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  • Program Design for Newcomers a presentation by Ken Rosenblum Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Charlotte Taylor DePaul University College of Law Dennis Tonsing Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law Carole Wastog Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
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  • Identifying the goals of your program Identifying the different ways to meet those goals This presentation will consist of two parts:
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  • What are the Goals of the Program? From the perspective of: The Dean The Associate/Assistant Dean The Faculty The Students You the ASP professional
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  • What are the Goals of the Program? Retention Recruitment tools Access to information Increase Diversity Resource for Students Prevent isolation of minority students Appease students Bar Prep Teach Skills Teach Substance? Help the bottom of the class Target at risk students Make your school look good
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  • Looking at four different case studies Touro College Ken Rosenblum Roger Williams University Dennis Tonsing DePaul University Charlotte Taylor Louis Brandies School of Law Carole Wastog How do you implement those Goals?
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  • Program Design for Newcomers a presentation by Charlotte Taylor Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs DePaul University College of Law co-author of Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Carolina Academic Press 2001)
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  • How do you implement those Goals? A Case Study DePaul Goals at DePaul Target & retention of at risk students Assist students in jeopardy Access to information DePaul began as a program for minority students and has now become a program for all at risk students
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  • Goal Target & Retention of at risk students Small twice weekly classes for at risk students Other students can get in from wait list 2 strikes and youre out Class focuses on skills and NOT substance Use as text Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Stropus and Taylor
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  • Goal Assist students in academic jeopardy Small classes and/or individualized help for students in academic jeopardy Depends on what students need and want Offer counseling for personal and academic problems Same focus is on teaching skills (outlining, exam prep, etc. again using Bridging the Gap by Stropus and Taylor)
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  • Goal Access to Information Monthly workshops that focus on skills for all 1 st year students Website that includes presentations from monthly workshops, tips on time mgmt, outlining, etc., links to websites with practice exams & more ASP library with various study aids for students to borrow Materials on reserve in law library with videotapes from monthly workshops as well as handouts, study aids, etc.
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  • Remember: two steps to creating or modifying a program: 1.What are the goals of your program? 2.How will you implement those goals?
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  • Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law Academic Support Program Spring 2002
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  • What well cover... Input, Buy-In, Idea Generation ASP Program Objectives ASP Program Components
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  • Chrissy Mann Bruce Kogan Input Conferences with Law School Faculty & Administration... Laurie Barron Kathleen Burch Lucinda Harrison- Cox Kim Baker Robert Kent John Kunich Debra Cohen Jessica Elliott Peter Margulies Elizabet h Colt Linda Vieira Diana Hassel Andrew Horwitz Christel Ertel Carl Bogus Kathy Massa Lisa McElroy John Moffa Colleen Murphy Chelsie Horne Harvey Rishikof David Rice Ed Eberle Emily Sack Ellen Saidema n Denise Roussea u Larry Ritchie Louise Teitz Tony Simpson Jonathon Gutoff Gail Winso n Robert Webster Paul Vivieros Nancy Waggner Michael Yelnosky David Zlotnick
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  • Input Conferences & Luncheons with University Administration & Law School Student Groups... Academic Developmen t Dean Michael Cunningha m Academic Developmen t Dean Michael Cunningha m Moot Court Security Director Bruce Bowie Multicultural Law Students Association Learning Specialist Laura Choiniere The Docket (School Newspaper) The Docket (School Newspaper) SBA Officers & Class Reps Law Review Student Affairs Dean Richard Stegman Class of 2003 Class of 2004 Alumni Evening Division Students Class of 2002
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  • Academic Support Program Specific Objectives Provide a comprehensive network of presentations, activities, tutorials, and workshops designed to stimulate learning and amplify the classroom experience. Supplement the curriculum with a variety of opportunities to enhance learning skills and develop more efficient, effective methods of studying, comprehending, and writing in the law school environment. Assist students with Bar Examination preparation.
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  • Prepare Students for Law Practice Academic Support Program Overarching Objectives Demystify Law School Demystify Law School Accommodat e Disabled Students Provide Schema Decrease Isolation Maximize Academic Potential Teach Students to Teach Themselves Encourage Bar Exam Preparation Help Students Achieve Fluency in the Language of the Law Familiarize with Law School Exam Preparation
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  • Helping Students Achieve Their Objectives
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  • Achieve your triple objective: Personal best grades First time bar passage Deep, rich foundation for the professional practice of law
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  • ASP Program Components... designed to help students develop fluency in comprehension and production, as well as specific classroom, examination, and practice- related skills.
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  • Fall 2002 Program Components Orientation 2002 Weekly writing sessions Essential skills presentations Simulated examination sessions One-to-one mentoring
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  • Orientation 2002 Objective Empower the students to learn, so they may begin their law school studies as informed, confident students from the first day of class.
