The Structured Study Groups (SSGs) are weekly sessions designed to help students at all levels of ability navigate the challenges of the first-year curriculum and develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in the practice of law. SSGs meet each week for one hour to hone in key skills, including case reading, case briefing, legal analysis, outlining, exam taking, and others. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine they are learning in their substantive courses through consistent practice and feedback on their performance.
The SSGs are led by high-achieving, upper-class students recommended by the faculty. SSG leaders work closely with faculty to develop exercises and practice exams designed to increase students’ understanding of the doctrine and their ability to apply it to a new set of facts.
Students who have attended SSGs have found them extremely helpful. Although attendance is not mandatory, we encourage all students to attend. The research shows that students who outline their courses and take practice exams perform better on exams than students who do not.
This spring, we are offering SSGs only for Contracts. The SSG for Professor Butterfoss’ section meets on Fridays at noon in Room 125. The SSG for Professor Heidenreich’s section meets on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in Room 219. We are offering three SSGs for Professor Blair’s sections: one at 11:00 a.m. on Friday in Room 125, one at 6:00 p.m. Fridays in Room 319, and one on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 319 (except the Saturday session on March 4 will be in Room 325 and the Saturday session on March 25 will be in Room 219). You need not register; just come!