By Gerald M. Slater Assistant Dean for Professional & Career Development, Suffolk Law School It’s time to start training law students to be lawyers. Law students have been trained to think like lawyers, but not trained to do what lawyers do. Last week, I wrote in this blog post about our new new Accelerator Practice, [...]
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By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School When students attempt to perform objective legal analysis, they often fall into the trap of being indecisive as opposed to objective. When performing objective legal analysis, you must still come to a conclusion; it’s just that your conclusion is the product of carefully considering [...]
By Marissa Louro JD ‘16 Candidate, Suffolk University Law School “It depends,” said my Civil Procedure professor last fall, “there are arguments to both sides.” I will never forget how confused all of the first-year law students looked when hearing this one month into law school. (We were talking about domicile, which is essentially a [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School The facts from the problem must reappear in your answer or you are not performing legal analysis. There are few absolutes in law school, but including the facts in your answers to essay questions and legal memos is one of them. Remember, most [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School At every step in the study process – reading cases, creating outlines, or reviewing notes and secondary sources – you will have questions. Some questions, like the correct definition of a legal term of art, can be resolved quite quickly, while others may [...]
By Patrick Shine JD '16 Candidate, Suffolk University Law School Starting my second year of law school, there is one thing I would like to push that “do-over” button for: letting other students’ behavior and attitudes dictate how I felt I was doing. It kicks in at the end of first semester. Finals are approaching, [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School Why Study Groups Are Not For Studying Study groups are one of the most misunderstood aspects of law school life. In fact, the term "study group" is something of a misnomer. I prefer to call them "review groups." Review groups are most effective [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School It is quite common to be confused after class. You have just covered a new legal principle, and you may be struggling to fully comprehend how it works or how it relates to other rules you covered earlier in the semester. When [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School Too often, students begin their examination answers by stating their final conclusion. Instead, the answer should begin with a statement identifying the problem(s) one is seeking to resolve. This may not seem like an important distinction, but place yourself into examination mode for [...]
By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School A recent “Tip of the Week” touched on the importance of treating your email messages as a professional form of communication. Continuing with the idea of conveying only positive information about yourself, our “ASP Tip of the Week” is to review your online profile [...]