This is a digital reproduction of the handout distributed to 1Ls at the OASP orientation session.
Workshops will be held at noon in Lanier Auditorium, unless otherwise indicated
Orientation – “The Path to Academic Success” (8/10 @ 12:30 p.m.)
Students will spend time developing personal definitions of academic success in anticipation of Introduction to the Study of Law. Students will also receive an overview of the resources offered by the school to support academic success.
August 16 – “Optimizing each study session” (will serve food)
Professor Baldwin will provide a template agenda to help students craft study sessions that incorporate both review of material covered and acquisition of new information for upcoming classes.
August 23 – “Building blocks of legal analysis” (will serve food)
Professor Baldwin will provide information about the core building blocks of legal analysis – issues, rules, and analysis – and provide some strategies to help students assess the works they are reading and self-assess the writing they are producing to see if it contains the distinctive characteristics of each building block.
August 30 – “Rule statements made simple” (will serve food)
Good legal analysis flows from a quality understanding of existing rules. In this workshop, Professor Baldwin will provide information about the characteristics that separate rule statements from other pieces of writing and illustrate the common patterns that rule statements follow in anticipation of the lesson on outlining in 1Ls’ “Introduction to the Study of Law” class.
September 7 – “Analysis: Multi-level progression”
Once students master identifying and repackaging rule statements, it’s time to focus on the work of analysis. In legal writing, analysis is layering together multiple forms of reasoning to achieve one’s analytical or persuasive goals. This workshop will provide information about the different types of reasoning and the common strategies to layer them together.
September 13 – “An approach to issue-spotting essays”
Sometimes in law school, professors share a story and ask students to identify the legal problems in the story that need a solution, and to identify what resolution those legal problems may follow. This workshop will provide information about preparing for and processing through issue-spotting essay exams.
September 20 – “Autonomy, self-determination, and professionalism”
One pinnacle of lawyering is being an autonomous professional who advises others for a living and gets to engage in self-determination by choosing which others to trade their professional opinions with. This workshop will provide some ideas about taking control of the transition from being a novice in the field to being an active participant in building your future career.
September 27 – “Recalibration after midterms”
Midterms are an opportunity to reflect on strategies for effectiveness, and if they are ineffective to choose new ones. This workshop will provide guidance on how to review midterm exam feedback and use that information to make strategy changes.
October 4 – “Building systems & habits”
Emergencies and catastrophes crop up; it is part of life. The systems and habits you build during less fraught times help minimize the disruption you experience when confronted with emergencies and catastrophes. This workshop will provide some ideas for which places in life to work on building durable systems and habits to support future you during emergencies or catastrophes.
October 11 – “Learning for mastery”
As experienced consumers of education, law students know that not all learning lasts beyond the test. This workshop provides methods to ensure the learning you are doing in the first and second semester of law school will support learning for long-term retention, or mastery learning. Mastery learning is important because the 1L subjects are the core subjects used in the bar exam.
October 18 – “Writing to make a case”
Most lawyers are professional writers. While the curriculum focuses on writing specific professional documents, such as memos during the first semester, and trial and appellate briefs during the second semester, there are other places where you can practice writing to make a case using various forms of proof. This workshop will address use of different types of proof in writing scenarios beyond the memo and case brief.
October 25 – “Self-assessment”
How does one self-assess while a novice? This workshop provides ideas to help students avoid the dreaded Dunning-Kruger effect. Self-assessment is a prerequisite skill to becoming an autonomous professional.