Student News

Academic Success Tip - Course Outlines (a reminder)

How are your course outlines coming along?  By now, you should have enough information in each course to begin outlining.  Then, you want to add to your outlines regularly – preferably every other week.  Remember that your outlines will be your primary study aids for exams.  Once you have a good outline for a segment of the course, your class notes and case briefs will no longer be your focus for that part of the material.

Final Exam Policy Survey

In an attempt to extend the amount of time between each exam during the finals period, Dean Arnold, myself, and others have proposed a new exam schedule.  The schedule essentially puts 24 hours between each upper level exam.  We would, however, like to know if students would support such an exam schedule.  On TWEN, there is a survey under the course name, Final Exam Policy Survey.  Please add this course and answer the simple question posed regarding favorability for such a schedule.  The survey will be up until Friday, October 21.  This will go a long way in helping us to determine whether we should implement such a policy.

Thanks and have a great week! 

Honor Council Elections

3Ls/4Ls: The Honor Council will hold an election in order to fill a 3L/4L Honor Council Alternate position.  The voting will begin on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00AM and will close on Thursday, September 29 at 5:00PM.  Votes will be accepted only on TWEN.  Please read the attached Fall 2010 Election Rules and fill out the Statement of Candidacy and return it to the Honor Council Chair, Brian Bennett, in person or by student mailbox, by 12:00PM on Monday, September 27.

Tax Moot Court Team Seeking Interest

Tax Law Moot Court

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up for the Tax Law Moot Court Competition, held March 3-5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The team’s coach is Professor Norvie Lay.

The format of the competition consists of a first round double elimination oral argument followed by single elimination quarterfinals, semifinal and final rounds.  There is a separate competition for written briefs, with independent judging and awards.  The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax related.

Tryouts will be held once the topic is selected.  If you are interested in trying out, please sign up by sending an e-mail to the Tax Law Moot Court facilitator, Stephanie Loper at stephanie.loper@yahoo.com. 

 

The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary

 

On Tuesday, September 28, at noon in Room 275 the Diversity Committee hosts three distinguished speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Lisa Abramson, Judge Denise Clayton, Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham for the next program in our Diversity Forum Series.

Moderator: Jamie Izlar.

Co-sponsors: Black Law Students Association; Lambda Law Caucus; Women's Law Caucus.

Free light lunch available at 11:30. Open to all. 

 

Mark Your Calendar - Flu Shots (Day and Evening Sessions)

Campus Health Services will be here at the law school to give flu shots:  Thursday, October 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Shots are free for students and for faculty and staff who are at least 80%.

Law School Softball Team Finishes Second in Tournament

The law school softball team - the Bottom 90% - battled to the finish in their second-place showing in this fall's tournament. After cruising through the early rounds, the Bottom 90% defeated the eventual champions in the opening game of the championship series, but was bested in the rubber match. The Bottom 90% thanks their fans for their support.

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

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. 
  • 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 your Torts class.  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.  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.

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.