Law school is stressful . The pressure to get good grades , rise in the class rankings, and land jobs, both during and after law school, is palpable. That pressure only increases when your grades post for the semester, or after a big exam, and your grade is not good.
This article contains no well-known, well-concealed law-school secret to fixing an exam grade that is less than stellar. The purpose of this article is to help any law student overcome and recover from the devastation of a “bad” grade.
Where Did You Go Wrong?
Step one requires a little self-confrontation. In law school, you are ultimately responsible for your success and failure. The professor leads you through the material, pushing you through the Socratic Method , to gain both understanding and comprehension. You are the only one that can get you to application of that knowledge.
If you receive a low grade on an exam or in a class, it’s time to ask, why? Did you prepare for classes ? Did you outline all semester (in whatever format works for you)? Did you attend classes and engage in the material through class discussion and just being present? If you answered “no” to any or all of the questions above, maybe coming back is as simple as fixing that which you know was broken. However, if there isn’t a clear point of failure that you can trace back to your poor grade, this refection process becomes more difficult.
What is Your Learning Style?
It’s possible, especially as a 1L, that you have not yet figured out the right approach to mastery of the material . There are several learning styles. It is not uncommon for one person to have more than one that really works. The best way to leverage your learning style is to identify which one works for you .
There is a high probability that someone at your school can help you find an assessment that might help you find the tree in the middle of the forest. The VARK® Guide to Learning Styles is one resource you can […]
Job opportunities after completing LL.B (Legum Baccalaureus)
If any of you are interested in making a career in the field of law, then you can also guide the career in the field of law by LLB after graduation and 12th.For LLB,you can do a five-year or three-year course from any recognized teaching institution.In this,you have to pass the 12th examination with 50 percent marks in any subject for doing a five-year course related to LLB and for three year course is necessary to pass a bachelor degree from any recognized university in any subject.Enrollment in all institutions of LLB is done through entrance exams CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is a national level law examination.Candidates passed in the country get admission in Top Law Universities.Multicultural type questions are asked under this exam.In this course of examination,questions related to Numerical Aptitude,Reasoning,General Awareness,Legal Aptitude and Political Science are asked.Candidates passing in this are given the college on merit list basis. Examinations organized by All India Bar Council:
Bar Council of India had made AIBE compulsory for practicing in the courts across the country since 2010.After getting the LL.B degree from the University, the All India Bar Examination (AIBE), organized by the All India Bar Council has to be passed,which is the second stairs of advocacy. LLB pass and final year student may join the examination.It is mandatory to pass AIBE to start your practice.This examination is done twice a year by BCI (Bar Council Of India).In AIBE the candidate has the freedom to write answers by looking at the book.After passing the examination,a certificate is issued to the candidate from BCI for practicing advocacy in the court. Career opportunities after completing LL.M
After taking LL.B degree,you can also do Master of Law (LL.M.), which is done by recognized law school.Students are required to pass the LL.B course for doing master of law, because admission to LL.M. can take only the students passed in LLB. The LL.M course is of two years or one year. It gives full information regarding the law to the students.For this reason the candidates appearing for LL.M. […]
Justice Prof Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey
A nominee for Supreme Court, Justice Prof Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey, has told the Appointments Committee of Parliament that legal education in Ghana presently needs massive reforms otherwise it would get to a point where the country will be producing lawyers who do not have any knowledge of the law.
He said, currently, legal education in Ghana is at the crossroads because to the best of his knowledge, as a Professor in law, some students with degree in law who want to pursue masters programme in law do not even know what a lease is or what the requirements of a valid contract are.
“Legal education needs root to branch into reforms, from accreditation of the Law Faculties,” he said adding that if he had his own way, he would recommend that all the law faculties in the universities should be disaccredited for them to reapply based on the quality of lecturers, classroom space, libraries and other important resources they have for effective training.
“Mr Chairman, I was on an interview panel interviewing students with degree in law, that is LLB, who want to do masters programme in law and you would be surprised to know that some of the students could not tell what a lease is, the requirements of a valid contract. When we asked one student to discuss a single case of constitutional law he could not, I then asked about the 31 st December case which he retorted ‘Is it the 31 st December Women Movement?”
He said the matter is so serious that if care is not taken the nation will be producing lawyers who do not know any law.
When asked about his view on suggestions that the Ghana School of Law must have campuses in all public universities with Law Faculties, he said since the matter is at the Supreme Court it will be prejudicial to comment on it.
When Prof Kotey, who was the former Dean of the University of Ghana Law Faculty and who has extensive legal knowledge on land administration was asked by a member of the Committee, Joseph […]
A group of law students who trained in Rwanda have petitioned President Akufo-Addo to intervene in securing their admission to the Ghana School of Law for their post call study.
