Are you feeling fatigued or discouraged? Does it seem as though there is no way to get everything done? Are you stressing out over the time crunch you are in right now? Take a very deep breath and count to ten. Then, use some of the pointers below to get things under control.
- Get a pep talk from someone. You can do this! Talk to whomever you have in your life who will encourage you and help you calm down. It may be a professor or Academic Fellow. It may be a spouse or significant other. It may be a non-law mentor. It may be a counselor or doctor. And, if no one comes to mind, schedule a “pep talk” appointment with the Academic Success Office.
- Be an optimist and not a pessimist. Optimists are more successful in academics than pessimists. Look for that silver lining in the cloud. Go ahead and make yourself feel better!
- Use visualization for success. Athletes visualize themselves making the winning basket, breaking the speed record, or throwing the fastest pitch. You can visualize yourself studying diligently each day, conquering a difficult concept in a course, and confidently taking an exam.
- Post inspirational sayings around your apartment.
- Put things into perspective. As anxious as you may be about law school, it is not a life or world crisis. Each day there are ordinary people dealing with hunger, poverty, homelessness, illness, natural disasters, or armed conflict. Law school is nothing by comparison. So, lighten up and be thankful for the opportunities that you have.
- Be cooperative and not cut-throat competitive. Explain a class concept to another law student who is struggling. Provide class notes to someone who has been sick. Offer to lend a supplement to someone who cannot afford one. Praise another student for an excellent presentation in class. Thank someone for supporting you when you needed help.
- Take one day at a time. Consciously decide each day how to use your time and talents. Do the best you can do and then let it go. Do not dwell on mistakes or lost time. Re-evaluate your priorities and keep going. The best you can do is the best you can do.
- Set up a support system. Decide with another law student what each of you needs help on and consciously help each other. If the other law student needs a phone call in the morning to get moving, then make the phone call. If you need someone to monitor your wasted time chatting in the student lounge, then ask the other student to confront you when you procrastinate.
- Cuddle a cat, pet a pooch, or hug a horse. Animals have a way of calming us. Some furry friendship can do wonders.
- Give yourself some credit. Remember that you are here because we believed in your abilities when we admitted you. You were selected when hundreds of others were denied admission. You still have the same attributes and talents as when you walked in the door on day one of law school. There are a lot of very bright and competent people here. And, you are one of them. You may need to learn some new study strategies, but that is different than not belonging here.
Fall 2011 Course Notes Addenda & Revised Fall 2011 Course Schedule & Exam Schedule & Revise Spring 2011 Course SchedulePosted March 28th, 2011 by Craig Anthony (...
Addenda to the Fall 2011 course notes, and revised versions of Fall 2011 course schedule, Fall 2011 exam schedule, and Spring 2012 course schedule are posted below and on the Class Schedules Page of the Law School website (under Academics - Resources). The only major changes are the addition of a second section of Advanced Trial Practice in Spring 2012 (Chris Meinhart; Fridays, 9:00-11:40 a.m.) and the addition of Natalie Kaelin to teach the Fall 2011 evening section of Negotiable Instruments. Any other changes were minor corrections. If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the meeting, we will discuss the Law Review application and selection process, the benefits of membership, and what you can expect if you are selected to become a member. Beginning next year, first year members of the ULLR will receive two hours of academic credit.
Applications will be available to all people who attend the meeting on March 29th and will be available to the rest of the student body beginning on March 30th in the copy center. Applications are due May 11th. If you have any questions contact JD Theiss or Elisabeth Fitzpatrick.
The IT department has requested a UofL Law version of Exam4 for Spring 2011 finals and hopes to have it tested and ready for release on Monday, April 4. Stay tuned to The Daily Docket for details.
While we have not yet received the software, we recently received new release notes from Extegrity announcing the following new features:
- Start-up sequence confirmations:
New pop-up dialogs add confirmation steps during the startup sequence after the two most important screens. The first one requires students to verify their Exam ID and Course entries. The second, not applicable at UofL Law, alerts students who have selected an OPEN or TAKEHOME Exam Mode to be absolutely certain of their choice.
- Exam submittal certainty:
Responding to students asking for greater certainty their exams have been successfully submitted, Exam4 now provides upgraded information at the moment of submittal plus an easier means to verify after submittal. The notification screens indicating successful or unsuccessful exam submittal have been redesigned for much greater visual impact, with larger and clearer text, presented in bright green or red blocks.
Students also want to verify after the fact, so Extegrity has added prominent instructions and a dedicated button to the first start-up screen. The new verification method has the advantage of being 100% accurate, because it checks for the receipt files returned to the laptop by the exam collection server at the time of submittal. And, it works even when not connected to a network.
- Redesigned multiple choice interface: (Not applicable at UofL Law.)
Extending last semester’s major upgrade to fully automated multiple choice scoring and grading, the student multiple choice answer screen has been completely redesigned for user-friendliness, with dramatically improved graphics and navigation, and the addition of a much-requested "clear" function.
The new ScreenShield introduced in the Windows versions last semester has been added to the Mac versions. It is a simple white circle on a green background covering the entire screen accessible during the startup sequence or in an exam, providing an easy, uniform way for students to block the view of their laptop screen without having to shut the lid.
- Performance and Appearance Improvements:
High processor loading reported by some Mac users last seemster has been repaired; and final touches toward making the Mac and Windows experience identical include mostly appearance items, but it’s a surprisingly noticeable improvement.
Also, Extegrity included this IMPORTANT announcement: The time has come to announce the end of support for the Windows XP and Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) operating systems. Therefore, students with Windows XP or Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) laptops will NOT be able to use Exam4 beginning with the Summer 2011 semester.
Summer judicial externships are open to students who: a) have completed 30 credit hours; b) are in good academic standing, and c) develop their own externship placements (identify & make arrangements with a judge). Supervising judges must be willing to comply with course expectations, and to provide a required end-of-semester evaluation. A handout explaining course expectations is available outside room 214 and from the TWEN page for "Externship INFORMATION Summer 2011." The faculty supervisor will consult with supervising judges before the summer term begins. If course requirements are satisfied, students can earn two (2) pass-fail academic credit hours for the externship.
The deadline to apply is April 5th. Contact Professor Karen Jordan with any questions.
Don't bring your lunch Monday. International Law Society will be serving you "Rice of the World". You can choose from Cajun rice, beans and sausage, Vegetarian Biryani or Chicken and Egg Fried Rice. Rice, a drink and a cookie together is $5. Please support the International Law Society by buying our food.