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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Be Smart During Spring Break and Use Your Time Wisely

Spring Break is just one week away!  How can you have an enjoyable break and boost your learning for finals?  It is possible – consider the tips below:

  • Plan ahead.   Plan in advance what tasks you need to accomplish during Spring Break.  Plan which days you will do those tasks.  Plan what materials you need to take with you.  For example, if you want to work on practice problems, be sure to copy them this week.  If you plan to listen to CDs, be sure to check a set out now.   
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish during Spring Break.  You are unlikely to study 15 hours a day every day.  Instead of telling yourself that you will accomplish 100 tasks, make a list that you think you actually will accomplish. 
  • Get on a regular sleep schedule before you return to school.  Catch some extra sleep hours to build up your stamina for the last push of the semester.  Take some power naps in the afternoons.
  • Take the time to play in active ways and not just in mental ways.  By exercising, you can release stress and prepare your body for the marathon ahead.  Enjoy the movement and healthy competition.
  • Exercise your brain cells by doing lots of practice questions for each course.  You accomplish several positives - better memory of the black letter law; better understanding of how to apply concepts; faster use of exam taking techniques and strategies; and greater confidence in the nuances of the law.
  • Catch up on any back reading that was not completed before the break.  Also, it is a good time to read for the first two days after break so that you do not feel behind when you start classes up again.
  • Eat healthy foods.   You are in training for exams now.  The better your nutrition during the break, the better your body and brain will serve you.  Keep up the healthy eating once you get back from break so that you will be at the top of your productivity and brain power during the remainder of the semester.
  • Spend time with family and friends.   Make sure that you have some fun time and get some relaxation during Spring Break to re-charge your batteries for the last push through classes and exams. 
  • Keep on track.   By planning your studying, you can be more productive.  By starting with the hardest task first, you can make your day more pleasant.  By breaking tasks into small steps, you can cross them off more quickly for a sense of accomplishment.  By focusing on your priorities, you can accomplish more of your study tasks. 
  • Stop by the Academic Success Office to check out study aids.  A variety of study aids are available for first-year classes and upper division classes.
  • 1Ls:  Take the Contracts Practice Exam on March 9 and the 1L Spring Break Challenge on March 23!  The Challenge will consist of many objective-type (non-essay) questions covering Contracts II.  Your goal is to correctly answer as many questions as you can, in any order, in the time allotted.  All you need is a pen.  There will be separate Challenges for Section 1 and Section 2 contracts classes.  Great prizes will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers.

Externships and Clinics - Information Session on Tuesday

Several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship this summer or fall, or next spring, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Papa John's pizza will be served.

Information will be provided relating to the:

  • Tax Externship
  • Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
  • Immigration Externship
  • Medical Research Contracting & Regulatory Affairs Externship
  • Technology Transfer Practicum
  • Judicial Externship
  • Criminal Justice Externship - County Attorney
  • Criminal Justice Externship - Prosecution
  • Criminal Justice Externship - Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
  • Legal Aid Externship
  • Law Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship Clinic

First year law students who have earned at least 30 credits are eligible to apply for a summer judicial externship.  Students who have completed the first year curriculum are also eligible to apply for the Kentucky Innocence Project.

National Trial Team Need Witnesses

The National Trial team needs volunteers to help with practices. Thomas Stevens and Samantha Constantine competed in the Regional Competition last month and became regional champions, advancing to the National Competition at the end of this month. The team has limited time to practice, so please help if you can. We want Thomas and Samantha, and the Brandeis School of Law, to be NATIONAL Champions! This is a great opportunity for all students, and you get public service hours for helping. The dates needed are:

March 7 @ 7:00pm (Wed)
March 11 @ 1:00pm (Sun)
March 14 @ 7:00pm (Wed)
March 18 @ 1:00pm (Sun)

Please contact Carly Harvey at if you can volunteer or have any questions. Thank you.

May 2012 Graduates - Personal Injury Firm Seeking Associate

Hance & Srinivasan, a local Personal Injury law firm, is seeking to add an associate.  For additional information and how to apply, go to and click on OCI, Session "Hance & Srinivasan" and Apply.  You have until Thursday, March 8th to apply.


Registration Advising Program for 1L Students

The required 1L Registration Advising Program is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, at 12:30 in Room 275.  Professor Les Abramson, Dean Ballard, and Dean Duncan will tell you everything you need to know for creating a schedule of courses and registering!  The program begins promptly at 12:30; attendance will be taken.  Questions?  Ask Dean Ballard or Dean Duncan. 


In order for your application to be reviewed in time for fall registration, your application is needed by Thursday, March 8.  Forms are available from Jina Scinta.  A hard copy of the form and a resume should be submitted to either Professor Laura Rothstein (Room 258) or Jina Scinta (Room 180).

"A Hidden Madness" Receives Rave Reviews

A Hidden Madness, the recently published memoirs of professor James T. Jones, has not only sold more than 100 copies in one month and received a five-star rating at, it has been positively reviewed by several blogers, including A Book A Day Review and Book Critics.


From Gabrielle Wheelers review on A Book A Day:

"His decision to publish this book, given the character of the disease, shows an even greater bravery. Much as he wanted to to help others suffering from bipolar disorder, he was afraid."


Be sure to stay up-to-date on the status of Jones' book by regularly checking in at his blog.

Completion of Brief - Celebration Breakfast for First-Year Students - Monday, March 5th - Mosaic Lobby - 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

First-year Students,

The Office of Professional Development is pleased to announce the second annual Celebration Breakfast after your briefs are due.  Join us in the Mosaic Lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for bagels, fruit, coffee and juice from Panera Bread.

Immediate need for a part-time Law Clerk at Williams and Associates

A two-lawyer general practice firm, Williams and Associates, seeks a part-time law clerk.  The firm handles criminal defense, personal injury and civil rights matters. 

Duties will include researching case law; assisting in preparing pleadings, motions and discovery; and writing legal memoranda.  Clerk will also serve as assistant, including answering firm telephones and taking messages, typing correspondence,  sending faxes and electronically filing documents in federal cases.  

Shift will be from 9 am to 1 pm or longer from Monday through Thursday.  We will consider varying these hours to accommodate classes. Must be a 2L or higher.   Must be computer literate and use Microsoft Word. 

This is an excellent opportunity for a law student who might be interested in becoming a solo practitioner or joining a small firm to experience a small practice and learn how cases progress.  Firm is located in the Starks Building in downtown Louisville.  Position will be open the week of March 5.

Please  fax  your resume’, a cover letter and a legal memorandum writing sample to 581-0595.   

Working on Your Brief Today? Enjoy a Complimentary Massage!

Enjoy a complimentary massage in the Washer Lounge today between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Students may sign up for a specific time; walk-ins are also welcome.  Clinical studies have found massage helpful for stress relief, managing anxiety, and boosting immunity.  Treat yourself today.  Good luck on your briefs!