What to Look for in a Law School Tutor
What separates average law school tutors from great ones?
That’s the question anyone thinking about hiring a tutor needs to answer.
In theory, anyone who makes it through law school with good grades should make a good tutor. But being an effective tutor takes more than an understanding of the law. Being a great tutor involves intangibles.
Here are three intangible characteristics that all great law school tutors share.
Outstanding Communications Skills
At their core, the best teachers are great communicators. They not only understand the law, they also know how to break down complex subject matter and explain it to their students.
When you’re looking for a law tutor, don’t just hire the smartest lawyer you know. Look for one that’s smart and able to communicate with you effectively–someone who can articulate the key concepts behind the complex information you need to know.
How do find these gems? The answer is simple: Interview them. Ask them about how they made it through law school. Ask them what tricks and tips they will share with you. Then ask them to explain a legal concept that you’ve recently learned in 50 words or less. If they can hold a conversation with you and concisely explain a legal concept, chances are they’ll make a great tutor.
Sometimes really smart people just can’t understand why others don’t think they way they do. They become frustrated. They lose their patience. And the people with whom they’re working lose confidence.
You want to avoid these people (no matter how smart they are) when you’re looking for a law tutor.
Instead, find someone who understands what it’s like to struggle a little. These are the people that will take the time to help you learn what you need to know. They’ll do this because they’ve been there.
How do you find tutors with patience? The answer is simple: Ask them to talk a little about a time they struggled in law school. Then ask them who helped them through their challenging time. If they admit that they’ve struggled, and told you who helped them. Hire them.
A SERIOUS Sense of Humor
Law school is serious business. It’s expensive and there’s a lot riding on it. But it can also be fun. Look for a tutor that makes you laugh every now and then. It will make your studying a lot more fun.
About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.