THE 5 BIGGEST MISTAKESPART-TIME AND ONLINELAW STUDENTS MAKE
Agenda Quick Overview of Online Law School Discussion of the 5 Biggest Mistakes Part- Time Law Students Make Q & A Adm...
Law School Reinvented•Focused on careerprofessionals•Designed to provideflexibility and accessibility•Rigorous program•Hig...
Law School Reinvented•Live, real-time classes twoevenings per week   •Professors use web   cameras   •Students are always ...
Law School Reinvented• 24/7 access to class materials, recordedclasses, discussion boards, and academicsupport resources• ...
Mistake #1: Not Understanding YourRole as a Student   Origin of Mistake: Expecting law school to be solely    about learn...
Work Towards Final ExamsClark Kent, star reporter for the Daily Planet, was approached bypanhandler Bill Gates and asked f...
Mistake #2: Not Knowing How to StudyEfficiently   Origin of Mistake: Ignorance of what to expect on    law school final e...
Active vs. Passive Studying in Law School      DO THIS…             …NOT THIS…        Reading                  Practice   ...
Mistake # 3: Not Being Prepared toAbsorb a Large Volume of Information   Origin of Mistake   Manifestation of Mistake   ...
Strategies to Succeed in Online Law School Programs                                 • Be prepared to feel                 ...
Mistake # 4: Not Taking Advantage ofNetworking Opportunities   Origin of Mistake: Overestimating the degree of    competi...
Mistake #5: Assuming PoorPerformance Can Be Explained Away   Origin of Mistake: Rationalizing that there is    “leeway” f...
Law School ReinventedOnline Law School  Q&A Session
Law School ReinventedOnline Law School Application Deadlines    Winter              Spring    2013                2013    ...
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Online law school and students attending part time law school programs face unique challenges. This presentation is meant to accompany the corresponding webinar, available at www.stfrancislaw.com.

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Overview of St. Francis School of Law

--The nation's first highly-selective online law school
--Highly credentialed faculty from top-ranked law schools
--Interactive platform hosting live, online classes
--Accomplished student body

Choosing an Online Law School
--Rankings for Online Law Schools
--the ABA and Online Law Schools


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Online Law School: 5 Biggest Mistakes Online Law Students Make

  1. 1. THE 5 BIGGEST MISTAKESPART-TIME AND ONLINELAW STUDENTS MAKE
  2. 2. Agenda Quick Overview of Online Law School Discussion of the 5 Biggest Mistakes Part- Time Law Students Make Q & A Admissions Deadlines Law School Reinvented
  3. 3. Law School Reinvented•Focused on careerprofessionals•Designed to provideflexibility and accessibility•Rigorous program•High level of interactivity• Extremely well-credentialed faculty
  4. 4. Law School Reinvented•Live, real-time classes twoevenings per week •Professors use web cameras •Students are always required to participate via voice •Web cam participation can also be required
  5. 5. Law School Reinvented• 24/7 access to class materials, recordedclasses, discussion boards, and academicsupport resources• Office hours with professors•Focus on recruiting engaged, collegialstudent body
  6. 6. Mistake #1: Not Understanding YourRole as a Student Origin of Mistake: Expecting law school to be solely about learning rules Your three key tasks during law school  Learn how to learn  Learn how to think  Learn what to do Difference between the St. Francis law school model and traditional law school models Law School Reinvented
  7. 7. Work Towards Final ExamsClark Kent, star reporter for the Daily Planet, was approached bypanhandler Bill Gates and asked for a quarter. As a prank, Kent (whowas secretly Superman) lifted and very gently flew Gates hundreds offeet up to the top of the World Tribune building and left Gates thereon a ledge.Kent hovered over the World Tribune building and never touched thesurface of the building. During the flight, Gates was apprehensive hemight fall, but Kent had a strong grip. Gates was embarrassed andthe crowds below taunted him for hours as the fire department tried todevise a means of rescue. Gates was humiliated.As he stood on the ledge, Gates accidently knocked a decorative panelloose. It fell to the ground and injured fireman Frank. Suddenly, Gatesdiscovered that there was an unlocked window next to him all the time.He opened the window and escaped immediately.Discuss. Law School Reinvented
  8. 8. Mistake #2: Not Knowing How to StudyEfficiently Origin of Mistake: Ignorance of what to expect on law school final exams Manifestation of Mistake  Misunderstanding the role of cases  Active vs. passive study strategies Three ways to avoid this mistake Law School Reinvented
  9. 9. Active vs. Passive Studying in Law School DO THIS… …NOT THIS… Reading Practice Exams Case Briefing Issue-Spotting & Hypos Memorizing Rule Outlining Statements Memorizing Rule Outlining StatementsIssue-Spotting & Hypos Case BriefingPractice Exams Reading Law School Reinvented
  10. 10. Mistake # 3: Not Being Prepared toAbsorb a Large Volume of Information Origin of Mistake Manifestation of Mistake  Assuming that concepts that are unclear or difficult will become clearer or less difficult with time  Spending study time engaged in efforts that are not likely to increase your comprehension How to avoid this mistake  Importance of self-assessments  Focus on being proactive and staying up to speed Law School Reinvented
  11. 11. Strategies to Succeed in Online Law School Programs • Be prepared to feel overwhelmed for at least 6LAW SCHOOL CAN FEEL LIKE THIS… months •Stop looking for a right answer- focus on analysis, analysis, analysis •Keep your eye on the final exam and work towards being able to write an organized essay using IRAC format Law School Reinvented
  12. 12. Mistake # 4: Not Taking Advantage ofNetworking Opportunities Origin of Mistake: Overestimating the degree of competition How to engage with peers in and outside of online law classes Networking in part-time and online law programs Law School Reinvented
  13. 13. Mistake #5: Assuming PoorPerformance Can Be Explained Away Origin of Mistake: Rationalizing that there is “leeway” for lower grades given that online law school students are also working Manifestation of Mistake How to avoid this mistake  Alignment of career goals and law school  Open communication with online law school administrators  Evaluating all graded work to assess weaknesses Law School Reinvented
  14. 14. Law School ReinventedOnline Law School Q&A Session
  15. 15. Law School ReinventedOnline Law School Application Deadlines Winter Spring 2013 2013 Application Application Deadline: Deadline: April December 10th 10th Classes start Classes start first week of first week of January May

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