Introduction to Law School - Skills Students Need to Succeed
Our flagship workshop, Introduction to Law School, is a live comprehensive and interactive workshop that teaches critical lawyering skills. It's most appropriate for prospective and incoming law students prior to the beginning of law school or a few weeks thereafter. During this workshop, students are introduced to the fundamental building blocks of law, law school and the legal system that will be the underpinning of their entire legal education: the principles of law and equity, court procedure, analytic reasoning, clear and concise legal writing and thorough preparation for class and exams. Students who attend Introduction to Law School hit the ground running starting on the first day of class and undeniably have a measurable competitive advantage over other students.
What Students Need to Know to Succeed in Law School
The first year of law school can be overwhelming. The teaching method is very different than what students experienced in their undergraduate education. To succeed in law school, students need to develop critical reading skills, the ability to craft a logical analysis, as well as the ability to write a clear, concise and organized essay. Our workshops will prepare students to navigate the challenges of law school by teaching them these critical skills.
Anatomy of a Lawsuit
In order for law students to understand what they are reading in the appellate cases, it helps to understand the process and procedures involved in a lawsuit. We will take students through that process in order to provide them with greater clarity when they are reading cases.
During their first year of law school, students often feel like they just landed in a foreign country, unable to understand the country’s native language. Students need to catch on quickly or they will fall behind. Our workshops stress the importance of legal vocabulary throughout our introductory materials.
How to Critically Read a Case
The appellate cases that students read in law school are often harder to comprehend than the descriptive texts that they are accustomed to from their undergraduate classes. Skimming the material will not work because these cases must be read extremely carefully. Words are an attorney’s primary tool and every word matters! Our workshops will teach students to develop their reading abilities so that they become active readers, who can maintain focus and achieve a better understanding of the material.
How to Effectively Brief a Case
Students will need to brief the cases they read for their classes. Cases demonstrate the use of law for legal reasoning in decision making. By reading and briefing cases students will develop the legal reasoning skills they will need to be successful on their final exams. The briefing process will be thoroughly reviewed during our introductory workshop; students will receive instructional material on how to brief, as well as sample briefs, and we’ll review an example together.
Knowing how to create a quality outline is vital to understanding the course material. We encourage students not to rely on someone else’s outline, and instead to create one of their own. It is the actual process of putting the outline together and synthesizing all the information that will help them improve their performance on their final exam. We will demonstrate how to correctly create an outline that will prepare students for success on their law school final exams. We will also discuss alternate methods, such as flow charts.