Academic Enhancement Program
Our Mission: The Student Affairs Office wants to ensure that our students succeed by offering workshops throughout the year that address common issues of law school life. No matter what your grades are or how well you feel you're doing in school, there's something for every student in this program. These workshops are about the tangible changes you can make outside the classroom to improve your class work, study habits and overall well-being during the stressfull years of law school.
These workshops have been designed and created specifically for the students of BU Law by Brenda Hernandez and Jill Collins. Brenda and Jill have gone through the rigors of law school and have used these experiences plus their expertise in student affairs to make this program as useful and practical as possible for first-year students. If you're interested in learning more about the program, check out our spring schedule! Also, see the useful links below.
Spring 2013 Academic Enhancement Programs
Friday, January 25, 2013: New Outlook After First Semester Grades
A panel offering different perspectives and ideas for how to form a new outlook for second semester after a difficult (or successful!) first semester. Hear from students who bounced back after a difficult first semeser; Carolyn Goodwin, Director for Public Service and Pro Bono; and Adreinne Smith, Assistant Director, Clinical/Trial Programs.
Monday, February 25, 2013: Networking and Etiquette Primer for 1Ls.
This RSVP-only event featured a distinguished alumna for the key note speaker, as well as other young alumni to help 1Ls practice the networking and etiquette skills covered in the program. Beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres were be served. This event was graciously co-sponsored and planned with the Boston University Law Alumni Association, and the Office of Career Development and Public Service.
Friday, March 29, 2013: Upper Level Course Information Panel.
This event, co-sponsored by the Student Advisors, featured a panel of upper level students who discussed some of the common upper level courses 1Ls might consider for 2L year and beyond. The courses discussed included: Administrative Law, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Taxation, and Wills, Trusts & Estates.
Thursday, April 11: Course Selection Panel Discussion with BUSL Faculty.
This annual panel discussed some of the issues students should consider when making course selection for 2L year and beyond. Please see the video recording from this program featuring Dean Marx, Professor Breen, and Professor Webber. For more information on academic advising generally, and course selection specifically, please see the Academic Advising page.
SPRING 2013 AEP HANDOUTS (Added after each program. See schedule above.)
Note: the Upper Level Course Information Panel was audio recorded and is available in Law Audio/Visual Services, on the 5th Floor.
Beginning to study for law school exams can be stressful. These exams differ from any other exams you have taken before because of the question format; the analysis used to construct your answer; and the written presentation of the answer. Below are a list of resources that can help you prepare for law school exams. This preparation can help propel you to successful exam taking results.
Advice to First Year Law Students - article from FindLaw.com
How To Read a Legal Opinion - from Professor Orin Kerr, George Washington University School of Law
Stress Management Information - from Suffolk University School of Law
Do's and Don't of Exam Preparation - from Chicago-Kent College of Law
How To Approach and Take a Law School Examination - from Professor Elizabeth Garrett, University of Southern California
Writing Law Examinations - from Professor John Langbein, Yale Law School