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What You Can Do to Prevent Being on Law School Academic Probation

Last year, in May of 2014, FindMyLawTutor.com was fortunate enough to meet the talented and charismatic Jessica Deller, then a third year at Western State Law School who worked as a Dean’s Fellow for the 1st and 2nd year law students who were on academic probation. .


We were able to conduct an interview with her and we’d like to share it with all you students out there!

The topic was: what students can do to not be academic probation their first year and what they can do to improve their grades if they are on academic probation.


Here is our interview with Ms. Deller broken down by our questions.


Question 1:


Q: So Ms. Deller first of all what problems do you see that students encounter in their first year of law school?

A: I see two main problems for first year students.

The first would be time management.  I think a lot of first year students don’t realize how intensive a commitment law school truly is  – especially your first year.  I know a lot of people who were successful their first year and they looked at law school the same way – that it’s a full time job.  You might be used to an undergrad schedule where you go to class & then you go home & then you go out & law school is completely different.  I had coworkers who I knew who put in hours 9-5 but when you put in those 8 hours a day you are not finished, so it’s almost like law school is a like a full time job plus another part time job.  You’ve got your classroom hours that you’re there and you’re seeing the lectures and you’re interactive and you’re an active learner and listener.  Then you go home and you still have the 2nd half of your job which begins when you get home and that’s briefing cases and working on your outline – putting those things together & using other materials.  It’s that full time commitment of almost your entire day and very little personal time.

The other thing that I see in first year students would be difficultly picking up the IRAC formula and that’s really all it is – a formula.  I see the students who get that down the fastest and earliest are the ones who tend to do the best on the exams.

So students our advice here from FindMyLawTutor is: make sure that you are committed in terms of your time studies and try to pick up the IRAC formula as early as possible based on Ms. Deller’s advice!


Please email your questions and comments to contact@findmylawtutor.com and look out for the next questions for Ms. Deller regarding academic probation in the following weeks here at FindMyLawTutor.com!




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