a prize recipient and post it in the Docket.  So keep reading -- for prize notices now and then and for other important daily news!

Academic Success Tip - Course Outlines

How are your course outlines coming along?  By now, you should have enough information in each course to begin an outline.  Then, you want to add to your outlines regularly – preferably every week or every other week.  Remember that your outlines will be your primary study aids for exams.  Once you have a good outline for a segment of the course, your class notes and case briefs will no longer be your focus for that part of the material. 

New Food Service

Beginning next week (week of 9/12/11) there will be a food cart located closer to the law school in order to better meet the needs of law students.  Three days per week (we are not sure which three days), there will be a food cart located near the law school's back patio by Jouett Hall.  If you exit out the back door of the Mosaic Lobby and are making your way to Ekstrom Library, Jouett Hall is the building on the right.  The food card will be located near there.  This cart will have a variety of beverages, Einstein's sandwiches and salads, cookies, and snacks.  The cart will be there during the hours of 10:30am-1:30pm.  Please note that Cardinal Cards, Cardinal Cash, and cash will only be accepted.  No credit card tenders will be collected.  Also, please be aware that the cart will be tracked daily in order to better assess whether the new location of the cart is necessary, so if you want the cart to stay put be sure to buy food.  Thanks to 1L Dani Smith for contacting the food service and being instrumental in having the food cart moved to this location!

U.S. Army JAG Interviews - Tuesday, October 4th

Students,

If you are interested in a career with the U.S. Army JAG and would like to sign up for an interview, please apply through Symplicity.  After you log in, click on OCI and enter Session 3.  Their website is:  http://www.goarmy.com/jag/about.html

Interviews are currently scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th.  Depending upon how many students sign up, Captain Schlueter may also conduct interviews on Wednesday, October 5th.

 

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS SCHOOL OF LAW MILITARY NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

 All On-Campus Interviewers are requested to read and agree to a non-discrimination policy. 

This non-discrimination policy is for military recruiters. In order to conduct job interviews in the law school or to obtain assistance from the Career Services Office, prospective employers must sign a statement of nondiscrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  Federal laws relating to military service preclude representatives of the Armed Forces from signing the nondiscrimination statement in its entirety.  Congress also has enacted a statute, known as the Solomon Amendment, requiring that federal funding  -- including several categories of student loans  -- be terminated at any educational institution that refuses access to military recruiters.  Therefore, the law school grants access to military recruiters who sign the nondiscrimination statement to the extent consistent with federal law.The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution.  Pursuant to regulations of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools and the National Association for Law Placement, the School of Law is committed to providing our students and alumni/ae with the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.  Our facilities and resources are available only to prospective employers who adhere to this policy. 

EMPLOYER'S STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING:

I/We are in full compliance with the Brandeis School of Law's non-discrimination policy.

 

1L Oath

The 1L signed School of Law Oath has been framed and hung.  Check it out -- it's right outside Dean Cross's office in the Student Life wing.  See attached photo.

Jonathon Raymon wins the Yoga Prize

Congratulations to Jonathon Raymon, who won the drawing for the lavish and glitzy prize given to one student who attended the first yoga session.  The drawing was overseen by representatives from one of the Big Four accounting firms. And it's a good thing the representatives were there, as some non-students tried to cheat by signing their names to the list (Dean Duncan, this means you ..). 

 

Jonathon wins a UofL Law School polo shirt.  He can pick it up in Dean Ballard's office.

December Graduates

Are you planning to take the bar exam in February 2012?  The regular application filing deadline for the KY Bar Exam is October 1, 2011.  If you have not started already, you will want to begin the application process now.  Attached are helpful documents explaining the Kentucky Bar application, as well as information on bar loans and a self-assessment tool for the bar exam.  Please see Dean Ballard if you have any questions.  Dean Ballard can also assist you if you are planning to take the bar exam in another state. 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Hannah Truxell who is the winner of a UofL Law polo.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim you prize.

Academic Success Tip - Improve Your Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you.
  • Take short 5-minute breaks after every hour of studying.
  • Take a longer 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours.
  • Take a quick break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material.
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions.
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study.
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar.
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas.