Bad Advice: Save up your absences and use all of them the last two weeks of class so that you can focus on exam studying.
Why this advice is bad advice:
- Important topics are often covered at the end of classes because the topics are more advanced than some of the material you have had previously. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the material if you cut classes.
- Your professors are likely to tie the course together in the last weeks of class. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the course if you cut classes.
- Your professors are likely to talk about the exam in more detail during the last weeks of class. You will be dependent on another student’s version of the exam instructions, tips, and study guidelines if you cut classes.
- You will go into exams with less personal understanding of the material covered at the end of the semester. Some professors emphasize material covered at the end of classes very heavily in the exam questions.
- If you follow this advice, you will also not be reading your cases. You will only be more behind in understanding the course than you were previously.
- Plan your time management for the coming weeks so that you get all of the tasks done that are necessary for success – including going to class prepared.
- Do not stop reading your cases. You need to understand the material through the last class. Become more efficient and effective in your reading.
- If you do not know how to structure your time for the remainder of the semester to get each task done, visit the Academic Success Office for help.
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Greg Simms, attorney at law, is a 2007 graduate of UofL Law and a partner in the firm of Gruner & Simms, PLLC. Among the many accolades in Mr. Simms' Martindale-Hubbell profile are the following:
- He received the Book Award for the highest grade in Evidence in law school.
- He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
- His teeth are large enough to allow him to eat corn through a fence.
- He is the 2004 Marion County (Ky.) Ham Days Hog Calling Champion. Really. No lie.
Despite his considerable theatrical experience, Lawlapalooza is Greg's first effort at karaoke. Consequently, his goals are modest and reasonable: While he does not expect to win this year's Lawlapalooza karaoke competition, he does plan to soundly beat Sam Marcosson.
*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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) while cc'ing Brittany Hampton (Blhamp25@gmail.com) on Monday, October 24th at noon:
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.
The members of this year’s National Trial team have been selected. The team members are:
Congratulations to those selected, and thank you to everyone who tried out.
Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, held March 31, 2012, in Buffalo, NY. The team’s coaches are local criminal defense attorney Ted Shouse and David Harshaw from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.
To sign up, send an e-mail by Wednesday, November 2 at 5 p.m. to Sarah Clay at email@example.com containing the following items in pdf format:
2. Legal Writing Sample
Additionally, you will need to sign up for a time to try out. You will need to prepare 10-15 minutes of oral argument based on last year's problem, J.D.B. v. North Carolina, which may be found at http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/bcls/wechsler11.html. You may choose to argue either side, and may do any research necessary to form your argument. Tryouts will be conducted on Wednesday, November 9, from 5-7 p.m., in room 177, and Tuesday, November 15, from 5-7 p.m., in the Allen Courtroom. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Moot Court Board Office door by noon, Friday, October 21.
Only a two-member team will be sent to the competition. Please direct any questions to Sarah Clay.
If you would like to arrange an individual meeting with a member of the Office of Professional Development and have not previously signed up with Dean Urbach, additional signup sheets are posted. Here is how you will sign up:
A through H - Dean Urbach (182)
I through Z - Ms. Reh (184)
If you know that you are not interested in practicing law and are not in Professor Pettinato's Basic Legal Skills class, please contact her for an appointment.
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. The instructor focuses on something different in every class. We provide the mats ... all you need is comfortable clothing (a t-short and sweats or shorts).
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.
- 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.