April 29, 2009
Help for Students Turning their Legal Writing Papers into Writing Samples
My colleague, Herb Ramy, (DirectorAcademic Support Program at Suffolk University Law School) has recently made his locally famous paper on "Creating a Writing Sample" available on SSRN. This is a great resource for students who are trying to convert their legal writing (either from their first year legal writing course or other employment) into a (hopefully) job-winning writing sample. Here is the link to Herb's ssrn page, the piece is called "Creating a Writing Sample":
April 28, 2009
LSAC Academic Assistance Training Workshop Update
This year's workshop is being held in St. Louis, June 3 - 6. You should have received registration materials in the mail, but if you did not the materials are posted at: Registration Materials for St. Louise LSAC AATW. You will not need a password to access the materials.
The registration deadline is May 8, 2009. If space is available for more than one representative per school, LSAC will post an announcement on the ASP listserv on May 9th.
This year's theme is "Lights, Camera, Action: Producing a Successful Academic Assistance Program. The registration fee is $100 for the school's designated representative (your Dean or Associate Dean must certify that you are the person representing your law school) and covers most meals. Once your registration is received, you can register for the hotel. LSAC is covering hotel costs.
Transportation costs are the responsibility of the registrant. However, travel assistance from LSAC is available for a limited number of registrants whose circumstances indicate severe hardship. If you are applying for hardship assistance, you need to contact Kent Lollis as soon as possible.
I hope to see all of you ASPers in St. Louis. These meetings are always very informative and worthwhile. (Amy Jarmon)
April 27, 2009
Students Committed to Other Students
It is the hiring time of year at Tech Law. We are in the process of choosing Tutors for 1Ls, Teaching Assistants for the Summer Entry Program, and Dean's Community Teaching Fellows for our patnership with a local high school's Law and Justice Magnet Program. One of the things that impresses me each year is that we always have far more excellent applicants apply than we have positions.
I am also always impressed at the number of students who have past teaching or tutoring experience. A number of the students miss being in the classroom or working one-on-one or in small groups in order to help others.
My faith in the caring and decency of my students is always renewed when we hit hiring season despite the stereotype that law students are competitive, cut-throat, and "me-oriented." In case you are wondering, we do not pay enough for two of these positions to make that the incentive and one position is unpaid. There are a large number of law students out there who still consider law as one of the helping professions. That warms my heart and makes me proud of these students. (Amy Jarmon)