Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reminder: October 1st Deadline for Nominations for the AALS Academic Support Section Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE AALS SECTION ON ACADEMIC SUPPORT AWARD

The Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support is soliciting nominations for our section award.  The Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support’s Award will be presented at the January 2015 AALS meeting and will be awarded to an outstanding member of the ASP community.  Please review the eligibility and criteria information below and send nominations directly to Awards Committee Chair, Joyce Savio Herleth via email herlethj@slu.edu. The deadline to submit nominations is October 1, 2014 at 5pm PDT.  For a nomination to be considered, it must include (at a minimum) a one to two paragraph explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Only AALS ASP Section members may make nominations, but all those within the ASP community may be nominated.  Membership in the section is free and can be processed within minutes at AALS Section Membership.  For detailed instructions on how to become a member, please view this page:  https://memberaccess.aals.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AALS&WebKey=87e3b982-657e-4a7c-be71-33605903d797

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection.  The eligible nominees for the Award will be Section members and any other individuals who have made significant or long-term contributions to the development of the field of law student academic support.  All legal educators, regardless of the nature or longevity of their appointment or position, who have at some point in their careers worked part-time or full-time in academic support are eligible for the Award.  The Award will be granted to recognize those who have made such contributions through any combination of the following activities:  assumption of leadership roles in the ASP community; support to and mentoring of colleagues; service to institutions, including but not limited to schools, the ASP Section, and to other organizations; expansion of legal opportunities to traditionally underserved segments of society; teaching and presenting; and scholarship, both traditional and creative. 

Law schools, institutions, or organizations cannot receive an award.  Prior year or current year Section officers are excluded from being selected as an award winner.

Joyce Savio Herleth
Director of Academic Support

Saint Louis University School of Law
100 North Tucker Blvd.

St. Louis, MO  63101-1930 
(314) 977-7247
herlethj@slu.edu

September 24, 2014 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Procrastination 101

You don’t procrastinate. You perform better under pressure. This may be true but it is more likely how you justify putting things off.  Admit it, just a few weeks ago you told yourself that you were going to stay on top of thing this semester. Law student: start outlining early and be prepared for every class. Professor: get the whole semester planned before classes begin, work on your article every week without fail. You would make no excuses. Then you got busy and more important things came up: moot court try-outs/practice, organizing an event for some organization (of which you are probably the president), your friend’s birthday (you only turn 23 once). Admit it, you procrastinate. Everyone procrastinates sometimes but it should not be the norm. Procrastination may be something you do (or avoid doing) but it should not define you. We procrastinate for many reasons: daunting task, fear of failure, too many options. Whatever the reason, procrastinating actually increases your stress and only puts off the inevitable. Now that you’ve admitted you procrastinate, it’s time to do something about it.

Begin with identifying why you avoid starting a task and address it: break a daunting project into smaller tasks, allow yourself to make a few mistakes along the way, list the cons of waiting until the last minute and the benefits of starting early. The hardest part is turning your aspirations into actions. Identify a positive attribute that describes you and use that to define your actions then pick a start date and hold yourself accountable (arrange to meet a classmate and work together, set up a meeting with your professor to ask questions or get feedback, block out the time on your calendar so you can’t fill it with other things). Take it one day at a time and take back the control. Don’t wait until tomorrow, stop procrastinating today. (KSK)

September 24, 2014 in Advice, Encouragement & Inspiration, Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Being Called on in Class

By now students may have been called on to speak in class.  Some professors cold call, while others announce who will be on panel in advance.  In either case, being relaxed and alert in class is important.  For those who are subject to cold calling, the act of random calling in and of itself can cause anxiety.  Rather than anticipating the discussion, students worry about hearing their name and not knowing the “answer.”  

 Some strategies for being called on in class are:

If a you are called on in class and freeze, take a deep breath in and out through your nose.  What seems like an eternity to you will only be a couple of seconds, as perceived by others. This will give you time to center your thoughts and gain control of your voice. 

Before it is your turn to be on panel, or before you choose to volunteer, listen to what the professor asks.  Pay attention to what other students say and what the professor’s follow up questions are.  You should try and answer the question silently in your mind and compare how well you do. 

If you book brief, be sure to write meaningful phrases in the margins.  Do not simply write “issue” next to where the issue is in the case.  Write out what might be used as a prompt to remember what the issue was, and therefore be able to speak about it aloud.  Develop a coding system for identifying where in the case the issue is I = issue, then write the phrases.   

Regardless of how prepared you feel to speak, you should speak clearly and loudly enough for the class to hear.

If you are in a study group, members can practice being on panel with each other.  This benefits both the student who will be called on in class as well as the others who must know enough about the topic to ask questions, and follow up questions as a professor would. 

The professional competency of thinking on one’s feet is developed over time by these experiences.  Take advantage of the opportunity, it does get better with practice.  (Bonnie Stepleton)

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Reminder - opportunity to present your ASP works-in-progress in Boston on December 8th

Reminder:

The New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals is holding its December conference at Suffolk University Law School on December 8th.

Request for Proposals

Presentation of Scholarly Works in Progress

NECASP has designated time for the presentation of scholarly works in progress at its December conference on Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles.  The subject of the work to be presented must be related to Law School Academic Support or Bar Study/Passage.

If you wish to present a “work in progress” the proposal process is as follows:

  1. Submit your proposal by September 26, 2014, via email to morlen@law.wne.edu .
  2. Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
  3. Proposals must include the following:
    1. Name and title, of presenter
    2. Law School
    3. Address, Email address, and telephone number
    4. Title of work in progress to be presented
    5. Abstract of your scholarly work in progress, no more than 500 words
    6. Statement regarding the status of the work; i.e., whether in outline form, early draft, or near completion).
    7. Media or computer presentation needs.
    8. As noted above, proposals are due on September 26, 2014.  The NECASP Board will review the proposals and reply to each by October 3, 2014.


    (Myra Orlen)

September 22, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome Kandace Kukas to Western New England School of Law

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Please welcome Kandace Kukas to ASP work at Western New England.  Her faculty profile can be found on the faculty page at WNE at Faculty Profiles WNE - Kandace Kukas.  Here is a short bio for her:

Kandace Kukas is the new Assistant Dean and Director of Bar Admission Programs at Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Kandace started July 1st and jumped right in to working with the class of 2014.  She is responsible for creating a comprehensive bar admission program working with the entire School of Law community.  For the previous 17 years she worked in test preparation and the last 9 in bar review. 

When you see Kandace at a workshop or conference, please give her a warm welcome to our ASP community.  (Amy Jarmon)

 

September 19, 2014 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you an ASP professional who wants to become a member of the ASP listserv?

ASP professionals working at law schools can sign up for the academic support listserv.  Members of the listserv can post resources for others and post questions to solicit colleagues' advice.  Thank you to Louis Schulze for sending the instructions to share with those who are not currently on the listserv:

To sign up for the ASP listserv, follow these steps:  

Address email to listproc@chicagokent.kentlaw.edu

No subject

In the body of the message enter:  subscribe list_name your_first_name your_last_name title school_name

where:

list_name is the name of the list you wish to subscribe to,

your_first_name is your first name,

your_last_name is your last name

title and school_name are optional

If this does not result in a subscription email in one week, people should contact Lawrence Adameic at unixmgr@kentlaw.iit.edu.

 

September 18, 2014 in Miscellany | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reading cases and preparing for exams

 

Most of you are well within your first month of law school and may have had your first quiz or a writing assignment which may have made you question your decision to be in law school.   It’s understandable but don’t be too hard on yourself.  Keep in mind that if you already had all of the answers, then you wouldn’t be in law school.  You are here to learn, so be open to letting others (your professors, administrators, upper class men) help you navigate this new path.   Below are a few tips on navigating your new path.

1)       I’m sure that many of you have been told that it’s important to be active readers in law school and not just passively read the cases.   In case you’re still trying to figure out what that means, here are a few suggestions to help become an active reader.  Read with a purpose.  Know why you are reading a particular case and how it fits within the big picture.  You may want to consult the table of contents or the course syllabus to figure out what topic or issue the case will address.   Once you have an idea of what to look for in a case, you may consider referring to an outside source (a study aid) to gain some general knowledge about the term.   As you read your cases, keep the issue at the forefront of your mind to anchor your thinking.   Ask yourself as you read the case, what does this case tell me about this issue (the anchor)? Is the court explaining the issue? Is it dividing the issue into elements or explaining one of the elements?  Try to figure out what the court is doing? Is it creating a new rule, rejecting an old rule or explaining or redefining an existing rule?[1]

2)      If you have an upcoming quiz or test, I would strongly suggest that you test your understanding of concepts you covered in class prior to taking the quiz.  There are several ways to test your knowledge.  For example, after you’ve read a series of cases on a particular rule, try to create your own hypothetical to explain how a rule or element is applied.  Include a sentence or two on the relevant facts to aid in your explanation and note which facts trigger each issue or element.  Also, you can use study aids such as Examples and Explanations to find practice questions on a discrete topic.   The point is you should not enter any quiz, assessment, or exam without having tested your understanding of the material and without having completed at least one or two practice questions.

3)      After you’ve taken a quiz or exam, you must review your exam.  If you are not happy with the grade that you received, you must make an appointment to review your answers with your professors.  Before going to your professor’s office, I would caution you to review your answers first.  Otherwise, you run the risk of not getting the most out of your meeting.  Review your notes and your outline and determine for yourself where the weak areas are or what you could have strengthened.  Then take your assessment to your professor and ask for her opinion on your work.   

4)      Finally, another way to work on developing a deeper understanding of the material is to talk it out with others.  If you are not a study group person, consider a study buddy.  There is value in discussing difficult concepts with your colleagues.   Your classmate may have picked up on something in the case that you missed or may be able to explain the rule to you in a way you hadn’t considered or vice versa.  Also, you are more likely to notice gaps in your knowledge when you discuss cases and rules with your colleagues.   Lastly, there is safety in numbers.  If you and your study buddy or study group don’t understand a particular rule you can make an appointment with the professor together and support each other.  You don’t have to go at it alone.

 

Happy studying! (LMV)



[1] For more tips on case reading  and genral study advice see Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School (Carolina Academic Press 2001)

September 16, 2014 in Advice, Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Nominations for the AALS Section on Academic Support Award

The following announcement is from Joyce Savio Herleth, Chair of the Awards Committee for the section:

The Awards Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support is soliciting nominations for our section award.  The Association of American Law Schools Section on Academic Support’s Award will be presented at the January 2015 AALS meeting and will be awarded to an outstanding member of the ASP community.  Please review the eligibility and criteria information below and send nominations directly to Awards Committee Chair, Joyce Savio Herleth via email herlethj@slu.edu. The deadline to submit nominations is October 1, 2014 at 5pm PDT.  For a nomination to be considered, it must include (at a minimum) a one to two paragraph explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award.  Only AALS ASP Section members may make nominations, but all those within the ASP community may be nominated.  Membership in the section is free and can be processed within minutes at AALS Section Membership.  For detailed instructions on how to become a member, please view this page:  https://memberaccess.aals.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=AALS&WebKey=87e3b982-657e-4a7c-be71-33605903d797

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection.  The eligible nominees for the Award will be Section members and any other individuals who have made significant or long-term contributions to the development of the field of law student academic support.  All legal educators, regardless of the nature or longevity of their appointment or position, who have at some point in their careers worked part-time or full-time in academic support are eligible for the Award.  The Award will be granted to recognize those who have made such contributions through any combination of the following activities:  assumption of leadership roles in the ASP community; support to and mentoring of colleagues; service to institutions, including but not limited to schools, the ASP Section, and to other organizations; expansion of legal opportunities to traditionally underserved segments of society; teaching and presenting; and scholarship, both traditional and creative. 

Law schools, institutions, or organizations cannot receive an award.  Prior year or current year Section officers are excluded from being selected as an award winner.

 

September 16, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 15, 2014

It is not too soon to review

Even though the semester is still new, build in time to review. First year students and upper-level students, alike, should build in time for review on a daily and a weekly basis. When first year students hear that law students should aim for approximately four to five hours of study outside of class, for every one hour in class, they often ask what they should do with all of that time. Here is a top-ten list of ways to fill the time:

    1. Read cases assigned -- once, twice, three times;
    2. Brief the cases [yes: brief all of the cases]; do not book brief--brief!;
    3. Get to each class five-to-ten minutes early and review briefs and class notes from the previous class --yes, this time counts, too!;
    4. Within 24 hours after each class, review class notes and briefs that you have corrected during class;
    5. At the end of each week review your notes and briefs for each class; clean them up and revise;
    6. In the context of the weekly review, begin to outline concepts completed in classes;
    7. Reread your outlines a few times each week;
    8. Begin to work with carefully chosen practice questions
    9. Judiciously consult study aids; and
    10. Last, but not least, build in time to incrementally complete legal research and writing assignments.
    To master your time management and make the most of your study time, create a weekly schedule. In that schedule, block out times to study and assign tasks to each time. Create blocks of one-to-two hours and build in breaks of ten-to-twenty minutes. Keep a study journal in which you can reflect on what you've done and how well your time management and study techniques work.

September 15, 2014 in Study Tips - General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Orientation, Gone But Not Forgotten

This fall, I completed my eleventh orientation at my law school.  It hardly seems possible.  This year, our keynote speaker was a person named Maureen Sanders.  She was chosen because she embodies all the qualities one would want in a law school orientation speaker.  She is a graduate of our school.  She was a tenured professor and currently teaches as an adjunct professor.  She has a thriving private practice specializing in civil rights and constitutional law.  Finally, she is an eloquent and entertaining speaker.  With her permission, I am sharing her “tips” from her talk.  It strikes me that many orientation speakers give similar advice to incoming first year students.  I hope that as students settle in to their schedules and routines they will not forget the advice that Professor Sanders shares and that is likely similar to advice given at many other law schools at their orientations.

Tip #1:  Remember that how you act here over the next three years will be remembered by your classmates, your professors and the law school community staff. 

Tip #2:  Keep your life.  Remain human.  Remember how to talk about something other than the law so your “people” will still like you and so you won’t forget how to talk to “real” people because one of the most important skills you need as a lawyer is the ability to listen, really listen to people from all walks of life…no matter what kind of law you end up doing. 

Tip #3 Spend some time while you are in law school figuring out what you can do to contribute to your communities…what do you care about?….animals, education, wilderness, mental illness, homeless, open government, less government, more government, --be a part of the community dialogue and action as a law student and later as a lawyer. 

Tip #4:  Don’t become a lawyer whose reputation is that your opposing counsel must put everything in writing because you can’t be trusted.  So back to my point….which if I haven’t been clear is-----be a professional law student. 

Tip #5  Don’t think, ”I don’t really need to know this, because I’m going to do this other kind of law”….well you just never know.  And even if you stay the course you anticipate, in order to do one kind of law, you need to know the other areas to do the job for your clients. 

Finally, as a colleague of Professor Sanders advised her when she asked them what she should say at orientation, “Tell them that law is an incredible profession—endlessly interesting and you can do some real good for people and impact how we, as a society, structure our communities.  Also, that law school, with all its pressures, offers an opportunity to be working on how to work hard and give your best attention to the work while at the same time learning how to make sure all the other aspects of yourself as a person don’t get lost.”   (Bonnie Stepleton)

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Law School Action Comics #6

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(Alex Ruskell)

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Welcome Michelle Buck to full-time ASP work!

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Please welcome Michelle Buck as the new full-time Assistant Director of Academic Success and Student Affairs at Mercer Law!  When you see Michelle at workshops or conferences, please give her a friendly ASP congratulations.  Here is some information about Michelle:

Michelle's responsibilities include assisting the Director of Academic Success with weekly Academic Success programming for first-year students, helping with the Bar Review for Credit course for third-year students in the spring, and working with the Assistant Dean of Students on various student affairs projects.  Last year she worked in a similar role, as the Assistant Director of Academic Success, on a part-time basis.  Michelle earned her law degree from Temple University in 2009 and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Georgia.  She has previous legal experience in low-income family law.  Outside of work she enjoys spending time with my family, especially her two daughters, Audrey (3) and Lucy (1).

We are delighted to have Michelle join us as a full-time ASP'er!  (Amy Jarmon)

September 13, 2014 in Academic Support Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Welcome Marsha Griggs to our ASP community!

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Marsha Griggs has joined the ASP professional community as Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Bar Readiness at Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Please introduce yourselves to Marsha as you meet her at workshops and conferences.  Here is some information about Marsha:

Prior to joining the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Marsha served on the faculty at Collin College and chaired the Business Administration and Paralegal Studies departments. Marsha graduated from Notre Dame Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northwestern University.  Additionally, Marsha has received a Masters degree in Public Policy and is in pursuit of her doctorate in Public Policy and Political Economy.  Marsha is licensed in Colorado and Texas and her practice areas are commercial and civil litigation. Personally, Marsha is an avid college football fan and a recurring and often unintentional foster for rescue dogs of various breeds. She and her hair are getting acclimated to the muggy humid Houston weather since relocating in February.

Please make Marsha welcome to ASP work! (Amy Jarmon)

 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Civil Procedure on the MBE

Civil Procedure will begin being tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) this winter.  Out of the 200 question MBE, 27 questions will be devoted to Civil Procedure.  While Civil Procedure is a required course, not every Professor covers the same FRCPs in their classes.  Thus, it is a good idea for students to take a look at the specific content that will be tested.  The National Conference of Bar Examiners has updated the subject matter outline so that the Civil Procedure content being tested is consistent for the Multistate Essay Exam and the Multistate Bar Exam.  You can find the content outline at the National Conference of Bar Examiners webpage

Additionally, if you or your students are anxious to see what these questions will look like, you can access sample Civil Procedure MBE questions and use them to practice.  So, if issue preclusion, standards of review, or jurisdiction are not your strengths, take a closer look at these resources.

LBY

September 11, 2014 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Maintain the Motivation

It’s still early in the semester so you might be wondering why I’m writing about motivation. The reason is simple: it’s easier to maintain something than to lose it and get it back.

A few years ago I was in the best shape of my life. I worked out regularly, ate a healthy balanced diet, and even ran a half marathon. I felt great. Then I moved to a new job in a new city and I used that as an excuse to push exercise and healthy eating to the side. Fast forward several months: my clothes were tight and walking from my car to the office was the most exercise I got. I did not feel great. I came up with a plan to get back in shape and went to the gym for the first time in a long time. It was awful. I was out of breath within minutes, moved slower than molasses, and the next day could barely move. It was ugly but I kept going until I got myself to a healthier place. I liked how I felt and decided it was a lot better to maintain than to have to start all over again. When I catch myself being lazy, I just think of that first day back at the gym and get moving. Even if it’s just something small like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or eating only half a bag of chips, I feel better because I know I’m still moving forward.

I share this story because we’ve all been there and it’s something we can all relate to. The same holds true for motivation in law school. You start the semester off excited and ready to go but somewhere along the way you realize you’ve lost some of that drive. Instead of waiting until that happens, here are some tips on how to maintain your motivation throughout the semester:

Know there will be setbacks-  you know you’ll have a bad day (or week) but don’t let it sidetrack you. Being prepared for a setback makes it easier to overcome.

Believe in yourself-  if you don’t think you can succeed, then why would anyone else? Make a list of your strengths and focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t. 

Be realistic- Setting a standard that is impossible to meet guarantees failure. Instead, set small goals that allow you see your achievements along the way.

Challenge yourself- be realistic but not complacent. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake or step out of your comfort zone. It is easy to fall into old habits unless you challenge yourself in new and different ways.

Have a support system- Whether its friends, family, professors, classmates, there are people who sincerely want you to succeed and you will need them when your motivation falters. They will give you that little boost and keep you going.

Take advantage of the opportunities this new semester presents.  Maintain your motivation so you have to work extra hard to get it back.

KSK

September 10, 2014 in Advice, Encouragement & Inspiration, Stress & Anxiety | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Request for Proposals: Academic Support Conference

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

Conference

December 8, 2014

Suffolk University Law School

Boston, Massachusetts

Request for Proposals

 

Presentation of Scholarly Works in Progress

 

NECASP has designated time for the presentation of scholarly works in progress at its December conference on Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles.  The subject of the work to be presented must be related to Law School Academic Support or Bar Study/Passage.

 

If you wish to present a “work in progress” the proposal process is as follows:

  1. Submit your proposal by September 26, 2014, via email to morlen@law.wne.edu .
  2. Proposals may be submitted as a Word document or as a PDF
  3. Proposals must include the following:
    1. Name and title, of presenter
    2. Law School
    3. Address, Email address, and telephone number
    4. Title of work in progress to be presented
    5. Abstract of your scholarly work in progress, no more than 500 words
    6. Statement regarding the status of the work; i.e., whether in outline form, early draft, or near completion).
    7. Media or computer presentation needs.
    8. As noted above, proposals are due on September 26, 2014.  The NECASP Board will review the proposals and reply to each by October 3, 2014.

 

 

September 8, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quick Tips for Visual Learners

If you learn through visual methods, consider the following study techniques:

Use easy visual strategies that allow you to see material better:

  1. Bulleted or numbered lists
  2. Bold, italics, underlining, all caps, etc.
  3. Color coding for rules, policies, important case names.
  4. Indentation to show organizational hierarchy.
  5. Graphic organizers: timelines, tables, Venn diagrams, spider maps, etc.

Buy a whiteboard so that you can organize material as you think about it and then convert it to hard copy.  A large whiteboard can be used at home; a small whiteboard can be kept in your carrel at school.

Check out the variety of visual organizers you could use by visiting these websites:

  1. http://www.writedesignonline.com/organizers/

  2. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
  3. http://www.graphic.org/goindex.html

Turn facts into visual images in your mind (mental motion pictures or photographs) to remember examples of when a rule applies and when it does not or when an element is met and when it is not.  The visuals help with issue spotting.

