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LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A MAY 2010 DEGREE

Thursday, January 28, 2010, is the last day to apply for a May 2010 degree.

ULink, Student Services, under Degree Information - Degree Application

 

Welcome Back!

The law school and law library have re-opened for the spring 2010 semester and are operating under normal business hours.

Happy New Years!

 

New Year, New Technologies

Welcome back.  The new year brings some important technology changes for students.

Goodbye, Lawnet; Hello, Active Directory

Lawnet is now dead for students.  Students must use their ULink credentials now to log on to Law Library lab computers and to connect to their storage space on the file server and to the laptop printer.  Come see the IT staff for assistance connecting to the file server and laptop printer.

New Wireless Network

At the end of last semester, University IT installed a brand new wireless network in the law school building, replacing the 19 access points we had with 53 new ones, covering the entire building.  Other than being faster, more reliable and generally awesome, the new network should be transparent to students.  However, if you have connection problems, come see the IT staff.  Some students with Windows XP computers may experience problems.

Reminder - Kentucky Bar Exam Presentation on Thursday

All students planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in July are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation this Thursday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 in Room 275.  Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will be one of the presenters, and will be available to answer your questions about the bar application process, character and fitness issues, and the format of the bar exam.  This program will be recorded for evening division students who are unable to attend.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Evaluating Your Exam Performance

Grades for the fall semester are in.  Were you pleasantly surprised or dismally disappointed or somewhere in-between?  Regardless of your situation, most every student can benefit by participating in an exam review with their professor.  No one gets a perfect score on a law school exam and there is always room for improvement.  Below are some tips for having a productive exam review:

  • Be very clear about the professor's requirements.  Some professors have specific dates and times when they will hold exam reviews with students.  If you are unsure of a professor's availability, send him or her an email.
  • Before you meet with a professor to do a formal exam review, request to see a copy of the exam.  Doing your own assessment will help you prepare your thoughts before meeting with the professor.  You will be amazed by what you notice about the exam question and your answer when you can look at it without the stress and time pressure of an exam period. 
  • Come to the meeting with only one thing in mind - learning from past experience and gaining from professional reaction to your product.  Do not expect that this meeting with lead to a grade change.
  • Take an active role in the meeting.  Do not expect a packaged answer from the professor, pinpointing your precise strengths and weaknesses.  The following questions, if you ask them consistently, can identify trends in your exam-taking:
  • Did I misread the instructions for the exam?
  • Did I spot the important issues?
  • Did I miss important issues entirely?
  • Did I display the rule/test/framework/standard properly and clearly?
  • Did I adequately explain exceptions and/or counter arguments?
  • Did I organize my answer based upon what was asked in the call of the question?
  • Did I thoroughly develop the analysis/application?  Did I explain each step of my legal analysis?
  • Did I explore the facts of the question thoroughly in light of the legal principles and issues that I identified?
  • What ways could the answer have been better organized?
  • Did I make unwarranted assumptions in order to reach my conclusion?
  • What aspects of my exam were strong?

Take a hard look at your performance last semester.  Be honest with yourself about what worked and what did not work.  Give yourself credit for your study strategies that were efficient and effective.  Admit what study strategies were disasters.  If you did not put in enough effort, own up to it.  If you procrastinated, own up to it.  To improve this semester, you must know your strengths, be honest about your weaknesses, and rigorous in your time management.   

Senate Confirms Louisville Law Graduate

On December 24, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Khouri, '80, as commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. He currently practices transportation and maritime law with Pedley & Gordinier PLLC in Louisville, KY. 

 

SPRING 2010 FIRST DAY OF CLASS

January 4, 2010, is the first day of class for the spring 2010 semester.  Please see the attached schedule.

2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009)

The 2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009) is posted to the Law School website.  The schedule is "tentative," but I do not expect to make changes.

 

8 January 2010 is the last day to "add" a course to your 2010 spring schedule; for some students, the 2010 Summer Schedule is important to your course selection in spring 2010.

 

The faculty is using the holiday break to rest and rejuvinate for the spring semester.  I hope your holiday break is just what you want it to be and that you arrive on 4 January 2010 as rejuvinated as your faculty and ready to begin a new semester.

 

 

GRADES

Grades have been posted and you can check your grades on ULink.  Class rankings will not be ready until February. 

 

 The University will be closed from December 24 until January 4.

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

Lawnet Is Dead (for Students)

Lawnet no longer exists for students.  The IT staff has moved all Law Library lab computers and student organization office computers to the University's Windows Active Directory (AD) domain and moved all students' and student organizations' files to a new Windows file server.  What does this mean for you?

  1. Students must now use their ULink user name and password to log on to lab and student orffice computers, as well as the wireless network and other University-provided resources.  If you mistype your password or use the wrong one three times, your ULink account will lock, and the law school IT staff cannot unlock.  You will have to contact the University HelpDesk.
  2. Students' laptops will no longer connect, as is, to the School of Law's file server and laptop printer.  Beginning Monday, January 4, 2010, students must come by the IT offices to reconnect their laptops to the server and printer.
Also, it is too soon to announce a firm "go live" date, but early in the Spring 2010 semester, University IT will launch a new, high-speed wireless network in the School of Law.  The new wireless network will have nearly three times as many access points as the existing network, which should mean greater coverage and few, if any, drop-outs.  Additionally, the entire building will be covered.  Some configuration changes may need to be made to some students' laptops to connect to the new wireless network.