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Academic Success Tip - Stress Resilience

It's that time in the semester when stress begins to escalate to new levels of intensity.  However, now is also the time when you need to use your best stress resilience skills.  Stress that is out of control can lead to illness, anxiety, lessened concentration, lack of sleep, and many other problems.  Below are a few tips on managing your stress for the remainder of the semester.

  • Put grades in perspective.  Grades are not equal to who you are as a person.  You have knowledge of the course, talents, character strengths, and other skills that go beyond that one exam.  We have many extraordinarily gifted and successful graduates in law practice and on the bench who will openly state that they graduated in the “great middle” of their class.  For courses with the only grade attached to the final exam, the grade only measures how you performed on that limited set of questions on that day during 3 or 4 hours.
  • All you can ask of yourself is to do the best that you can.  No one can do better than his or her best.  The important thing is to do as well as you can within your intellectual capabilities, talents, and skills.  Our best does not always get us an “A” grade, but it does get us self-respect.    
  • Do not dwell on what you have no control over.  You cannot control the days of your exams in most cases.  You cannot control the questions on your exams.  You cannot control paper deadlines.  You cannot control how a professor grades.  Do not waste time wishing that you had control over these things.  Focus instead on what you can control.
  • Do not dwell on what you did not do earlier in the semester.  You cannot change that you did not study enough during the first part of the semester.  You cannot change that you did not choose the best course load.  You cannot change that you did not find a study partner earlier.  You cannot change that you did not do practice questions earlier. You cannot change that you did not outline earlier.  Regrets get you no further along the path to exam success.  Make a note to change next semester.  But for now, spend time and energy focusing on what you can still control.    
  • Take control of what YOU can control.  You can ask your professors questions about material you do not understand.  You can study with classmates to gain new or broader perspectives on the material.  You can ask a professor to look at an outline to see if you are on the right track.  You can do more practice questions.  You can set up a structured time management schedule for each remaining week to distribute tasks more effectively.  You can use study aids to help you understand material that is still vague.  You can use breaks to increase your focus during intense study periods.  You can use rewards to keep yourself motivated.

Brandeis "BRIEF" Break - TODAY!

The final Brandeis “Brief” Break of the semester is TODAY from 3:40 to 4:10!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Mosaic Lobby area for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of cookies to choose from, hot coffee, and another special treat for our students!  So please join us after Business Organizations, Trademark Law, Corporate Taxation, Torts, or Civil Procedure, or before Criminal Procedure or Domestic Violence.

New Public Service Opportunity Available

Network Center for Community Change is looking for students to help with a study to determine what happened to homes and homeowners facing foreclosure in 2007. If you help with this study, you will be helping to gather the information they need to describe the full impact of the foreclosure crisis on neighborhoods.  Students will help by driving to affected properties to report on their condition, performing title searches, reviewing court files, doing research on the Property Value Administrator's website, and more.  They will provide any training necessary before the students perform outreach work.

Interested students can go to the referenced study so you can evaluate if this is something you would like to help with. The study is available at:

This project would be good for first year students who weren't able to participate in the week-long projects.  This would also be suitable for students still needing to complete their requirement before the graduation deadline.

To sign up, please contact Jina Scinta at to obtain a Reservation Form.

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Congratulations to Brian Esser, Stephanie Loper, and Jonathan Raymon, who have been selected to represent the school in the 2012 National Tax Moot Court Competition! Best of luck to the team as they travel to Florida in February to compete.

Cookies and Coffee - Brandeis "Brief" Break

The final Brandeis “Brief” Break this semester is on Thursday afternoon!!  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the Mosaic Lobby area, Thursday November 17, for a brief break from their computers and their books.  We’ll have an assortment of cookies to choose from, hot coffee, and another special treat for our students!  So please join us anytime between 3:40 and 4:10 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Practice Questions

Practice; practice; and then practice.  Doing several practice questions for each of your classes is essential to exam success.  Make sure that you practice all questions given to you by your professors.  If necessary, additional practice questions are also available from study aids such as Examples & Explanations.  You can also look at CALI and bar prep materials for questions.  Make time this week to find practice questions for each of your classes that you can do over the Thanksgiving break.   This extra effort this week will save you time in the end.

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity for Law and other Graduate Students

The Jefferson County Family Court Administrator has advised us that the Barton Center is now accepting applications for the 2012 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program. Law students currently in their first or second year, and students in Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Health, or other related graduate programs are encouraged to apply. The Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP) is a partnership between Emory University and the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to (1) provide students with a hands-on learning opportunity in the field of child advocacy, and (2) to provide child advocacy professionals with the benefits of student interns during the summer months.  Students receive a summer stipend to work with judges, lawyers, DFCS professionals, or nonprofit organizations in Georgia for ten weeks.

Interested students can learn more by reviewing the attached for more details and application instructions.

MCB Good Luck!

Please wish Stephanie Carr, Brittany Hampton, Samantha Constantine, and Paige Hamby good luck as they represent the Brandeis School of Law in the National Moot Court Competition in Richmond, Virginia this weekend.  Both teams have worked hard on their briefs and argument skills and hope to shine in the regional rounds of the competition, good luck!

MCB Results

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating Nathan Batey, Chris Moncrief, Sharon Wright, and Shawn Spalding (Team 1), and Jamie Jackson, Thomas Stevens, Brian Smith and Tyler Fleck (Team 2) on their strong performance at this past weekend’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition in Lexington.

Under the guidance of coaches Sandra Moon and Heend Sheth, all eight members worked extraordinarily hard leading up to and during the competition. The many hours of preparation paid off, with Team 2 advancing all the way to the final round against the University of Kentucky College of Law’s team. The Moot Court Board is proud to have had such stellar students representing our law school so exceptionally well. 

MCB Results

Congratulations to Arbitration Moot Court Team on advancing to the regional semi-finals! The team, consisting of Natalie Humphrey, Brad Johnson, Brittany McKenna, and Natalie Smith, advanced over one of the Northern Kentucky University teams and a team from Duquesne University to the semi-finals. Professor Levinson, the team's coach, attended the competition and provided great feedback to the team between rounds.
The team earned above-average marks from all judges. They were repeatedly praised for their "good use of demonstrative evidence," "good use of facts," and being "extremely well prepared," both as lawyers and as witnesses. The judges also commented on the team's professionalism, saying that the team was "very respectful," and "so respectful to the witnesses." In fact, the team scored no less than "Very Good" in the category of professionalism from every single judge, and in one instance the team was scored as "Superior," the highest available score.One judge described a closing statement by Brittany McKenna as "spectacular," another described Natalie Smith's performance as a "Great job!," another praised Natalie Humphrey for her "excellent delivery, " and Brad Johnson was complimented on his "very good, conversational tone."