Time is a precious commodity in law school. Law students are always looking for shortcuts; however, shortcuts are not the answer. Instead, you want to use your time more efficiently and effectively. Here are some suggestions:
- Learn the material as you read it rather than highlight it to learn later. Ask questions while you read. Make margin notes as you read. Brief the case or make additional notes to emphasize the main points and big picture of the topic after you finish reading. If you only do cursory "survival" reading, you will have to re-read for learning later which means double work.
- Review what you have read before class. By reviewing, you reinforce your learning. You will be able to follow in class better. You will recognize what is important for note taking rather than taking down everything the professor says. You will be able to respond to questions more easily. Your confidence level about the material will increase.
- Be more efficient and effective in taking class notes. Listen carefully in class. Take down the main points rather than frantically writing or typing verbatim notes. Use consistent symbols and abbreviations in your notes.
- Review your class notes within 24 hours. Fill in gaps. Organize the notes if needed. Note any questions that you have. If you wait to review your notes until you are outlining, you will have less recall of the material.
- Regularly review material. We forget 80% of what we learn in 2 weeks if we do not review. Regular review of your outlines will mean less cramming at the end of the semester. You save time ultimately by not re-learning. You gain deeper understanding. You have less stress at exam time.
- Look for the big picture at the end of each sub-topic and topic. Do not wait until pre-exam studying to pull the course together. Synthesize the cases that you have read on a sub-topic: how are they different and similar. Determine the main points that you need to cull from cases for the sub-topic or topic. Analyze how the sub-topics or topics are inter-related.
- Ask the professors questions as soon as you can. Do not store up questions like a squirrel storing nuts for winter. The sooner you get your questions answered, the greater your comprehension of current material. New topics often build on understanding of prior topics. Unanswered questions merely lead to more confusion and less learning.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will be the Law School's judge-in-residence on Monday, August 23. Justice Cunningham will conduct a community-wide forum from 11:45 to 12:30. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to that forum. Dean Chen has allotted 20 minutes (12:35-12:55) after the forum for moot court participants to meet with Justice Cunningham to get advice on excelling in moot court competitions and oral advocacy in general. Members, please make every effort to attend. Email Marilyn Osborn if you will be attending.
Today, Friday, August 20, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit. If you need any approvals, please contact Barbara Thompson is Student Records before 4:00 p.m. today.
I encourage each and everyone of you to come to the first SBA meeting Tuesday, August 24 at 9 pm. We will be reviewing and approving our annual budget. By coming to the meeting, you will find out where our funds go and how they help you. I hope to see you all there!
On August 13, 126 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation (126/140)! They were joined by 10 upper-division law students, 7 staff members, and 8 faculty members.
Photos from the Habitat for Humanity and Family Scholar House projects were prominently featured on UofL's homepage last week. Additionally, a nice article about the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter project was published in the August 14 issue of The Tribune.
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Additional Photos
- "Helping in and out of the court room" (video)
- "Strokes of Kindness: U of L students paint New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter" (The Tribune)
- Volunteers' Testimonials
Many thanks to our volunteers!
Catholic Charities: Andrew Beckman, Linh Biscan, Nick Caprino, Ashley Haile, Paige Hamby, Matthew Little, Luke Markushewski, Sean O'Tormey, John Slayton, Patrick Smith, Audrey Villon, Becky Wenning (Law Resource Center), Kristie Wetterer (2L), Krista Willike
Dare to Care Food Bank: Zach Berry, John Brooks, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (2L), Bradley Hall, Matthew Kinney, Michael Marks, Laurie Beth McTighe, Angela Nolden, Caroline Ramsey, Brian Smith, Sara Thompson, Josh Waldrop, Sydney Wilson, Becky Wimberg (Assistant to the Dean)
Family Scholar House: Phillip Burrell, Quintin Diggs, Andrea Fagan (3L), Larry Forman, Rebekah Gray, Jimmy Kaufman, Matthew Kaufman, Doug Keil, Professor Ariana Levinson, Yuan Lin, TaKeisha Mink, Thom Stevens (2L), Brian Strunk, Tracy Tan, Ashley Wiggins (SBA Vice President)
