Everybody is (or should be) sliding into “studying for exams” mode. Time becomes a critical variable now. It is important to find time for all of your tasks. It is also important to be productive with that time. This week's tips will focus on how to get more time out of each day and be more productive during studying.
Tip #1: Evaluate your day for “lost” time. Look for time wasted in the following ways: unproductive time between classes; assignment time stretched to 3 hours when with more diligence it could have been finished in 2 ½ hours; delay in starting a project because “I have all day;” inefficient and scattered errand running or other non-school tasks; completion of chores or other non-school tasks during prime study time. If only ½ hour is captured each day of the week, it nets 3 ½ hours of extra study time per week.
Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you. Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study? Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student? Have you completed a degree checklist recently? Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 24, 25, and 26, and during the week of November 1. Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring or Summer 2012 schedules, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc. John Cross, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection. To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside Dean Ballard's office.
Sam I Amicus
Sam I Amicus consists of six third-year law students at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. Hunter Brown, from North Carolina, provides soulful vocals and regularly snacks on ketchup packets. Sam Goss, a founding member of Zoo Legacy (yes, it's a real band), lays down a steady beat. Jarad "keys" Key, a Paducah, Kentucky native, tickles the ivories. Ross Neuhauser, from Louisville, plays a fine fiddle. Jared Hall, the bearded siren, honed his acoustic guitar skills in Mascoutah, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. Brenton Stanley, who moonlights as frontman and guitarist for The Perfectos (EP available on iTunes), is from Carmi, Illinois. The band took shape quickly in Molly MacCaskey's basement, and is performing for one night only at Lawlapalooza 2011.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively seeking second-year law students for intern positions in its Office of Chief Counsel for the summer of 2012. No other federal agency touches the daily life of citizens as directly as the FDA. In regulating about 25 percent of the United States consumer economy, the FDA is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of two trillion dollars worth of products a year – including items as diverse as artificial hearts, surgical lasers, gene therapy, dialysis machines, cloned animals, genetically engineered foods, counterterrorism products, and drugs produced using nanotechnology techniques.
Lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel advise the FDA on legal matters and represent the agency in court proceedings and in administrative hearings. They participate in both civil and criminal cases; draft pleadings, motions and briefs; and participate in discovery and trials. Lawyers also serve as counselors to the major programs of the agency: drugs, foods, biologics, devices, veterinary products, tobacco and enforcement. They provide legal opinions, and participate in rulemaking proceedings, legislative matters, policy deliberations, and international negotiations. In addition, lawyers are involved in explaining agency programs to Congress, the regulated industry, and the public. More information about the office is available at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OC/OfficeoftheChiefCounsel.
Candidates should have a record of strong academic achievement. Experience or interest in public health issues, regulatory matters, or litigation is helpful. Positions are located at FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Interested candidates should send a resume, copy of law school transcript, and writing samples to OCOCCAttorneyAPP@fda.hhs.gov (and designate SUMMER INTERN APPLICATION on the subject line) by October 28, 2011.
This is a reminder that the second of three mandatory meetings with the Office of Professional Development is Tuesday, October 25 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275. Jina Scinta will be discussing the policies and procedures of the Public Service Program and the week-long projects that will be available to first year students the week of December 12. Debra Reh will be explaining the Symplicity program and what it can do for you. Ms. Reh will also help you navigate your way through the law school website.
Free pizza and drinks will be served. See you there!
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.
Greg Simms, Esq.
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.