What is Law School BootCamp?

Everyone admitted to your law school has similar intelligence, commitment and effort. Yet some students will achieve their personal best where others will not. What distinguishes successful students is study skills and habits, access to legal information, critical thinking and test-taking skills. This combination of knowledge, skills and abilities can be learned and improved. In our more than 50 years of combined experience, we have seen the impact that intense preparation can have on a student's ability to excel.

The Boot Camp is an online distance learning program designed to provide that intense preparation. The Boot Camp teaches students to study effectively for law school, introduces students to the writing, thinking and test-taking skills needed to excel on law school exams, and builds a network of academic support that crosses school boundaries.

The participants work on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to achieve their goals as law students. In particular, the participants work on:

 

  • Basic Legal Vocabulary
  • Reading and Briefing Cases
  • Pre and Post-class preparation
  • Self-Testing (particularly, use of flashcards, hypos)
  • Memorization
  • Outlining and Flowcharting
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Basic Legal Writing
  • Taking a law school examination

 

Participants begin to develop their issue-spotting, exam-writing and analytical skills. These skills are essential to doing well in law school but are rarely explicitly taught.

 

Finally, at the end of the boot camp each student will develop an individualized strategic plan for the fall semester helping the student turn new knowledge into action.

 

The Boot Camp requires approximately 120 hours of academic work over an eight week period. A student working full-time in addition to The Boot Camp will have committed approximately 65 hours per week. While intense, this commitment is similar to what is required for success in law school.

 

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