Some of you may remember a famous quote from the movie, Jerry Maguire:
Help me, help you!
This has a very familiar ring to it as much of what we do in Academic Success is help students acquire skills so that they can be successful on their own. Essentially, we are here to help you learn to help yourself. Our department is here as a resource for all students, but it’s not uncommon for students to be unaware of everything that we can do to help. Therefore, here is a quick overview of the services we offer to our students.
About Us and the Program
All of the Academic Success Counselors are licensed attorneys in good standing with various state bars. They have had training in student instruction, bar exam preparation, and general academic success techniques. Counselors are available by appointment or for walk-in meetings based on availability. The mission of our department is to assist students in maximizing academic potential during the unique rigors of law school. We have all been there before and we understand what you are going through. Don’t be afraid to use us as a resource!
Counselors are available for individual meetings to offer advice and assistance in many topics including the following:
- Adjusting to the stresses and challenges of law school
- Discussing life issues that may affect academic performance
- Essay writing
- Exam preparation and strategies
- Improving study methods
- Scheduling classes
- Bar application completion
As permitted by LP and substantive professors, counselors are available to discuss legal writing issues, review essays and writing samples, and assist in the improvement of grammar and writing style. The department offers a lineup of writing workshops throughout the semester.
Resources for First-Year Students
Law School Foundations I and II are skills-development seminars that provide first-year students with an intense introduction to law school and the tools necessary to become active and successful learners. Through in-class exercises, individual meetings, and live workshops, students develop and sharpen their study and test-taking stragegies while mastering the skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.
Resources for Upper Level Students
There is an online series of academic success workshops on essay-writing that assist upper level students as they continue to develop and improve their writing skills. These workshops can be found under “Vodcasts” on the Academic Success SharePoint Site.
Advanced Florida Bar Studies is a 3-credit essay-writing course taught in students’ final semester. This skills-development course is designed to prepare students for the state-specific sections of the Florida bar exam.
Multistate Bar Exam Strategies is a 1-credit course taught during students’ final year. This skills-development course is designed to prepare students for the multiple choice, multistate section of any state’s bar exam.
Bar Preparation Services
Counselors are available to assist with bar application questions during your law school career. In addition, you will be assigned a bar coach upon graduation. Your coach will assist you with preparation for your state bar exam, including essay review.
Hopefully this post has given you an overview of the variety of services offered by our department. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please stop by our offices in Suite 580.