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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!

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!

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!

Bar Application Information and Upcoming Workshop

Bar Applications require future examinees to provide very detailed information about their personal lives to undergo an extensive background check as part of the character and fitness process.  If a the state allows you to submit an early application, consider doing so as it may provide a discount financially but it also allows (1) you to address any incidents that have occurred that can create character issues early and start the process and (2) doing your application during your first year means that it will create less stress for you than doing it in your third year when most students are also working. 

The Florida Bar does give a discount to those students who submit their applications by the deadline listed in their first year – see www.floridabarexam.org, click on Checklists and Forms, then click on Register as a First Year Student.  Print out this first year checklist, gather the necessary information, and then create a login and password which is valid for only 6 months (so finish it in time to meet the deadline; if it is not completed within 6 months, all information is deleted). 

The actual application you fill in (where your login and password necessary) is much more detailed than that of general checklist.  In your third year, you will have to convert your student registration to an exam application. You can do this at www.floridabarexam.org, then go to Checklists and Forms, then click on Convert a Student Registration into a Bar Application.

 For those students who want to potentially be involved in an externship where a CLI (Certified Legal Intern) status is required but you do not plan on taking the Florida Bar exam- you can also get a discount by doing it early.  To do so, go to www.floridabarexam.org, click on Checklists and Forms, then click on Register for Certified Legal Internship (CLI) Clearance only.  This is the same application as the First Year Application.  However, this application is not converted in your third year.  This application will start the character and fitness process.  However, upon filing this application, you are not automatically a CLI.  You need to be selected into a CLI program by the Clinic Department, have the mandatory credit hours necessary, and then the Clinic Department requests that you are deemed a CLI by the FL Supreme Court, which will then decide whether to grant such a request.

For more information on when a CLI clearance is required, please see the Florida Board of Bar Examiners website (and applicable links) as well as the FCSL website page for Clinical Information.  If you are unsure if you are going to stay in Florida, you may want to do the full application, which only costs $25 more than the CLI Clearance Only application, and then decide whether or not you are going to stay in Florida and do the conversion application in your Third Year.  This would allow you to receive the discount of $300 (if done by the earliest first year discount) on the total cost of the bar exam.

If your state does not allow you to submit your application early, then see if you can still print out a current application and start gathering your information.  If you are unable to do that, gather all the information for Florida’s application, create a login and print off your completed application (and just not submit it).  Florida asks much more detailed questions than some other states and thus, you will have most of, if not all of, the information required for your state’s bar application. 

If you have any other questions about bar applications, see an Academic Success Counselor.  Please note that the Academic Success Department will be hosting a Bar Application Workshop on Thursday, October 18, from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in Room 250

At this event, the Director of the Clinical Programs, Professor Lynn McDowell, will make a brief presentation on the Certified Legal Intern status as it relates to the clinics and internships.  Associate Dean of Student Services, Dean Taggart, and Student Services Coordinator, Lauren Levine, will also be at the event to discuss the importance of consistency between your law school application and your bar application and how to make amendments to your law school application if necessary.  Finally, the Advanced Florida Bar Studies Professors will discuss the Bar Application process and students will start the bar application.  We look forward to seeing you at the event!

MC Test Tips

ASP Workshop #3: Multiple Choice Strategies

With midterms fast-approaching, you’ve probably started to think about the format of those tests and how best to prepare.  The majority of your midterm exams will have a multiple choice component.  Don’t be caught unawares though; multiple choice questions on a law school exam can be drastically different from the types of questions you are used to from undergrad.  Therefore, we hope you’ll join us for one of our workshops next week.

The Academic Success Department will host the third in its series of ASP workshops geared toward first-semester students titled Multiple Choice Strategies.  On Tuesday, September 25th, we will be in room 455 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring your lunch, or a snack, to enjoy during the presentation.  On Friday, September 28th, 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!