• Workshops

    Professors provide helpful tips for excelling in law school

    Academic Success Program workshops are led by Hamline Law professors on a variety of topics to help you build skills and strategies to be successful in law school and your career. The workshops take place during LRW class time and are sequenced to build your skills throughout the year. There are generally two workshops in the fall. The first covers demystifying the law school classroom, briefing, synthesis, and outlining; the second covers preparing for and writing exams. Spring workshop topics are likely to include avoiding common errors on exams, and written and oral argumentation.

    Academic Success Program Fall 2014 workshops

    The Academic Success Program will offer two workshops this fall.  The workshops will focus on the skills fundamental to success in law school from the first day of class to final exams.

     The Nature of Our Game: Demystifying the Law School Classroom

     Presented by Professor Allen Blair
     Saturday, August 23
     3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
     Room 101

    Wednesday, August 27
    10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
    Room 101

    Wednesday, August 27
    12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
    Room 105

    Do you walk into class feeling confident but walk out feeling lost?  Are you confused about what you are supposed to take away from classroom discussions?  Does it feel like no matter how hard you work and prepare, you cannot seem to figure out where your professors have hidden the ball?  In this workshop, Professor Blair will help you to think about the best ways to take structured notes that will help you maximize your comprehension and prepare you for outlining later in the semester.  He will also help you think about the different learning processes simultaneously taking place in each of your courses.  By the end of the workshop, you will hopefully feel a little more certain about your bearings in a law school classroom.

     Law School Exams Are Different: Preparing For and Writing Your First Law School Exams

    Presented by Professor Ed Butterfoss   

    Wednesday, September 24
    10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
    Room 101

    Saturday, September 27
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Room 101

    Exams seem a long way off, but you should be preparing to take your exams from the start of the semester.  This workshop will review how to utilize IRAC to write an effective law school exam and introduce the "ice cream" hypothetical to help demystify legal analysis.  The workshop includes a detailed discussion of what you should be doing leading up to exams and what you should be prepared to do when you sit down in the exam room to actually take the exam.  It focuses on how to convert the information you have compiled in your outlines into an effective exam answer, providing a step by step approach to effective legal analysis and exam writing.  The workshop also examines common missteps that reduce the effectiveness of exam answers.  The workshop will include a review of actual exam answers and give you a chance to practice the all important skill of exam writing.


    Questions? Contact Alice Silkey (asilkey@hamline.edu).