Skeletal Outlines - You will be nervous when the examination proctor says “Begin,” so the worst thing you can do is to start writing out your answer immediately. Instead, consider writing out your skeletal outline as soon as the exam begins. A skeletal outline is merely an organized list of principles and issues, created by you, which relates to a given area of the law. Think about the outline you have been creating all semester, but now reduce it down to a page or two – this is your skeletal outline. Writing out this list will give a few moments to compose your thoughts before digging into the exam.
Instructions - Read the instructions! This is the most obvious advice imaginable, but every exam period several students will, for example, answer 3 short exam questions, only to discover that the instructions said “provide an answer to 1 of the following 3 hypotheticals.” Most students get flustered at the start of an exam, so this type of mistake is more common than you might imagine. When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, and read the instructions.
Organization - Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response. Too many students read the first sentence in an essay exam question, recognize an issue, and are so overjoyed at finding an issue that they spend the next 20 minutes responding to it. The problem with this approach is that the fact pattern was probably over a page long, and the writer just spent more time than was necessary in responding to a relatively straightforward issue. While different students outline differently, students who perform well on law school exams take the time to read through the entire essay question, create a list of the various issues contained therein, and then take a few more minutes to separate out the major issues from the minor ones. This approach will give you a better sense of how much time you have to complete your entire answer.
On March 30th, Ryan Feola auctioned one law review course and two gift certificates that were generously donated by Barbri. The money that was raised will fund the first Legal Aid Barbri Fellow, Greg Thompson. Lauren Bean, Doug Dawson, and Barry Dunn were the winning bidders. Kudos to Colleen Hagan for organizing the event!
All graduating law students are invited to attend Senior Day at the Downs. On Thursday, May 6th, the Churchill Downs gates will open for a celebration for the May 2010 graduates. Admission for May 2010 Graduates is free. $15 is the price for everyone else.
Tickets must be reserved by April 29th. Visit UofL's Alumni Connections for details.
The University of Louisville Law Review membership applications are now available from the Faculy Resource Center (across from room 275).
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tommy Sturgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your application!
Congratulations are in order for the newly elected 2010-2011 BLSA officers!
President: Courtney Phelps
VP of Public Relations: Brandon Edwards
VP of Fundraising & Public Service: Courtney Glasker
Treasurer: Jasmine Fogle
The Law Clinic is a law firm run by third-year law students who gain practical experience in the courtroom by representing real clients in Jefferson Family and District Courts. From initial intake interview through conclusion of the case, the students are the primary contact with clients for all matters handled by the clinic. Student attorneys represent victims of domestic violence in EPO hearings and tenants in Forcible Detainer (eviction) Court under the supervision of Professor Shelley Santry, director of the Clinic.
Clinic is a four-hour course that is a really great experience. Most clinic students say it is their favorite part of law school. It gives students a chance to actually practice law and it looks huge on a resume!
If you are interested in participating in the Law Clinic next semester, send a resume and short statement of interest to Professor Santry at email@example.com. Any questions should be directed to her as well.
Students must have completed 60 hours by the end of this semester to qualify for a limited license to practice law under Supreme Court Rule 2.540.