Tryouts for the National Trial Team will take place the last week of October or first week of November. The Law School will send two teams to the regional competition hosted by Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. The regional competition will take place in February 2012. The top two teams will advance to the National Competition to be held in Austin, Texas, March 21-24, 2012.
This year's regional problem will be a civil problem. Students wishing to tryout will be asked to submit their resume and to give an opening statement or closing argument based on a past civil problem. More detials will be posted in mid-October. If you have questions in the interim, please contact Dean Ballard. Participants may earn up to 2.0 hours of academic credit.
The last day to sign up for Pirtle-Washer competition is TODAY, Thursday, September 29 at noon! To sign up, sign the sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional details about the competition, please visit http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/6945.
Animal Law Moot Court
To sign-up, please email Paige Hamby at email@example.com. Include a resume, writing sample, and a statement of interest in the email (maximum 1 page). The deadline for expressing your interest is TODAY, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
The last day to sign up for Pirtle-Washer is Thursday, September 29 at noon! To sign up, sign sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson a at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intrastate Mock Trial
All students interested in applying should contact Eddie O’BrieN at email@example.com and provide a copy of your resume and a writing sample (preferably your first-year appellate brief or a substantial equivalent). The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
For additional details of each competition, please visit http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/6945.
I’m stressed! What can I do?
- Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week. You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task. For a blank study schedule template, visit the Academic Success web page at www.law.louisville.edu/academics.
- Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks. When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about intentional torts and defenses. When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
- Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam. Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
- Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged. You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks. Congratulate yourself for completing tasks.
- Minimize your non-law school commitments. If you work, cut back your hours. Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation's Native American Congressional Internship program offers Native American and Alaska Native law students a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, DC.
If you qualify and are interested in applying for this internship, go to: www.udall.gov and click on "Native American Internship" for details.
If you are working on writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work. Should your paper be single-spaced or double-spaced? What are the margin requirements? What font is recommended? Where are you supposed to write your exam number? In what format are you supposed to submit your writing assignment, and when? Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them. You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.
Similarly, take time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing.
- When your document is almost finished, print a hard copy and put it aside for at least 24 hours to gain some perspective. Then read your paper, looking for errors you may have missed.
- For a fresh perspective, read the document aloud and check for errors.
- As you read the document, consider that a sentence or paragraph should be clear on the first reading. Revise any passages that do not meet that standard.
- Check your citations against your original sources for accuracy.
- Check your overall formatting. Did you follow your professor's instructions? Check your overall organization.
These tips were adapted from Professor Judith Fischer's Course Supplement for Basic Legal Skills 2011-12.