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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Be Smart During Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here!  How can you have an enjoyable break and boost your learning for finals?  It is possible – consider the tips below:

  • Spend time with family and friends.   Make sure that you have some fun time and get some relaxation during Spring Break to re-charge your batteries for the last push through classes and exams. 
  • Plan ahead for your studying.   Plan in advance what tasks you need to accomplish.  Plan which days you will do those tasks.  Plan what materials you need to take with you so that you do not forget something.  For example, if you want to work on practice problems, be sure to copy them this week so you do not have to lug a study aid around with you. 
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish during Spring Break.  You are unlikely to study 15 hours a day every day.  Instead of telling yourself that you will accomplish 100 tasks, make a list that you think you actually will accomplish. 
  • Get on a regular sleep schedule before you return to school.  Catch some extra sleep hours to build up your stamina for the last push of the semester.  Take some power naps in the afternoons.
  • Take the time to play in active ways and not just in mental ways.  By exercising, you can release stress and prepare your body for the marathon ahead.  Enjoy the movement and healthy competition.
  • Exercise your brain cells by doing lots of practice questions for each course.  You accomplish several positives - better memory of the black letter law; better understanding of how to apply concepts; faster use of exam taking techniques and strategies; and greater confidence in the nuances of the law.
  • Catch up on any back reading that was not completed before the break.  Also, it is a good time to read for the first two days after break so that you do not feel behind when you start classes up again.
  • Eat healthy foods.   You are in training for exams now.  The better your nutrition during the break, the better your body and brain will serve you.  Keep up the healthy eating once you get back from break so that you will be at the top of your productivity and brain power during the remainder of the semester.
  • Keep on track.  By planning your studying, you can be more productive.  By starting with the hardest task first, you can make your day more pleasant.  By breaking tasks into small steps, you can cross them off more quickly for a sense of accomplishment.  By focusing on your priorities, you can accomplish more of your study tasks. 
  • Stop by the Academic Success Office to check out study aids.  A variety of study aids are available for Civil Procedure, Property, Con Law, Criminal Law, Business Organizations, Torts, Contracts, Tax, Trial Practice, Evidence, Decedents, Domestic Relations, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Criminal Procedure, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and Real Estate Transactions.
  • Take the 1L Spring Break Challenge on March 22!  The Challenge will consist of many objective-type (non-essay) questions covering one subject – Contracts II.  Your goal is to correctly answer as many questions as you can, in any order, in 30 minutes.  All you need is a pen.  There will be separate Challenges for Section 1 and Section 2 contracts classes.  Great prizes will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers, including an iPod Touch 8G.

Registration and Academic Advising for Summer and Fall 2011, Preliminary Dates and Information

Registration, advising and other dates – mark your calendars now.  More information coming soon: 

March 21:  Students with particular scheduling needs will receive advising letters  before or during the week of March 21.  

March 24:  Information Session on Clinic and Externships, 12:10, Room 075.

March 28:  Advising appointments available for upper-division students.  Times,  locations, and sign-up sheets available by March 23 or before.   

March 29:  Advising appointments available for upper-division students.  Times,  locations, and sign-up sheets available by March 23 or before.

March 30:  Advising appointments available for upper-division students.  Times,  locations, and sign-up sheets available by March 23 or before. 

March 31:  Mandatory 1L Advising session, Room 275, at noon.  All current first  year students must attend.  This program will give the current first year students,  full- and part-time, all necessary registration information. 

April 6:  All registration paperwork is due in the Office of Student Records.  This  includes, but is not limited to, externship and clinic applications, along with  Supreme Court Student Practice applications, if required. 

April 8:  Current part-time evening students and current third year students (those who will graduate summer or fall 2011) will register for summer and fall 2011 classes.  

April 11:  Current second year students (those who will be third year students in  fall 2011), both full- and part-time, will register for summer and fall 2011 classes. 

April 13:  First year students (those who will be second year students in fall 2011) will register for summer and fall 2011 classes.

Sustainability: It's Happening Here!

Physical Plant is in the process of installing automatic light sensors throughout the building, including each classroom. You may have already noticed them in the common areas and the library's restrooms, computer labs, and study rooms. We hope this sheds a little light on the situation. If you have concerns or require additional information, contact Vickie Tencer.

LBA Table Day

Today, the Louisville Bar Association will have a table in the Mosaic Lobby from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Please stop by their table if you are interested in joining the LBA or just want general information about their organization.

De-Stress: Enjoy a Complimentary Massage

On Thursday, March 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy a complimentary massage in the Washer Lounge courtesy of Advanced Massage Therapeutics.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the door, and walk-ins are also welcome.  First-year students:  enjoy this treat and give yourself a much-deserved mini-break from writing your briefs!

Thanks to Students Participating in ABA Forums

A special thanks to all students who participated in the two forums with the ABA Site Team on Monday and Tuesday.  We understand that there was a great turnout and that the ABA Site Team really appreciated your comments.  In particular, the site team members described our students as  "mature, thoughtful, intelligent, and very impressive."  Way to go!  Great words of praise for our students.  (Of course, we knew this about you, but it's really great for the site team to see you at your best.)  All of us at the Law School very much appreciate your time, input about the Law School, and impressive work during this evaluative process!  Deans Arnold & Bean

How To Get A Job - New Date

Everything is the same except for the date - changed to Tuesday, March 8th at 1:00 p.m. in 075.  Students will speak about how they found a job and what kind of work they did.  Kristie Wetterer will moderate.

Professional Development Week Events:

The Big Reveal

How To Get A Job

Mardi Gras Party

Careers in Public Services

Public Service Hours - Where to Start

Question and Answer Table


Mardi Gras in the Mosaic Lobby

Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, and King Cake

Tuesday, March 8, 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  It’s Carnival Time and the law school is hosting a Mardi Gras party for the whole school.  We’ll have beads and music and a great (free) lunch for all – students, faculty, and staff.  Feast on Cajun Fixings from Joe’s OK Bayou.  There will be plenty of food (with an extra King Cake set aside for the evening students at 5:00 p.m.).  See you there!


Financial Guidance and Planning Programming

On Wednesday, March 2, in room 275 at 12 p.m. the SBA is hosting a Financial Guidance and Planning Program.  The purpose of the program is to increase financial literacy amongst our students.  We will have four panelists speak about the importance of saving and investing money; how to pay off student loans; and how to start up your own practice.  Our panelists will be Ashley Roberts from Republic Bank, Brian Walter from Northwestern Mutual; Marcus Folmar from Edward Jones; and Mike Abboud from the University Financial Aid Office.  I encourage everyone to come to this event.  Food will be provided.

Law Review Announces New Members

Congratulations to the Volume 50 Editorial Board & Second Year Members of the University of Louisville Law Review!

Editor-in-Chief: Elisabeth Fitzpatrick

Senior Articles Editor: Amanda Warford

Senior Notes Editor: J. D. Theiss

Executive Editor: Liam Felsen

Managing Editor: Lani Burt

Symposium and Alumni Relations Editor: Molly MacCaskey

Article Selection Editor: Ross Jordan

Articles Editors: Natalie Donahue, Harrison Rich, & Vince Kline

Notes Editors: Shannon Burns, Brenton Stanley, & Alex Davis

Associate Symposium & Alumni Relations Editor:
Kristie Wetterer

Second Year Members: Nathan Fort, Amanda Prager, Tyler Fleck, Ross Neuhauser, Ryan Wood, & James Stewart