Student News

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Nathan Batey and Cassie Kennedy for being chosen to represent our school in the Criminal Law Moot Court Competition! Thanks to everyone who tried out, and good luck to Nathan and Cassie at the competition in March!

County Attorneys Office seeking First- and Second-year Students

The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is seeking 1L or 2L law students to conduct legal research in both Criminal and Civil areas of the office.

Responsibilities include:  preparing pleadings, jury instructions, discovery and various other legal memoranda and court documents as requested by prosecutors and civil attorneys in the County Attorney's Office; responding to various requests for legal research; file documents with the courts; perform other tasks as needed to assist attorneys; deliver interdepartmental mail and assist in hand-deliveries; maintain law library.

Salary and benefits include:

$10.50/hr. first 6 months probationary period

$11.00/hr after probation is successfully completed

$12.00/hr after one year of service

Partial tuition assistance

Vacation, sick, personal time and holiday pay based upon work schedule

Submit resume by December 16th to:  Debbie Hamm, H.R. Specialist, Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., Suite 2086, Louisville, KY  40202.

Academic Success Tip - Studying over Thanksgiving

Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday.  What family commitments do you have?  Are your outlines complete?  Where are you in your review for exams?  Keep in mind the following:

  • Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday.  Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends.  Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the holiday.
  • Make a priority list of tasks.  Work on tasks in the order of priority.
  • Break tasks into smaller steps. 
  • Consider productive ways that you can use travel time:  listen to Sum and Substance CDs; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
  • Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example.  You get to study, and they get to participate.
  • Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you. 
  • And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.

Federal Summer 2012 Intern Litigation Program in Tennessee

The Eastern District of Tennessee is seeking first- and second-year students to apply for positions in the 2012 summer Federal Student Intern Litigation Program.  These are unpaid positions.

If you are interested, see the attached brochure for details.  The deadline for applying is Friday, January 13th.    

Academic Success Tip - Create a Skeletal Outline for Every Course

Regardless of whether you will be taking a traditional law school exam, a take-home exam, an exam in which you are permitted to use your notes, or an exam in which you are permitted to use a one-page "cheat" sheet, you must create, memorize, and be able to write (in one or two minutes) a checklist of all the topics and subtopics covered in the course.  You can use this checklist as a handy guide to see if you have forgotten anything in your outline of an answer to an exam question.  The process of creating your own checklist (or "skeletal" outline) can also serve to gauge your level of understanding of the material.  If you cannot remember the checklist you create for a course, you do not know the material well enough.

Make-up Exams

If you are planning to take a make-up exam, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2011.

Academic Success Tip - Use Study Groups Judiciously

Use study groups judiciously as you prepare for finals.

  • Do not skimp on your personal review time by joining too many group activities.
  • Schedule group time when you have reviewed the material enough to gain the most from discussions.
  • Alternate who explains concepts or answers questions so everyone has to “work” and get practice.
  • Have individual practice question time as well – your group cannot help you during the exam.
  • If study group sessions become too frustrating, consider gracefully bowing out to study by yourself or with just one other person.

Study Aids During the Thanksgiving Break

If you would like to check out a study aid to use during the Thanksgiving break, please stop by Dean Ballard's office on Monday or Tuesday.  The University will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 23.

There are still study aids available for Civil Procedure, Evidence, Con Law, Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Business Organizations, Decedents' Estates, Domestic Relations, Property, Torts, Tax, and Secured Transactions. 

Registration is Closed Through November 27

The University Registration system through ULINK is closed through November 27.  If you have not already done so, you may register for Spring 2012 classes beginning on November 28.  If you have questions, please email Ms. Barbara Thompson in Student Records. 

Academic Success Tip - Stress Resilience (Cont'd)

It's that time in the semester when stress begins to escalate to new levels of intensity.  However, now is also the time when you need to use your best stress resilience skills.  Stress that is out of control can lead to illness, anxiety, lessened concentration, lack of sleep, and many other problems.  Below are a few more tips on managing your stress for the remainder of the semester.

  • Remember to look at the pieces and not the whole.  Focus on one small task at a time.  List all of the topics that you need to review for each exam course.  List all of the research, writing, and editing tasks that you need to complete for a paper.  Then focus on one small task at a time until that small task is complete.  Cross it off the list and move on to the next small task.  Step by step you can do it all. 
  • Ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed.  Talk to your professors about areas of the course that are confusing you.  Talk to a counselor at the Student Counseling Center.  Talk to a physician if you are having physical problems.  Talk to your family.  If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques.  852-6585
  • Sleep at least 8 hours a night.  You will be more productive when you study.  You will be able to focus on the essentials.  You will be able to make wiser decisions about your priorities for studying.  You will feel less helpless and hopeless.  You will be less likely to burst into tears or yell at everyone around you.  You will go into exams well-rested and alert. 
  • Add exercise to your schedule if you have let it go.  Exercise is one of the best stress busters you can use.  Try to get a minimum of three 30-minute workouts a week.  Consider where a study break can include an exercise break.  Even walking around the building or the campus can be a boon to your brain cells for memory and your body for sleeping better.