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Legal Writing Matters: Encouraging Law Students to Use Mindfulness Techniques

Legal Writing Professor Shailini George By Shailini J. George A study published in the journal Science found that a majority of participants would prefer to give themselves mild electrical shocks rather than be alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. Last summer, a tourist in Melbourne, Australia, was so engrossed in reading Facebook [...]

September 8th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Concerns of Incoming First-Year Law Students

By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Excitement mixed with a little panic. These are typical feelings of an incoming 1L at law schools across the country in September. As students start their first year of law school, I am often asked for tips, especially when it comes to writing. “I am not good at writing.” “I don’t like [...]

August 31st, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Preparing Students for the Bar Exam

By Sabrina DeFabritiis and Kathleen Elliott Vinson While July means fireworks, barbecues, and beaches for some, for recent law school graduates practice readiness and bar passage are the focus this time of year. At the end of July looms the biggest hurdle for these graduates – the bar exam. While their stress level is understandably [...]

July 29th, 2015|faculty voices, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Using a Writing Lockdown to Help Law Students Avoid Procrastination

By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of  Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Staring at a blank screen, cursor blinking, you wait for the words to pour out from your fingers. Looking at your calendar you notice a writing deadline looming. Whether it is writing a paper, reading a recent case, [...]

July 7th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Student Voices: Learning to Write Like a Lawyer

By Merry Sheehan During the first year of law school, every student is required to take legal writing. For most first-year law students, legal writing is completely new and very challenging. For me, learning how to write like a lawyer has been one of my biggest challenges in law school thus far. At the beginning [...]

March 18th, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters, Student Voices|

ASP Tip of the Week: Balance is the Key to a Great Spring Break

By Professor Herbert N. Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School During spring break, balance relaxation with getting caught up with your studies. Spring break can be a great time to recharge your batteries.  This year, we have been pelted by storm after storm, and a few days in the sun is an [...]

February 23rd, 2015|ASP Tips of the Week, General|

ASP Tip of the Week: Want to Excel? Read Actively and Review Consistently

By Professor Herbert N. Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School Read Cases Actively – It is obvious that students must read the day’s assignment before attending class, but it is important that you read cases actively.  Reading actively means, among other things, formulating questions about the material as you read it.  Questions [...]

February 3rd, 2015|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tip of the Week: Working Hard is the Key to Success

By Professor Herbert N. Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School Law school is full of things that are beyond your control.  The courses you must take as a 1L, the cases you have to read, and the exact questions you will be asked on your exams are only a few of things [...]

January 22nd, 2015|ASP Tips of the Week|

5 Things to Know About an Intellectual Property Clinic

By Eve J. Brown Director, Suffolk Law IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic I’m often asked by people considering law school what law students can do in the Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship Clinic. “Who are our clients?” “What kind of cases can I handle before I pass the bar?” And probably most appropriately, “Will I learn what it [...]

January 20th, 2015|General, Law School Career Services|

ASP Tip of the Week: You Are Not Your Grades!

By Professor Herbert N. Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School In law school, most everyone’s examination experience is the same on one important level.  The grades on the transcript rarely match up with the expectations students had when they entered law school.  If your grades did not match up with your expectations, [...]

January 14th, 2015|ASP Tips of the Week|