Make an appointment
To make an appointment with a tutor please email Prof. Johnson
Three tutors, all of whom are attorneys and experienced skills professors, are available to help students develop the skills they need to succeed academically. Students may consult with a tutor on a wide array of issues, including study skills, time management, case reading and briefing, legal analysis, legal writing, outlining, and exam preparation.
Tutoring is free and open to students at all levels of ability. Some students meet with a tutor only once, while other students meet weekly, or sporadically. All students have questions at some point during their law school careers. We encourage students to consult with a tutor rather than spin their wheels.
Guidelines for Tutoring
- Students at all levels of ability are welcome to meet with a tutor to discuss a variety of academic issues including reading comprehension, case briefing, study skills, time management, legal analysis, writing, outlining, and exam preparation.
- Students may with a tutor as often as the tutor deems appropriate. Typically, students and their tutor will agree on the frequency of appointments. The frequency of appointments will depend on the tutor’s availability and the issues students have questions about.
- Because the number of tutoring hours we can provide is limited, if students need to cancel or reschedule an appointment they must do so at least 24 hours in advance. The tutors are not required to reschedule missed appointments or appointments canceled with less than 24 hours notice.
- Absent exigent circumstances, students who repeatedly miss appointments without notice or cancel appointments less than 24 hours in advance will not be permitted to consult with their tutor for two weeks from the time of the missed or late cancellation.
- The assistance the tutors offer is designed to promote long-term learning and self-reliance. Tutors will not edit or rewrite a student’s work. Instead, they will answer students’ questions, help them hone in the skills they need to become effective lawyers, and give them opportunities to practice and get feedback on their work. They will consult with students on writing assignments, answer doctrinal questions to the extent of their ability, and help students figure out how to get the answers themselves. Finally, they will direct students to resources or supplemental materials that will promote self-directed learning—i.e., help students help themselves independently.
- Students must arrive on time for tutoring appointments. The tutors are not required to wait for a student longer than 20 minutes past the appointed time nor are they required to make up the appointment. Any appointment a student misses because of lateness will count as a no-show.
- Students who want to review a specific assignment with a tutor must send their tutor the assignment 24 hours before their scheduled appointment.
- Absent exigent circumstances, tutoring meetings will take place at school. On occasion, a student and his/her tutor may agree to meet at a coffee shop nearby school.
- The tutors will keep any information a student provides confidential. They will obtain the student’s permission before discussing his or her academic advising with anyone other than the director of the Academic Excellence Program and the Dean of Students.
- Students will be asked to complete an anonymous evaluation form at the end of the semester.