Student News

Academic Success Tip - Clearing Up Confusion

If you are on top of your reading, but are clueless about some of the material, do not wait to take active measures to clear up your confusion.  

  • Go through your class notes and determine what specific questions you have about a particular topic.
  • Write down your questions and where the reference is in your notes/casebook so that you can find the spot quickly if you need to refer back to it.
  • Read a study aid to gain more understanding about the specific topic.
  • Some learners clear up their confusion by outlining the material.  By “pulling it together” for inclusion in an outline, the material is no longer abstract or confusing.
  • If you still have questions, ask for help from your classmates or your professor. 
  • The more specific you can be about your questions, the easier it will be for someone to help you.
  • Have your class notes/casebook with you when you ask for help so that you can show the person the material that is confusing you.

ATTENTION 1L's! First Mandatory Meeting with the Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development will be conducting their first of three mandatory meetings for first year students on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 175.  All first year students are expected to attend.  Our first meeting will be entitled, "Get Your Career Started Now".  Dean Urbach will be providing you with valuable information on what you can be doing at this point in law school to help you in your job search.  Pizza will be served while it lasts.

Our second and third mandatory sessions will be October 25 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 175 and November 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 175.  Please mark your calendars.

 Our office would also like to remind students to check the calendar next the elevator for upcoming events.  The events are color-coded to indicate which students the event is directed to, but all students are invited to attend all sessions.

30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read

The ABA Journal asked 30 prominent lawyers to name a book that they would recommend to other lawyers. A list of books and the lawyers who selected them is available in "30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read" (ABA Journal, August 2011).

The books are currently on display in the law library. Each copy is available for check out. The borrowing period was recently extended to one month, plus two renewals.

 

 

Academic Success Tip - Keeping Up With Reading

If you have gotten behind in your reading for one or more courses, make it your priority to get caught up by fall break.  The best way to get caught up is to stay on top of the current readings for class this week so you are able to follow the class discussions.  Then, fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (i.e., one case at a time).  This weekend, read first for your Tuesday and Wednesday classes (no class on Monday) for the upcoming week.  Use the extra time for catch-up reading.  If you follow this plan, you should be caught up in your reading for all classes by next Tuesday. 

SBA 1L Election Results

Congratulations to the following 1Ls for being elected to the Student Bar Association:

 

1L Section 1 Representative:  Colten Biro

1L Section 2 Representative:  Dani Smith

LBA Representative:  Damaris Escalera 

U.S. Army JAG Information Session - TODAY, October 4th at 12:45 p.m. in room 171

If you are interested in learning about opportunities with the U.S. Army JAG, please attend the Information Session TODAY at 12:45 p.m. in room 171. 

BARBRI MPRE Review Class

Saturday, October 29, 9:30am-1pm in Room 275.  
Sign-up for this review class at the Table Day on October 12th or online by October 18th. 

Yoga: Same place, different time

The noon hour yoga classes will end this Wednesday, October 5th.  Classes will resume after fall break, but at a different time.  Beginning on October 13th, classes will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15.  Classes will continue to meet in LL77.

 

If you've not yet given Law School yoga a try, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to take the plunge.  Again, no prior experience is necessary.  And in fact, the instructor focuses on something different in every class, so that even those who attend regularly find every session an interesting new challenge.  We provide the mats ... all you need is comfortable clothing (a t-short and sweats or shorts).  So give it a try ... what do you have to lose (except perhaps a little angst or stress)?

New External Writing Competitions Posted

Two new writing competitions for students have been posted on the Student Life website.  Anyone interested in submitting a writing in these competitions should periodically check the Student Life website to see what is available, as the listing changes regularly.

Sign-Ups for Tax Moot Court Competition

Attention 2L, 3L, and 4L students: If you are interested in tax law, consider signing up for The National Tax Moot Court Competition. This year’s competition will be held February 2-4, 2012, in Sand Key, Florida. The UofL team will consist of 3 students, to be coached by Professor Lay.

To demonstrate your interest, email competition facilitator Richard Hinton (rghint01@louisville.edu) a writing sample and a brief statement of interest (including previous tax law experience, though this is not a requirement to be considered for the competition) by Friday, October 21, 2011. Tryouts will take place the following week.