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Office of Professional Development Holiday Schedule

The Office of Professional Development will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 20th and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 3rd.

If you need anything prior to December 20th, please contact us.  Thank you

Academic Success Tip - Prioritize Study Topics

As you study for your final, final exam, be sure that you prioritize topics so that study time is allotted by difficulty.  Consider the order in which you study topics for a course and the time apportioned to the topics.  If you know the first third of the course really well, you may want to start studying the later topics that you do not know well and then go to the well-known material.  Beware of the human tendency to study what is already well-known to avoid studying what is not known.  Make very conscious decisions each day about your priorities for study time.

Office of Professional Development Holiday Schedule

The Office of Professional Development will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 20th and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 3rd.  If you need anything prior to December 20th, please contact us.  Thank you.

Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Trustee Program Region 06, Dallas TX 1 Assistant United States Trustee AD-301-00 Announcement # R06-DTX-12-01 OPEN: 12/12/2011 CLOSE: 12/23/2011
Date posted: 12-05-2011
Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Senior Panel Attorney) GS-905-15 Executive Office for Immigration Review (Falls Church, VA) Vacancy Announcement Number: EOIR-12-0007 Applications received after December 9, 2011 will not be considered.
Date posted: 12-05-2011
Deputy Director, ES-905 Office of International Affairs Criminal Division U.S. Department of Justice Washington, DC Announcement #: 11-CRM-SES-03 All applications (including Mailed applications) MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 PM EST on the CLOSING DATE: December 29, 2011.
Date posted: 12-02-2011
Assistant Deputy Chief, GS-905-15 U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section Washington, D.C. 12-CRM-AFMLS-008 All applications must be received by Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Special Assistant United States Attorney (Uncompensated) United States Attorney's Office Western District of Missouri Application materials must be received by December 16, 2011, to be considered.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Experienced Attorney / GS-905-14/15 U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training Intermittent Legal Advisor in Bangladesh 11-CR-OPDAT-011 Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.
Date posted: 11-30-2011
Assistant United States Attorney United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas Announcement Number 12-SDTX-01 (AUSA - TERM APPT) The position is open until filled. The initial cutoff date for receipt of applications is December 16, 2011.
Date posted: 11-29-2011

To learn more about Justice and our legal careers, please visit our website: www.justice.gov/careers/legal/.

In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country. If you know any law students who may be interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, please encourage them to review the many opportunities featured at www.justice.gov/careers/legal/volunteer-intern.html.

 

Exam Tip - The Fallacy of Mere Memorization

Law students try at times to substitute memorization of the black letter law for actual understanding of their course material.  They are then surprised that they receive grades in the "C" range in return for their efforts.

The focus on memorization is a leftover from many undergraduate courses where the professor just wanted students to regurgitate information on a page for an "A" grade.  The difference in law school is that students have to go beyond mere memorization.  Memorizing the rules, exceptions to rules, methodologies, policy arguments, and so forth is essential to a good grade in law school; but memorization is just the beginning of the learning process rather than the end goal.

Lawyers in essence are problem solvers.  They are confronted with client problems that they must solve either by prior knowledge or through research.  The easy questions are dealt with fairly quickly.  The hard questions are the ones that consume their days and our court system.  To problem solve, lawyers must understand the law and how to apply it to legal scenarios.

Law students must also be able to problem solve.  On exams, law students are faced with new legal scenarios to analyze.  To do so effectively, they need to understand the law that applies to the situation and explain their analysis in detail.  Yes, they need to have memorized the law so that they can state it accurately.  But without understanding they will be able to apply it only superficially.

Memorization is the start.  Understanding is the key.  Application is the reward.  (Post from Law School Academic Support Blog by Amy Jarmon.)

Possible Resolution to Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) Printing Problem

The IT staff may have found a workaround for the problem students with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) have had printing to the laptop printer. We would like to try out this workaround on a small pilot group.  So, we will try the workaround with the first five students, with Lion, to come by the IT offices.

Thank you.

Office of Professional Development Holiday Schedule

The Office of Professional Development will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 20th and will not reopen until Tuesday, January 3rd.  If you need anything prior to December 20th, please contact us.  Thank you.

Learn How to Manage Your Stress

Negative stress is a problem for some law students all year long, but it tends to be prevalent during the exam period.  It helps to understand the good, the bad, and the ugly about stress to deal with it.

There is such a thing as positive stress.  This type of stress helps us respond in an emergency, helps us perform well under pressure, encourages us to reach our potential, and gets us moving and being productive in our lives. 

When we talk about stress in law school, most people think of the negative stress which is also termed distress in the literature.  The symptoms of distress are warning signs to us that something is wrong and we need to deal with the situation.  Some of the common distress symptoms are:

  • Poor concentration
  • Short temper
  • Trembling hands
  • Churning stomach
  • Tight neck and shoulder muscles
  • Sore lower back
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Accelerated speech
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disruption

Distress can lead to decreased productivity when studying, physical illness, fatigue, loss of interest, and decreased satisfaction.  If high levels of distress are experienced for prolonged periods, physical and psychological disorders can result including migraine headaches, ulcers, colitis, high blood pressure, panic attacks, and more.  In addition, a law student's distress can affect their relationships with others.

What are some positive ways you can manage your stress:

  • Avoid being a perfectionist.  Work towards an excellent result rather than a perfect result.  Rarely does a law student get every possible point on an exam question.  Rarely does a law student write the perfect paper.
  • Break down large projects into smaller tasks so that you are not overwhelmed.  Break every topic into subtopics so that you can make progress in smaller time blocks and focus on manageable pieces. 
  • Avoid people and situations that add to your stress.  Steer clear of certain classmates who cause you more stress because of their attitudes, hyperactivity, panic, or competitiveness; end conversations diplomatically and go on your way.  Find locations to study that do not add to your stress.  If the law school is too stress-laden, go to other academic buildings, a coffeehouse, the university library, or the business center of your apartment complex.
  • Get enough sleep.  Sleep makes an enormous difference in our being able to manage stressful situations.  It gives our body the defenses to fight disease.  Getting sick during exams will only cause you to have more stress.
  • Practice stress release.  Get a massage (FREE MASSAGES TODAY!).  Do relaxation exercises.  Go for a run or swim.
  • Lower your alcohol, sugar, and caffeine intake.  All of these ingredients can cause your stress to increase even though you may initially think they are relaxing you or giving you energy.
  • Seek help if the stress is interfering with your life.  See a doctor or counselor if the stress has become more than what you can manage on your own. 

Take action to keep negative stress from getting the best of you.  It is far better to do something about it than wish you had later.  Adapated from a post on the Law School Academic Support Blog by Amy Jarmon.

 

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From University IT ...

The CardMail student email system is currently experiencing issues with password and account changes. No new CardMail accounts can be created, and account holds and updates cannot be made. Students are also unable to change their CardMail passwords at this time. However, old passwords continue to work. Microsoft is working to resolve these issues. We (University IT) apologize for any inconvenience these issues may cause.

Academic Success Tip - Keep Up the Good Work

Congratulations!  You have completed your first week of law school final exams.  The good news is that there is only one more week to go, and after finals you will have a much-deserved long break.  While it is important to take some time for yourself this weekend, do not abandon your studies.  You want to end strong, so be sure to devote enough hours to studying this weekend.  Do not procrastinate.  Good luck!