We are half-way through the spring 2011 semester. At this juncture, it is important that you take a few moments to seriously evaluate your academic situation so you can prepare to end strong. Some of you will be able to pat yourself on the back knowing that you have done, and will continue to do, everything that is necessary to stay on top of your classes and to understand the material. For others, this is an opportunity to identify bad habits and to correct those habits. Ask yourself the following questions to assess your likelihood of success, and use these questions as a guide to make positive changes during the second half of the semester:
- Have you kept up with the reading in your classes? Do you get your reading done in advance, or do you scramble on the day of class to finish your reading?
- Have you consistently briefed the cases you read in preparation for class?
- Do you always read and take notes on the introductory material in your casebooks, and the notes that may follow the cases you read?
- Do you take good class notes? Do you listen carefully to the dialog that occurs between your professor and your classmates, or do you find yourself checking your email, or checking your facebook page, or zoning out?
- Do you review your class notes within 24 hours so that you can fill in gaps and organize the material, and note any questions that you might have?
- Have you visited each of your professors during office hours at least once this semester to clarify questions you have?
- Have you started outlines for each of your courses? Have you reviewed your outlines regularly throughout the semester?
- Have you taken advantage of every opportunity to practice your exam writing and to get feedback to improve your exam writing? If you are a first-year law student, have you taken the practice exams given in the Structured Study Groups; have you completed the Introductory Problems in your Civil Procedure casebook; have you completed the Principal Problems in your Property casebook?
- Have you begun the memorization process – learning the rules and elements, learning the steps of analysis, and drilling regularly throughout the semester?
- Have you stayed organized this semester? Do you keep a binder for each class, subdivided with tabs for your case briefs, class notes, handouts, and your class outline?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are on your way to having a successful semester. If you answered “no” to many of these questions, you need to refocus and make positive changes during the second half of the semester to increase your likelihood of success.
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Lt. Colonel Bruce Page of the U.S. Air Force JAG will be presenting an Information Session on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:15 p.m. in the Career Services/Public Service Library (room 186). The Information Session will last approximately 45 minutes and Lt. Col. Page will meet with students on an individual basis to answer questions. If you are interested in signing up for a meeting after the Information Session, please stop by room 184 to do so.
NOTICE REGARDING MILITARY RECRUITMENT
In order to conduct job interviews in the law school or to obtain assistance from the Career Services Office, prospective employers must sign a statement of nondiscrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Federal laws relating to military service preclude representatives of the Armed Forces from signing the nondiscrimination statement in its entirety. Congress also has enacted a statute, known as the Solomon Amendment, requiring that federal funding -- including several categories of student loans -- be terminated at any educational institution that refuses access to military recruiters. Therefore, the law school grants access to military recruiters who sign the nondiscrimination statement to the extent consistent with federal law.
UofL Law Clinic Director
Professor of Law
University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law
Shelley Santry, UofL Law Clinic Director and Assistant Professor of Law has been named a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Center for Women and Families.
Each year The Center for Women and Families nominates a select group of women whose contributions work in unison to improve opportunity, education and quality of life for women and children in Kentuckiana.
"I am thrilled to be a 2011 Woman of Distinction not only because it isa honor involving my passion, to advocate against domestic violence, butalso because it is given by such an amazing organization as the Centerfor Women and Families. In looking at the list of previous recipients,I am truly honored to be a member of a group of truly awesome women."
If you haven't heard, the Office of Career Services and Public Service is changing its name to the Office of Professional Development. The official "kickoff" is the week of March 7th. Read the March edition of the newsletter and learn more about Professional Development Week.
Professional Development Week Events: