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Law School JumpStart

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About the course

Are terms such as “hypo” and “Socratic dialogue” giving you anxiety about law school? In this course, we’ll alleviate that anxiety via an insider’s look at a typical law school curriculum. Through mock classes and guided case-briefing exercises, along with instruction on time management, exam prep, effective note-taking and more, you’ll understand the culture and methodology of a law school classroom and how to participate confidently in class discussions. You can revisit these lessons as often as needed during the summer, or your first semester. After finishing all lessons in Law School JumpStart, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that you can download and save. If you want to put this course on your resume, you may wish to place it under the heading “Training” and list it as: Law School JumpStart – LawHub (LSAC) 2023: completed pre-law course on preparing for classes, case briefing, note taking, and exam preparation.

Syllabus

  • M1
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    Pre-Survey

    We'd like to get to know you a little better. The following survey will help us understand where you are in your journey so we can offer resources to support you along your way.
  • M2
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    Welcome to Law School JumpStart!

    This welcome module will introduce you to JumpStart and help you get the most out of your learning experience.
  • M3
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    Knowledge Check

    The first step in getting a jumpstart on law school is to establish a baseline of what you know and what you don't. The following knowledge check will help you get a sense of where you stand. No pressure--this knowledge check is not "graded." Instead, it will help you understand where your strengths are and where you may want to spend more time developing your skills.
  • M4
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    An Introduction to Tort Law

    What on earth is a tort? This module will set the stage for tort law before you take your first mock class!
  • M5
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    Case Briefing Exercise Part 1

    Reading and briefing cases is a new skill, with a learning curve. This module will help you read and brief your first cases for Mock Class 1.
  • M6
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    Case Briefing Exercise Part 2

    Continue to work on case briefing in preparation of your first mock class!
  • W2
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    Mock Class

    Join Professor Sacha Coupet in a torts class, where you will learn about battery!
  • M7
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    Mock Class Debrief

    Join Professor Coupet and her students as she “pulls back the curtain” on the mock class you just watched. Get the students’ perspective on the questions that were asked, their experiences in their first year classes, and also learn from Professor Coupet why she did things the way she did and what she wanted you to get out of the class.
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    Socratic Dialogue & Growth Mindset

    Learn what professors mean when they discuss Socratic dialogue, or the Socratic method, as well as why it’s used during law school classes. Also, learn to embrace growth mindset as a way to master success in law school!
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    Note-Taking for Law School

    Note taking in law school can be tricky. There is a lot of information, and it can be a struggle to get it all down. This module will help you learn how to be more effective in your note taking!
  • M10
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    Case Briefing Exercise

    Continue to learn how to effectively read and brief cases!
  • M11
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    Mock Class

    Join Professor Coupet again to learn more about battery!
  • M12
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    Mock Class Debrief

    Post class, the students will again give insight into what law school classes are really like!
  • M13
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    Legal Analysis and IRAC

    Law School exams require you to perform a legal analysis, so this module will discuss what that is, and how to do it effectively. In addition, you will often hear that you need to write in “IRAC” structure, and this module will dive into what that means.
  • M14
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    What is "Analysis"?

    Analysis, or application, is often the most important skill you will master in law school. This lesson introduces the concept so you can start practicing early!
  • M15
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    What is "Hypo"?

    You will often hear the word “hypo” tossed around when discussing law school. Find out why that is, and what it means!
  • M16
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    Rule Synthesis and Outlining

    Take what you learned about battery from classes 1 and 2 and learn how to “synthesize” the cases into a good rule statement that you can use. This is the start of “outlining” that you hear so much about in law school!
  • M17
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    Case Briefing Exercise

    Continue to practice the skill of case briefing.
  • M18
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    Mock Class

    Once again, join Professor Coupet to learn more about battery, and to better learn what law school classes are like.
  • M19
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    Rule Synthesis and Outlining

    Continue to put together your class outline, based on the notes you’ve taken. This is an opportunity to see if your note taking style is working for you!
  • M20
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    Battery Hypo

    Now that you know what a hypo is, and a bit about analysis, this module will help you start putting that into practice!
  • M21
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    Mock Class

    Take your final mock class with Professor Coupet.
  • M22
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    Student Mock Class Debrief: What Advice Do You Have?

    At the end of the final mock class, the students leave you with advice for your first semester!
  • M23
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    Preparing for Exams

    Exams in law school are very different from other educational programs. This module will explain how best to prepare for law school exams.
  • M24
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    Study Guides and Practice Questions

    You might often hear fellow students talk about using study guides, or supplements, and practice questions. This module will take you through the best practices on when and how to use them!
  • M25
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    Memorization Tips and Techniques

    Part of law school is memorizing information, which is not easy. This module will help you learn more effective ways to memorize and retain information for your exams.
  • M26
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    Managing Stress

    Law School can be incredibly stressful, and this module will give you tips on how to manage that stress.
  • M27
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    Battery Hypo

    Continue to practice working on your legal analysis through hypos!
  • M28
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    The Final Exam

    Take a mock final exam based on what you learned in class!
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    Comparing Your Exam to a Sample Answer

    One of the most important skills to learn in law school is how to reflect on your performance, and judge your own writing. This lesson will take you through how to compare your answer to a final exam to a sample answer, and get the most out of it!
  • M30
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    Post-Survey

    Your experience with Law School Jumpstart is important to us. Please take a moment to complete one final survey.
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    Thank You and Closing

    Hear from Susannah Pollvogt one last time as she wraps up the program and discusses your path forward.