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Attention Spring Admits (and all students): Preparing for Finals Workshop – this Thursday!

It’s hard to believe, but final exams are just around the corner.  While performance on the exam should be your top priority, you can help yourself get there by preparing early, developing an action plan, and sticking to it.  To help you with that, we will be presenting a workshop titled ‘Preparing for Finals’ this Thursday, April 11, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in room 505.  At that workshop, one of our Academic Success Counselors will go over tips and strategies to help you ensure you will be ready for your final exams in a few weeks.  Food will not be served, but please feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy since the workshop is being held during the lunch hour.  We hope that you will find the information presented to be helpful.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to meet with your Counselor or another member of our team.

Helpful ASP Workshops this Week!

Writing Assistance Workshop: Organization

Tuesday, February 26 – noon-1:15 p.m. in Room 425 or 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 425

Please REGISTER for the workshop by signing-up in the Academic Success Office, Suite 580, by 4 p.m. TODAY.

 

Multiple Choice Strategies

Thursday, February 28 – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - Room 505

We recognize that multiple choice exams in law school are nothing like those you experienced at the undergraduate level.  At this week’s workshop, one of our Academic Success Counselors will go over tips and strategies to approaching multiple choice questions in law school so that you can approach your midterm and final exams with confidence.  Please feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during the workshop since it is held during the lunch hour.  You do NOT need to RSVP for this event.

Helpful Workshops This Week

Now that the semester is underway, the Academic Success Department is here with a variety of helpful workshops for you to maximize your academic potential this semester.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th, we will host the first of our writing workshops titled Punctuation I.  There will be two presentations.  The first will be from noon – 1:15 p.m. in room 425.  The encore one will be from 4 – 5:15 in room 425.  Please REGISTER for the workshop by signing-up in the Academic Success Office, Suite 580, by 4 p.m. TODAY if you plan to attend.

On Thursday, February 7th, we will host the first of our optional study skills workshops titled Creating a Study Schedule.  There will be only one presentation from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in room 505.  You do NOT need to register to attend this workshop.  Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy during the workshop.

Keep an eye out for other reminders about workshops throughout the semester.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Good Luck!

You’re in the midst of finals now, and we in the Academic Success Department wanted to wish you luck as you wrap up the fall semester.  We sincerely hope that all of the hard work you’ve put in this semester reveals itself through some great exam results.  Heading into the holidays, we hope that you’ll enjoy the break from studying and that you’ll return to campus recharged and refreshed - ready to tackle the spring semester!

If you need any assistance over the next couple weeks, please don’t hesitate to swing by our department on the 5th floor to chat with a member of our team.  If you’re looking for some motivation, please see the video below.  Good luck on your final exams!

 

Finals

ASP Workshop #5: Preparing for Finals

Finals are just over a month away so hopefully you’ve begun to prepare.  For first semester students, final exams are uncharted territory and you may be concerned about how you should be preparing for the upcoming exams.  But there’s good news!  Your Academic Success Counselors are well-versed in law school exams and they are here to help YOU achieve the best results possible on your exams.  Time management is critical at this stage in the semester.  How much studying is enough?  What sources should you use to practice?  How do you know when you’re finished studying?  We hope you’ll join us next week for the final workshop of the semester where we will answer these questions and a lot more.

That’s right.  Next week, the Academic Success Department will host the last in its series of ASP workshops geared toward first-semester students titled Preparing for Finals.  On Tuesday, October 30th, we will be in room 250 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or a snack, to enjoy during the presentation.  On Friday, November 2nd, there will be an encore presentation from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops next week!

Important Information for Future New York and New Jersey Bar Takers

If you are planning on sitting for the New York Bar, especially if you are a 2012 admit, be aware that New York has implemented a 50-hour pro bono requirement as part of the bar admission application.  This new requirement applies to all applicants after January 2015.

Pro bono service work is defined as supervised pre-admission law-related work that

 (1) assists in the provision of legal services without charge for (i) persons of limited means; (ii) not-for-profit organizations; or (iii) individuals, groups or organizations seeking to secure or promote access to justice, including, but not limited to, the protection of civil rights, civil liberties or public rights;

 (2) assists in the provision of legal assistance in public service for a judicial, legislative, executive or other governmental entity; or

 (3) provides legal services pursuant to subdivisions two and three of section 484 of the Judiciary Law, or pursuant to equivalent legal authority in the jurisdiction where the services are performed.

For New Jersey bar applicants, the New Jersey Supreme Court is considering a pro bono requirement similar to New York’s.  Such changes are still in the discussion phase with no specific date yet for when, or if, New Jersey will implement this new requirement.

Students must also note that New York does not accept distance education asynchronous credits and any such credits on a student’s transcript may require further review upon application.  Thus, students must pay close attention when registering for distance education classes and take only those classes listed as synchronous. 

If you have any additional questions about either the New York or New Jersey bar, or any other state bar, please contact Sharon Gurule to make an appointment with an Academic Success counselor.  Students are also encouraged to visit their respective state’s Board of Bar Examiners website for other frequently asked questions.

ASP Workshop #4: Wellness Center Tips

With midterms complete, and finals just around the corner, you may be feeling the stress of law school creeping in on your personal life.  Don’t worry.  We’re here to help!  Next week, the Academic Success Department will host the third in its series of ASP workshops geared toward first-semester students titled Wellness Center Tips.  Dr. Virginia Swartz will be on hand to speak to you about managing stress and maintaining a healthy school-life balance.  On Tuesday, October 16th, we will be in room 250 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or a snack, to enjoy during the presentation.  On Friday, October 19th, there will be an encore presentation from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 250.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops next week!