Student News

International Law Society General Meeting

The International Law Society will conduct a general meeting at 12:10 on Monday in Room 075. We will go over our event plans for this coming semester. Please bring your own lunch.

AT&T Summer Legal Internship Opportunity in Atlanta for First-Year Student

AT&T is seeking a first-year student to work as a Summer Legal Intern in the Atlanta, GA office.  For details, go to:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/careers/current-jobs and select Part-time Job No. 6.

2011 Summer Fellowships - The Peggy Browning Fund

In 2011, The Peggy Browning Fund will support over 50 funder Summer Fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the U.S.  Summer Fellowship stipends are a minimum of $4,500 per student for a ten-week employment period.  In many cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend.  See each individual fellowship description for details.

Students interested in applying must submit applications both to the listed organization and to The Peggy Browning Fund.  Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 14th.

If interested, please go to:  http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/apply.html 

If you have questions, contact Professor Levinson.

 

 

Last Day to Add or Receive 100% Tuition Refund

Tuesday, January 11, is the last day to add a class or change a class to an audit.  January 11 is also the last day for 100% tuition reduction.

Commonwealth's Attorney's Office Seeks Year-round Law Clerk

Because you may not have been checking the Daily Docket over the holiday break, this appeared in the Monday, December 13th edition.

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney has an opening for a law clerk in its Appellate and Research Division beginning in February 2011.  For details, go to:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/careers/current-jobs and select Part-time Job No. 115.  The deadline to apply is January 14th.   

 

Kentucky Bar Program on Tuesday

Students planning to take the July 2011 or February 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam should plan to attend the January 11 bar program.  Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information and answer your questions:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications
  • Most common questions received by the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
  • 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

The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Pizza will be provided.

 

Students May Take Only Two Seminars

Students are reminded that the Law School Handbook academic rules allow students to take no more than two seminars in any semester. Students are expected to comply with this rule.

Additional Printing Credit Added to Student Accounts

With the start of a new semester, 500 pages of printing credit have been added to each student's account.  This is also a good occasion on which to remind students, particularly 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls, that if they cannot print wirelessly to the laptop printer, it is probably because they are still using their old Lawnet credentials.  At this time last year, when we moved students' accounts from Lawnet to Active Directory, we announced that students would need to bring their laptops by the IT department for assistance reconfiguring their computers to print on the new network.  If you never did so and wish to print wirelessly, please stop by.

Kentucky Bar Exam Presentation Next Tuesday

Students planning to take the July 2011 or February 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam should plan to attend the January 11 bar program.  Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions,  will discuss the following important information and answer your questions:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications
  • Most common questions received by the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions
  • 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

The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Pizza will be provided.

 

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Tips for a New Semester

Here are some things to consider at the start of this new semester.  The Academic Success Office is available to help you with any of the areas for which you want to make an appointment.

  • Remember that a grade measured your knowledge and application on one set of questions at one point in time on one day.  If you did well, congratulations.  But do not slack off because you think you will do that well again without working hard.  If you did not do as well as you wanted, realize that changes in study habits can make a world of difference.  Some people catch on to law school faster than others.
  • Study smarter not harder.  There are many strategies and techniques that can make you more efficient and effective.  Law school success is not only about knowing the law and applying it.  Law school success is also about knowing how to study the law.  Even 2L and 3L students can benefit from new study habits. 
  • Ask for assistance if you are not happy with your grades.  You are not destined to be the “great middle” of your class if you are willing to take control of the situation and seek help.  Make an appointment with the Director of Academic Success.  Ask questions regularly of your professors.  Find a good study partner or study group.  If you are a 1L, participate in the Structured Study Group program. 
  • Use study aids wisely.  Study aids are supplements to your own work and processing of the material.  Study aids are not shortcuts.  You must do the struggling with the material to understand it deeply and be able to apply it.  Use study aids to assist in your understanding.
  • Remember that memorization of the law takes time.  You must know your “black letter” law as a foundation.  You must know the main rules, the exceptions to the rules, the variations on the rules, and the exact elements/factors of the rules.  Drill.  Drill.  Drill.
  • Outline regularly for every course.  By staying on top of your outlining, you give yourself a master document from which to study for exams.  You need to understand the overview, the relationship among concepts, the methodologies (steps of analysis and tests), and enough detail to flesh all of it out.  By condensing material each week, you begin to master these four levels of knowledge.
  • Review regularly throughout the semester.  Study for exams all semester long.  If you distribute your learning, you will have deeper understanding of the law, retain information better, recall information better, recognize issues more easily, and be able to answer questions more effectively.  You forget 80% of what you learn within two weeks without regular review.  If you wait until the last six weeks to study for exams, you will be re-learning nine weeks of material while you are learning six weeks of material for the first time. 
  • Practice applying the law.  It is essential to know the law, but you MUST be able to apply the law to new fact scenarios.  The more practice questions you do, the better you will be at spotting issues, understanding nuances in the law, and using proper test-taking techniques.
  • Use time management techniques to your advantage.  You can get all of your tasks done every week and still have time to enjoy life!  If you will work with the Director of Academic Success on how to structure your time, you can read/brief, review before class, outline, review for exams, write papers, and complete practice questions each week with time left over.