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Academic Success Tip - Use Your Time Wisely and Recharge Your Study Schedule

Take a close look at your study schedule.  Are you utilizing your free time effectively, especially the time that was once reserved for classes that have now ended, including Basic Legal Skills and Professional Responsibility?  Put this additional free time to good use - review your class notes, finalize your outlines, meet with your professors.  Whatever tasks you need to accomplish in preparation for finals, be sure to take advantage of the time you now have available.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB YET?

The Kentucky Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Association will be giving information on what to do if you do not have a job yet.  Please attend if you are still in the job search.  The event will be in room 275 at 12 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009).  Free food will be served!!!

Study Abroad!

Ever consider studying abroad, as part of your legal education?  An information session is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, November 11, in Room 075.  Ms Virginia Hosono, Assistant Director, from the International Center will be there to answer questions, and our own Colleen Hagan will speak about her summer abroad experience.  Professor Kathleen Bean, Associate Dean for Student Life, will also attend. If you are interested and cannot make this meeting, contact Professor Bean for information.  

Criminal Law Moot Court Tryouts

The Twelfth Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court
Competition will be hosted by the SUNY— Buffalo Law School on Saturday,
March 27, 2010. A team from the University of Louisville won the
competition in 1999 and 2000 and we are hoping to bring the title back
to the law school!

Those interested in trying out should submit their resume and a writing
sample of no more than 10 pages to Lauren Bean at
lebean01@louisville.edu by Friday, November 13, at 12 p.m.  These
documents must be in a single .pdf file.

Tryouts will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 4-7 p.m. in the
Allen Courtroom. Sign-ups are on the Moot Court Board Office door.

Competitors must argue State v. Kennedy, 957 So.2d 757 (La. 2007), to
the United States Supreme Court.  Oral arguments are limited to 10
minutes and competitors may pick either side.

For questions about try outs, please contact David Haney at
dlhane03@louisville.edu or Lauren Bean.
For more information about the competition, please go to
http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/bcls/

Ace of Cakes

For those students who attended the Academic Success Workshop on Stress Resilience, you may recall the presenter's announcement that a star of Food Network would be visiting the University of Louisville Campus.  Geof Manthorne of the hit show Ace of Cakes will be in the SAC Multipurpose Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.  Join him for a live cake demonstration!  Admission is FREE with your UofL ID.  General public $10.

Need a Massage?

30 minute massages are available for $6 at Campus Health Services on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Schedule and pay in advance at the Belknap Campus Health Services Reception desk.

Academic Success Tip - Plan to Meet with Your Professors

Goal:  After each class this week, make a list of questions that you need to ask your professors.  This is the perfect time to organize the areas on which you need help.  By being ready to ask questions at the beginning of the last week of classes (next week), you will avoid the rush on the very last class days and the difficulty of finding professors over the exam period. 

Academic Success Tip - Conquer Your Most Difficult Tasks First

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Be alert to your “highs” and “lows” in planning your study schedule.  Do the hardest tasks when you are the most alert.  It often helps to do the most difficult or most unpleasant task first so that it does not hang over you all day.  Do more active tasks when you are feeling more drained:  flashcards, practice questions, making graphics, etc.  Read and review outlines when you are the most focused.  Be aware of when you need a short break to restore your focus. 

Academic Success Tip - Carve Out the Time You Will Need for Study

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Realize that it is your responsibility to carve out the time you need for study.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important for you to have study time during the break period to prepare for exams, to write a paper, or to accomplish whatever tasks you need to do.  If you have always played during undergraduate school on breaks, they may not understand why law study is different.  Even if family and friends do not fully understand, you need to make personal decisions that you will not regret later.  You may need to make some compromises and get up earlier or stay up later.  Do not use your family and friends as an excuse to procrastinate. 

Good Luck to the Health Law Moot Court Competition Team!

We want to wish Noelle Rao, Eric Lowe,  Mark Fendley, and coach Karen Jordan good luck as they travel to Carbondale, Illinois to participate in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition. Go get 'em!!