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Academic Success Tip - Tackle Test Anxiety

Tackle any test anxiety that you have now.  There are a number of strategies for test anxiety.  The sooner you implement them, the better.

  • The deeper your understanding of the material, the more likely that you will remember it during an exam.  Study to understand and not just to remember.
  • The more “avenues” that you create to retrieve information from long-term memory, the more likely that you will remember it during the exam.  For example:  read your outline; create a graphic; drill with flashcards; create hypos to illustrate; do practice questions; discuss with friends; etc.
  • Do as many practice questions as possible.  You will be more confident in your approach to the type of exam questions and more confident that you can apply the material to new facts.
  • Begin doing relaxation exercises now.  For simple relaxation techniques, visit   https://louisville.edu/counseling/prismold/mediation-topics/relax.html/.  
  • Try the progressive relaxation exercise at http://hws.edu/studentlife/counseling_relax.aspx.  This exercise will direct you to systematically relax your major muscle groups.  The recording is approximately 9 minutes long.
  • Get extra sleep during the last week of classes and exams.  You are more likely to remain calm during exams and remember material if you are rested.
  • If your test anxiety is especially serious or long-standing, make an appointment with the Counseling Center to discuss additional techniques.  852-6585

Wechsler Criminal Law Competition Try-outs!

Interested in Criminal Law? Try-out for the Wechsler Criminal Law Competition for a chance to represent UofL in the annual competition in April. 

Tryouts will be held Nov. 17 & 18 in the Allen Courtroom. Applicants should prepare 10 minutes of Oral Arguments based on the U.S. Supreme Court Case Kennedy v. Louisiana.

Sign-ups for try-out slots are posted on the Moot Court Board Door. Also, applicants need to submit a resume and writing sample to Jenn Siewertsen (JLSiew02@louisville.edu) by 4:00 p.m. Friday Nov. 12. Email Jenn Siewertsen (jlsiew02@louisville.edu)  if you have any questions.

Chili Cook-Off Results

John Shelman and Josh Edlin won this year's Chili Cook-Off, which benefits the UofL Cares Campaign, with their "3-Meat, 4-Bean, Better-than-Jim's Chili." First prize was an impressive jar of cashews, topped by a silly clown hat, plus bragging rights. Congratulations, guys!

Events on the Oval Affecting Law School Classes and Operations

In the past month, the University administration has scheduled three events on the Oval that have disrupted the Law School’s program of legal education by affecting access to the building and parking and, in one case, requiring the relocation of Law School classes to another building on campus and the closing of the Law Library during regular hours.  Each event has also taken scarce administrative, staff, and faculty time away from educational functions to work on informing the Law School community of these events and planning and implementing adaptive responses.

 

We know that many of you are frustrated by these circumstances, particularly when there has been very little advanced notice.  We too are frustrated.  In every instance, the Law School was given no choice in the matter.  The decisions were made unilaterally by the University administration.  The University administration has endeavored to assist the Law School to minimize or adapt to these disruptions, but we are aware that disruption has nonetheless occurred.  We are concerned that academically disruptive events on the Oval may become normal.  We are aware that these events serve value for the University and its mission, but that there are concerns that they could increasingly undermine the education for which students are paying tuition and our capacity to meet ABA-mandated classroom hours.

From:  Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development; Kathy Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life: David Ensign, Director of the Law Library; and Vickie Tencer, Business Manager

Academic Success Tip - Review Your Outlines

Review; review; and then review.  You want the course information to be as comfortable as a baggy pair of sweats when you walk into the exam.  If you do not consistently review material throughout the remainder of the semester, you will walk into your exams with information that feels like a stiff new suit instead.  Deep understanding and quick retrieval from memory pay off because of the time constraints of exams.  You can recognize the nuances in answer choices or fact patterns better, and you will not waste time trying to remember the material.  If you get in the habit of reviewing your outlines each week, you will have a better understanding of the material and will be better prepared for the intense course review before finals.

Kaplan PMBR Table Day Tomorrow!

Kaplan PMBR table will be on TUESDAY, November 2nd, from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by for PIZZA at Noon!!!
OCTOBER TABLE SPECIALS!
1/2Ls lock-in your Kaplan PMBR tuition rates with a discounted deposit of $25—only available at the table!
3Ls lock-in your rates with a $150 deposit—only available at the table!
Taking November MPRE? Enroll for our FREE, online MPRE Course—no deposit on file is required. It is available NOW at www.kaplanpmbr.com!
Pick-up your free MPRE book at the table on TUESDAY. It is also available as a PDF on your student account—get started today.
1Ls utilize our FREE Civil Procedure Qbank at www.kaplanpmbr.com.
Prices INCREASE after November 12th! Questions? Contact Jenn Murzyn at jmurz84@gmail.com or Leslye Swigert at leslye.swigert@kaplanpmbr.com.

College Democrats to host Bill Clinton on the Oval November 1

Former President Bill Clinton and Jack Conway, Kentucky attorney general and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be guests of the University of Louisville College Democrats Monday, November 1, for a free, public talk on the Belknap Oval outside the law school.

Clinton and Conway are expected to arrive at about 6 p.m.

The Oval will be closed to incoming traffic at 3 p.m.

UofL faculty, staff and students who park on the Oval and in the Grawemeyer/Natural Science, Law School and Southern Police Institute lots need to move their cars from the area by 3:30 p.m. or must remain in place until after the event, which could be as late as 10 p.m.

Faculty and students with evening classes in buildings that face the Oval should enter through the back entrances.

Public parking will be available in the Engineering Graphics lot just south of Eastern Parkway on Third Street and across from Reynold's Lofts. Stadium parking also will be available, and people can take the campus shuttle to the Ekstrom Library bus stop.

No signs will be allowed at the event.
 
Look for updates to this information in UofL Today.

Academic Success Tip - Get Caught Up on Your Outlines

The time of the semester is here when you have no choice but to start thinking about exams.  There are only three weeks of classes left.  You need to have a plan for exam studying or you will have too much to learn and not enough time in which to learn it.  Get caught up on your outlines quickly.  Your outlines will be your master documents for studying.  If you wait too long to get them up-to-date, you will not have enough time to review the material for deep understanding.  If you have the world’s best outline and do not study it thoroughly, you will not perform as well as you could on exams.  Your goal this weekend should be to catch up on your outlines and then outline every week.

Get 500 Westlaw Rewards Point for "Prepare to Interview" Training

For a limited time, Westlaw is offering 500 Westlaw Rewards points for students who attend "Prepare to Interview" training!  If you are interested in attending a training session, please email Jennifer Monarch at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com

Decedents' Ball 2010!!!

On behalf of the Student Bar Association, I hope that you will attend Decedents' Ball 2010.  The party will be at O'Shea's downtown and starts at 7:30 p.m. and will officially end at 11 p.m., but I suspect that people will have a great time and will want to stay out longer than that.  Tickets will be sold from noon until 2 p.m. today and tomorrow in the lobby area of the law school.  Remember, there are no physical tickets.  When you pay your $15 to an SBA representative he/she will put your name on a list and you will be good to go!  Hope to see you there!