Student News

Academic Success Tip - Stress

I’m stressed!  What can I do? 

  • Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week.  You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task.  For a blank study schedule template, visit the Academic Success web page at www.law.louisville.edu/academics.
  • Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks.  When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about intentional torts and defenses.  When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
  • Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam.  Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
  • Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged.  You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks.  Congratulate yourself for completing tasks. 
  • Minimize your non-law school commitments.  If you work, cut back your hours.  Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.

Kaplan Bar Review - Today in Lobby

Kaplan Bar Review table is on Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 11 AM-6 PM.  You can save up to $1000 on Kaplan courses if you enroll by 11/11/11!  ONE DAY SALE:  1Ls lock in your rates with a $20 deposit and get your 1L Edge Kit with outlines, MP3 lectures, Live Online Workshops, and a 1L Qbank!  2/3Ls lock in your rates with a $50 deposit.  2Ls get your 2L Success Kit with outlines and MP3 lectures.  Taking the MPRE this November?  Take our FREE On-Demand MPRE Course--pick up your book at the table on WEDNESDAY!  Student rep positions are available email Jonathan Raymon at rjraym02@louisville.edu.

Katz Teller Brant & Hild seeking 2012 Summer Associate in Cincinnati office

If you are a second-year student seeking a law clerk position over the summer in 2012 and interested in working in Cincinnati, please apply to Katz Teller Brant &  Hild on Symplicity.  (The session is Katz Teller Brant & Hild.)

Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation's Native American Congressional Internship program offers Native American and Alaska Native law students a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, DC.

If you qualify and are interested in applying for this internship, go to:  www.udall.gov and click on "Native American Internship" for details.

SBA 1L Elections

Voting for the Student Bar Association 1L Elections will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 26th through Thursday, September 29th, in the law school lobby. Only 1Ls may vote and each 1L may only vote once. 1Ls need to present a photo ID at the voting table to ensure voting accuracy. 

Free Flu Shots for Law Students, Faculty, and Staff

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots on Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.

Academic Success Tip - Proofread and Follow Instructions

If you are working on writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work.  Should your paper be single-spaced or double-spaced?  What are the margin requirements?  What font is recommended?  Where are you supposed to write your exam number?  In what format are you supposed to submit your writing assignment, and when?  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Similarly, take time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing. 

  • When your document is almost finished, print a hard copy and put it aside for at least 24 hours to gain some perspective.  Then read your paper, looking for errors you may have missed.
  • For a fresh perspective, read the document aloud and check for errors.
  • As you read the document, consider that a sentence or paragraph should be clear on the first reading.  Revise any passages that do not meet that standard.
  • Check your citations against your original sources for accuracy.
  • Check your overall formatting.  Did you follow your professor's instructions?  Check your overall organization.

These tips were adapted from Professor Judith Fischer's Course Supplement for Basic Legal Skills 2011-12.

Alternatives to Practicing Law - Tuesday, September 27th at 12:15 p.m. in room 175

Please join the Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association in partnership with Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky for Alternatives to Practicing Law.  The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th in room 175.

This will be a discussion on possible alternative careers for lawyers.  Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs, and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan.

Panelists include Ashley Blacketer, Founding Partner of Barrister Capital Group, LLC, a Louisville-based provider of Litigation Funding Services); Brandon Coan, Policy Analyst for the Mayor of Louisville; Karen Eberle, Administrator with Sullivan University’s Paralegal Program; Jennifer Frazier, State Law Librarian; Stephanie Renner, Senior Vice President, Head of Compliance and Administration for American Founders Bank; and Susan Reale, Westlaw.

Food will be served outside of room 175.

MCB Reminders

Pirtle-Washer Competition à To sign up, sign sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson at eljohn10@louisville.edu

 

Animal Law Moot Court à To sign up, email Paige Hamby at paigemhamby@gmail.com, and include a resume, writing sample, and a statement of interest in the email (maximum 1 page). The deadline for expressing your interest is Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

 

For additional details, please visit http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/6945.

Seeking Applicants for Intrastate Mock Trial

All interested 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls are encouraged to apply to participate in this year’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, an annual trial advocacy competition among Kentucky’s three law schools: U of L, UK and Northern Kentucky University. Brandeis will send two teams, each comprised of four law students, to compete at this year’s competition, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011.

 

This year’s team will be coached by Sandra Moon, a 2011 Brandeis graduate, and Heend Sheth, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney at Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Professor JoAnn Sweeny will serve as the team’s faculty advisor.

 

All students interested in applying should contact Eddie O’Brien, the competition’s Moot Court Board facilitator, at emobri01@louisville.edu and provide a copy of your resume and a writing sample (preferably your first-year appellate brief or a substantial equivalent).

 

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

 

The materials for this year’s problem can be found here: http://www.abacrimtrial.com/competitions/20_files.shtml  (ignore the introductory material). For tryouts, applicants will prepare a brief 2-3 minute opening statement. Tryouts are scheduled for the week of October 3. An exact date and time will be forthcoming.