Student Life News

Law Resource Center Closing Early Friday, July 20, 2012

The Law Resource Center will close at noon on Friday, July 20, 2012.  Normal summer hours (8am - 4pm) will resume on Monday, July 23, 2012.

Resource Center Hours June 21 and June 22

Please note the Resource Center, Room 272, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22.

I am working an event away from the law school but still available to answer emails and/or other requests.  My email is   

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center will be open tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 8 am – Noon.

Next Friday, June 15, closed.

Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22, open 8 am – Noon.

Please note summer hours are currently 8 am - 4 pm.

Studying for the Bar Exam? Enjoy lunch and a movie on June 19

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 if you can attend, and let Dean Ballard know if you will have any guests.  Please RSVP by Friday, June 15.

Resource Center Hours, Friday, May 25th

The Resource Center will be open 8am - 12:45pm on Friday, May 25th. 

JAEL Applications

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.

Lost and Found Update

Claim your items before you leave for the summer!  See attachment.

Law Resource Center Hours Thursday, May 3 & Friday, May 4

The Law Resource Center will be open 8am - 3pm, Thursday, May 3 and 8am - noon, Friday, May 4.  Please purchase bluebooks or return locks during these hours only.

Congratulations to Josh Hartsell!

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!


Final Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

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.