Effective Learning Habits for Law Students
(T) September 10 and (W) September 11, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
(R) September 12, 2013. Make up Workshop. Room 6113. Time 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
Academic success in law school is about adopting proven learning and study strategies earlier on in the semester. The goal of this workshop is to equip participants with the skills and strategies needed to cope with voluminous reading assignments and case-briefing. We will discuss best ways to prepare for class, take effective notes, manage time, and get organized.
Understanding Legal Texts: Tips for Effective Reading
(T) September 17 and (W) September 18, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
(R) September 19, 2013. Make up Workshop. Room 6113. Time 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
It is all about legal reasoning! Legal reading is specialized reading which requires application of critical and analytical skills to “get it”. This workshop focuses on how to hone the skills you already have to master what your professors expect of you: read and think like a lawyer so you can learn to speak and write like one.
Organizing Course Materials (or “Outlining”) Often for Academic Success
(T) September 24 and (W) September 25, 2013. Room 5229. Time 12:05 p.m.
(R) September 26, 2013. Make up Workshop. Room 6113. Time 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
The first step to ensuring success on law school exams is to get organized early, properly, and continually. This workshop is designed to give you tips for putting together bits, pieces, and piles of course materials (class notes, case law, legal principles, rules, statutes, etc.) into a manageable and organized outline to be used as study aid for final exams. We will discuss the pros and cons of self-created outlines, peer-shared outlines as well as commercial outlines.
Legal Analysis for Answering Essay Questions
(T) October 1 and (W) October 2, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
(R) October 3, 2013. Room 6113. Time: 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
Mid-terms are around the corner. The goals of mid-term exams are two: you get the opportunity to gauge how well you understand what is going on in class, and you get the chance to practice how to write a good answer. This workshop is designed to give you the framework for answering law school exam questions.
Library Research Tools for Writing Assignments
(T) October 8 and (W) October 9, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
Legal research requires knowledge of a variety of specialized legal resources and is a key tool for success in writing for LRW class or term papers. These practice tools can assist you in locating hot topics in your area of interest, finding scholarly research literature on your selected topic, and much more.
Please join us for a workshop designed to teach you how to use these legal tools to your advantage for your writing assignments or term paper. Learn skills and get tips for selecting and navigating legal databases that will make your legal research effective, comprehensive, and efficient.
This workshop is beneficial for all law students.
Self-knowledge is Power: Learning Styles and Law Students
(T) October 15 and (W) October 16, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
(R) October 17, 2013, Room 3268. Time: 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
Knowledge is power: knowing about your preferred learning style is the first step towards getting equipped for effective learning. It is also good to have an understanding of other learning styles because you may have to adopt a different learning style to effectively learn a particular subject. What works for understanding Civil Procedure may not work for grasping the legal concepts in Contracts. In addition, instructors tend to teach the way they learn. So, recognition of a professor’s teaching style, if different from a student’s learning style, may help eliminate frustration with information processing and mastery of the subject.
This workshop helps participants discover how they best process, retain, and recollect information. It also provides basic understanding of the benefits and challenges of different learning styles in general and how to use knowledge of different learning styles to their academic advantage.
Self-knowledge is Power: Personality Types and Law Students
(T) October 22 and (W) October 23, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
“Law school is incredibly stressful! Ok, you know that. But do you know your best strategy for managing the enormous work and stress that will be crammed into law school’s three (more or less) intense years? Learning law through self-understanding provides that invaluable knowledge. Understanding personality types help you find study and stress management strategies tailored to your unique personality. Strategies you learn will help you use your precious time most efficiently and effectively…with your body and mind intact!” (Juris Types: Learning Law through Self-Understanding)
This workshop focuses on how law students may apply personality-based strategies to study routines, outlining, writing essay exams or sitting for multiple-choice exams.
Preparing and Studying for Law Exams
(T) October 29 and (W) October 30, 2013. Room 5229. Time: 12:05 p.m.
(R) October 31, 2013. Room 6113. Time 12:30 p.m. (limited seats)
It is about two-thirds through the semester. And yes, it is time to start thinking substantively about the end of the semester. This workshop will simply focus on the important considerations for intentionally preparing to do your best on finals. The workshop will address the how, what, and when of exam prep. We will cover basic exam-writing skills and highlight pitfalls to avoid when taking law exams.
Strategies for Writing Essays on Law Exams
(W) November 6, 2013 ONLY. Room 5240 (overflow: Room 5246). Time: 12:05 p.m.
This workshop builds on the “Studying and Preparing for Law Exams” workshop. We will carefully study exam-taking strategies that are unique to essay writing on Law School exams. Learn the most common mistakes that law professors say students make on finals, and plan to avoid them.
Dean Margaret Raymond is our guest presenter. Note that this workshop will be presented only once. Plan to attend.
Law Journal / Moot Court Outreach
(T) November 12 and (W) November 13, 2013. Room 5229. Time 12:05 p.m.
The ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, is the most essential skill for litigators, transactional experts, judicial clerks, and professors alike. Whether you are interested in public interest, firms of any size, government work, or something else, being able to communicate effectively will set you apart from other people (in a good way).
UW Law offers many opportunities to hone your communication skills; the two that offer you the most hands-on experiences are participation in a law journal and/or moot court competitions. Get more details on how to participate.
Tips for Taking Open Book Exam in Law School
(T) November 19 and (W) November 20, 2013. Online: PowerPoint on AEP website only.
Most of law school exams tend to be open-book style exams. It could be scheduled for 3, 4, 8 or
24 hours. This does not mean it is easy to perform well on an open-book exam. There are challenges and benefits. There are also professor-expectations for the contents of your answer. Strategies for taking an open book exams in the most efficient manner is the focus of this slide presentation.
The slide presentation is available at: http://law.wisc.edu/academicenhancement/restricted/track_usage/doing_well_on_open_book_law_exam.pdf by Tuesday, November 19, 2013. All questions about the slide presentation should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.