Legal Reasoning Workshop I (LRW I)
LRW I is a course that incoming, non-hybrid* 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. While this course is required for some entering students based on their LSAT scores, it is open to all incoming first-year students. LRW I is designed to make sure students succeed.
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.
Legal Reasoning Workshop II (LRW II)
LRW II is a course that 2L, non-hybrid* students can take during the first semester of their second year. Through reinforcement of essential skills and completion of several MPT problems, this course teaches critical reading, legal analysis, and writing for a law school or bar exam. While this course is required for some based on cumulative GPA, it is open to all 2L students.
Bar Prep Strategies
Bar Prep Strategies is a course that is offered to non-hybrid** students during their last semester of law school. While this course does not replace the need to take a commercial bar prep course, it provides early preparation to help students learn key bar exam-taking techniques and strategies. This course introduces 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 course also teaches practical information regarding time management and how to develop a plan for approaching bar studies post-graduation. While this course is required for some, it is open to all and highly encouraged for all students.
* Since this offering is not yet available to HYBRID J.D. students, we offer the Structured Tutoring Program (STP) which has offerings that correspond to the courses above, but are offered in a one-on-one or small group setting. The STP is only available to students with Dean Sonbol’s recommendation and approval. The STP is also not something a student can request; it is something that we will contact you about if you are either required to complete one of the above courses, or you are otherwise a candidate for the STP.
** The HYBRID J.D. currently offers its own Bar Prep Strategies course that was not designed by the Office of Academic Excellence because at the time of its design, the Office of Academic Excellence did not exist. However, Dean Sonbol is working with the Hybrid Program to make sure the Hybrid Bar Prep Strategies course is consistent with the non-Hybrid Bar Prep Strategies course from the Office of Academic Excellence, and if need be, we may offer a Bar Prep Strategies II course for Hybrid students that supplements the Hybrid’s original Bar Prep Strategies course. If you are graduating and therefore cannot wait for a possible Bar Prep Strategies II course, do not worry as we offer free bar tutoring that will give you everything you need in terms of what you may have missed in your bar strategies course. Also, as part of the Integrated Bar Readiness Program, you will have a wealth of resources and opportunities to learn and practice the skills we teach in our Bar Prep Strategies course.