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Interview Skills - Friday, August 26th at 1:00 p.m. in room 175

Why should you attend the Interview Skills session?


If you plan on interviewing for a job in your lifetime and want to make it successful, you need to attend!  This does not only apply to on campus interviews.


Hear from fellow students who have interviewed and listen to their advice.  Dean Urbach will provide information on the interview process and the skills you need to make it successful.  Professor Jim Jones will also be speaking.


 Friday, August 26th - 1:00 p.m. in room 175


Pizza and drinks will be served.




MPRE - Saturday, November 5, 2011

If you are planning to sit for the November 5 MPRE, the regular application deadline is September 20.  Applicants may register for the MPRE online or by mail.  The online version of the 2011 MPRE Information Booklet and registration information appears at  Read the MPRE  Information Booklet carefully, as applicants are responsible for all information contained in it.  The booklet provides a description of the MPRE, an outline of the subject matter covered, representative sample questions, and guidelines for taking the exam as well as application information.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Michael Callan who is the winner of a silver UofL Law bookmark and a set of UofL Law coasters.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m. to claim your prize.

Academic Success Tip - How to be More Efficient

Congratulations.  You survived the first week of law school.  If you are a new law student, you have probably discovered that time is a precious commodity in law school.  And, while some law students are always looking for shortcuts, shortcuts are not the answer.  Instead, you want to use time more efficiently and effectively.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Learn the material as you read it rather than highlight it to learn later.  Ask questions while you read.  Make margin notes as you read.  Brief the case or make additional notes to emphasize the main points and big picture of the topic after you finish reading.  If you only do cursory "survival" reading, you will have to re-read for learning later which means double work.
  2. Review what you have read before class.   By reviewing, you reinforce your learning.  You will be able to follow in class better.  You will recognize what is important for note taking rather than taking down everything the professor says.  You will be able to respond to questions more easily.  Your confidence level about the material will increase.
  3. Be more efficient and effective in taking class notes.  Listen carefully in class.  Take down the main points rather than frantically writing or typing verbatim notes.  Use consistent symbols and abbreviations in your notes.  
  4. Review your class notes within 24 hours.  Fill in gaps.  Organize the notes if needed.  Note any questions that you have.  If you wait to review your notes until you are outlining, you will have less recall of the material.
  5. Regularly review material.   We forget 80% of what we learn in two weeks if we do not review.  Regular review of your notes will mean less cramming at the end of the semester.  You save time ultimately by not re-learning.   You gain deeper understanding.  You have less stress at exam time.
  6. Look for the big picture at the end of each sub-topic and topic.  Do not wait until pre-exam studying to pull the course together.  Synthesize the cases that you have read on a sub-topic: how are they different and similar.  Determine the main points that you need to cull from cases for the sub-topic or topic.  Analyze how the sub-topics or topics are inter-related.  If visuals help you learn, incorporate a flowchart or table or other graphic into your notes to show the steps of analysis. 
  7. Ask the professors questions as soon as you can.  Do not store up questions like a squirrel storing nuts for winter.  The sooner you get your questions answered, the greater your comprehension of current material.  New topics often build on understanding of prior topics.  Unanswered questions merely lead to more confusion and less learning.

Beargrass Critical Mass Bike Ride

ELLUS will host its first, of hopefully many, critical mass bike rides.  The ride will start in Cherokee Park and will follow along Beargrass Creek through Waterfront Park and end near 4th Street Live.  The ride is approximately six miles and taken at a leisurely pace.  The ride will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The ride is free with a suggested donation of $20 for which you will receive a free T-Shirt.  The money raised at this event will help get ELLUS members to APIEL and other conferences this year!

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Michael Atkinson who is the winner of a UofL Law School marble paperweight.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office by 4:00 p.m. today (FRIDAY) to claim your prize.

Academic Success Tip - Get to Know Your Professors

The faculty members at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law are top notch legal scholars and teachers, and they also provide valuable insight into how you can be successful.  Be sure to meet with each of your professors regularly during the semester.  They are a great resource.   Utilize their office hours to clarify points of the law or to follow up on a class discussion.

Friday, August 19 - Last day to add a class or change to an audit

If you are planning to add a class or change to an audit, you must do it today before 10 p.m.  

Several U of L websites will be offline between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for maintence.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Sierra Ashby who is the winner of a UofL Law insulated lunch bag.  To claim your prize, stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Don't make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams.