Wednesday, June 19, 2013
If you don't run a bar prep program (in which case, this is your busy season) but you have a 12-month contract, this is an awkward time of the year. You may be savoring a well-earned vacation (but most people put off vacations until later in the summer) or you may be tallying numbers for an annual report or review. But for many people, you have just come from a crazy-busy exam season, and you feel a little at loose ends; there is nothing pressing, but you know there is stuff you should be doing. Here is a quick list of things you can do now to make life less insane later in the summer:
1) Pre-orientation: Get other stakeholders on board so you can advertise the program to students.
2) Orientation: Let students know early when they need to be at the law school.
3) Syllabus planning: The earlier you finish your syllabus, the more time you have to tweak it before the start of classes. It's always helpful to start syllabi early, so you can think about how to teach the material before classes begin.
4) Scheduling workshops: If rooms in your school fill up lightening-fast (they do at UConn), think about scheduling your fall workshops during the early summer months.
5) Meetings with people outside of the law school: This is the ideal time to meet with other educators, practitioners, and professionals. Take the time to reach outside of the confines of your law school.
6) Website: If you have an ASP website, this is the time to take a fresh look at what can be updated, and what should be changed for next year.
7) Reply to all those non-pressing emails: I know I get roughly 25-100 emails a day. On the 100-email days, I sort them into the "right now" category, the "today-but-not-now" category, and the "yes, it needs a response, but not today" category. Unfortunately, the last category sometimes gets neglected entirely, because tomorrow comes, and the next 100 emails arrives in my inbox. This is the time of year to respond to the neglected emails.
Happy summer, folks!