Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state. The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.
Workshops & Presentations
Creating Exam-Targeted Course Summaries
A course summary (often referred to an "outline" by law students and professors) is a personal compilation of the essentials of a course.
This presentation stresses that the generative process of outline production is more important than the product produced, and explains why no other student's outline, or any commercial summary can possibly take the place of a self-produced product. Students are taught how, why and when to produce course summaries.
Manage Your Life-Time
Students are introduced to the concept that the higher orders of thinking associated with lawyering demand focus and concentration - and that to achieve the life/time balance essential for maximum focus and concentration, law students and lawyers need to exercise their executive management capabilities to the utmost.
This means aggressive assertion of total control over their most personal asset - their lifetime. During this presentation, practical solutions are offered for the seeming conundrum of "not enough time" experienced by most beginning law students.
Essay Exam Answering Workshops:
Attend one each week for six weeks
Step-by-step, students learn how to answer law school essay examinations. Week one introduces the elemental skills, which are built upon each week.
Working through all six workshops, followed by attendance at Powerful Exam Answering sessions will provide the essential information and methods law students need to perform at their personal best levels during finals.
Fortify Your Learning: Developing Dynamic Flowcharts
The most powerful learning tool for many students is the self-created flowchart. This graphic organizational "mind map" guides you through exam-targeted analysis structures.
The flowchart's cousin, the text-based "skeletal outline," is preferred by other students. Learn the whys and hows of both - including the use of state-of-the-art software programs.
Simulated Exams: Contracts and Torts
In the words of Joseph Glannon, Professor of Law at Suffolk University, and author of The Law of Torts: Examples and Explanations, "The best way to prepare for your law exams, once you have mastered the basic legal rules, is to take some law exams.
There's a big difference between reading about chess and playing the game. If you were going to a chess tournament, you would prepare by playing a lot of chess.
Similarly, there's a big difference between learning legal rules and using them effectively to answer an essay question. 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."
These November simulations provide students with opportunities to take exams under actual examination conditions - examinations questions written by their own professors.
A powerful addition to each student's own individual exam-answering study component, these simulations "take the edge off," reduce exam anxiety, and provide a sound basis for discovery of a student's exam readiness.