The United States Department of State has announced the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.
Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here.
Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011. Check out the CLS website or its Facebook page.
For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org. Law school alumnus Jeffrey Benedict, who currently works in UofL's International Office, has also agreed to work with students interested in filling out an application. You can contact Jeffrey here.
When you supplement your course outlines this weekend, consider what graphics may work for you to help with the bigger picture, the analysis, and the synthesis of the material; some examples of graphics are:
- Tables with material in rows and columns
- Decision trees – flow charts with questions and yes/no choices to work through the analysis
- Tree diagrams – the main concept is the trunk and the sub-topics (and beyond) branch off
- Legal diagrams – the main concept starts in the center of the page and lines connect outwards to the sub-topics and beyond
- Balloon diagrams – similar to the legal diagram using balloons to hold concepts and sub-topics instead of lines alone
- Mind mapping – use pictures and shapes to brainstorm about the interconnections
- Venn diagrams to show the overlap between several concepts
- Time lines for chronological events
- Columns of material to show connections and progression
Students, are you interested in financial rewards, oral advocacy, or the desire to represent the law school in national moot court competitions? If you answered yes to any of these, then read carefully!
The annual Pirtle-Washer Competition is an opportunity for law students to compete against one another and showcase their oral argument skills. The competition will be judged by local attorneys and judges. Briefs need not be submitted.
Aside from the great networking and learning opportunity financial rewards are given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners. The 1st place winner will receive $1000, the 2nd place winner will receive $750, and the 3rd and 4th place winners will each receive $500.The first round of the competition will take place on October 22, 2011 at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The final round is scheduled for October 28, 2011 in the Allen Court Room at the Law School.If you are interested in competing in the Pirtle-Washer Competition please sign up outside the Moot Court Board room or contact Eric Johnson at email@example.com.
There will be an informational meeting in room 175 on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at noon.
To improve your understanding and recall of the cases you read, consider these tips:
- Read your cases at the times of day when you are most alert and productive and save “lighter” study tasks for other times
- Read the subject that is most difficult (or that you find least interesting) first each day so that you are your most alert and finish it early in the day
- Create a context for reading the case through a quick survey before you read: what is the topic; what is the sub-topic; what court are you in (federal or state; level of appeal); what are the party categories (buyer and seller of land; buyer and seller of widgets); what is in dispute; what questions has the casebook editor included at the end
- Divide what you are reading into small “chunks” – paragraphs on facts; paragraphs on procedural history; paragraphs on precedent; paragraphs about policy
- Ask yourself questions about the chunk as you read to keep yourself interested and to draw out the most important points
- Write margin notes to distill the chunk to the most important points
- Re-read only the chunk you are on if you lose focus
- Prepare a brief after you read the entire case to see if you understand the case AND the bigger picture of this case in relationship to other cases and the topic
If you purchased a t-shirt from the SBA during orientation week, it is ready for pickup. You may pick up your t-shirt this Thursday, September 15 from 11:45am - 1:30pm in the SBA Bookstore (in the basement by Room 075). The t-shirts will also be available for pickup on Monday, September 19 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the SBA Bookstore. The Bookstore will also be selling other t-shirts, sweatshirts, and padfolios during these times as well. If you purchased a shirt and are not able to pick it up during these designated times, please email Kristie Wetterer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All 1Ls interested in running for a SBA 1L position must attend one (1) of the Candidate Interest Meetings. The first interest meeting will be held on Monday, September 19th in Room 245 from noon to 12:20 p.m. The second candidate interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th in Room 245 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Candidates may run for Section Representative (one representative will be elected from each section) or Louisville Bar Association Representative. If you would like to run for a position but cannot attend either of the candidate interest meetings and/or have any additional questions, please contact Katie Bennett at email@example.com. 1L elections will be held the week of September 26th in the law school lobby.