Faculty members hire upper-division students to provide weekly group sessions and office hours to assist first year law students ("1Ls") in their courses. Each tutor works under the supervision of the faculty for the course. The Office of Academic Success Programs coordinates the tutor application, training and evaluation processes.
The group tutoring is a free voluntary program available to all 1L students. Students may attend as often as they like for some or all of their courses. Regular attendance assists in a deeper understanding of the reading and class material.
Each tutor-professor pair determines the format and content for the tutoring sessions for that specific course. Therefore, the sessions may vary in style from professor to professor and course to course. Generally, tutors will provide information on a legal topic or a legal study skill, will provide exercises to apply the concepts discussed, and will hold a question and answer segment.
Deciding Which Tutoring Sessions To Attend
- Tutoring helps you gain a deeper understanding of the material and how to apply it. Some students attend tutoring for all of their courses each week and find that their grades are much higher as a result than the grades of their classmates.
- If you are having problems in all of your courses, then you should make an effort to attend tutoring for each course to help you learn the material.
- If you are having problems understanding just one or two of your courses, then you may decide to attend those tutoring sessions and transfer the skills you learn to your other course(s).
- If you are doing well in all of your courses, then you may wish to attend tutoring for one course and transfer the skills you learn to your other courses.
- If you are having trouble deciding on which strategy will benefit you the most, consider visiting the Office of Academic Success Programs for advice or asking the Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs during an individually scheduled meeting.