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Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)

The University of Georgia School of Law is dedicated to providing the tools students need as they undertake the journey of learning to study the law.  While that journey is stimulating and fulfilling, it can also be challenging and difficult.  Almost all law students, no matter how qualified and prepared they are for the task, struggle at times to master the skills required.
 
The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) was created to help students adapt to the unique demands of law school. AEP conducts a series of workshops scheduled to coincide with the times students are likely to have concerns about particular topics.  Workshops target skills that cut across the curriculum, such as how to prepare for and manage classes, how to outline and create review materials, and how to successfully prepare for and take exams.
 
AEP also provides one-on-one counseling to students who would like more individualized assistance.  Contact Allison Hale (ahale@uga.edu), director of the program, for more information or to make an appointment.

Fall 2020 'OneL' Series

All sessions will be live on Zoom at 11:00 on the Fridays listed below.

Zoom Meeting Link

You will receive a Zoom invitation via email before each session.

Sessions will also be available to view asynchronously after the live session on the eLC course page titled “’OneL’ Academic Enhancement.”

August 21

The Basics: Things Every New Law Student Needs to Know

As you are getting used to reading cases and navigating your classes, this session will provide tips specific to each of your first-year subjects and alert you to unfamiliar terminology, legal doctrines, and principles that cut across all of your courses.

August 28

Beyond the Case Brief: What Are You Actually Supposed to be Getting from All of This?

What is the end game here? What will you actually be tested on? The answers to those questions are unique to law school and should dictate how you approach the cases you are reading, how you take notes in class, and how you study outside of class. In this session, we will answer those questions and look at some typical law school exam questions to help you better focus on what matters.

September 11

Starting to Construct the Puzzle – Synthesizing for Classes

You understand the individual cases, but understanding how they fit together is what will matter for exams. This session will focus on how you can begin to pull clusters of cases together and start to lay the groundwork for outlining.

September 25

Outlining: Your Biggest Assignment (That is Never Assigned)

Creating your own outline of a course is critical to making sure you will ultimately be prepared for the exam. Now is the time to begin that process, but make no mistake about it: there are wrong ways to outline. This session will show you how to effectively begin pulling together the case briefs, class notes, hypotheticals, rules, statutes, and other bits of materials you are accumulating into manageable and organized study aids that will help you at exam time.

October 23

Exam-Writing Series – Session 1: Spotting & Framing the Issues

This session will focus on unearthing and framing issues and sub-issues in essay exam questions, and on organizing those issues for maximum points.    

October 30

Exam-Writing Series – Session 2: Dealing with the Rules

How much “rule” is enough in an exam answer? How much is too much? Too little? What about exceptions to rules? This session will focus on these questions and others related to dealing with rules in exam answers.

November 6

Exam-Writing Series – Session 3: Explaining the Analysis

Application of the relevant rules to the facts you are given on an exam is the heart of a law school essay exam answer. This workshop will focus on how to explain your analysis of the facts in a way that earns maximum points.

November 20

Exam-Writing Series – Session 4: “Pencils Up”

As exam time approaches, make sure your hard work translates into points on your exams. This session will focus on how to anticipate and prepare for questions, effectively accumulate points, and avoid running out of time on your exams.