Author Archives: Missy J. Davenport, J.D.

Fun Jacksonville Activities

Your main priorities as a law student are, of course, to read and study the law.  However, you also need to find some time each month to take a break and do something fun.  If you are new to the Jacksonville area, there are lots of fun activities that you can include in your schedule. 

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For animal lovers, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a must!  The zoo was established almost 100 years ago and the highlights of the zoo include more 2,000 rare animals and 1,000 varieties of plants.  The zoo has won several national awards and offers many interactive and educational experiences.  Additionally, there are several new baby animals that have been born this summer, including two new Amur leopard cubs, a giraffe, and a lion.  You can make it through the entire zoo in a short amount of time and the zoo is a great way to get out of the library for a few hours.  Please check out the zoo website for hours: http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/

First Wednesday Art Walk

Art lovers will definitely want to add the First Wednesday Art Walk to their calendars each month.  The event is a free, self-guided tour covering a 15-block radius in Downtown Jacksonville and is one of the most popular events in Jacksonville.  Many downtown art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, and businesses as well as dozens of local artists participate in the event.  You will have the opportunity to check out the downtown area, view many different types of art, and maybe pick up a future masterpiece.  The event is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. rain or shine.  For more information, please check out the website:  http://www.downtownjacksonville.org/Downtown_Vision_Inc_Home.aspx

Riverside Arts Market

If you need a quick study break on the weekend, the Riverside Arts Market is a fun place to pick up local produce, desserts, and handmade art.  Located under the Fuller Warren Bridge downtown, this is a weekly event featuring the work of up to 160 artists as well as musical performances and a farmer’s market.  The market is open every Saturday in March to December from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission and parking for the event are free.  Come and check out some local Jacksonville flavor!  Website:  http://riversideartsmarket.com/

Managing Personal Relationships During Law School

Personal relationships can be strained during law school.  Students need to spend much more time studying then they did during their undergraduate experience – law school is more competitive, requires a lot more work, and demands more analytical thinking.  This may cause your family, friends, and/or significant others to feel neglected as they are not experiencing what you are currently undergoing as a law student.  This lack of understanding can also cause you to feel stressed and spread yourself thin. 

Our biggest advice for a student going through this is to open up and share their experience with their loved ones.  Show them what you’re learning and why it’s difficult to comprehend concepts like the parol evidence rule, future interests, and homestead. Give them undivided attention time where you focus solely on your relationship; then study somewhere else. It is not fair if you get frustrated because they become distractions.

Sometimes it helps your family member to receive information about your work load and study requirements from an outside party.  Your Academic Success Counselor can send a letter to your loved ones to help them understand the responsibilities of law school.  This will allow you to all be on the same page and enable you to be successful and have the necessary support from your loved ones. Please talk to your counselor if you would like more information about this letter. 

Our Academic Success Counselors can help you with your specific circumstances, so please do not hesitate to come by our office.

Creating a Weekly Study Schedule – Day 4

Using your Master Study Schedule to Create your individual weekly schedule 

Finally, each week you will need to adjust the schedule you’ve created based on your assignments, project due dates, and any meetings or appointments.  You can create a master schedule and then make any necessary changes each week. 

Try out your new schedule for a week or two and then evaluate the schedule to make sure it is working for you.  You will probably continue to make small changes to the schedule as you get a better sense of how long it takes you to complete your reading for each class, brief your cases, and create and review outlines for each class. 

If you need assistance in working out your weekly study schedule, please come and see an Academic Success Counselor.

Creating a Weekly Study Schedule – Day 3

Today we will discuss how to actually create your individual study schedule. 

Let’s get started!

  1. Add your classes to the schedule
  2. Add any mandatory personal commitments to the schedule (this could include time for family, work, church, and errands)
  3. Plan when to read for classes - think about how long you need for each subject – one subject may take you longer than another subject
  4. Consider doing a 2-day-ahead schedule for reading to adequately have time to prepare for all classes.  For instance, for a Friday class, you would be reading on Wednesday.  This way, if something comes up that keeps you from reading when scheduled, you still have a day to catch up.  Schedule time for both reading for class and briefing the cases covered in the assigned reading. 
  5. Be sure to include at least 30 minutes before each class to review your notes and briefs.
  6. Your assignments will vary each week for Lawyering Process.  However, you must include sufficient time each week for all LP assignments to ensure you stay on top of all reading and assignments.  If you have a lighter week for LP, you can use that time to work on another class/assignment/subject.
  7. Outline and Review – you will need to find a good amount of time each week to review the material covered so far in the class and to work on outlines for the class.  Try to find about four hours of time each week that is not already committed in your schedule to review and outline.  Consider outlining for two subjects one week and two subjects the next week.
  8. Practice, Practice, Practice – find available time to do practice multiple choice and essays each week – consider doing two subjects each week and alternating.
  9. Add in extra personal time – watch a movie, your favorite TV show, go to the gym, etc.
  10. Finally, allow an hour before you go to bed each night so that you have some time to wind down before sleep.

Here is an example of a completed study schedule:   

Sample Study Schedule

Check back tomorrow for our final study schedule installment: Using Your Master Study Schedule to Create Your Individual Weekly Schedule .

Creating a Weekly Study Schedule – Day 2

Thanks for checking back with us about creating a study schedule! 

The first step is to gather the information you will need to make your individual study schedule.  You will need the following materials:

  1. Your schedule
  2. Your syllabi
  3. The Academic Success Study Schedule sheet available in the paper carousel in the Academic Success Department or on the Academic Success SharePoint site:  Blank Study Schedule
  4. A list of your personal and family commitments as well as errands and chores that you will need to complete each week.  This could include time for family, work, church, going to the grocery store, doing laundry, etc.  Be realistic about what you must do each week so that you can include those tasks in your schedule.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to learn how you are going to combine all of this information to create your weekly study schedule!

Creating a Weekly Study Schedule – Day 1

Have you found yourself wondering how you’re possibly going to complete all the tasks in front of you for any given day?  Students often find that they need to make study schedules to ensure they spend adequate time with all subjects and materials and are prepared for their exams.  In law school, time management is difficult due to the amount of work required.  A study schedule can help you maintain your daily assignments, include time to review and work on outlines, and have some personal time. Please check back tomorrow for some tips on getting started on your study schedule!

If you would like to hear more information about making your own study schedule, please join us for the first Academic Success Department workshop of the semester.  The topic is Creating a Study Schedule and it will be held on Tuesday, August 28, from noon – 1 p.m. in room 250.  An encore presentation will be offered on Friday, August 31, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.  You do not need to RSVP to attend.