Legal Methods is a course that incoming students can take during their first semester of law school to help them quickly develop the skills they need to succeed in law school and be able to lay a foundation for ultimate bar passage. This course is open to all incoming first-year students. Legal Methods is designed to make sure students succeed.
*Course title changed from Legal Reasoning Workshop I (LRWI) (effective Fall 2018).
Principles of Legal Analysis (PLA)
PLA is a course that full-time, non-hybrid* students are required to take in the second semester of their first-year of law school if they end up on probation after their first semester of law school (probation = having a cumulative GPA under 2.2). This course is designed to address and remedy the academic and non-academic reasons for each students’ performance during the first semester through large group and one-on-one sessions. PLA is designed to help students get on track and off probation.
Bar Prep Strategies: MPT*
Bar Prep Strategies: MPT is a two-credit course designed to teach, reiforce, and enhance the skills that are necessary for successful completion of law school and bar passage. Through MPT problems, group exercises, and individual feedback, students have the opportunity to master the skills of critical reading, legal analysis, and IRAC. While this course is required for some students, it is open to all students.
*Course title changed from Legal Reasoning Workshop II (LRWII) (effective Fall 2018).
Bar Prep Courses
Bar Prep Strategies courses are offered to students during law school. While these courses do not replace the need to take a commercial bar prep course, they provide early preparation to help students learn key bar exam-taking techniques and strategies. The courses introduce students to all three components of the UBE: the MEE, MPT, and MBE. Students learn how to master specific and proven techniques for earning the most points on each component of the bar exam. The courses also teach practical information regarding time management and how to develop a plan for approaching bar studies post-graduation. While these courses are required for some, they are open to all and highly encouraged for all students.