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Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Congratulations!  You are beginning your third week of classes.  For those of you who are new to law school, things should be getting into a routine now.  For those of you who are returning to law school, you probably feel like you never left because it is all so familiar.

You now have a long weekend that you can look forward to.  Use this time wisely to improve your future workload as a law student.  Three days can be a blessing for law students who have gotten behind in their reading or who are feeling sleep-deprived.  This week's tips will provide suggestions for getting the most out of this weekend. 

Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your apartment, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Finish unpacking boxes.  Finish organizing your study area.  Finish the final decorating touches.  Starting Tuesday morning, you want to make law school your priority. Even if you are settled in your home, take advantage of the long weekend to get your errands run and to get your space in order. 

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Congratulations!  You are beginning your third week of classes.  For those of you who are new to law school, things should be getting into a routine now.  For those of you who are returning to law school, you probably feel like you never left because it is all so familiar.

You now have a long weekend that you can look forward to.  Use this time wisely to improve your future workload as a law student.  Three days can be a blessing for law students who have gotten behind in their reading or who are feeling sleep-deprived.  This week's tips will provide suggestions for getting the most out of this weekend. 

Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your apartment, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Finish unpacking boxes.  Finish organizing your study area.  Finish the final decorating touches.  Starting Tuesday morning, you want to make law school your priority. Even if you are settled in your home, take advantage of the long weekend to get your errands run and to get your space in order. 

Helping In and Out of the Courtroom

Whether it's by helping Habitat for Humanity or caring for people at the Ronald McDonald House, law school students show they can help in more places than the courtroom. Before they started classes, they went out to give back to the community where they live and to get to know it a little better.

Watch the video!

Source: UofL Today, August 26, 2010

Academic Success Tip - Study Groups are Not for Studying

Study groups are one of the most misunderstood aspects of law school life.  In fact, the term "study group" is something of a misnomer - "review group" may be more appropriate.  Review groups are most effective when all the group members have studied on their own and then come together to test each other's knowledge.  Before you decide whether or not to join a review group, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages.  Review groups can be valuable in the learning process if they are well structured.  Be sure to set the purposes and goals for your group at the beginning so your group is not counterproductive. 

SELS Meeting & Free Food

The SELS will be having a meeting Wednesday, September 1. There will be free food. We will be discussing the SELS tailgate for the UL v UK football game as well as having 1L elections. It will be in Room 275 at 12:10. Come on out and put your input in and see how you can get involved with SELS. All current members of SELS please be sure to attend! For any questions please contact Chrissy Pachuta.

Academic Success Tip - It Takes Time to Acquire New Skills in Law School

Even if you learn perfectly every bit of information presented to you in your texts and classes, you still may fail to do well in law school.  Although knowledge is crucial to success, the goal of legal education is to teach you skills.  In other words, what you need to learn is how to apply the knowledge you acquire and how to effectively do so in writing.  This point is often overlooked by new law students.  Your law school exams will require you to demonstrate your skills in applying your knowledge of the law to new situations.  Acquiring new skills requires you to practice those skills over and over and requires a large expenditure of time by you (and does not necessarily come easily or quickly).  Keep your focus this semester and allow the time necessary to develop these important skills.  Adapted from Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael Hunter Schwartz.

Nominate a student for Student of the Month

Nominate a student for SBA Student of the Month. To nominate click here: https://www.law.louisville.edu/students/sba/forms/student-of-the-month. Any law student, faculty member, or staff member may nominate a student. If you have any questions, please email Chris Robert at ctrobe03@louisville.edu.

Student Mailboxes have MOVED

The student mailboxes have moved to the basement hallway in between the two doors that lead into room LL075 (near the back stairwell and the SBA Bookstore).

Feedback on Spring 2011 Schedule: September 1 Deadline

September 1 is the deadline for submitting concerns, requests, or input about the Spring 2011 schedule.  A few changes will need to be made to meet student needs and interests and to resolve a couple of unavoidable problems in the current schedule.  All of these changes need to be made soon after September 1 and the schedule prepared for registration later in the fall semester.  Please submit any input by September 1 to Associate Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.  Thanks!

ACS Membership Meeting

The American Constitution Society is having a membership meeting on Wendesday, August 25, at 12:10 in Room 175. Please come learn about ACS and how to get involved. The meeting will be short and should only last twenty to thirty minutes. If you have any questions please contact Katie Reisz.