Student Life News
On June 19, at 12:30 (or as soon as the morning Barbri class ends), join your fellow graduates for lunch and a screening of the movie A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar. This film highlights the trials and tribulations of trying to pass the State Bar of California exam and follows six law graduates struggling to prepare and actually pass the test with the lowest national pass rate. The movie also features commentary by Alan Dershowitz, Nancy Grace, Robert Shapiro, and other notable lawyers. It’s fun, witty, and real. The movie is 92 minutes.
Please feel free to invite your spouse or significant other to attend and watch the movie too. It may help them understand what you are going through.
So that we can have enough food, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend, and let Dean Ballard know if you will have any guests. Please RSVP by Friday, June 15.
The Resource Center will be open 8am - 12:45pm on Friday, May 25th.
The Journal of Animal and Environmental Law is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year. All those interested in the field of Animal or Environmental law and issues should apply. Applications are evaluated based on a previous writing sample and a 500 word interest statement. There are two application deadlines: for priority status, May 7th (this guarantees an evaluation within 7 days); all other applications are due May 25th.
For more information, please see the attachment. Any further questions or comments? Email Jacob Giesecke or any of the editorial board: Brian O'Connor, Brittany Deskins, or Emma Franklin.
Josh Harstell just received the word that he's been selected as a Boren Fellow. This selection is truly an honor. The Boren program is a highly selective academic program sponsored by the federal government. Under his Boren award, Josh will be able to study law in Korea, and then return to UofL to complete his degree.
Join me in congratulating Josh on this achievement!
You have worked hard all semester. So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself? If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely. During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule. Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams. By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best. No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations. On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops.
Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams. You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.
Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.
DEADLINE: APRIL 30
Please see the attached application for the Kaufman & Coffman Scholarships. These scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled in a full-time curriculum in a course of study leading to the J.D. degree. Applicants must be legal residents of the Louisville area. For more information, see attached.
Students: Two massage therapists from Advanced Therapeutics Massage will be in the Washer Lounge today (Monday) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you would like a free massage, stop by or sign up for an appointment on the door. Walk-ins are welcome. Help reduce your stress!!
Massage therapists will also be at the Law School next Monday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by your Student Bar Association.
Most of you have exams beginning this week. Some of you are balancing exam study with papers and/or other projects. Here are some ways to make the remaining days of the semester more productive:
- Each day make a detailed “to do” list. A detailed “to do” list will help because (1) you will not forget tasks; (2) you will be more efficient and effective with your time; and (3) you will be more realistic about what you can accomplish during the day.
- Take short breaks throughout your studying to let your brain “file away” material that you are working on immediately prior to the break. Confine short breaks to 10 – 15 minutes. Take longer breaks after 3 or 4 hours of intense studying. Depending on the course or task, you may have to adjust your study stretches before a longer break is needed. If possible, go for a walk to defuse stress during your long breaks.
- Take at least an hour break for a meal during study periods that are not up against an exam session. Sitting down and relaxing over a healthy meal will aid your studying more than standing up at the counter wolfing down a microwave dinner.
- After an exam, take a 2 - 4 hour break if at all possible. Your brain will be worn out. A relaxed break will allow you to go back to studying later with a refreshed mind and more positive outlook.
- If you get sick or have a personal crisis, contact Associate Dean Cross to discuss your options. If you are too ill to focus or too upset to think, you do not do yourself any favors by taking the exam.
- Choose your study locations wisely. Avoid distractions such as television, computer games, and chatty studiers. Avoid places that will increase your anxiety level.
- Avoid talking about the exam afterwards. You gain nothing by rehashing the exam questions. You cannot change anything. You will become more stressed if you think you missed an issue (and the other person may be wrong). You will waste valuable energy that you need for studying.
- Get plenty of sleep. Staying up late to cram is non-productive. You are likely to go into the exam less alert, more stressed, and more confused about material.