Wow! You have already completed three weeks in the fall semester. What should you be focusing on right now? Here are some suggestions:
- Now is a good time to make a list of questions to ask your professors. Plan when you will go to see your professors this week to get their assistance. It is easier for a professor to get you on the right path if you ask questions early and often.
- This weekend is the perfect time to get caught up on your outlines if they are still non-existent or barely begun. You have enough material in most courses to be able to determine both the “big picture” of the sub-topics or topics and how the parts fit into that whole.
- Now is a good time to use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, or assignments. Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines.
Extegrity, publisher of Exam4, has posted the following on its Web site about Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Microsoft Windows 7:
Microsoft Windows 7
(Posted 26 Aug 09) Microsoft Windows 7 will not be supported for exams in 2009, nor for February 2010 bar exams. The consumer versions of Windows 7 incorporate modified and new functions. Extegrity's highest priority is to assure the stable and secure operation of Exam4. Updates regarding Windows 7 will be posted here, with the goal of supporting it for Spring 2010 midterm exams. If you are planning to purchase a laptop in the near future, we recommend buying one with Windows Vista now and upgrading to Windows 7 later, or if the desired laptop only comes with Windows 7, keep your previous laptop.
Apple Macintosh OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
(Posted 26 Aug 09) Macintosh OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, scheduled for release on 28 Aug 2009, is currently under review. We expect, but cannot yet commit, to support Snow Leopard for Fall 2009 midterms. If you are planning to purchase a laptop in the near future, we recommend buying one with Macintosh OS X 10.5 Leopard now and upgrading to Snow Leopard later, or if the desired laptop only comes with Snow Leopard, keep your previous laptop until our announcement of support for Snow Leopard.
Note Taking (a reminder): Law students have widely varying styles of note taking. Some write furiously, recording every word the professor and fellow classmates utter; others take a few cryptic notes and call it a day. The problem with both extremes is that they fail to encourage you to take an active role in learning. If you record every word, you are not identifying or concentrating on what is important. To take the best notes, you should take an active role in sorting through and summarizing what is said in class.
Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2009, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272. Student tickets are $5 each, and general admission tickets are $20, both in advance and day of show.
Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
This year's event will be held Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30 PM. The bands competing this year include:
- Living Proof
- The Velvetkings
- The Golden Rockets
- Assault With a Deadly Weapon
- 100% Legal
- The Ben Fultz Five
The International Ombudsman Association has announced that it is sponsoring an annual writing contest for students in law school or graduate programs in dispute resolution. In the inaugural IOA Student Writing Competition, law students are invited to submit articles arguing for a statutory privilege for organizational ombudsmen. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2010 in New Orleans to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA.
Submissions are due November 15, 2009.
The Moot Court Board is currently accepting interest sheets for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition.Interested applicants must submit the interest sheet and a writing sample no later than Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3pm. Both documents should be submitted to the Moot Court Board office (under the door). Please contact Roz Cordini with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) Two team members will be selected to participate in oral arguments, although others may participate in different aspects of the team. Any member selected for the oral argument team must have a valid passport in hand by 12/1/09. Team members are also encouraged to participate in pre-Moot competitions. This competition is brief based and requires both a claimant and respondent brief. The problem for the brief will be available 10/2/09. The claimant brief is due 12/3/09 and the respondent brief is due 1/21/10. For more information on this exciting competition go to http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/vis.html.
During the summer, the 2009 H1N1 virus continued to spread globally and some local schools are already reporting cases of flu-like illnesses. It is only a matter of time before we see a growth in cases of 2009 H1N1 and the seasonal flu at UofL.
The 2009 H1N1 virus is of particular concern for us because people in their teens and early 20s are among the target groups for this virus. To stay informed as we move into the flu season, be sure to make frequent visits to our flu website.
Vaccines for the seasonal flu are expected to be available at UofL by the end of September. UofL provides free seasonal flu vaccines to full time faculty and staff and all students (a nominal fee is charged for part-time faculty, staff, and retirees). The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1.
The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is still under development and federal officials say it should be available later this fall. More information about vaccines will be sent out in September.
Our university is working to minimize the spread of seasonal flu, 2009 H1N1 and other infectious diseases. Hand sanitizing gels are in place in all high traffic areas and campus dining locations. Additionally, sanitizing hand gels are being sent to computer labs. Also, Campus Health Services is distributing thousands of bottles of personal hand sanitizer, along with a seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 prevention guide, to students. We continue to work closely with national, state and local health officials to provide the campus community with the most up-to-date information and guidelines.
But we need your help. Even our best efforts will fall short without the active participation of the campus community. Here are a few things we ask of everyone:
- Take time to be informed. Information on both the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 virus is dynamic and evolving. We will send out information periodically; it takes only a few minutes to read an email or a news item on our website. It is especially important for students to routinely check their UofL (Groupwise) email.
- Do your part to control the spread of viruses. Practice frequent hand washing, cough into your sleeve, keep your work area clean, and practice self-isolation if you become ill.
- Students living in campus housing with flu symptoms who are within reasonable driving distance should return to their homes or stay with a nearby relative or friend to recuperate. It is recommended that students returning to their homes have someone drive them.
Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage: Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend. That way, it won't hang over you during the long weekend and add to your stress. Also consider tackling your hardest study tasks when you are most alert. Your brain will absorb material more easily for greater understanding and retention. Consequently, you will feel better about your study session and lower your stress.