Professors provide helpful tips for excelling in law school

    Academic Excellence 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 Excellence will offer two workshops this spring.  The workshops will focus improving performance on exams and the art of written and oral persuasion.


     A Litigator’s Craft: Persuasion in Briefing and Oral Arguments

    Presented by Professor Allen Blair

    Sunday, February 1

    3:15 - 4:15, Room 4

    Monday February 2

    10:20 - 11:20, Room 101


    A litigator’s daily work revolves around crafting persuasive briefs and arguments.  In this workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies for enhancing the persuasiveness of your written and oral arguments.  We will also think about the ways in which current communication theories can offer additional insights into persuasion.



    Improving Exam Performance: Reviewing Common Missteps on Fall Semester's Exam Answers

    Presented by Professor Ed Butterfoss

    Thursday, February 5, 

    9:40 - 10:40, Room 101

    SaturdayFebruary 7,

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Room 4



    You have just received your first set of law school exam grades.  This workshop will help you learn what you can do to improve your performance.  Professor Butterfoss will use examples of actual student exams to illustrate mistakes students commonly make and to explain what steps to take to avoid these errors in the future.  In light of the examples, Professor Butterfoss will also review IRAC  as it pertains to exams, and he will revisit the ice cream hypothetical in order to give you a chance to apply what you have learned. You will get more out of this workshop if you have received one or more of your exam answers back from your professor and have reviewed your exam on your own or with your professor before attending the workshop.


    Questions? Morgan Holcomb (mholcomb01@hamline.edu).