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What a Novel Idea: Training Law Students to Be Lawyers

By Gerald M. Slater Associate Dean for Professional & Career Development, Suffolk Law School In September 2014, six third-year law students started an intensive year of training in Suffolk Law’s new Accelerator Practice. The Accelerator Practice is a fee-generating law practice embedded within the law school. After all, if you’re going to train law students [...]

November 5th, 2016|faculty voices, General|

Legal Writing Matters: Cracking Citations, One Post-it Note at a Time

By Irina V. Gott When new law students try to decipher citation, they are understandably overwhelmed and intimidated. But by customizing their ALWD Guide they can crack any citation. Some students may not know where to begin when scanning through the myriad of citation rules in the Guide. Some even admit to burying it under a [...]

November 18th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Why Law Students Should Welcome Feedback

Suffolk University Legal Writing Professor Kathleen Elliott Vinson By Kathleen Elliott Vinson Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy Getting back that first legal writing memo assignment with your professor’s critique and grade – what could be more stressful for a 1L. But, students should view it [...]

October 13th, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: 4 Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Law Students

By Samantha A. Moppett An IBM poll of more than 1,500 CEOs revealed that creativity—not intelligence—was the most crucial factor for future success. This shift from intelligence to creativity as the most valuable trait has been attributed to the unprecedented challenges and frantic pace of change today. This is especially true for lawyers and law [...]

September 23rd, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Encouraging Law Students to Use Mindfulness Techniques

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 on her smartphone that she walked off [...]

September 8th, 2015|General, Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Infusing International Law into Advanced Legal Writing

By Rosa Kim Imagine that a lawyer with a solo practice in downtown Boston has two clients: Client A is injured on a flight from St. Louis to Boston, when the flight attendant accidently slammed the beverage cart against her arm, breaking it. Client B is injured in the same way on a flight from [...]

September 8th, 2015|General, 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|General, 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|

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|