Faculty Post: THINGS TO DO TO GET READY FOR LAW SCHOOL

by Melinda Drew, Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program

Law school orientation is coming up soon. Many students want to know what they should do to get ready. My advice is to take care of the things that would otherwise be a distraction for you during the first few weeks. In no particular order, here are some possibilities to consider…

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Faculty Post: WHERE CAN NEW STUDENTS GET HELP IN THIS VENTURE CALLED LAW SCHOOL?

by Melinda Drew, Lawyering Skills Professor and Director of the Academic Success Program

Often new law students want to know what kind of help is available to them as they begin law school. After all, students are learning a new language, new concepts, and a new way of thinking. Added to that, students will have five classes in the first semester: Civil Procedure, Property, Torts, Legal Research & Writing and Social Justice (Legal Research & Writing and Social Justice are two parts of a course called Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC)). That is a lot of work but, as one of the student bloggers on this site has said, it is doable.

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Faculty Post: Can We Talk?

By Professor Melinda Drew

My name is Melinda Drew and, at Northeastern University School of Law, I wear three hats.  My first hat is as the director of the Academic Success Program which works with students learning new skills such as case briefing, course outlining, and other necessary law school skills.  On your schedule, when you arrive, you will see that there is a workshop every Tuesday during the lunch hour and that workshop is devoted to teaching such skills.  My second hat is as coordinator of disability services.  In that role, I work with students living with disabilities to access accommodations that will help level the law school playing field.  My third hat is as a teacher.  I teach two upper level courses:  Professional Responsibility and Legal Interviewing & Counseling.  It is the latter course I am going to talk about today.  Legal Interviewing & Counseling is a skills-based course.  I learned much of what I know about client interviewing and counseling in my first career which was as a psychiatric nurse.  When I graduated from law school (by the way, I am an alumna of this law school) I discovered just how useful those skills were in working with my law firm’s clients. Continue reading