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Academic Success Tip

What if I am on top of my reading, but feel clueless about some of the material?

  • Go through your class notes and try to determine what specific questions you have about the course.
  • Write down your questions and where the reference is in your notes/casebook so that you can find the spot quickly if you need to refer back to it.
  • Read a study aid to gain more understanding about the specific topic.
  • Some learners clear up their confusion by outlining the material.  By “pulling it together” for inclusion in an outline, the material is no longer abstract or confusing.
  • If you still have questions, ask for help from your classmates or your professor. 
  • The more specific you can be about your questions, the easier it will be for someone to help you.
  • Have your class notes/casebook with you when you ask for help so that you can show the person the material that is confusing you.

Trademark Moot Court Competition Deadline for Sign Ups

Interested in Trademark Law? The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is the only competition in the United States with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law. Two teams will be selected to represent our law school in this competition. The regional tournament will be held in Chicago on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The National Finals will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. During National Finals, cash prizes totaling up to $8,500 are awarded.

 

The deadline to sign up for the team is Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00.  The sign up sheet is on the Moot Court Board door.

For additional information, you are encouraged to visit http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1753&Itemid=264&getcontent=4. Please contact Jennifer Monarch with any questions at Jennifer.Monarch@gmail.com.

Photo Gallery: Keys to the Door - ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community

Diversity Forum Series: Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Indentity, and Community - September 29, 2009

Christopher McDavid
Dean Chen opens the program.
Lucas Vance
Brian Buford
Moderator, Lucas Vance introduces the panel. Brian Buford, Director of LGBT Services
Gil Reyes 
Dawn Wilson 
Morgan Ransdell 
Gil Reyes Dawn Wilson Morgan Ransdell
LGBT table
ENDA slideshow
Panelists
Panelists
Panelists
Panelists

Lawlapalooza Student Ticket Winners

The following 20 first-year students successfully submitted an Exam4 practice test by 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, September 28, and their names were drawn at random to receive a free ticket, compliments of Professor Kurt "Wolfman" Metzmeier, to Lawlapalooza, Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern:

  1. Batey, Nathan
  2. Climer, Jeremy
  3. Donahue, Natalie
  4. Englert, Whitney
  5. Esser, Brian
  6. Fort, Nathan
  7. Garland, Todd
  8. Humphrey, Natalie
  9. Kahn, Melanie
  10. Leeper, Natalie
  11. Lewis, Mookie
  12. Murray, George
  13. Pickett, Melinda
  14. Potter, Sarah
  15. Simonson, Julie
  16. Smith, Natalie
  17. Spalding, John
  18. Theiss, James
  19. Turner, Chad
  20. Vinsel, Nancy

The tickets will be placed in your mailboxes this afternoon (Tuesday, September 29).  Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Professor Metzmeier!

Academic Success Tip -

What if I am behind on my course outlines?

  • For each course, calculate how many weeks behind you are in the outline. 
  • Start with the course that is most caught up and finish that outline first.  Then work on the next outline that has the fewest weeks to catch up and so forth.
  • If you are equally behind in several outlines, start with the course that you think you can do most quickly. 
  • If you have not started any outlines, decide which outline will be the easiest to do and complete it first.  Next easiest and so forth.
  • Block off time in your schedule to work on each outline over several days rather than expect to find 8 or 10 hours straight for outlining.
  • Set goals for when each outline will be current.  Try to have all outlines completed within 10 days – the earlier the better.
  • You will need to sacrifice weekend “fun” time to get on top of your outlining so that you only have to add new material each week.

Banned Books Week Read-in

Join us at the Ekstrom Library east entrance for the annual Banned Books Week Read-in which will be held Monday to Wednesday, September 28-30, from 11 AM - 1 PM  Faculty, staff, and students will read aloud from their favorite challenged books. An informational exhibit will also be on display. Join us in celebrating the freedom to read!

Exam4 for 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls

Exam4 for 2L, 3L and 4L students for Fall 2009 is not yet available.  The version now available for download is only for the Legal Research final and Professor Leibson's Torts I mid-term.  If you are not in Legal Research or Torts I, Professor Leibson, you do not have to do anything right now with respect to using Exam4.

We hope and expect to have the Fall 2009 finals version of Exam4, including Professional Responsiblity, available by October 19, with a tentative practice test deadline of October 31 for the finals version.

Animal Law Moot Court Tryouts

The Animal Law Moot Court Team will be holding tryouts toward the end of October. Anyone who is interested should sign up by Friday, October 2. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the door of the Moot Court Board room (across from the Washer lounge on the ground floor). The competition takes place at Harvard University, typically in February. The Animal Law moot court competition has both a brief-based oral argument competition and a closing argument competition (in which you prepare only a closing argument for a set of facts). You may sign up for either. We will contact you with further details once we see how many are interested in trying out. Contact Josh Speirs (josh.speirs@louisville.edu) with any further questions.

National Trial Competition Tryouts

National Trial Competition Try-Outs Try-Outs will be held Tuesday, October 13th from 11-1 and from 5-7 in the Allen Courtroom. All 2L’s & 3L’s are encouraged to try-out by preparing an opening or closing statement based on last year’s problem (not to exceed 10 minutes) and submitting a resume.  A sign up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board door. Sign up by Monday, October 12th. For a copy of last year’s problem (State of Lone Star v. Micah Victor) and for more information about the competition see the official website at http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc.html If you have any questions & to submit your resume please contact Daniel Cameron: djc215@gmail.com orBen Basil: bsbasi01@louisville.edu

Academic Success Tip - Catch Up on Reading

You are in your seventh week of classes now.  This week's tips are based on student questions that have been asked recently.

What is the best way to catch up if I am behind in my reading for one or more courses?

  • Make your priority staying on top of the current readings for class.  You will then be able to follow the class discussions.
  • Fit in back reading as you can in small chunks (1 case or 5 pages at a time). 
  • On the weekend, read first for your Monday and Tuesday classes for the upcoming week.  Then use extra time for catch-up reading.