July 23, 2011
Learning differences between English and Chinese learners
Hat tip to Rod Fong at Golden Gate University School of Law for the following link to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Chinese students. (Amy Jarmon)
His e-mail to me made the following observation:
"I saw this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about students from China. Although it focuses on undergrads, I thought the discussion describing the differences in language and thought processes between English and Chinese learners could be helpful. I recall some past discussions on our ASP listserv on working with foreign students."
The link to the article is: Thinking Right: Coaching a Wave of Chinese Students ...
July 21, 2011
The Final Stretch
The last week of bar exam preparation is upon us. While everyone studying for the bar exam will need to spend their precious last days slightly differently,all bar applicants need to focus on staying positive and prioritizing their individual study needs. One size does not fit all. Here are a few helpful tips to assist those in their final bar study stretch this summer.
- Make a plan for your last week and stick to it. Prioritize your weaker subjects and/or the sections of the exam that are most difficult for you. Try to gain a minimum level of competency in each subject area and on each section of the exam.
- Clear all non-essential tasks from your schedule. If it does not involve essay writing, MPT practice, or MBE review, do not do it.
- However, it is best to incorporate some physical activity into your day even if it is a just a short, brisk walk. Leave the library or your study area to get some fresh air at least a few times a day.
- Remember that memorization is necessary but without practice, memorization is futile. Memorize, practice, and evaluate your progress.
- Remain positive! Tell yourself daily or even hourly that you can do this. Find strategies to stop negative thoughts. Think about prior graduates who passed on their first attempt, think about all of the long hours you have put into your study, and, most importantly, believe in yourself. Repeat out-loud: "I will pass the bar!"
- Although nothing seems balanced right now, try to maintain a balanced diet. Make good food choices and stay away from the empty calories. Load up on protein and stay hydrated. This will help you stay focused, give you lasting energy, and keep you healthy for your big week.
- Spend 12-14 hours each day studying but do not forget to take care of yourself. Sleep is essential. Do not miss out on the regenerative power of a good nights sleep to learn more about the rule against perpetuities.
- Ask for help when you need it. There are many resources available to you. From friends and family to your law school and bar prep, everyone is invested and committed to helping you achieve success on the bar exam. Reach out, we are here to help!
Do you support transfer students?
Academic Success supports many different types of students, but one group we don't hear much about are transfer students. However, transfer students have many of the same struggles as incoming students: where to live, how to make friends, how to navigate a new environment. It's easy to ignore or lose track of transfer students, but their needs are important as well. They don't cross our radar because their 1L grades are superior (or they would not have been admitted) and they are upperclassmen, and many ASP's focus on the first and last year of law school.
Although we always have a full plate in ASP, it is wise to reach out to incoming transfer students. Helping them feel like they have a home and a place to go if they need academic assistance can prevent bar exam issues their 3L year. (RCF)
July 20, 2011
Programmatic tenure position available at Stetson Law
Programmatic Tenure Position
STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW seeks to fill one or more tenured/tenure-track and programmatic tenure track positions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Appointments may be lateral or entry-level.
Located in Florida's Tampa Bay area, the nation's nineteenth largest metro area, Stetson was established in 1900 and is Florida's oldest law school. Our main campus is in Gulfport, just outside St. Petersburg. We also have a part-time program with classes on both the main campus and our satellite campus in downtown Tampa. Stetson has earned a national reputation for its advocacy, elder law, legal writing, and higher education programs, and has Centers for Excellence in Advocacy, Elder Law, Higher Education Law and Policy, and International Law. Stetson nurtures a vibrant intellectual community, situated on a beautiful campus. We encourage potential applicants to visit our website at http://www.law.stetson.edu to learn more about our school, our community, and our programs.
For a programmatic tenure-track position, we welcome applications from candidates interested in teaching in our Academic Success Program. This program helps students adjust to the rigors of law school and supports students who encounter academic difficulty. Responsibilities include teaching critical reading and thinking, rule synthesis, outlining, legal analysis, and exam preparation.
Stetson encourages applications from women, minorities, and others who will facilitate a stimulating and diverse cultural and intellectual environment. All applicants must have a strong academic record and be committed to outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. The Faculty Appointments Committee will begin reviewing applications on or before August 15, 2011 and will invite some candidates to interview during the AALS 2011 Faculty Recruitment Conference in Washington, D.C., although interviews may also take place at other times and locations.
Contact: Applicants should send an email, attaching a current curriculum vitae together with a cover letter indicating teaching and scholarly interests, and details of at least three professional references, to Professor Paul Boudreaux and Professor Candace Zierdt, Co-Chairs, Faculty Appointments Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who prefer to apply by postal mail should write to Faculty Appointments, c/o Professor Paul Boudreaux and Professor Candace Zierdt, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707.
July 18, 2011
Orientation Planning? A Great Piece by Nancy Levit and Douglas Linder
The authors of "The Happy Lawyer" have authored a piece for students on what to do the summer before law school. This is a great article to use as a starting point for letters to incoming students and orientation planning. http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/summer-law-school