Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 8, 2005

Quantum Technology Leap

Sprint to catch up to this one.

New York Law School will offer a certificate program in "Law Practice Technology" to train lawyers to be facile with cutting edge technology. 

The program, initially designed for 10 students, aims to train lawyers who can adapt the intricacies of technology to help solve a client's problem. 

Certificate candidates will focus on mastering:

"Creation of a complex Web site or blog; Electronic discovery/evidence analysis; Case-mapping software creation; Use of audio, video and graphic tools in electronic courtroom presentation; Document assembly software creation; Cross-firm online deal room systems creation; Software creation for electronic licensing, corporate governance and practice management; Online dispute resolution; and Bringing governmental institutions online."

I think that I need some academic support to understand what it means to create "cross-firm online deal room." 

My, it is an exciting time to be involved in the education of the next generation of professionals.  (els)

July 8, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Adding insult to injury?

The cost of taking the California Bar Exam will rocket up about 14 percent on January 1, 2006, reports Mike McKee in an article published by The Recorder.

The current applicant fee of $464 will rise to $529.  Laptop users will pay $119, up from the current fee of $104. 

The fee for the character and fitness determination will rise from $378 to $431.  Registration fees will also rise.  (els)   

July 8, 2005 in Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Click to Participate?

What would Professor Kingsfield think?

Maybe you've heard of this, maybe not, but new technology permits students to participate in class by clicking a button. 

The little devices, known as "clickers," look like remote controls for a television. 

Students can weigh in on a professor's question without opening their mouths.  Read a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the technology.  (els)

July 6, 2005 in Advice | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Hold on to your hats.  Get ready for a strange one here . . .

Second-year students (typically) can do something that beginning law students cannot do: they can read the law.  They see things from a different perspective; they see things that the neophytes cannot possibly see, try though they may.  They see with a depth, a clarity.

You might say that where others just see a two-dimensional meaningless montage of colors and shapes, the experienced reader of the law sees three-dimensional meaningful images of wondrous issues.

How in the world can you convey this difference to a wunnelle?

Try this.  Show them a Magic Eye image, and help them learn how to view it properly.

Magic Eye images are "stereo" images.  To learn to view stereo images, begin with the "frankfurter" experiment, then follow the instructions below that.  Once you accustom your eyes to this method of viewing, you are ready to advance to the hidden 3D pictures . . .

Try these on your computer monitor: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, and my personal favorite with a deep, hidden 3D message.

Where can you find more of these clever images?  Use Google.  To get yourself started, click here.

My Orientation sessions occur in a large appellate courtroom, with a massive screen (the type that electronically rolls out of the ceiling).  What do you think about projecting a Magic Eye image on the screen, and using it to explain the difference between reading and, as Professor McKinney would say, Reading Like a Lawyer

Can someone find a 3D image that has some visual link to the law?  If you find something interesting along these lines, please post it to the list-serve or send it to me, and I'll include it on the Blog.

... credit where it is due: thanks for the suggestion, Mary Costello, recent Roger Williams grad! (djt)

July 6, 2005 in Advice | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Study Groups

Looking for "study group" resource material? (For students, and for you, as you prepare for your Orientation presentations.)  Try these links:

Discussion Groups – How and Why: Or, To Study Group or Not to Study Group – that is the question. (Professor Joyce Savio Herleth, Director of Academic Support, Saint Louis University School of Law)

Why Study Groups Are Not For Studying(Professor Herbert "Herb" Ramy, Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University School of Law)

Study Groups. (Adapted by Sheila Vance from materials prepared by Ruta Stropus, Charlotte Taylor, Paula Lustbader, Steven J. Frank, Carolyn Nygren, and Helen and Marshall Shapo.)

Developing Effective Study Groups: Working Collaboratively. (A PowerPoint slide show developed by University of Iowa College of Law's Martha "Marty" Peters, Ph.D., Director of The Academic Achievement Program.)  (djt)

July 6, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Free Calendars!

I'll admit it.  I'm a bit of an organizational nerd.  You guessed it: I'm a fool for calendars, PDAs, sticky notes, colored pens.

Imagine my delight at finding a free supply of calendar templates. 

I'll share the location of the website that offers free calendars!  Microsoft offers a myriad of templates produced by using the company's products, including Word and PowerPoint.

I plan to download several for use in my presentations and to give to students to use to better plan their time during the semesters.  (els) 

July 5, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Pearls of Wisdom

Do you want to encourage students to visit your Academic Support web site?

Marketing may be the answer.

Chicago-Kent College of Law offers students an incentive to visit the Academic Support web site each week.  "Pearls of Wisdom" are brief tips offered by the program's professionals.

Recent topics include (among many, many others): 

  • Making time for reviewing
  • Taking better notes
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Purging your memory
  • Unplugging the internet

Sowle_1Adams_susanThe Academic Support program is overseen by Jamie Lake, Director of Student Services; Professor Susan Adams (left); Assistant Dean Stephen D. Sowle (right), Academic Administration & Student Affairs. 


July 5, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)