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Free Massages for Law Students!

Massage therapists from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering chair massages for law students on two days during finals - Monday, November 30 and Monday, December 7.  Massages will be offered in the Washer Lounge from noon to 6:00 p.m. each day.  Students are encouraged to sign-up for an appointment time.  Sign-up sheets are posted in the Washer Lounge.  This service is sponsored by your Student Bar Association and the Academic Success Office.

Academic Success Tip - Exam Tip (Skeletal Outline)

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

Exam4 Practice Test Confirmations

The confirmation e-mail has been sent to all students who successfully submitted an Exam4 practice test before the 6:00 PM deadline on Friday, November 20.  Students who did not receive the confirmation e-mail will be refused technical assistance with Exam4 during finals should they attempt to use it and experience difficulties.

Academic Success Tip - Studying over the Thanksgiving Holiday

Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday.  What family commitments do you have?  Are your outlines complete?  Where are you in your review for exams?  Here are some tips to consider:

  • Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday.  Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days.  Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends.  Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the vacation.
  • Make a priority list of tasks.  Work on tasks in the order of priority.
  • Break tasks into smaller steps.  It is easier to motivate yourself to outline one topic or read two cases or rewrite one section of a paper.  You will not be motivated by too large of a task.  
  • Consider productive ways that you can use travel time:  listen to Sum and Substance CDs or a homemade tape of your outline while driving back and forth; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards instead of watching an in-flight movie; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
  • Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example.  You get to study, and they get to participate.
  • And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.

Library Hours During Thanksgiving Holiday

The law library will open from 8AM-11PM Monday, 11/23 and Tuesday, 11/24. It will be closed on Wednesday, 11/25 and Thursday, 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be open 9AM-5PM on Friday, 11/27, 9AM-6PM Saturday, 11/28 and 1PM-11PM Sunday, 11/29.

Congratulations to the Arbitration Moot Court Team!

Our arbitration team, Lily Chan, Jamie Izlar, Brandon Edwards, and Samantha Thomas, competed in the ABA Student Division National Arbitration Competition regionals at Creighton University School of Law.  
 
Samantha and Brandon competed twice against Chapman. Chapman is known nationally for the competitiveness of its arbitration teams, and one of its teams won the nationals in the arbitration competition last year.  True to their reputation, these teams ranked first and second after the first two rounds, and Samantha and Brandon held their own against them.  Here are some of the comments Samantha and Brandon received.  Brandon did a “good job arguing [his] position” at the outset of the opening and “bringing out the facts of” his witness’s position with a “good organized direct.” Samantha did a good job in her closing “arguing [her] perspective” and using a “good theme.”  She also “asked good questions” and “addressed some problems with the case head-on” and made her witness “real and sensitive” on direct examination.  
 
Lily and Jamie competed in the second round.  They performed very well, and one of the three arbitrators voted for them.  Jamie was praised for her good delivery, for knowing the record well, for organizing her opening and direct well, and for her leading technique on cross.  Lily was praised by one arbitrator for “a very good summation,” “very good direct questions,” and a “good job” on cross examination.  One arbitrator provided each of them with a score of “superior” for the category of professional and ethical presentations. 

Academic Success Tip - Marathon not a Sprint

Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint.  It is attractive to skip meals, skip sleep, and skip exercise to get more hours to study.  Make sure you get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.  Eat balanced meals and not junk food.  Get three thirty-minute exercise periods a week.  Do not neglect yourself during finals. 

These Exam4 Practice Tests Are Wrong

If you submitted an Exam4 practice test under one of these names (below), you must submit a NEW ONE using your UofL user name (e.g. ldbran01), if you have not already done so, by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.  The user name allows us to send a confirmation e-mail.  Anything else makes doing so somewhat impossible.

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Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is TODAY

Exam4 for Fall 2009 final exams is now available to all students.  Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download.  Rather than downloading Exam4 directly from our Web site, you must now download it from Extegrity.  Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista.  A Windows 7 version is not yet available, and Windows 7 will not be supported for exams until a certified version of Exam4 becomes available for it.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester (including 1Ls who used the previous version for Legal Research and/or Prof. Leibson's Torts I mid-term) must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20.  A properly taken and submitted practice test identifies the student by his/her UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) -- not by one's student ID number, or any other combination of letters or numerals.  To submit a practice test electronically, one must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network.  The University's firewall prevents off-campus submission.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester and cannot comply with the practice test requirement by the deadline must contact the Associate Dean for Student Life before the deadline if he/she wishes to petition for an extension of the practice test deadline or exemption from the practice test requirement.

VERY IMPORTANT:  Any student who takes any exam on computer who: 1. has not properly taken and submitted a practice test, or 2. has not brought a USB flash drive to any exam, will be refused technical assistance by the IT staff, including, but not limited to, submitting a completed exam.

After the practice test deadline has passed, the IT staff will send an e-mail confirmation to each student who has properly and timely submitted a practice test.  In the meantime, you may check whether your practice test was received at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker.  Any practice test listed on the Exam Tracker is presumptively o.k.

Good luck to the National Moot Court Team!

The Moot Court Board wishes luck to our National Moot Court team this weekend as they travel to Richmond, Virginia, to argue at the 4th Circuit.  Ben Basil and Barry Dunn will face Duke and Wake Forest in the preliminary rounds.  Michael Gray and Marty Pohl will face West Virginia and Elon.  The team is coached by Professor Sam Marcosson.

This year's issues are 1) whether imposing a life without parole sentence on a juvenile convicted of a non-homicide crime constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, and 2) what is the proper standard to apply for a motion for change of venuedue to pre-trial publicity.