Student News

Academic Success Tip - Exam Preparation

The calendar no longer supports the idea that exams are a distant event.  There are only five full weeks remaining before the end of classes.  In light of the seriousness of the time in the semester, the remainder of this week's tips will focus on exam preparation.

  • Stop fragmenting your efforts and refocus.  If you have been coasting through class until now, stop.  If you have been focusing on extracurricular activities to the exclusion of academics, stop.  If you have been partying instead of studying, stop.  You need to prioritize your efforts for studies now.
  • Take responsibility for wherever you are in your studies.  If you are in good shape, congratulate yourself and plan the next step before you are tempted to rest on your laurels.  If your studying is in shambles, do not blame your present situation on your professors, study partners, family, or whomever comes to mind.  Own it and move forward.

Town Hall meeting re: schedules

Town Hall meetings for students to meet with the Associate Deans re: schedules will be held on Wednesday, October 20 from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in Room 075, and Thursday, October 21 from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 080.  The meeting will cover the Spring and Summer 2011 schedules as well as beginning the process of gathering student input regarding the 2011-12 coure offerings and schedule.  We want to receive your input and answer your questions.  If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

Trademark Law Moot Court Team Needs YOU!

WANT THE POSSIBILITY TO COMPETE AT OXFORD?

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).

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE PROVIDE A STATEMENT OF INTEREST (maximum 2 pages) PROVIDING WHY YOU ARE INTERESTED AND WHAT MAKES YOU QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE TO PROFESSOR CROSS at john.cross@louisville.edu THE STATEMENT OF INTEREST IS DUE BY OCTOBER 29, 2010

Negotiation Team Selects Competitors!

Congratulations to John Gilliam, Jeffrey Hall, Nicole Crump, Ryan Goode and Fernando Valdizan (alternate) for being selected to represent UofL in the 2010 ABA Negotiation Competition, on November 13, in Detroit - MI!

David A. Pike Receives Dean's Service Award


I am very proud to announce that I received the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law 2010 Dean's Service Award at the Law School Alumni Banquet on Wednesday October 6, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  The award was presented for our innovative efforts to improve diversity in the legal community.
 
Minorities are underrepresented in the legal community, which has the potential to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the American legal system. Although bar associations have uniformly called for action to address this state of affairs, there are very few effective programs to combat this phenomenon.
 
Our program involves a continuing partnership between the Pike Legal Group, PLLC and the Black Law Students Association designed to build the organizations's capacity to attract new minority students to law school and to improve chances of success for existing law students.  

Here is what Dean Chen said when he advised me of the Award, "No one else among that group of non-alumni has come close to what you've done for my students and my school.  I deeply appreciate your generosity toward the Black Law Students Association.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you toward the larger goal of advancing diversity -- at our school, in our state's bar, and in our profession at large."
 
This is an important cause.  If you would like to learn more about ways to improve diversity in the legal profession or support our effort, please contact me.
 
Sincerely,
David A. Pike



     

ACS Attorney Luncheon

Please join local attorneys from the American Constitution Society Lawyers Chapter for a meet and greet lunch on Thursday, October 14, Room 75 at noon. Lunch will be provided.

Upper Division Advising Office Hours for Spring Registration

Be prepared for course registration and choose the courses that are right for you.   Do you want to enroll in an externship or an independent study?  Do you need to request to enroll in more than 16 hours as a full-time student or 12 hours as a part-time student?  Have you completed a degree checklist recently?  Do you want to take non-law graduate level courses?  
 
The Student Life Office will be offering course registration advising office hours for upper division students on October 25, 26, and 27.  Stop by or make an appointment in advance to discuss any questions you may have regarding your Spring 2011 schedule, graduation requirements, externships, pre-registration permission forms, etc.  Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, and Kimberly Ballard, Academic Success Director, will be available to provide one-on-one advising, and to answer questions about course selection.  To sign-up for a time in advance, add your name to the appointment sheet outside the Brandeis Room (112). 

Office Hours:
Monday, October 25, noon to 2:00
Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Catching up on Reading

You are in your ninth week of classes now.  Today's tip addresses the question that I've been asked by a lot of students lately:  What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?

  • Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class.  You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
  • Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (one case at a time). 
  • On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week.  Then use extra time for catch-up reading.

As you approach the Thanksgiving Break, you do not want to be behind in your reading or your outlining.  Stay focused now and get caught up so you will be in the best position possible when doing your core studying for finals.

Town Hall Meetings

Dean Arnold will host two town hall style meetings to discuss the Spring and Summer 2011 schedule/offerings and to start the process of student input into the 2011-12 schedule/offerings. 

They will be:

Wednesday, Oct. 20,12:05-12:55 p.m. in 075

Thursday, Oct. 21,5:15-6:00 p.m. in 080.

 

Please come to these meetings.  Your input is welcomed and needed. 

 

Congratulations RSO's

The following student organizations received funding from the Student Government Association: 

The Federalist Society

University of Louisville Law Review

Student Bar Association - Equal Justice Works Symposium

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Congratulations to all the groups.  If any Recognized Student Organization is interested in receiving money from the Student Government Association please contact Daniel Cameron (danieljay.cameron@gmail.com) or Stephanie Loper (stephanie.loper@yahoo.com).