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Academic Success Tip - It Takes Time to Acquire New Skills in Law School

Even if you learn perfectly every bit of information presented to you in your texts and classes, you still may fail to do well in law school.  Although knowledge is crucial to success, the goal of legal education is to teach you skills.  In other words, what you need to learn is how to apply the knowledge you acquire and how to effectively do so in writing.  This point is often overlooked by new law students.  Your law school exams will require you to demonstrate your skills in applying your knowledge of the law to new situations.  Acquiring new skills requires you to practice those skills over and over and requires a large expenditure of time by you (and does not necessarily come easily or quickly).  Keep your focus this semester and allow the time necessary to develop these important skills.  Adapted from Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael Hunter Schwartz.

RSO Mandatory Meeting on September 10

Attention Law School Student Organization Leaders: 

Any law school student group hoping to be eligible for UofL funding must send two representatives, one of which is the group's President, to the mandatory RSO half-day meeting on Saturday, September 10, in the Student Activities Center.  The tentative schedule begins with check-in at 9:30AM and ends at 3:00PM and will include a free lunch for all participants. Follow the link below to register for the meeting:

If you believe your group will be unable to send representatives to this meeting, please contact the RSO staff ASAP.  Questions?  Contact Kristie Wetterer - SBA President.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Christopher Thurman who is the winner of a UofL Law School polo shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim your prize.

Academic Success Tip - Don't do Your Reading Too Far in Advance

The more you remember from your reading assignment, the more you will get out of class.  If you do your reading too far in advance, you will remember so little of the material that you will lose the benefits of working ahead.  As a general rule, try to complete your reading one to two days before class.  This, together with a five-minute pre-class review, will maximize your classroom learning.

MPRE Exam - November 5

If you are planning to sit for the November 5 MPRE, the regular application deadline is September 20.  Applicants may register for the MPRE online or by mail.  The online version of the 2011 MPRE Information Booklet and registration information appears at  Read the MPRE  Information Booklet carefully, as applicants are responsible for all information contained in it.  The booklet provides a description of the MPRE, an outline of the subject matter covered, representative sample questions, guidelines for taking the exam, as well as application information.

Academic Fellow Office Hours

Brandeis Academic Fellows will begin holding their office hours this week in Room 102.  Today, Zach Berry, John Friend, Pete Lay, Paige Hamby, and Patrick Smith will be in the office from 12:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. 

DHS accepting applications for General Counsel's Honors Attorney Program and Summer Law Intern Program


August 18, 2011


The Office of the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security is pleased to announce that DHS is now accepting applications for our Fall 2012 General Counsel’s Honors Attorney Program.  Please disregard our earlier notice.

DHS’s Office of the General Counsel will accept applications for the Fall 2012 General Counsel’s Honors Attorney Program online starting August 18, 2011 through October 1, 2011.   Eligible candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial will be accepted) and list of three references to



The Office of the General Counsel also continues to accept applications for our 2012 Summer Legal Intern Program online until October 1, 2011.  Eligible 2Ls (or 3Ls in 4-year programs) should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to

(OGC may also consider applications from ILs depending upon remaining vacancies.  Interested 1Ls are not eligible to apply until December 1, 2011.  The application period for 1Ls will close on December 16, 2011.)  Additional questions should be addressed to Craig Raynsford, Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel at or 202-447-3303.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

ACS Interest Meeting

The American Constitution Society will hold an interest meeting on Wednesday, August 24th at noon in Room 171 for students interested learning about ACS. Lunch will be provided. Returning ACS members are also invited to attend.

Academic Fellow Office Hours

The Brandeis Academic Fellows will begin holding their office hours this week in Room 102.  See the attached schedule. 

Interview Skills - Friday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. in room 175

Why should you attend the Interview Skills session?


If you plan on interviewing for a job in your lifetime and want to make it successful, you need to attend!  This does not only apply to on campus interviews.


Hear from fellow students who have interviewed and listen to their advice.  Dean Urbach will provide information on the interview process and the skills you need to make it successful.  Professor Jim Jones will also be speaking.


 Friday, August 26th - 1:00 p.m. in room 175


Pizza and drinks will be served.