Student News

Kudos for JLE Member

Congratulations to Connie Barr Archer whose note was chosen for publication in the JLE's January 2011 issue. While the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act has enacted measures for the United States to once again become the leader in higher education attainment rates, one problem with meeting this goal is the scarcity of qualified professors to teach at the university level. With the scarcity due in part to low doctoral enrollments coupled with low and slow doctoral completion rates, Connie’s note discusses steps that legislatures should take to support the doctoral enrollment and completion process without compromising educational standards. Her note is entitled "Addressing the Doctoral Dilemma: How State Legislatures Can Help Solve the Ph.D. Shortage."

Info Session on Volunteering for National Trial Competition

Join Brian Bennett today (noon in Room 275) to learn how you can volunteer for the National Trial Competition (Feb 18 - 20) and earn public service hours that will satisfy the Law School's public service requirement.  This opportunity is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

Hate Crime Laws: Unnecessary and Undesirable or Essential and Indispensable?

Thursday, Jan. 13, Room 175, 12:00-1:00.

Lunch Provided 

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Americans were told that "hate crime" was on the rise throughout the nation. Numerous advocacy groups lobbied for—and achieved—the passage of laws specifically engineered to document the rise in hate crime and dole out extra punishment for perpetrators who chose their victims on the basis of race, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation. But were these legislative efforts necessary or even helpful?

Professor James Jacobs of New York University (NYU) School of Law and our own Professor Cedric Powell will engage in a scholarly debate on the topic.

Last Day to Add

January 11 is the last day to add a class, or change a class to an audit.  January 11 is the last day to receive 100% tuition refund.

Attention 2L Students (those graduating in Dec 2011, May 2012, or Aug 2012)

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:00 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all 2Ls.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean,, and provide documentation concerning your conflict.  In addition, if you are a 2L but not graduating in Dec 2011 or May or August 2010, let Dean Bean know.

Please contact Dean Bean if you have questions.

Law School Weather-Related Late Start and Early Dismissal Policies

Please see below the Law School policy about weather delays and early cancellations of classes:

  • If the University has a delayed start, any class that normally ends before 10:25 a.m. should be considered canceled.
  • If the University cancels evening classes, any class that normally begins at 4:15 p.m. or later should be considered canceled.

Thank you.  Associate Deans Arnold and Bean

KY Bar Exam Program

Don't forget:  Tuesday, 12:15, Room 275

Who:  students planning to take the July 2011 or February 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam

Guest speakers from the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will talk about the: 

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications
  • What to expect after submitting your bar application
  • Statistics for bar passage
  • Essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how answers are graded
  • Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam

Do not miss this program and your opportunity to ask questions about the KY Bar Exam and/or your KY Bar Exam application.

Pizza will be provided.


Weekly Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural. 
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn Spanish, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat.
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions:

Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?

Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?

Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?

If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success?

Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks?

Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory?

Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter?

Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying?

Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself?

Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time?

What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for one week to decide whether to implement it permanently.

International Law Society General Meeting

Meet in 075 today and bring your lunch. We will discuss our activities for the semester.

CardMail Now Available

CardMail, UofL's new e-mail service for students, is now available.  If you missed yesterday's training and information session, all the information you need is on the law school's Student Computing page under the new CardMail section.

University IT has indicated that May 2011, with no specific date, is the deadline for students to migrate from GroupWise to CardMail.  Even students graduating this semester are encouraged to migrate, rather than allow their UofL e-mail accounts to close, as doing so will ensure you still have a University account through the summer.