Student News

Wednesday at 12:10 in 071: Christian Law Society Lunch and Speaker

The Christian Law Society will host Ms. Maryland Austin, a local lawyer who has been prominent in the Corydon, IN legal scene for a number of years. She will be sharing her experiences to CLS on Wednesday in 071 at 1210. Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided. Please contact CLS President Jeff Benedict at jwbene01@louisville.edu with questions, or for more information about the U of L Christian Law Society.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Think About Your Review Process in Preparation for Finals

Some of you have been studying for exams all semester by staying on top of your course reading, adding to your outlines each week, and conscientiously learning new material while reviewing past material.  This ongoing process is the key to the highest grades because deeper understanding and long-term memory result.

As you study for exams, consider the four kinds of review that you should include in your study plans.  If you incorporate all four types, you are more likely to master your courses and garner better grades.

  1. Intense Learning.  First, you need to learn intensely each topic.  This type of study has deep understanding as its goal.  It may take several study sessions to reach this level of learning for a long topic that was covered over multiple class sessions.  Intense learning may need to include additional reading in study aids or time asking the professor questions in order to clear up all confusion and master the material.  In addition to learning this one part of the course, the student should consider how it relates to the course as a whole. 
  2. Fresh Review.  Second, you should strive to keep fresh everything in the course.  This type of study is focused on reading your outline cover to cover at least once a week.  It makes sure that the law student never gets so far away from a topic that it gets "foggy."  Students forget 80% of what they learn within two weeks if they do not review regularly.  After intensely learning a topic, it would be a shame to forget it.  Constant review reinforces long-term memory and provides for quicker recall when the material is needed.
  3. Memory Drills.  Third, you should spend time on basic memory drills.  This type of study helps a student remember the precise rule, the definition of an element, or the steps of analysis.  For most students, these drills will be done with homemade flashcards.  Some students will write out rules multiple times.  Other students will develop mnemonics.  Still others may have visual reminders.  The grunt work of memory can be tedious.  However, if you do not know the law well, you will not do well on the exam.
  4. Practice Questions.  Fourth, you must complete as many practice questions as possible.  This step has several advantages.  It monitors whether you really understand the law.  It tests whether you can apply the law to new fact scenarios.  It allows you to practice test-taking strategies.  And it monitors whether you need to repeat intense learning on a topic or sub-topic because errors on the questions indicate that it was obviously not learned to the level needed.

Ideally, you should set aside blocks of study time to accomplish each of these reviews every week for every course.  The proportion of time for each course will depend on the amount of material covered, the difficulty of the course, and the type of exam.

1Ls: Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

Welcome back, 1Ls!  Tomorrow is the Second Annual Spring Break Challenge - are you ready?  Not only is the Spring Break Challenge a great, great opportunity to test how well you know your Contracts material, but you can win terrific prizes, too - an iPod Touch 8G, 3,200 LexisNexis Reward Points, Visa gift cards, and gift cards to Heine Brothers and Starbucks.   Don't miss out.

Section 2 students:  You take the 30-minute Challenge on Tuesday, March 22, right after your Torts class, from 11:25 to 11:55, in Room 275.

Section 1 students:  You take the 30-minute Challenge on Tuesday, March 22, right after your Contracts class, from 11:45 to 12:15, in Room 175.

Questions?  Contact Ms. Ballard.

 

Good Luck Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Team!

Professor Warren is proud to announce that Jennifer Monarch and Marlow Riedling will be leaving this Thursday, March 24, 2011, to compete in the Thirty-Sixth Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City.

The Kaufman Competition is the national contest for securities law moot court teams from around the country. The Competition offers teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners.

The preliminary and quarterfinal rounds will be held on March 25-26, with the semifinal and final rounds held on March 27. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law wishes Jennifer and Marlow luck as they proudly represent our school and legal community.

LAUGH For the Crusade!

As Spring Break comes to a close, LAUGH, don't cry!

Come to the Comedy Caravan on Saturday 3/19 and enjoy comedian Tim Kidd at the 8pm show (doors open at 7pm).

A portion of ticket sales is being donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, so get a group together and join the fun.

Tickets are $20 in advance.

For tickets, contact Roz Cordini
rcordini@insightbb.com

Laugh For the Crusade!

As Spring Break comes to a close, LAUGH, don't cry!
 
Come to the Comedy Caravan on Saturday 3/19 and enjoy comedian Tim Kidd at the 8pm show (doors open at 7pm).
 
A portion of ticket sales is being donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, so get a group together and join the fun.
 
Tickets are $20 in advance.
 
For tickets, contact Roz Cordini

Law Review Pasta Lunch

Law Review is having a pasta lunch on Monday, March 21st in the Mosaic Lounge.  There will be a variety of pasta for only $5!

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair

Rising 2L and 3L students who are interested in attending the 7th annual SIPJF in Atlanta, GA on July 26, 2011 can find information at:  http://law.gsu.edu/careers/sipjf    The registration period for law schools is March 14th-April 25th.  The list of participating employers will be sent to the Professional Development Office on May 4th along with  Student Registration Forms.  If you have let our office know that you are interested in participating, we will provide you with the list of employers as well as a student registration form.  After you have reviewed the list, you can decide if you want to participate.  If you do want to participate, you will complete the form and submit it to our office along with a $30 non-refundable student registration fee (payable online or by check) by May 16th.  

If you would like to be added to the SIPJF distribution list, please e-mail Debra Reh at:  dkreh@louisville.edu

 

Composite Photos - Sign Up Online

Composite Photography sessions are scheduled at the Law School on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, March 24, 2011, between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Friday, March 25, 2011, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Location: BRANDEIS SCHOOL OF LAW - RM 071

The ONLINE SIGN UP FORM is now available.  Please use the link below to select a photography appointment.

http://pip.vantine.com/signup/Louville:Lawsch/2011/40069


Questions?  Please ask Ashley Wiggins.

Intelligent Design Debate - Free Chick-fil-A!

Intelligent Design: The Wisdom and Constitutionality of Teaching It in Public Schools

Professor Arnold Loewy of Texas Tech School of Law and our own Professor Russell Weaver will engage in a scholarly debate on this topic.

Time: 12:00-12:55 with time for Q&A built in (Will end promptly at 12:55 for the Structured Study Groups)
 
Place: Room 275

Free lunch from Chick-fil-A will be provided!