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.
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.
Monday, September 14 - deadline to apply for a December 2009 degree.
ULink - Student Services - Degree Application
In response to the student survey recently conducted by the library, subscriptions have been entered for the following popular magazines: The Nation, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Real Simple, Louisville Magazine, People, Consumer Reports, Mac World, Entertainment Weekly, and Popular Science. Current issues will be available in the library's Reading Room. Thanks to all students who participated in the survey.
Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage: Create a structured study schedule and stick to it! If you have been “flying by the seat of your pants” on your time management, now is the time to create a schedule and stick to it for the remainder of the semester. If you follow a study schedule, you will be able to complete your reading and briefing one or two days before class (without rushing through the material), rather than the day of class. You will also ensure that you are devoting enough time to other study tasks, including reviewing your class notes, outlining, meeting with your study group, working on papers and projects, and completing practice questions. Perhaps the best part about following a study schedule is that you can have guilt-free time off because you have finished all of your study tasks for the week. And, your family members, significant others, and friends will know when you will be free. To create your own study schedule, use the blank time management schedule posted on the Academic Success webpage at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success. If you need any assistance in completing your schedule, stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212).