Habitat for Humanity: Jim Becker (Dean of Information Technology), Paul Bradford, Jackie Clowers (2L), Willa Fuqua, Vincent Gonzalez, Matthew Johnson, John Jones, Nick Laughlin, Chris Moncrief, Joesph Pierson, Michael Profumo, Dorothy Rush, Donna Tooill
Historic Locust Grove: Matthew Doran, Jack Hartz, Andrew Lay, Thomas Lutes, Joseph McMahan, Andrew Miller, Marcie Norsworthy, Professor Richard Nowka, Ryan Steirs, Melissa Weinstein, Mackenzie Wallace, Joshua Wong
Hosparus of Louisville: Mara Biliter, Taylor Cooper, Professor Susan Duncan, Jacob Fiesecke, Charles Johnson, Professor David Leibson, Alice Lyon, Kayla Means, Ronald Morton, Jenn Murzyn (3L), Edward O'Brien, Kaitllyn Potzick, Kevin Pride, Scott Redding, Debra Reh (Career Services), Professor Shelley Santry, Amanda Smith, Kathy Urbach (Dean of Career & Public Services), Kyle Winham
Kentucky Refugee Ministries: Professor Kathy Bean, Sabrina Clayton-Stubblefield, Cassandra Kennedy, John LaFollette, Patrick Stubblefield
Masonic Homes: Katie Bennett (2L), Darick Crumbly, Dana Eberle-Dethy, Denise Hall, Trey Jenkins, Jennie Lynch, Victoria O'Grady, Whitney Roth, Professor Laura Rothstein, Jillian Smith, Stefanie Stolz, Amanda Warford (2L), April Wimberg
New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter: Kimberly Ballard (Dean of Academic Success), Samantha Constantine, Jacob Ford, Emma Franklin, Josh Hartsell, Mary Lu Jessee, Elizabeth Johnson, Gregory Justis, Clay Kennedy, Danielle Yannelli
Operation Brightside: Catherine Barnes (2L), John Brown, Michael Buff, Ryan Driskill, Jennifer Ewa, Ryan Fenwick, Richard Hinton, John Johanboeke, Brandon Johnson, Professor Karen Jordan, Erin Kimla, Virginia Mattingly (librarian), Brian O'Connor, Alston Peek, Jonathan Raymon, Zachary Richards, Lauren Robinson, Ahmed Safeelah, Barney Sutley, Sharon Wright
Ronald McDonald House: Carli Ashe, Carly Baize, Angela Beverly (Admissions), Stephanie Carr, Lauren Claycomb, Sarah Gritton, Courtney McGrew, Luschka Montijo, Andrew Noland, Andrew Phelps
St. Vincent de Paul: Sarah Christianson, Brittany Deskins, Brittany Hampton, Jamie Jackson, Tyler Korus, Chris Rogers (3L), Leah Rupp, Samantha Thomas-Bush (SBA Service Chair), Ashley Trosper
I had a great group of students who went with me to the Ronald McDonald House. We did chores for the residents living there and we also baked cupcakes and cookies for them as well. We made pig and monkey cupcakes and reeses pieces cookies. We did get to talk with one resident at the facility. She told us her story. She was staying at the RMH because her 21 year old son went into cardiac arrest and was in a diabetic coma. He had been in hospice for a week and on that day, they were expecting that he would pass on. It was heart wrenching to hear a story like that, but so fulfilling to know that we were there doing good works. I gave her a hug and told her I would pray for her. Since I have left there she has been on my mind and I wonder how she is doing.
Angela L. Beverly, Ronald McDonald House
Our group went to Catholic Charities and made pillows for the refugees. We tore open cushions, throw pillows, etc. and used the stuffing to make bed pillows. I hadn't used a sewing machine for 30 years and I sewed the ends of the bed pillows together so the stuffing didn't fall out. We talked, laughed and bonded. It was uplifting to give to others.
Becky Wenning, Catholic Charities
I went to Dare to Care to participate in the orientation service project. Everyone worked very hard -- not a slacker in the bunch.
There were large empty bins grouped roughly in a square. In the center of this were many boxes containing assorted food items. Our job was to empty the boxes and sort the food into the large bins, which were labeled for specific items, such as "cereal," "coffee/tea," "canned beans," "side dishes," etc.
After about an hour and a half, the foreman sent us on break. They had a table large enough to seat all of us. They provided bottles of cold water. It was nice to sit for a few minutes and get to know the people around me. There really was no time for chatter while we were working.
When we came back, the foreman asked if we were there until noon. After some hesitation, someone spoke up and said our assignment was until 11:30 but that most of us could probably stay until noon if needed. After the break, the work seemed to go much more smoothly. We had the hang of it, and quickly finished sorting the rest of the food. We then prepped the empty boxes for the next team of volunteers. We finished right around 11:30.
The foreman, Johnnie, thanked us for our hard work. He said we had sorted 14,000 lbs of food! The work was tiring, but very rewarding. As we were leaving, one of the students said, "This might sound corny, but I just kept thinking, 'some hungry kid is going to get this food.'"
Johnnie told us even though he's in his 50's, he wants to go to law school. He said he hopes to see us next year. Come on, Johnnie! We'll leave the light on.
Becky Wimberg, Dare to Care Food Bank