Student News

Exam4 Training & Information PowerPoint Show

If you wish to review Dean Becker's Exam4 training and information PowerPoint show, it is posted here in two formats:

This presentation was made to 1Ls on Thursday, September 29, 2011, but upper-level students may also wish to review it to refresh themselves on using Exam4.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure with Seven Weeks of Classes Remaining

You have survived the first half of the fall semester.  Now is the time to kick your exam preparation into high gear.  Hold yourself accountable every week to accomplish important tasks that will improve your exam performance:  refining your outlines; working on and submitting practice exam questions for feedback; rearranging your study schedule to maximize the use of new free time; keeping on top of your reading and briefing for class.  If necessary, use a reward system to keep your motivation up. 

Decide small rewards for yourself for completion of small tasks.  Small rewards might be: a bubble bath; one ½-hour television show; one computer game; popcorn; a walk with the dog; a play break with your child.  Decide large rewards for yourself for completion of large tasks: a night at the movies; dinner with friends at a nice restaurant; two hours reading a novel; a new outfit. When you have a reward to look forward to, you are more likely to stay motivated in completing your work.  For a quick motivational boost, select a short video to watch at

Repair Work on Front Entrance

A repair crew will be doing some work on the brick floor outside the front entrance.  Beginning Friday, September 30, through Thursday, October 6, the main entrance will be unavailable.  Please use either the east (classroom) or west (library) entrance during this period.

Academic Success Tip - Campus Resources

As a student of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, you may take advantage of the many services offered through the Belknap Campus Health Center.  Campus Health provides confidential, affordable, effective and student-focused medical, mental, and health education services to all students in the university community.  For example, Campus Health Services provides confidential psychiatric services at no-charge to any student for a variety of mental health issues including:

• New or existing depression or other mood problems
• Panic attacks or other forms of anxiety
• Eating disorders
• Sleep problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Feeling totally "stressed out" or overwhelmed
• Problems with alcohol or drugs

Other campus health services include counseling, primary care, personal nutrition counseling and self-management support, and prescription assistance.  To learn more about the services you can take advantage of this semester and throughout the school year, visit the Campus Health website at  The Counseling Center is a 5-minute walk from the law school and is located between the Student Activities Center and the Houchens Building and behind the Floyd Street Parking Garage.

Information Regarding Tryouts for the National Trial Competition

Tryouts for the National Trial Team will take place the last week of October or first week of November.  The Law School will send two teams to the regional competition hosted by Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan.  The regional competition will take place in February 2012.  The top two teams will advance to the National Competition to be held in Austin, Texas, March 21-24, 2012.  

This year's regional problem will be a civil problem.  Students wishing to tryout will be asked to submit their resume and to give an opening statement or closing argument based on a past civil problem.  More detials will be posted in mid-October.  If you have questions in the interim, please contact Dean Ballard.  Participants may earn up to 2.0 hours of academic credit. 


Pirtle Washer Deadline TODAY

The last day to sign up for Pirtle-Washer competition is TODAY, Thursday, September 29 at noon! To sign up, sign the sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson at

For additional details about the competition, please visit

MCB Happenings

Animal Law Moot Court
To sign-up, please email Paige Hamby at Include a resume, writing sample, and a statement of interest in the email (maximum 1 page).  The deadline for expressing your interest is TODAY, Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Pirtle-Washer Competition
The last day to sign up for Pirtle-Washer is Thursday, September 29 at noon!  To sign up, sign sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson a at

Intrastate Mock Trial
All students interested in applying should contact Eddie O’BrieN at and provide a copy of your resume and a writing sample (preferably your first-year appellate brief or a substantial equivalent). The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. 

For additional details of each competition, please visit

Academic Success Tip - Stress

I’m stressed!  What can I do? 

  • Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week.  You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.  For a blank study schedule template, visit the Academic Success web page at
  • Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks.  When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about intentional torts and defenses.  When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
  • Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam.  Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
  • Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged.  You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks.  Congratulate yourself for completing tasks. 
  • Minimize your non-law school commitments.  If you work, cut back your hours.  Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.

Kaplan Bar Review - Today in Lobby

Kaplan Bar Review table is on Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 11 AM-6 PM.  You can save up to $1000 on Kaplan courses if you enroll by 11/11/11!  ONE DAY SALE:  1Ls lock in your rates with a $20 deposit and get your 1L Edge Kit with outlines, MP3 lectures, Live Online Workshops, and a 1L Qbank!  2/3Ls lock in your rates with a $50 deposit.  2Ls get your 2L Success Kit with outlines and MP3 lectures.  Taking the MPRE this November?  Take our FREE On-Demand MPRE Course--pick up your book at the table on WEDNESDAY!  Student rep positions are available email Jonathan Raymon at

Katz Teller Brant & Hild seeking 2012 Summer Associate in Cincinnati office

If you are a second-year student seeking a law clerk position over the summer in 2012 and interested in working in Cincinnati, please apply to Katz Teller Brant &  Hild on Symplicity.  (The session is Katz Teller Brant & Hild.)