Student News

Kentucky Bar Exam Program - Recording Available

Reminder:  If you missed the January 11 Kentucky Bar Program, the recording is available at
http://media.law.louisville.edu/B0DCEC05-CA83-4571-8191-EB2D2CD99958/.  This link will be active for one more week.  Students taking the bar exam in July 2011, or February 2012, should view the program.  Questions?  Please contact Kimberly Ballard, at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

Campus Construction

Due to public safety concerns, pedestrian access will be eliminated around the construction site at the northeast corner of Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The Third Street sidewalk from the corner to the Cardinal Shuttle stop just south of the Oval is being closed immediately. The sidewalk from that corner east on Eastern Parkway is being closed up to the Natural Science Building. Also, the Third Street sidewalk south of Eastern Parkway near the Engineering Graphics parking lot will be closed soon for utilities work. During that time pedestrians need to cross Third Street near the entrance to the Engineering Graphics lot, proceed north on Third, and cross back at the Eastern-Third Street intersection. Signs will mark all closures and alternate routes.

Padfolios for Sale Today!

Katie Bennett will be selling padfolios from noon to 1 today in the lobby.  1L Mock Interviews are coming up this weekend and it is important for first-year students to have something to carry resumes in.  The padfolios can also be used to carry resumes in for on-campus interviews.  The padfolios are $15 and are a great investment!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Time Management

Time is a commodity that most law students lament during law school.  However, there are some time management techniques that can really improve your control over your learning and your quality of life.  Here are some suggestions on how to make time your friend instead of your enemy.

You should manage your time on three levels:  monthly, weekly and daily.  Each of these three levels complements the other two so that you work effectively and efficiently rather than haphazardly. 

You can use paper templates to manage your monthly and weekly calendars or you can use Outlook or your own electronic templates.  In addition, you can use a paper “to do” list for daily management.  Weekly templates are posted on the Academic Success webpage http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.

For weekly time management, here are the steps you should take:

  • You will get more out of your reading if you do not do it the day before class or the day of class.  Instead, read for a class two days before you have class.  For example, read on Saturday for Monday; on Sunday for Tuesday; on Monday for Wednesday; etc.  This schedule allows you to read more carefully and to reflect on the material while reading; allows you time to review before class; and allows you to have Thursdays and Fridays for outlining, practice questions, time for papers or projects, review of your outlines, etc.
  • Put your commitments in first:  class attendance; structured study group sessions; work hours; study group times; sleep; meals; exercise; student organization meetings; non-law reward time, etc. 
  • Then, fill in your reading/briefing, review before class, review of class notes within 24 hours, outlining, practice questions, project time, review time.  If you overdid it on reward time, you will have to designate additional study time. 
  • For most law students, 40-45 hours per week outside of class throughout the entire semester will mean reviewing near exam time instead of learning it for the first time. 
  •  Include some blocks of “flex” time in case an assignment takes longer than usual or you were ill and needed to alter your schedule as a result.  You then have additional times set aside when you can study and will not panic if you are surprised by an assignment or life event in a particular week.
  • It will take 2-3 weeks to get a weekly schedule that feels comfortable and works consistently.  As you evaluate what worked and did not work each week, alter the schedule to make better use of your “alert” time and your ability to concentrate in blocks.  Include short breaks within longer blocks of studying so that you are able to focus and concentrate.
  • The rewards for good time management are that your stress goes down, you are better prepared for studying for the bar, and you are better equipped as a new lawyer to manage a client load and work tasks.

Public Service Opportunity! Bailiffs needed for the National Trial Competition on February 18-20, 2011.

The Moot Court Board is in need of several volunteer bailiffs for the National Trial Competition. Ten bailiffs are needed for Friday the 18th, ten bailiffs are needed for Saturday the 19th, and two bailiffs are needed for Sunday the 20th. The hours of the competition are as follows:

Friday: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-5:30pm
Sunday: 8:15am-5:00pm

Those with schedule constraints can also sign up for half-day slots. 1Ls interested in joining the Moot Court Board are highly encouraged to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to get a large chunk of your public service requirement fulfilled. Bailiff positions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email maosbo06@louisville.edu to sign up. 


Tomorrow at 12:10: Christian Law Society Lunch in 071

Please join us for soup and sandwiches in 071 tomorrow. We'll be talking about our plans for the semester. Everyone is welcome. Contact Jeff Benedict at jwbene01@louisville.edu for more information.

Career Development Session - Next Steps for 2Ls and 3Ls

Join the Office for Career Services/Public Service for the next career development session for all second and third year students. The session will take place on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2011, from 5:35 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 175. Kathy Urbach, Assistant Dean for Career Services/Public Service, will provide you with timely information to continue your professional career path. Find out what your next steps should be at this point in your law school career. The spring on-campus interview process will also be discussed.  You won't want to miss out on this important session! Pizza and drinks will be served!

First-Year Mock Interview Porgram

The Young Lawyer's Section of the LBA is helping to host a mock interview program for 1Ls. This is a great opportunity for you to practice your interviewing skills with attorneys from the community before the official interviews begin for summer jobs. The program is being held on Saturday, January 22 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the offices of Frost Brown Todd (400 West Market Street).  Please see the attached flyer.  The interview will take about 30 minutes and you will only need to be there for your scheduled interview time. Breakfast will be provided by Dinsmore & Shohl's Diversity Committee. In order to participate, you must send your resume to Kristie Wetterer at kristie.wetterer@gmail.com by NOON on Tuesday, January 18. Any resumes received after noon will not be allowed to participate. Kristie will post the interview schedule on the Docket on Thursday, January 20 and will also bring a schedule to the 1L classes. The SBA will be selling UofL padfolios on Tuesday (which are great to take with you to the interview with extra copies of your resume included). If you participate, do not forget to write thank you notes to the attorneys that interview you. Email kristie.wetterer@gmail.com with any questions.

Public Service Program Information Session for all Students

The Public Service Program will be presenting two of our public service placements in an information session on Tuesday, January 18, at 12:00 noon in Room 175. Billy Stover will discuss the Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition and what our students can do to help. Patti Heying will be discussing the volunteer opportunities available at The Kentucky Department Of Public Advocacy. Interested students will have the opportunity to sign up to do their public service at these placements.
Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!!

SBA Student Organization Fund

Our SBA online form to request funding is finally available at:
 
 
We will be accepting requests for Spring 2011 funding until Friday, January 21 at 5pm.  As this is a new program and system, please contact Stephanie Loper at stephanie.loper@yahoo.com if you run into any issues or have any questions.