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Exam Tip - Use the Facts

You cannot perform legal analysis without discussing the facts.  There are few absolutes in law school, but including the facts in your answer to essay questions is one of them.  Remember, most law school essay questions are written in the form of a lengthy fact pattern or story.  The facts within these stories create the issues that you must discuss.  Almost every fact in these stories must be reproduced and discussed in your examination answer.  While it is true that your professors will know the facts in the problem, they do not know whether you understand which facts are relevant to resolving each issue.  Including the facts in your answer does not guarantee success on your law school exams, but excluding the facts guarantees that you will perform below your capabilities.

To ensure that the facts are making their way into your essay answers, place a line through each fact as you use it.  Do not cross the fact out so that it becomes illegible, however, because a single fact may be relevant to more than one issue.  After you finish your essay answer, look back at the fact pattern.  If there are facts left over, one of three things has occurred: (1) the facts are truly irrelevant and do not need to be discussed (unlikely!); (2) the facts are relevant to an issue or issues that you have already discussed; or (3) the facts are relevant to an issue that you have not addressed at all.

(Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

Counseling Appointments Available

Students, if you are interested in meeting with me during finals or the week of December 12th, please check with me or send me an e-mail at:

Since I don’t know what times are convenient during finals, I did not list specific times.

Get your resume and cover letter reviewed so that you don't have to worry about it when applying for jobs in the Spring.

I can meet for appointments Monday-Friday from 10:30 – 3:30. 

Federal Summer 2012 Intern Litigation Program in Tennessee

The Eastern District of Tennessee is seeking first- and second-year students to apply for positions in the 2012 summer Federal Student Intern Litigation Program.  These are unpaid positions.  If you are interested, see the attached brochure for details.  The deadline for applying is Friday, January 13th.    

County Attorney's Office Seeking First- and Second-Year Students

The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is seeking 1L or 2L law students to conduct legal research in both Criminal and Civil areas of the office.

Responsibilities include:  preparing pleadings, jury instructions, discovery and various other legal memoranda and court documents as requested by prosecutors and civil attorneys in the County Attorney's Office; responding to various requests for legal research; file documents with the courts; perform other tasks as needed to assist attorneys; deliver interdepartmental mail and assist in hand-deliveries; maintain law library.

Salary and benefits include:

$10.50/hr. first 6 months probationary period

$11.00/hr after probation is successfully completed

$12.00/hr after one year of service

Partial tuition assistance

Vacation, sick, personal time and holiday pay based upon work schedule

Submit resume by December 16th to:  Debbie Hamm, H.R. Specialist, Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., Suite 2086, Louisville, KY  40202.

Angel Tree In the Law Library

This holiday season be an Angel! You have probably noticed the large Angel tree in the Law Library for the Salvation Army, sponsored by the Sports Entertainment Law Society.

Heres some info: 

  • You can pick one or more angels, sign it/them out and grab the corresponding blue bag.
  • The Salvation Army asks for a minimum donation of one outfit/coat and one toy per angel, but feel free to do more.
  • Do not wrap gifts, just put them in the bag for the angel.
  • All bags must be returned to the Angel tree no later than December 9. 
 Help those less fortunate this holiday season! If you have any questions contact Brad Corbin

APALSA Book Drive for School Children in Cebu, Philippines from Nov. 1-Nov. 30

Remember to Return Your Study Aids

As you finish your final exams, be sure to return any study aids that you may have checked out during the semester.  Also, if you checked out study aids to use during the Thanksgiving holiday, please return them so other students may use them.

Free Massages for Law Students Today

Are you at the Law School studying for an upcoming final exam?  Did you just finish an exam?  Reward yourself with a free massage today!  On Monday, November 28, massage therapists will be in the Washer Lounge from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide complimentary massages for law students sponsored by your Student Bar Association.

Exam Tip - Outline Your Answers

Before answering an essay question, you must outline and organize your response.  Too many law students read the first paragraph 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.  (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

MCB Results

Congratulations to this year's Pirtle-Washer Champion, Thomas Stevens and to this year's runner-up, Jennifer Siewertsen!  Congratulations also to semi-finalists Nathan Batey and Joshua Porter!  These competitors advanced to the final day of competition on Friday, October 28th, from a field of sixteen competitors that began competing on Saturday, October 22nd.  Thank you to all of the competitors who did a great job representing our law school to the local bar!
A special thank you is in order for the judges who graciously volunteered their time and experience to judge the semi-finalists and finalists.  Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Chief Regional District Judge Sean R. Delahanty, and District Judge Katie King formed the panel that selected the two competitors that advanced to the final round.  Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), United States Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, District Judge Ann Bailey Smith (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Wine formed the panel that selected Thomas Stevens as this year's Champion.
Thank you also to the twenty-four local attorneys from Kentucky and Indiana who volunteered their time and experience to judge the three prelimary rounds on Saturday, October 22nd.  These local attorneys narrowed the field from sixteen competitors to the four semi-finalists.