Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spotlight On: The Finish Line

You did it! You survived Spring Break. You probably have not cracked open a book since the class before Spring Break started or you probably drained yourself trying to catch up on readings and work from the semester. Now to get ready for finals:

  • Learn From Your Past! If you have not went over your final exams from last year, it is time to do so now! The exams are probably buried somewhere in your professor's office but better late than never. Chances are you will find some commonalities in terms of what you did wrong last semester
  • Prepare For Your Future! Start taking practice exams. This is not the time to just look at the exams but actually write them full out and then once you're comfortable, time yourself to get into full study mode!
  • Don't Listen to Everyone Else! Students tend to boost how much they have done over spring break and this will leave you feeling like you haven't done enough. Don't listen to them. Don't give into their feelings, be mindful of yours.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spotlight on The Franklin Park Conservatory

Spotlight on: The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Tired of the cold weather, but can’t escape to a beach just yet?  Want some relief from the harshness of winter, without spending a ton on travel?  Do you like butterflies?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, come check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!

Located just a few miles up the road from the Law School, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a premier landmark of the city, featuring exhibits on various plant species, seasonal exhibits, and even cooking classes! 

The conservatory provides opportunities and special events for all ages, skill sets, and backgrounds.  In addition to the permanent exhibits, highlighting the dynamic ecosystems of the world, the Conservatory hosts art exhibits, and even yoga classes for it’s members!

Thinking about a visit?  Check out https://www.fpconservatory.org/ for a schedule of events, hours, and prices!  $11 for a day in paradise is a price you cannot beat!

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Photo Courtesy of Experiencecolumbus.com

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Spotlight On: Spring Break!!

Spring break starts this weekend. I know spring break in undergrad was amazing, but, this is not spring break in undergrad! Here are some things you can do over break to make sure your exams go well:

  • Take some time to relax! Force yourself to have some fun. Do not get burned out this early in the semester. Final exams are coming and you want to be the best form of yourself when they do get here. At minimum, catch up on sleep or watch that TV show that you've been dying to watch but couldn't because of reading and outlining during the semester. 
  • Make a REAL plan for studying. You are not a superhuman and you cannot do everything. Do not tell yourself that you will do all of your outlines, multiple choice questions, and practice essays during spring break. Spring break is only a week and when you make unrealistic goals for yourself, it is easy to get defeated and give up when you realize you cant get everything done that you had outlined. focus on your highest priority items first and create a study schedule of reasonable goals you want to accomplish during your times of study.
  • Make sure you are recharging your batteries, not draining them even more! It is great to go on a vacation for spring break or even just staying home to catch up on readings during spring break. It is not OK to study or have so much fun during spring break that you are exhausted hen you come back to school that Monday.
Get some rest and have a great spring break!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Mid Semester Slump

Around this time, it is normal to feel lost and unmotivated, especially after hearing the words "final exam" repeatedly stated by your professors. Here are some tips to get over the mid semester slump:

  • Switch Up Your Routine! Whether it is finding a new study buddy or changing your daily routines and habits. If you usually study alone, walk up to someone new, introduce yourself, and plan a study session during one of these weekends. If you usually go to the gym after class, go to the gym in the morning. Fill your life with new excitement through other routines and new people.
  • Get Reorganized! First, figure out what you have and maybe then will you find out that you're not missing as much as you thought. You could trade notes with someone in your class that takes notes on their laptops or takes good in-class notes but you only take good at-home reading notes. 
  • Enroll in a clinic! It is never to late to attend a pro bono clinic and getting out of your comfort zone to talk to some clients before that summer internship starts! This way, you'll have some experience in a formal legal setting with clients.  
  • And finally, Keep Your Eyes On the Prize! There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Once you're done with finals you'll have a whole summer vacation to look forward to. The short term sacrifices you make right now will lead to long-term gains in the form of great final exam grades. You only have to put in a lot of hard work now, you'll have plenty of time to rest during summer break!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1L Hack: Midterms 2

It's Midterm Exam Time again!! Here are some life hacks to get your through the next few exams:

  • Pay attention to your body clock. Are you sharpest in the morning or at the evening? Schedule your most difficult materials when you are mentally at your best, and schedule the easier ones when you are mentally less efficient.
  • Study at the same time, same place. Study at the same time and at the same place that you have devoted to studying only. This helps you to associate the time and place with studying and concentrating. You will find that you get into a habit of studying as soon as you sit down.
  • Don't cram at the last minute. Let your brain relax and refresh. Refresh before the test, do a few easy problems to get things moving again.
  • Move on. Don't waste too much time on one question. If you're unsure, bubble in your best guess and hope you'll have time to come back to it later.

Now, go and attack those papers and midterm exams!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Spotlight on Columbus

Columbus named by New York Times as one of the 52 places to visit in 2019

You heard it!  Yes, that’s right, OUR city was named as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2019! 

From our diverse food scene, to a city-wide revitalization of multiple neighborhoods, Columbus is on the upswing! 

For the more information, read the following:


Speaking of New and Improved, this fall, the National Veterans Museum opened, adding another milestone to Columbus.  The Museum is the only place in America dedicated to telling the stories of veterans across all branches of military service…even being named by Architectural Digest as one of the most important buildings to be completed this year. 

Looking for more information?  Tickets? Visit https://www.nationalvmm.org/

Image source: Experience Columbus

Monday, February 11, 2019

Spotlight on: This Week at Capital!

Take a break from studying for about an hour and give your attention to what Capital Law School has to offer:

  • On Monday, 2/11/19, join the Labor and Employment Law Association at 12pm in room 241. They will be discussing the union side of labor and employment law as well as non traditional opportunities in state government with speakers Alan Lazaroff and Jessica Doogan. Chick Fil A will be served! If you cannot make it to the meeting, but would love to be a part of the Labor and Employment Law Association, please contact President, Todd Titus at ttitus1@law.capital.edu, or Vice President, Ashley Likens at alikens@law.capital.edu.
  • On Wednesday, 2/13/19, join the Family & Youth Law Center at 12pm in room 229. They will be discussing opportunities including fellowships, intensive and clinical courses, and externships. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP to mheydlauff@law.capital.edu. Pizza will be provided
  • Also, this week, just like every week, make sure you stop by the Lexis table to learn a tip and earn some points!