Student News

Which Courses Do You Want to Take Next Year?

Dean Arnold would very much like to hear from you about which courses you would like to see offered in the 2011-12 academic year.  This is your opportunity to have input into the design of next year's schedule.  (Do not just assume that a particular class will be offered in any particular semester -- instead let your interests be known.)  Email your input and preferences to Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu by November 19.  Your input is highly valued but it needs to be received by 11/19.  Once the schedule is developed, it is very difficult and in some cases just not possible to make changes based on late input.  The reason for the early planning is so that a schedule can be provided to students early so that they can plan accordingly.  Thank you!

Academic Success Tip - Stay Positive and Protect Your Time

Keep your eyes focused forward.  Do not look back over your shoulder to bemoan what you wish you had done in August, September, or October.  You cannot control the past, but you can control the future.  Learn to say “no” diplomatically.  Family and friends, especially if they are not in law school, do not understand how important studying is for exams.  After all, in the past you just crammed for a week or two to get A grades.  Explain to them why it is so different now and ask for their understanding. 

Summer 2011 Schedule Selected

Based on student feedback, the attached summer schedule has been selected.  This was Option 1 among the 4 options provided, and had the greatest student support among those who completed and submitted the feedback forms.  While all schedules are always "tentative," this will be the Summer 2011 schedule unless circumstances change or unusual situations arise.  You may want to consider this schedule when selecting Spring 2011 classes.  However, students are reminded that a course normally has to have an enrollment of at least 5 students to avoid cancellation.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

 

Good Luck to the Health Law Moot Court Team

Good luck to Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Eric Lowe, and Sarah Potter as they compete in the Nineteenth Annual Health Law Moot Court Competition this weekend, November 5th and 6th, at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  If you see them, please wish them the best.  Congratulations Elisabeth, Eric, and Sarah- we're all so proud of you!

Tax Enthusiasts

Dear Tax Enthusiasts,
 
The UK Tax Law Society is in the process of lining up events that will be open to both Louisville and NKU students!!  Such events include a "Careers in Tax Law" panel discussion and a social event (likely to be held in Louisville) with local tax attorneys.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in tax law, these events will be extremely beneficial to you.  These events will not only be educational in nature, but will also provide an invaluable networking opportunity to those in attendance.  The dates/times for these events are TBD, pending the availability of our guest attorneys.
 
If you would like more information or think you might be interested in attending either (or both) events, please send me an email, keith.tidwell@uky.edu, expressing your interest.  We look forward to meeting you!

National Trial Competition Team Members Announced

Congratulations to Paul Chumbley, Brandon Edwards, Courtney Phelps, and Aaron Price for being selected to compete on the National Trial Team.  The Law School will be hosting the Regional Competition in February.  The coaches want to thank all the students who took the time to tryout, and want to encourage the 2Ls to sign-up again next year!  Everyone did a fantastic job with their openings/closings, and it was a difficult decision.  Congratulations again!

Diversity Forum: Earth Jurisprudence

Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights: A Festival of Faiths Event

Thursday, November 4, 2010
12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 275

The next program in our Diversity Forum Series addresses Earth Jurisprudence, which comes from a shift in consciousness that recognizes that the Earth has rights. It is an expansion of legal protection of the Earth community (humans and environment) through various laws and legal instruments. It is a way of viewing the world that recognizes the inherent rights of all beings to exist and participate in the predator-prey relationships and fulfill their purpose in the web of life. Ecologian Thomas Berry said that we need a new jurisprudence today to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing us at the end of an industrial era.

Presenter:  Patricia Siemen is an attorney and member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is the executive director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence cosponsored by the law schools of Barry and St. Thomas Universities where she teaches law.

Free, light lunch available at 11:30 a.m., provided by Expressions of You. Please bring your own drink.

Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Louisville Bar Association present:
 
Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

Featuring:
Dennis Honabach
Dean, Salmon P. Chase College of Law,
Northern Kentucky University

With an introduction by:
The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
Judge, Sixth Circuit,
United States Court of Appeals

Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Louisville Bar Association
600 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY

CLE credit of 1 hour is available for $30 to Louisville Bar Association members. If you would like to purchase CLE please click here. (Please note that a warning page may appear. However, the Registration page is secure, click on "go to page anyway" to continue to the registration page).

This event is free of charge to non-lawyers and lawyers not seeking CLE credit.

Join us as Dean Honabach and Judge Martin discuss the role of the judiciary, the bar associations and law schools in meeting the needs of our law school graduates in this demanding economy.

Deadline to Submit Registration Forms

Pre-registration forms (including special permission for priority registration) for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 3.

Be sure to read all registration instructions before registering for classes.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

 

Academic Success Tip - Tackle Test Anxiety

Tackle any test anxiety that you have now.  There are a number of strategies for test anxiety.  The sooner you implement them, the better.

  • The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam.  Study to understand and not just to remember.
  • The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam.  For example:  read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
  • Do as many practice questions as possible.  You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
  • Begin doing relaxation exercises now.  For simple relaxation techniques, visit   https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.  
  • Try the progressive relaxation exercise at http://hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx.  This exercise will direct you to systematically relax your major muscle groups.  The recording is approximately 9 minutes long.
  • Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams.  You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
  • If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques.  852-6585