News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Bar Exam Tip: Keep Breathing

Image of e-reader displaying words "Don't Panic" The bar exam is next week and you have been studying hard all summer, well actually for your entire law school career. With all the studying and pressure, it’s still important to be aware of and to manage your stress level. Most people experience some nervousness when faced with a big exam, but for some, those nerves can be overwhelming.

If you are having feelings of dread, and physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating and dizziness, then you may be experiencing a more serious form of stress called test anxiety. For people with test anxiety, the mind sees an exam as a threat and that triggers the body to produce the hormones and physical reactions usually seen when your “fight or flight” response activates. Don’t worry, there are many strategies you can practice to help reduce these effects. For example, while studying make sure you are still getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and taking breaks. You can also find a few breathing and meditation techniques that help calm your mind. Those breathing techniques will be useful during the exam.

Breathing exercises are actually beneficial for everyone. Regardless of your stress level, the bar exam is lengthy and you may find yourself becoming fatigued, or freezing on a question. It’s important not to panic when that happens, and take a few deep breaths instead. This will help slow everything down and reset yourself. It won’t take up much time, and may actually save you time in the long run by helping you unfreeze and move on. You can try the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, or some Belly Breathing. Use your lunch break to walk around and try some stretches to release the tension from your neck, shoulders, and back.

Check out our Work-Life Balance Pinterest board for more tips on stress management, easy and healthy meals, and short exercise routines that fit into your busy schedule.

Good luck! You’ve got this!

Law Related Fiction, Movies and Documentaries Available for Checkout

Did you know the Law Library now has law related books, movies, and documentaries?  They are located on the 1st floor to the left of the entrance (when entering the library) by the reference section.  With the semester winding down it may be time to start thinking of things for your holiday break.  The videos can be checked out for a week but can be renewed online so if you are not nearby—no problem.

Also, don’t forget you can get plenty of other fiction through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  For those unfamiliar with SearchOhio, think of it as the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials, and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, you may check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon in the upper right hand of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat. Just ask a library staff member for details.

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This Just In: The Anxious Lawyer

anxiousPracticing law can be fraught with stress, uncertainty, self-doubt, and anxiety. Meditation and other mindfulness practices can lead to a more balanced life, and ultimately to a more joyful career in law. The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation by Jeena Cho and Karen Gifford [Find It] is a uniquely law-focused introduction to meditation. Even if you’ve tried meditation before, this book might help you work through those rough patches of your law (or law school) career.

Take a Break at the State Fair

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The Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio

Looking for a fun day trip? The Ohio State Fair is now open in Columbus, July 27 through August 7. The State Fair is conducted by the Ohio Expositions Commission, which is required by statute to hold at least one fair or exposition per year. Through the State Fair, the Commission seeks to promote agriculture and education, Ohio products and tourism, and economic development.

The State Fair traces its history back to 1846 when the Ohio Legislature created the Ohio State Board of Agriculture (now Department of Agriculture). The Board held two District Fairs in 1847 and 1848, leading to the first Ohio State Fair held in 1850. In its early years, the State Fair frequently changed locations, including being held in Cleveland in the 1850s and 1860s. The State Fair has been held every year since its founding, except during World War II. The State Fair moved to its current home at the Ohio Expo Center in 1886. In 1961, management of the Expo Center and responsibility for the State Fair passed to the newly created Ohio Expositions Commission. The site currently occupies 360 acres, includes facilities for indoor and outdoor activities of all types, and hosts over 175 events per year.

Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

parade Take a break from studying and check out the parade tomorrow! Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade can trace its roots back to 1867. Tomorrow’s parade steps off at 1:04pm from the intersection of Superior and E. 18th. The parade route follows Superior Ave. west towards Public Square, and turns north at E. 3rd. The theme of this year’s parade commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s Quest for Freedom. The parade features many local organizations, pipe and drum groups, dancers, and more.

For more on the parade, visit: http://www.stpatricksdaycleveland.com/

For brief summary of the 1916 Easter Rising: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/easterrising/insurrection/in03.shtml

Go early if you want a good seat!

Some real Irish language:

Sláinte (pronounced: slahn-cha) = literally translates as “health;” used as a drinking toast

Try ordering your pint in Irish! Just say “Pionta Guinness, le do thoil” (pronounced: pyunta Guinness leh duh hull). Yes, “le do thoil” means “please.”

Please enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day responsibly!