Student News

A Message from Barbri

Taking the MPRE in March? Need to take a review course to help you prepare? Don’t forget to enroll for BARBRI’s nationally renowned course and receive our FREE MPRE review!!  We will be setup on February 9th from 8:30am to 6pm so stop by the table to register for both!
 
3Ls - if you plan on taking a bar exam this summer and haven’t enrolled for our review course yet, this is one of your last chances!!  Remember, BARBRI offers the most comprehensive review course for EVERY jurisdiction in the nation, not just bits and pieces of each exam or certain states.   
 
What makes BARBRI’s Bar Review Course a better choice?
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    • Lectures Offered Across the Nation – our in-classroom lectures are offered live (select locations) and on video at law schools and cities across the nation! No other course has as many options for you to choose from so whether you are headed to New York, Miami, Houston, L.A. or anywhere in between, we have you covered!
    • Unlimited, On-Demand Lectures Online – BARBRI is the only course in the nation that offers students the convenience of accessing all course lectures 24/7 online, in-classroom lectures and the BARBRI Mobile Program for the iPhone, iTouch or iPad.
    • Comprehensive MBE Preparation and StudySmart Software – BARBRI offers its students 5 (yes, that’s FIVE!!) MBE workshops along with diagnostic software to track your progress on the MBE. No other course offers this type of comprehensive MBE review, which will save you up to $1000!!  
    • Exclusive Paced Program – BARBRI’s exclusive Paced Program sets forth a day-by-day schedule that will guide you from the first to the last day of review. This guidance is one-of-a-kind and offered only by BARBRI.
    • Free Repeat Guarantee - We stand behind our course and approach to help you pass the bar exam. If you fail ANY bar exam, you receive a free repeat of that course. There are no conditions, unlike our competitors that attach certain unreasonable conditions (which if you don’t meet you will pay dearly for!!).  
For over 40 years, BARBRI Bar Review has been the most successful bar review course across the nation, offering lectures from bar exam experts, up-to-date outlines, multiple practice exams on every area covered on your respective bar exam.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to visit our website at www.barbri.com or email the director of the BARBRI of Kentucky program, Ryan Feola, Esq. at ryan.feola@thomson.com

1L Mock Interview Program

The 1L Mock Interviews are this Saturday, January 22 at the offices of Frost Brown Todd (400 West Market Street).  The attached document shows the schedule for the interviews.  Please take a look at it and find your interview time.  On Saturday, please arrive early for your interview.  Come up to the 32nd floor of the building and we will direct you to the correct room.  I have also sent out an email with further details, so be sure to check that.  Email Kristie Wetterer (kristie.wetterer@gmail.com) with any questions.  

Money Found!

Some money was found in the green parking lot.  If this is yours, please email Kimberly Ballard, kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu, and provide information about how much was lost, denomination, and location.

First Structured Study Groups - Today

Structured Study Groups meet today from 1:00 to 2:00.  Room numbers are listed below:

Elisabeth Fitzpatrick Room 075

John Friend Room 080

Samantha Hupman Room 171

Ross Jordan Room 079/071

Vince Kline Room 275

Greg Mayes Room 270

Brittany McKenna Room 077

Thomas Stevens Room 060

Amanda Warford Room 177

CardMail Migration Delay

For the past several months, University IT has publicized January 2011 as the time at which UofL students may begin migrating from GroupWise to the new CardMail service.  Apparently, IT has experienced some "start-up issues," and is now asking that students who have not already migrated forbear from doing so until University IT announces a particular DATE after which it should be safe to migrate.  As soon as the law school's IT department receives notice of that date, we will pass it on via the Daily Docket, our Web site and our Twitter stream.

In the meantime ...

  • If you have not already migrated from GroupWise to CardMail, please wait to do so until we get the "all clear" from University IT.
  • If you have already migrated to CardMail but have NOT also closed your GroupWise account, please do not close your GroupWise account until we get the "all clear."
  • If you have already migrated to CardMail AND have closed your GroupWise account, and are experiencing problems, please just try to endure until University IT resolves its "start-up issues."
Our apologies for the confusion and inconveniences.  We share them with you.

Padfolios for Sale!!!!

1Ls - there is still time to buy a padfolio before mock interviews this Saturday.  If you would like to purchase a padfolio please contact Katie Bennett at ktbenn01@louisville.edu.

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.