Student Life News

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Tips for the Exam Period

Most of you have exams beginning this week.  Some of you are balancing exam study with papers and/or other projects.  Here are some ways to make the remaining days of the semester more productive:

  • Each day make a detailed “to do” list.  A detailed “to do” list will help because (1) you will not forget tasks; (2) you will be more efficient and effective with your time; and (3) you will be more realistic about what you can accomplish during the day.  
  • Take short breaks throughout your studying to let your brain “file away” material that you are working on immediately prior to the break.  Confine short breaks to 10 – 15 minutes.  Take longer breaks after 3 or 4 hours of intense studying.  Depending on the course or task, you may have to adjust your study stretches before a longer break is needed.  If possible, go for a walk to defuse stress during your long breaks.
  • Take at least an hour break for a meal during study periods that are not up against an exam session.  Sitting down and relaxing over a healthy meal will aid your studying more than standing up at the counter wolfing down a microwave dinner.
  • After an exam, take a 2 - 4 hour break if at all possible.  Your brain will be worn out.  A relaxed break will allow you to go back to studying later with a refreshed mind and more positive outlook.
  • If you get sick or have a personal crisis, contact Associate Dean Cross to discuss your options.  If you are too ill to focus or too upset to think, you do not do yourself any favors by taking the exam.
  • Choose your study locations wisely.  Avoid distractions such as television, computer games, and chatty studiers.  Avoid places that will increase your anxiety level.
  • Avoid talking about the exam afterwards.  You gain nothing by rehashing the exam questions.  You cannot change anything.  You will become more stressed if you think you missed an issue (and the other person may be wrong).  You will waste valuable energy that you need for studying.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Staying up late to cram is non-productive.  You are likely to go into the exam less alert, more stressed, and more confused about material.

Enrollment in Classes

Students:  Please complete your registration for fall courses by Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The following classes may be cancelled if enrollment does not increase:

  • Industrial Design Protection
  • Trademark

Please note:  Summer registration is closed April 18 through April 22.  Summer Registration will reopen April 23 through May 14. 

If you have questions, please email Dean Duncan.

Award Certificates Available for Pick Up Today

Students:  If you were recognized at the March 30 Honors and Awards Program, you may pick up your certificate(s) between noon and 1:00 on Wednesday in the Mosaic Lobby!!  If you are unable to pick up your certificate(s) on Wednesday, you may stop by Dean Ballard's office anytime after Wednesday.

Brandeis "Brief" Break - TODAY!

Please join your classmates, professors, and law school staff for the final Brandeis "Brief" Break of the semester.  We will have coffee and tea and an assortment of cookies in the Mosaic Lobby for you to enjoy as you prepare for final exams.  Stop by anytime between 3:15 and 4:30 on Wednesday, the last day of classes

Award Certificates Available Wednesday

Students:  If you were recognized at the March 30 Honors and Awards Program, you may pick up your certificate(s) between noon and 1:00 on Wednesday in the Mosaic Lobby!!  If you are unable to pick up your certificate on Wednesday, you may stop by Dean Ballard's office anytime after Wednesday.

Congratulations Brandeisliga!

The "Brandeisliga" soccer team won the intramural championship on April 11, in its inaugural season! Congratulations, team members!

 Brandeisliga Photo

Law Resource Center Hours Monday, April 16, 2012

The Resource Center, Room 272, will be opening late on Monday morning.  Everything should be open and ready by 10am.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Reminders for Registration

On Friday, April 13, at 8:00 a.m., registration begins for current 2L students, defined as students with 22 or more hours, excluding spring 2012 courses.  Registration begins for all 1L students (students with fewer than 22 hours, excluding spring 2012 classes) on Monday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m.

Please note:  If you are registering for a course that requires a prerequisite (as listed on the Schedule of Courses), please double-check to make sure you have satisfied the pre-requisite.  If not, the online registration system will not permit you to register for the course.  If you have received permission from the professor and the Associate Dean for Student Life to enroll in a course without having satisfied the prerequisite, please notify Barbara Thompson in Student Records before you register to prevent problems during your registration period.

Below are reminders about course scheduling from the Student Handbook.  If you have questions, please refer to the Student Handbook or ask Dean Cross or Dean Ballard:

  • No student is permitted to register for more than 16 class hours per week in the full-time division or 12 hours in the part-time division without special permission of the Associate Dean. Class hours include credit for journals and moot court.
  • Students are prohibited from counting more than 25 hours of the following non-traditional courses or credit hours towards the 90 credit hours required for graduation: (1) graduate courses in another college or school; (2) externships; (3) hours earned for moot court and in other skills competitions; (4) independent studies; (5) hours earned for journal or law review; and (6) Clinic II.
  • A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which the student satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.  
  • A student receiving a failing grade (F) in a required course must repeat the course. The repetition of the course does not remove the prior grade from the student's academic record. Students who fail a first year course must retake the course at its next offering.
  • Students having a 2.0 or better average and at least 22 hours may register for seminars. No more than two seminars may be taken in any semester.
  • An Independent Study may be for one or two credit hours.  Students may apply no more than 4 credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  • Students may take one externship per semester.  Students may not apply more than 8 hours of externship and Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the 90 hours necessary for graduation.
  • Students may earn no more than two (2) hours credit for participation in a single competition and may apply no more than six (6) hours of Extramural Advocacy Competition (934) credit toward the ninety (90) hours necessary for graduation.   Students may receive credit for no more than one competition per semester and ordinarily may participate in no more than one per semester. For a student to participate in more than one in the same semester, the Associate Dean for Student Life, faculty members, and other instructors must first approve.

Labor & Employment Law Society Elections

Labor & Employment Law Society will be holding elections in their meeting on Wednesday, April 11 from 12-1 PM in room 71/79.  Anyone interested in running for a position should attend.

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

Student Nominations for the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court are now being accepted.

The Inn's purose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students.

If you will be a third-year law student in the fall and would like Dean Chen to nominate you for student membership in the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court during the 2012-2013 academic year, please send an email to Ms. Wimberg (b.wimberg@louisville.edu) by Friday, April 13.  Selection is based upon your demonstrated interest in advocacy and your student leadership or academic record.

The Brandeis Inn hosts an orientation reception for new members. Thereafter, the Inn will meet six times during the academic year on Tuesday evenings. At each meeting, members of the Inn will participate in an educational program and enjoy a meal together.  Information regarding meeting dates for the 2012/2013 academic year will be circulated to nominees.