The Structured Study Groups (SSGs) are weekly sessions designed to all 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. SSGs meet each week for one hour to hone in key skills including case reading, case briefing, legal analysis, outlining, and exam taking. 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.
Professor Coben’s Civil Dispute Resolution meets Thursdays from 12:10-1:15 in Room 214 (with the exception of Nov. 2, which will be in Room 219).