The students say appeals to the Chief Justice and authorities of the Ghana School of Law have so far yielded no results.
According to the petition sighted by Citi News , the students were compelled to study in Rwanda because of the difficulties associated with gaining admission into the Ghana School of Law.
Speaking to Citi News ,one of the petitioners, Nana Fredua Agyeman, said: “We are appealing to the President because he is the first gentleman of the land and he is also a legal luminary and he understands the issues. We are waiting for the General Legal Council to make a decision on our case.
“We are the first batch of Ghanaian students to have studied in Rwanda. Our concerns have not yielded results, that is why we are petitioning the President.” Protest from students
A group calling itself the Concerned Law Students had earlier submitted a petition to Parliament against the new LI, accusing the GLC of a deliberate attempt to frustrate them, a development they considered a violation of their rights.
Ken Addor Donkor, the leader of the group, said the proposed LI was an attempt to kill the dreams of law students.
Exams, interviews barred for Law School
When the Supreme Court declared the interviews into the law school as unconstitutional, it said the requirements are in violation of the Legislative Instrument 1296, which gives direction for the mode of admission.
The Justices in delivering their judgment, also indicated that their order should not take retrospective effect, but should be implemented in six months, when admissions for the 2018 academic year begin.The plaintiff, Professor Kwaku Asare, a United States-based Ghanaian lawyer, went to court in 2015, challenging the legality of the modes of admission used by the Ghana School of Law.According to him, the number of people who were admitted into the Ghana School of Law was woefully small considering the number of people who possessed LLB.The Ghana Law […]
The American Bar Association (ABA) recently adopted a resolution stating that law schools can now grant students permission to take up to one-third of the credit hours needed to complete a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree via distance education. This equates to about 30 credit hours at most U.S. law schools, National Jurist reports . Previously, law students could take up to 15 credits online.
The ABA defines a distance education course as "one in which students are separated from the faculty member or each other for more than one-third of the instruction" and uses technology to support interactions among students and instructors. Credit for a distance education course is only awarded if the academic content, course delivery method and student performance evaluation method pass the institution’s regular curriculum approval process.
The new resolution is a plus for prospective students who do not live near institutions that offer in-person law degrees.
A growing number of law schools have implemented or are considering online courses and hybrid programs in order to better meet the needs of students. The University of Dayton, for instance, recently announced that it will be offering a hybrid J.D. degree program beginning in August 2019. The university is working with 2U, an international online course management provider, to develop and deliver the new degree program. This is 2U’s first time partnering with a law school.
The University of Dayton’s announcement comes as law schools across the country struggle to increase enrollment numbers . In March, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School announced it would shutter its seven-year-old branch campus , the Savannah Law School, at the end of the spring 2018 semester due to dwindling enrollment. It is one of a number of law schools to close during the past few years.
Some higher education officials debate whether all parts of the J.D. curriculum are appropriate for distance education. The Socratic Method, a pedagogical technique in which the professor asks a student a series of questions designed to stimulate critical thinking about a case, is a teaching technique that some educators say may not work in an online […]
University of Oregon law student Garrett Kampf stands outside a courtroom in the Deschutes County Circuit Court on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Bend. Kampf was a court certified law clerk for the summer and has had opportunities to work on cases in front of a judge in court. (Joe Kline/Bulletin photo) Like a lot of people, Garrett Kampf was scared the first time he went before a judge.
“There’s no amount of studying or sitting in a classroom that can prepare you for that initial appearance,” said Kampf, a University of Oregon law student who worked this summer as a clerk in the Deschutes County Public Defenders Office. “It’s quite surreal.”
Thanks to the state’s Law Student Appearance Rule, second-year law students such as Kampf — who’ve passed classes in evidence and legal ethics — can get certified to work real cases in front of real judges under the supervision of certified attorneys.
Kampf was one of three law clerks in the public defenders office in Bend — also known as the law firm Crabtree & Rahmsdorff — but, as a second-year student law student, he was the only one certified to appear in court. Three clerks also worked in the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, writing motions in misdemeanor cases and shadowing deputy district attorneys.
“When I’m hiring attorneys, I look very positively on any clinical experience,” he said. “Law school doesn’t exactly teach you what the real world will be like.”
Due to time it often takes a case to work through the justice system, law clerks don’t often see a case through to resolution. But this summer, Kampf was involved to varying degrees in dozens that passed through the public defender’s office. He wrote memos and motions to suppress evidence, and appeared in court on mainly procedural matters between 15 and 20 times for cases involving wildlife violations, people caught with “usable” quantities of illegal drugs and weapons.
On one occasion he got tongue-tied in court — the result of his own confusion about something. It’s the kind of moment one remembers, and learns from, he said.
“They didn’t baby me. I […]