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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Make the Most of the Last Two Weeks of Classes

Congratulations!  You are about to finish another semester in law school.  Here are some tips to make the most of the last two full weeks of classes in preparation for finals:

  • Do not skip classes.  Professors often give information about the exam during the last few classes.  In addition, there is a good chance that there will be questions on the exam specifically on the last week’s material.
  • Attend all review sessions that your professors offer.  Professors provide review sessions to help you do well on the exam.  Whether the session is a professor-led review of the material or based on questions and answers, you can use the session to your advantage.  If you are confused about certain areas, then this is the time to get the material straight.  If you think you understand the material, then this is the time to “test” your depth of understanding.
  • If there are not scheduled review sessions, ask your professors any questions that you have this week.   Once classes are over, many professors work from home or work in their offices during limited hours.  Yes, you could e-mail or telephone the professor regarding your questions; however, there is no substitute for being there face-to-face.
  • Try to have all of your reading and outlining completed by April 20.   You want to allow yourself plenty of time for learning your outlines, memorizing black letter law, and applying the concepts through practice questions. 
  • Evaluate your status in each course.   Determine which topics and sub-topics still need to be learned for each course.  Determine which topics and sub-topics just need to be reviewed.  Determine how many practice questions need to be completed for each topic and sub-topic.  Prioritize your studying tasks.  Be realistic. 
  • Map out your plans for each day for the next two weeks.   A monthly calendar format may help you to see when your exams are, when papers are due, when other projects may be due.  Mark down review sessions being held by professors.  For each day, indicate the course(s) you plan to study, the topics or sub-topics for that course, and the hours of study. 
  • Maximize your study time within your plan.   Decide whether you learn better by studying one course all day or by mixing up two or even three courses in the same day.  Decide when you are most alert and place the most difficult tasks (intense learning and memorization for many students) in those time slots.  Use time slots when you are less alert for tasks that you find easier (review of material already learned, practice questions, and flashcards for many students). 
  • Re-check the exam schedule to make sure that you have written the correct days and times down for all of your exams.   Nothing can be more distressing than to find out that you missed an exam because you were not careful enough in noting the dates and times on your calendar.  If in doubt, find out now.
  • Have a talk with your significant others about the fact that you will be studying for exams and need their understanding.   Have a heart-to-heart with your friends, parents, spouse, children, and any others who need to be cooperative with your efforts.  Schedule needed babysitters now.   

How to Have a Successful Summer and Prepare for the Fall Hiring Season

The Office of Professional Development will be sponsoring an information session on Tuesday, April 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 175. Depending on whether you are a rising 2L or rising 3L, Dean Urbach will be giving you valuable tips on what you can do over the summer to get ready for the fall hiring season. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get ahead of the game. This is a brown bag event, so please bring your own lunch.

Exam4 for Spring 2012 Now Available

Exam4 for Spring 2012 final exams is now available. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test using the newest version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 13, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

For more information, click here.

Tyrikos Wins the Frisbee Toss

Congratulations to Michael Tyrikos, 1L, winner of the frisbee toss competition that was held at the Brandeis Brief on March 29! He won a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstore and a $15 gift card to Subway. Dean Jim Chen was his partner.

TODAY In-House Counsel Panel hosted by the newly formed Business Law Society - 11:30 a.m. in room 275

The newly formed Business Law Society is holding it's inagural event TODAY, Monday, April 2nd, from 11:30 to 1:00pm in room 275.  An impressive panel has been invited to discuss business law, the role of the corporate lawyer, what makes a business lawyer tick, what clients are looking for, how to get into this area of law, and so on.
• Matthew Hamel (Executive VP and General Counsel at Brown Forman)
• Raymond Burse (Vice President and General Counsel at GE)
• John Rippy (Senior VP at Republic Bank)
• Jeffry Gordon (General Counsel at Sun Tan City)
•  (VP at Churchill Downs Incorporatated)

Lunch will be served, and prospective members will also receive information on becoming involved with the Business Law Society. The event's facebook page can be found here:

First Year Oral Argument Competition

Attention 1Ls

Do you like money? Do you want a chance to practice your oral advocacy skills? If you answered yes to both, then the First Year Oral Advocacy competition is for you! The competition will run from April 9th through April 13th, and you'll get the opportunity to argue in front of practicing attorneys and judges. Plus you can win CASH PRIZES! Preliminary rounds will be on brief, so no additional preparation is necessary.

The sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Board room door. Please sign up by Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 PM. Be sure to sign up!

Registration Instructions

It is the student's responsiblity to read all of the registration instructions.

  1. Please check your Summary of Account on ULink to make sure that you do not have any financial holds or parking tickets on your account.  If you have these types of holds on your account, you will not be able to register for classes.
  2. Employment Certification.  This form is only available in hard copy in the Office of Student Records, 217.  Every student must complete a new Employment Certification Form before each semester's registration.  Pursuant to ABA Standard 304, "[A] student may not engage in employment for more than 20 hours per week in any semester in which the student is enrolled in more than 12 class hours."
  3. Pre-Registration Permission Forms.  The deadline to submit your Summer 2012 and/or Fall 2012 form(s) is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 9.  Pre-Registration Permission Forms are available outside 217.  A Pre-Registration Permission Form must be completed by: 
  • students wanting to take non-law school classes;
  • dual degree students;
  • full-time students wanting to register for more than 16 hours, and part-time students wanting to register for more than 12 hours;
  • students wanting to register for an Independent Study; and
  • students requesting to change divisions.

All registration forms are available outside office 217 and can also be accessed online at    

Please contact Dean Ballard if you would like to schedule an appointment for academic advising or registration advising.  Office 212,, or 852-8956. 

If you have questions concerning registration or forms, please contact Barbara Thompson.  Office 217,, or 852-6367.

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Graduation Apparel

The deadline for ordering graduation apparel is THIS SATURDAY, March 31st.  Please be sure to order your apparel by this deadline.

Panel Will Speak on Careers in Property March 30!

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property Friday, March 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 275. Pizza will be provided. The attorneys will discuss what it is like to practice in an array of real estate and property areas involving real estate transactions ranging from complex projects, such as Fourth Street Live and Liberty Green, to neighborhood and historic preservation issues to traditional transactions involving residential and commercial real estate. The attorneys are Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison, a transactional lawyer focusing all aspects of real estate law including complex real estate transactions), Stephen Porter (known for his work on neighborhood preservation), Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose, whose practice includes complex commercial real estate transactions), and Anne Scholtz (Borders & Borders, PLC, whose work focuses on real estate closings and other property law issues, estate planning and probate matters, and business formations and transactions). The speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course. A summary of the speakers' bios is attached.