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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|

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|

ASP Tips of the Week: When Outlining, Less is Usually More

By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School Our "Tip of the Week" addresses an important part of the distillation process that is involved in creating a course outline. Simply put, less is usually more when outlining. An outline is your attempt to reduce all the information you have on a [...]

December 2nd, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tips of the Week: Using Skeletal Outlines as an Examination Checklist

By Professor Herb Ramy Director, Academic Support Program, Suffolk University Law School You will be nervous when the examination proctor says “begin,” so the worst thing you can do is to start writing out your answer immediately.  Instead, consider writing out your skeletal outline when the proctors says you may start.  A skeletal outline is [...]

November 20th, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tip of the Week: Objectivity and Indecisiveness Are Not the Same Thing

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 [...]

November 10th, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tip of the Week: Legal Analysis Requires a Discussion of Facts

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 [...]

October 24th, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tip of the Week: Maintain a ‘Questions’ Notebook

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 [...]

October 16th, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|

ASP Tip of the Week: Why Study Groups Are Not for Studying

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 [...]

October 9th, 2014|ASP Tips of the Week|