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  • Fall Semester Bridge to Exams
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  • Weekly Writing Sessions (directed toward exam writing) Group instruction Immediate feedback Principles of organization Automatization of process Emphasis on analysis This is the students introduction to exam- answering
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  • Essential Skills Presentations How to Brief Cases Taking Notes in Class (& What to Do with Them) Manage Your Life & Manage Your Time Creating Super Course Summaries (Outlines) Study Environment, Study Tips, Study Groups Powerful Exam Answering Flow Charts and Graphic Organizers
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  • Your Academic Support Program announces A lawyers time is her stock in trade. Your time your life is valuable. Learn hands-on management skills every law student should know and every lawyer must know! You cant afford the time to miss this presentation. Ill show you how to make time for law and life!
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  • Time Management A lawyers time is his stock-in-trade. Abraham Lincoln
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  • Busy Lawyers Carefully Balance their Professional Practice with... Family Social SpiritualPhysical Needs & Obligations
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  • How much do lawyers work? 8:00 6:00 & 7:30 9:30 7:00 6:00 8:00 5:00 & 7:00 9:00 8:00 5:00 & 6:30 10:00 8:00 5:00 Saturday 9:00 1:30 (Example of a light work schedule)
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  • So should busy law students.
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  • That schedule allows for... Eight hours of sleep each night Dinner with family or friends each evening One night out or with family during the week Friday nights out or with family Exercise five times during the week Saturday afternoons and evenings to relax Sundays completely free Light (or working) lunches each day
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  • Sample One-Week Schedule MondayTuesdayWed.ThursdayFridaySat.Sunday 7:00 to 9:00 9:00 to 10:00 TORTSCIVIL PROC. TORTSCIVIL PROC. 10:00 to 11:00 CRIM. PROC. 11:00 to Noon CONT. LEGAL METH. Noon to 2:00 LEGAL METH. 2:00 to 3:00 PROP.CRIM. PROC. CRIM. PROC. PROP.CIVIL PROC. 3:00 to 6:00 6:00 to 7:30 7:30 to 9:00 9:00 to 11:00
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  • Sample One-Week Schedule MondayTuesdayWed. Thursday FridaySat.Sunday 7:00 to 9:00 9:00 to 10:00 TORTSCIVIL PROC. TORTSCIVIL PROC. 10:00 to 11:00 CRIM. PROC. 11:00 to Noon CONT. LEGAL METH. Noon to 2:00 LEGAL METH. 2:00 to 3:00 PROP.CRIM. PROC. CRIM. PROC. PROP.CIVIL PROC. 3:00 to 5:00 5:00 to 6:00 6:00 to 7:30 7:30 to 9:00 9:00 to 11:00 CLASS HOURS 15 STUDY HOURS 40 OTHER PARTS OF LIFE HOURS 57 SLEEP HOURS 56
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  • Sample One-Week Schedule CLASS HOURS 15 STUDY HOURS 40 OTHER PARTS OF LIFE HOURS 57 SLEEP HOURS 56 NOTICE THE BALANCED LIFE
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  • Dont let law school overwhelm you!
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  • We help students become lawyers. SPECIAL PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENT Creating the Exam-Targeted Course Summary
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  • Creating the Course Summary Its like writing your own book!
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  • How to Create Your Course Summary Think of your outline as a completed jigsaw puzzle put all the pieces of what youve learned into one cohesive picture.
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  • How to Create Your Course Summary (contd.) Break each rule into component parts (elements) Provide the standard, test, and any exceptions for each element Define each term (These standards, tests, exceptions, and definitions will eventually provide shape and structure for your examination answers) Important!
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  • How to Create Your Course Summary (contd.) WHY? Identify the policy reasons behind each rule, element, standard, test and exception Professors love policy! Summarizing without policy is like learning chess moves without learning when or why to make the moves...