Memorize information through visual images.  For negligence: duty is a soldier standing at attention, breach is a tank breaking through a wall, etc.

Use index cards tacked on a bulletin board to arrange information visually to see the inter-relationships.  Different colors of index cards can be used to indicate categories or importance.

Purchase one of the software packages that makes it easy to create visuals.  One example can be found at http://www.inspiration.com - but many products exist.

If someone else's visual is too complex, deconstruct it.  Start with the basics and then build the visual one layer at a time so that you can understand it.

Check out various study aids to see which series with visuals is most helpful to how you see information: Crunch Time, Gilbert's Outlines, Kaplan PMBR Finals.

As a visual learner, determine what strategies work best for you.  Although visual learners have some commonalities, each individual has favorite techniques that work for that person but not everyone.  (Amy Jarmon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6, 2014 in Learning Styles | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, September 5, 2014

West Coast Consortium of ASP Conference

West Coast Consortium of

Academic Support Professionals

 

Re-Energizing Academic Success Programs, Personnel, and Research Projects

 

October 10, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seattle University School of Law

 

Spend a day sharing with and learning from your colleagues! We spend most of our year dedicating ourselves to the needs of our students, our school, and our communities.  It is time to take a day to re-energize our programs and ourselves!  The West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals invites you to attend a day of professional development focused on this topic in the Emerald City on the campus of Seattle University School of Law.

 

PART 1 - Scholarship:  Are you looking for feedback on a paper in progress?  Would you like suggestions on how to strengthen an almost done piece of scholarship?  Would you like to present a paper to a group of supportive colleagues and participate in a critique?  We will look at best practices in developing scholarship, the steps necessary to finalize and submit papers for publication, and discuss further strengthening the ASP area of scholarship. 

 

PART 2 – Teaching and Service:  Would you like to reinvigorate your ASP program?  Looking to get a few more ideas for bolstering presentations in the classroom?We will look at innovative teaching methods, new ideas for ASP programming, and discuss how you can best be of service to your students, school, and ASP community.  We welcome your ideas if you have specific areas you would like to discuss. 

 

WE NEED YOU!  If you would like to present a work in progress during Part 1 or be a presenter for Part 2, please email a summary of your paper or presentation idea along with your contact information and a list of your past presentations to Lisa Young at youngl@seattleu.edu.  The summary should be no more than 250 words and must be submitted no later than Monday, September 22, 2014.  We welcome proposals, presenters, and participants from across the country, not just from the West Coast!

September 5, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Diploma Privilege...Coming to a State Near You?

Simply stated, the diploma privilege allows a law school graduate, of the given state, to bypass the bar exam en route to the practice of law.  Yes, a law graduate would be licensed to practice law without taking the bar exam.  This notion sounds enticing for many law students, especially 3Ls as the bar exam looms in their future.

Currently only Wisconsin, and in limited circumstances New Hampshire, provide the diploma privilege to law grads.  Graduates from ABA accredited schools in those states are deemed competent to practice law without sitting for and passing a bar examination.  

However, Iowa is also now considering the adoption of the diploma privilege.  The Iowa State Bar's Blue Ribbon Committee lists the following reasons for abolishing the bar exam in their state:

  • The bar exam does not test on Iowa law.
  • The bar exam tests only one’s ability to outwit 200 multiple choice and 8 essay questions from a third party testing service.
  • The bar exam does not measure true functional mastery of subject areas or compassion, judgment, and ability to help clients.
  • Few remember anything they learned cramming for the bar exam.

Many of us have strong opinions about the bar exam and the many issues and factors surrounding the administration of it.  However, do you also feel that the bar exam serves a compelling purpose?  Does it help weed out incompetent applicants?  Does it assist one in their legal practice?  Or, is it merely a hazing ritual that is costly, excruciating, and biased?  If the Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of adopting the diploma privilege, will other states follow suit?  Only time will tell.

Lisa Bove Young

September 4, 2014 in Bar Exam Issues, Bar Exam Preparation, Bar Exams | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, September 1, 2014

NECASP December Conference

Save the Date

New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals

Conference

December 8, 2014

Suffolk University Law School

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Using Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom Principles in Academic Support

 &

Opportunities to Present Scholarly Works in Progress

(ASP Topics)

 Registration fee $25.00

Additional details comins soon.

(Myra Orlen)

September 1, 2014 in Meetings | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)