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Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice (practice questions)

Bad advice:  You can’t do any practice questions until right before the exam because you don’t know enough.  Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Exams are all about applying the concepts and law that you have learned all semester to new fact scenarios or legal problems.
  • You wouldn’t run a 26.2 mile marathon without lots of training and practice.  Why would you go into a law school exam without having worked on several practice questions throughout the semester?
  • A multitude of practice questions are available that test your knowledge on sub-topics and topics and not just entire courses.


  • Do some practice questions at the end of each sub-topic to test your application skills.  Can you spot the issues and sub-issues?  Can you apply the concepts correctly?  Can you apply the rules and exceptions to the rules?
  • Practice your approach to questions:  how will you analyze the question; how will you marshal the facts; how will you organize your answer; how will you write the answer in the most concise way.
  • Become more adept by starting with one-issue questions, then progressing to two- or three-issue questions, then progressing to more extensive questions.  Once you can organize and answer shorter questions, you can practice your organization for longer questions.
  • Use multiple sources of questions:  questions handed out by the professor; questions in study aids; questions you and your study partners write and swap; questions from prior exams.  
  • Schedule practice question time each week for each course so that you do not forget to practice or put off practice too long.

Oxford International Intellectual Property Competition


The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre is hosting it’s annual Trademark Law Moot Court Competition March 18 & 19, 2011.

Some prior knowledge of Trademark Law is highly preferred, though not required. There is no guarantee to travel to Oxford.  The team will write and submit a brief to the Competition Committee, who will choose the top 20 submissions that will be invited to Oxford. 

The brief will be worth 1 credit hour, if the team is chosen the authors will receive 2 credit hours (1 for the brief and 1 for the argument portion).


Decedents Ball

October 30, 2010, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Patrick O'Sheas: 123 W Main St. Louisville, KY 40202
Sponsored by: Student Bar Association
Cost: $15 per person
Tickets will be sold in the lobby next week or you can purchase tickets from your SBA Section Representative. The SBA accepts cash or check. Food and drinks will be provided!! A photographer will also be there to capture everyone in their costumes! 


$100 Barbri gift cards will be awarded to the winners of the various Costume Contest Categories. The contests will be judged by audience applause.

Please see attachment!

SBA Constitution

The SBA approved an amended constitution. To see the changed constitution please click the following link:

Bar Exam Panel on Thursday

Upper division students:  This Thursday, please join May 2010 graduates, Jerred Kelly, Justin Capps, Algeria Ford, and Lily Chan, for a panel discussion regarding the bar exam – what to expect; when to begin the application process; bar review options; creating a study schedule; handling stress; preparing financially; and much more.  All panelists are eager to share their experiences with you.  The session will begin at 12:05 p.m., in Room 075.  Pizza will be provided while it lasts.

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice (open book exams)

This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice:  You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want.  Why this advice is bad advice:

  • You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam.  Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
  • If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.
  • “Open book” may have a limited definition (Ex. code book but no outlines or notes).  "Open book" may have a limited value-added component (Ex. you may not write in your rule book that is allowed in the exam).


  • Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
  • Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it.  Then, you will not need to look up much.
  • If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
  • If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
  • Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc.  Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
  • Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.

Summer 2011 Schedule Options: Your Feedback Is Needed

In order to get the schedule that is most likely to meet the greatest student interest based on the options that are possible for Summer 2011, Associate Dean Arnold would like for any student who is considering taking summer classes (including current 1Ls) to fill out 4 forms, one for each option for the summer schedule, in the attached document and submit it to him (, Office 213, faculty mailbox) no later than November 1.

Reminder: Town Hall meeting re: class schedules TODAY at 12:05 p.m. in 075

The Law School administration will be present to discuss Spring 2011 registration, Summer 2011 schedule options, and student input into the 2011-12 course schedules.

Pirtle-Washer Final Rounds

The Moot Court Board would like to thank all the competitors who made the preliminary rounds of the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition a success.The Semi-Final and Final Rounds will take place this Friday, October 22nd in the Allen Courtroom. All students and faculty are invited to attend.

The pairings for the Semi-Finals are as follows:

9:00 am –   Whitney True, Appellant v. Courtney Phelps, Appellee

10:30 am – Thomas Stevens, Appellant v. Marilyn Osborn, Appellee

The winners of the two Semi-Final Rounds will face each other in the Final Round of the competition at 1:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.

The judges for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds include: Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson, KY Supreme Court; Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, United States District Court; Chief Circuit Judge Charles R. HIckman, Kentucky Circuit Court; Judges Denise Clayton and Thomas Wine, KY Court of Appeals; and Judges Ann Bailey Smith, Katie King, and Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson District Court.

UofL Law Student Interviewed on MSNBC's 'Hardball'

Nicoloe Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

Nicole Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

UofL Law student Nicole Kersting, 3L, was among those interviewed on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Monday, October 18, 2010. "Hardball" commenced its "2010 Senate Tour" of college campuses at the University of Louisville, highlighting the nationally prominent race between Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Dr. Rand Paul (R).

Responding to recent comments about sexual orientation by Ken Buck, Republican Senate candidate from Colorado, Kersting, of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law's Lambda Law Caucus, and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3), discussed the emergence of gay rights as an issue during the current campaign season. Chris Matthews' full interview with Congressman Yarmuth and Ms. Kersting is below.

You can also see UofL Law's photo gallery of "Hardball's" visit to UofL.


Full Episode at MSNBC

Check out UofL Today for more on Chis Matthews' "Hardball" interviews.