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  • Study Tips
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  • Recognize (discover?) your most effective learning styles, and adjust accordingly http://silcon.com/~scmiller/multiple/multiple_choice_questions.cgi Visual/Verbal Visual/Nonverbal Tactile/Kinesthetic Auditory/Verbal Try the Learning Style Survey
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  • Study Tips SQ3R active reading method Survey (pre-reading) Question Read Recite Review
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  • Use of Graphic Organizers Fishbone Map Network Tree Spider Map Cycle
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  • Responding to Hypotheticals How to answer law school essay exam questions
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  • Exam answer analysis Interweaving begins... Ask: How do relevant facts relate to this law? Scrutinize the facts in relation to the law Ask: Are any facts ambiguous as related to this law? If so Address alternative interpretations Congratulations! You have discovered a discussible issue... Hint: Usually, Plaintiffs and Defendants have different interpretations
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  • Presentation Aspect Never discuss what the professor expressly tells you not to discuss Always discuss what the professor expressly tells you to discuss
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  • Simulated Exam Sessions Students who took practice exams in the fall session raised their GPAs by 1.5 points if they attended at least one workshop. Students who actually write out a dry-run test or two are less likely to be shocked into writers block when they face their first real exam. Kristine Knaplund UCLA Law School
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  • Simulated Exam Sessions The best way to prepare for your law exams... is to take some law exams. If you want to develop a facility for clearly applying the law you have studied to new facts, the best way to do it is to practice at it. Joseph Glannon Suffolk University Law School
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  • Simulated Exam Sessions Two-hour Torts session Two-hour Contracts session Each repeated several times Thursday, Friday, Saturday Answer guides (not answers) Self-critiquing guides Peer-critiquing encouraged
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  • Bar Exam Preparation Panel of Experts Conference with Dean of Students Bar Mentoring Program MBE Preview Sessions (Litvin) Essay Exam Writing Workshop Practising (sic) Law Institute Multistate Review RWU Professors on R.I. topics
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  • Program Design for Newcomers Thursday June 20, 2002 2002 LSAC National Academic Assistance Training Workshop Carole A. Wastog
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  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville Law school is affiliated with the university. Total law school enrollment approximately 380 students. One academic support professional, Director Carole Wastog, half- time. My Office
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  • Brandeis Academic Support Program Justification of the Program Summer Program Advising Tutoring Resource Library Workshops Probation Students Web Page
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  • Justification of the Program Lower Attrition = More Money Plus for Recruitment Happier Alums = More Money
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  • Summer Program Monday through Thursday, 6:00 8:30 pm for four weeks Legal Writing with a law professor First-year doctrinal course with a law professor Introduction to law school, studying, exams, etc. with Academic Support Director. (See Linda Feldmans Summer Program Design on Friday at 1:30.)
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  • Advising Assessment for all students (learning styles). Course selection Personal concerns affecting academic performance (with severe problems referred to professional counselor) Liaison between students and administration
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  • Tutoring Optional attendance Selection of tutors Tutor training First-year classes only (See Kristine Knaplunds Using TA s Effectively on Friday at 1:30 pm)
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  • Resource Library Various study aids available for all students to sign out free of charge Materials donated by students or publishing companies Students help themselves Benefits for students
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  • Workshops Time/Stress Management Test-taking tips and study strategies Bar Exam (see Kamita and Nygrens Programs for Improving Bar Pass/Upper-Level Students) on Friday at 1:30pm
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  • Probation Students Students with a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 are required to meet with Director Students responsibility to continue working with Director
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  • Web Page Resource library database Tutoring schedule Workshop schedule Link to other important sites (see ASP Outreach: Technology and Web Design on Friday at 1:30)
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  • Questions? Carole A. Wastog 502-852-8956 [email protected]
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  • Program Design for Newcomers Thursday June 20, 2002 2002 LSAC National Academic Assistance Training Workshop Carole A. Wastog
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  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville Law school is affiliated with the university. Total law school enrollment approximately 380 students. One academic support professional, Director Carole Wastog, half-time.
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  • Brandeis Academic Support Program Justification of the Program Summer Program Advising Tutoring Resource Library Workshops Probation Students Web Page
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  • Justification of the Program Lower Attrition = More Money Plus for Recruitment Happier Alums = More Money
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  • Summer Program Monday through Thursday, 6:00 8:30 pm for four weeks Legal Writing with a law professor First-year doctrinal course with a law professor Introduction to law school, studying, exams, etc. with Academic Support Director. (See Linda Feldmans Summer Program Design on Friday at 1:30.)
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  • Advising Assessment for all students (learning styles). Course selection Personal concerns affecting academic performance (with severe problems referred to professional counselor) Liaison between students and administration
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  • Tutoring Optional attendance Selection of tutors Tutoring training First-year classes only (See Kristine Knaplunds Using TA s Effectively on Friday at 1:30 pm)
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  • Resource Library Various study aids available for all students to sign out free of charge Materials donated by students or publishing companies Students help themselves Benefits for students
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  • Workshops Time/Stress Management Test-taking tips and study strategies Bar Exam (see Kamita and Nygrens Programs for Improving Bar Pass/Upper-Level Students) on Friday at 1:30pm
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  • Probation Students Students with a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 are required to meet with Director Students responsibility to continue working with Director
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  • Web Page Resource library database Tutoring schedule Workshop schedule Link to other important sites (see ASP Outreach: Technology and Web Design on Friday at 1:30)
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  • Questions?