Academic Enhancement Program
*Sessions will be in Room J at 1:00 p.m. on the Fridays listed below.
Aug. 19 – 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.
Aug. 26 – 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.
Sept. 9 – 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.
Sept. 23 – 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, and other bits of materials you are accumulating into manageable and organized study aids that will help you at exam time.
Sept. 30 – Who’s Afraid of the (big, bad) Bluebook?
- Wrestling with The Bluebook is rite of passage for all new law students, and learning to do it properly is critical for your legal research and writing assignments, for journals and Law Review, and for practice. This session will provide tips to help you master the ins and outs of the Bluebook (you may even find that it can be kind of fun!) and will focus largely on case citation. This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your Bluebook with you.
Oct. 21 – 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.
Oct. 28 – Exam-Writing Series – Session 2: Dealing with the Rules
- How much “rule” is enough in an exam answer? How much is too much? What about exceptions to rules? This session will focus on these questions and others related to dealing with rules in exam answers.
Nov. 4 – 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.
Nov. 18 – Exam-Writing Series – Session 4: “Pencils Up”
- With exams just around the corner, this session focuses on last minute practical advice for reading week as well as exam day -- everything from skinny and attack outlines, to anticipating and preparing for exam questions, to managing your time on an exam.