Student News

Attention 2L Students (those graduating in Dec 2011, May 2012, or Aug 2012)

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:00 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all 2Ls.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict.  In addition, if you are a 2L but not graduating in Dec 2011 or May or August 2010, let Dean Bean know.

Please contact Dean Bean if you have questions.

Law School Weather-Related Late Start and Early Dismissal Policies

Please see below the Law School policy about weather delays and early cancellations of classes:

  • If the University has a delayed start, any class that normally ends before 10:25 a.m. should be considered canceled.
  • If the University cancels evening classes, any class that normally begins at 4:15 p.m. or later should be considered canceled.

Thank you.  Associate Deans Arnold and Bean

KY Bar Exam Program

Don't forget:  Tuesday, 12:15, Room 275

Who:  students planning to take the July 2011 or February 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam

Guest speakers from the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will talk about the: 

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications
  • What to expect after submitting your bar application
  • Statistics for bar passage
  • Essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how answers are graded
  • Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam

Do not miss this program and your opportunity to ask questions about the KY Bar Exam and/or your KY Bar Exam application.


Pizza will be provided.

 

Weekly Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural. 
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn Spanish, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat.
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions:

Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?

Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?

Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?

If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success?

Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks?

Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory?

Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter?

Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying?

Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself?

Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time?

What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for one week to decide whether to implement it permanently.

International Law Society General Meeting

Meet in 075 today and bring your lunch. We will discuss our activities for the semester.

CardMail Now Available

CardMail, UofL's new e-mail service for students, is now available.  If you missed yesterday's training and information session, all the information you need is on the law school's Student Computing page under the new CardMail section.

University IT has indicated that May 2011, with no specific date, is the deadline for students to migrate from GroupWise to CardMail.  Even students graduating this semester are encouraged to migrate, rather than allow their UofL e-mail accounts to close, as doing so will ensure you still have a University account through the summer.

Mandatory Moot Court Board Meeting

Attention MCB Members -

Please bring your lunch and come to the mandatory meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13th from 12-1pm in room 075 to discuss assignments for the upcoming National Trial Competition.

Public Service Opportunity - Volunteer Witnesses Needed

The law school will be hosting the Region 7 National Trial Competition Regional from Friday, February 18 to Sunday, February 20, 2011 at the Jefferson County Judicial Center. 
We are still in need of students who would be available that weekend to serve as volunteer witnesses for the competition. 
If you are interested, please come to an interest session on Wednesday, January 12 at 12 PM in Room 275.  Open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

Looking for things to do? Some Law School opportunities:

Students, mark your calendars.  To learn more about just a few of the many opportunities your law school offers, plan to attend these information sessions.  All are Thursdays at 12:10 p.m., in Room 075.  Additional details will be posted, closer to each event.  Questions now?  Check with Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu.  

 

January 27                   Study Abroad

February 10                 Law School Sustainability Committee

February 17                 Journals at the Law School

February 24                 Brandeis Moot Court & Professional Skills Board

March 3                        Dual Degree Programs at the Law School

March 24                      Louisville Law Clinic and Externships

 

Career Services/Public Service Communication Survey

The Office for Career Services/Public Service is trying to determine the most effective and efficient way to communicate with you. We have developed a survey for  students to choose the top three ways they prefer to communicate with our office. The survey will take only one or two minutes to complete. Please click on: www.law.louisville.edu/careers-psp/forms/communication-survey and submit no later than TODAY.  We are gathering this information so that a strategic plan can be implemented in order to better serve you in the future.