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.
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Please see the following information from the ABA regarding a sweepstakes opportunity:
Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in the ABA Facebook Sweepstakes at www.facebook.com/abaforlawstudents! The American Bar Association will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot for every law student attending an ABA-accredited school who Likes ABA for Law Students on Facebook and submits an entry from. You will also have a chance to win these weekly prizes: Two $1,250 travel packages from Hertz and Six $500 gift certificates for bar review course from BARBRI. Enter today for all weekly prizes. The sweepstakes ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2011.
MCB's meeting is TODAY, Thursday, October 20th in Room 175 @ 12:10.
Members: All MCB members except Pirtle-Washer competitors must attend.
1Ls: If you are interested in serving as a bailiff this Saturday, please attend the meeting. If you are interested in being a bailiff, but cannot attend this meeting, email Eric Johnson at email@example.com.
Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions
1. Sports Law - TODAY, Thursday, October 20th @ 5pm.
2. Tax Law - Friday, October 21st.
3. Patent Law - Friday, October 21st (submission date extended).
4. Labor & Employment Law - Monday, October 24th (submission date extended).
5. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1st.
For further information, please visit https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/6945.
This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students. Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice: You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want.
Why this advice is bad advice:
- You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam. Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
- If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.
- Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
- Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it. Then, you will not need to look up much.
- If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
- If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
- Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc. Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
- Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.