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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Be Smart During Spring Break and Use Your Time Wisely

Spring Break is just one week away!  How can you have an enjoyable break and boost your learning for finals?  It is possible – consider the tips below:

  • Plan ahead.   Plan in advance what tasks you need to accomplish during Spring Break.  Plan which days you will do those tasks.  Plan what materials you need to take with you.  For example, if you want to work on practice problems, be sure to copy them this week.  If you plan to listen to CDs, be sure to check a set out now.   
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish during Spring Break.  You are unlikely to study 15 hours a day every day.  Instead of telling yourself that you will accomplish 100 tasks, make a list that you think you actually will accomplish. 
  • Get on a regular sleep schedule before you return to school.  Catch some extra sleep hours to build up your stamina for the last push of the semester.  Take some power naps in the afternoons.
  • Take the time to play in active ways and not just in mental ways.  By exercising, you can release stress and prepare your body for the marathon ahead.  Enjoy the movement and healthy competition.
  • Exercise your brain cells by doing lots of practice questions for each course.  You accomplish several positives - better memory of the black letter law; better understanding of how to apply concepts; faster use of exam taking techniques and strategies; and greater confidence in the nuances of the law.
  • Catch up on any back reading that was not completed before the break.  Also, it is a good time to read for the first two days after break so that you do not feel behind when you start classes up again.
  • Eat healthy foods.   You are in training for exams now.  The better your nutrition during the break, the better your body and brain will serve you.  Keep up the healthy eating once you get back from break so that you will be at the top of your productivity and brain power during the remainder of the semester.
  • Spend time with family and friends.   Make sure that you have some fun time and get some relaxation during Spring Break to re-charge your batteries for the last push through classes and exams. 
  • Keep on track.   By planning your studying, you can be more productive.  By starting with the hardest task first, you can make your day more pleasant.  By breaking tasks into small steps, you can cross them off more quickly for a sense of accomplishment.  By focusing on your priorities, you can accomplish more of your study tasks. 
  • Stop by the Academic Success Office to check out study aids.  A variety of study aids are available for first-year classes and upper division classes.
  • 1Ls:  Take the Contracts Practice Exam on March 9 and the 1L Spring Break Challenge on March 23!  The Challenge will consist of many objective-type (non-essay) questions covering Contracts II.  Your goal is to correctly answer as many questions as you can, in any order, in the time allotted.  All you need is a pen.  There will be separate Challenges for Section 1 and Section 2 contracts classes.  Great prizes will be awarded to the first- through third-place finishers.

Working on Your Brief Today? Enjoy a Complimentary Massage!

Enjoy a complimentary massage in the Washer Lounge today between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Students may sign up for a specific time; walk-ins are also welcome.  Clinical studies have found massage helpful for stress relief, managing anxiety, and boosting immunity.  Treat yourself today.  Good luck on your briefs!

Externship and Clinic Opportunities - Info Session on Tuesday

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship in 2012-13, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Get answers to your questions before the April registration period for the summer and fall semesters.

Information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, and the following externships: Tax, Immigration, Clinical Research Contracts, and Technology Transfer; Judicial; Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney and the County Attorney; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Legal Aid; and the Kentucky Innocence Project.

First year law students who have earned at least 30 credits are eligible to apply for a summer judicial externship.  Students who have completed the first year curriculum are also eligible to apply for the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Dual Degree Information Session - Thursday

The Law School offers a number of dual degree programs providing students an opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced period of time. Generally, interested students must apply to one of the following dual degree programs prior to completing 45 hours of law school course work.

  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity
  • Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Students interested in any of these programs should attend the dual degree information session this Thursday, March 1.  Hear from current law students who are pursuing dual degrees.  The program will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Papa John's pizza will be served. 

Dual Degree Information Session - Thursday

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature to the law, the law school offers a number of dual degree programs providing students an opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced period of time. Generally, interested students must apply to one of the following dual degree programs prior to completing 45 hours of law school course work.

  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity
  • Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Students interested in any of these programs should attend the dual degree information session this Thursday, March 1.  The program will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Papa John's pizza will be served. 

Externships and Clinics - Info Session

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship in 2012-13, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:10, in Room 175 to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  Get answers to your questions before the April registration period for the summer and fall semesters.

Information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, and the following externships: Tax, Immigration, Clinical Research Contracts, and Technology Transfer; Judicial; Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney and the County Attorney; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Legal Aid; and the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Student Life Information Session: Clinics and Externships

Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship and law clinic experiences.   If you are thinking about participating in the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, or an externship in 2012-13, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, to hear from faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students.  The information session will be at 12:10 in Room 175.  Get answers to your questions before the April registration period for the summer and fall semesters.

Information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrepreneurship clinic, and the following externships: Tax, Immigration, Clinical Research Contracts, and Technology Transfer; Judicial; Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney and the County Attorney; the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; Legal Aid; and the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Dual Degree Info Session

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature to the law, the law school offers a number of dual degree programs providing students an opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced period of time. Generally, law students must apply to one of the following dual degree programs prior to completing 45 hours of law school course work.

  • Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity
  • Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Students interested in any of these programs should attend the dual degree information session this Thursday, March 1.  The program will begin at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Papa John's pizza will be served. 

Student Life Information Sessions

If you were unable to attend the February 23 information session on the Moot Court Board and extramural advocacy competitions, handouts from the session are available outside Dean Ballard's office - Room 212.  The Moot Court Executive Board is also available to answer any questions you may have.

The next Student Life information session is on Thursday, March 1.  Students can learn about the Law School's Dual Degree programs.

The final information session will be on Tuesday, March 6.  Faculty supervisors, field supervisors, and students will discuss opportunities for skills-based externship and clinic experiences. 

KBA Annual Student Writing Competition

The Kentucky Bar Association invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition. This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award.  First, second, and third place awards will be given.  

1st place $1,000
2nd place $300
3rd place $200

 

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles.  Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the General Format section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines.


Entries must be received by June 1, 2012. Submit entries with contact information by mail to:


Shannon H. Roberts
Communications Department
Kentucky Bar Association
514 West Main Street
Frankfort, KY  40601-1812

For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at sroberts@kybar.org or call 502-564-3795, ext. 224.