The Socratic teaching method from the movie “The Paper Chase”: Note that the case used is a case that you may will use in your contracts class.
Law School Preview – The One L Experience
Law school is an investment of time and money …
Law school admission is a fantastic goal. That said, law school is three years of your life. The process of bar admission will take another year. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about what law school is like and the various opportunities to study law. One way to learn about what law school is about is to participate in a law school class.
Law schools in North America teach pretty much the same curriculum …
Canada and the United States are (with the exceptions of Quebec and Louisiana) common law jurisdictions. Hence, the first year curriculum at North American law schools (and the Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.) is pretty much the same. The base courses covered at all law schools include: contracts, torts, real property, personal property, criminal law, public/constitutional law, and legal writing. After having completed these courses students have great latitude in charting their own “course” (no pun intended).
Law professors use a variety of teaching styles …
North American law schools use the case study method. This means that you will read a real case (prior to the class) and the case will be used as the basis for that particular class. Law school professors vary in their approaches. Some professors use the “Socratic method” of teaching which was demonstrated in the movie “The Paper Chase” which centers around a first year contracts class at Harvard Law School. Some professors use a teaching method that is closer to the traditional lecture format and some use a style that is “in between”.
It’s a great idea to sit in on a law school class …
We have always encouraged pre-laws to “sit in” on a law school class. Some people manage this and some don’t. It isn’t always easy. As a guest it is impossible to participate in the class. Furthermore, it’s unusual to sit in on more than one class.
John Richardson has brought the law school class to you …
Over the years we have brought the law school class to you. We have accomplished this by inviting real law professors to teach real cases to our students.
In June of 2013 we are bringing the complete first year law experience to you …
Preview First Year Law School – June 2013
This year we plan to give you a preview of NOT just one law school class but rather a preview of most of the first year law school curriculum. We will have five law professors – one professor a week – teaching a class in his or her area of expertise. This fantastic experience will allow you to:
- get a taste of each of the different subjects typically taught in first year law school;
- have the opportunity to read and prepare five different cases in five different subjects
- give you the opportunity to participate in five law school classes taught by four different law professors;
- experience different kinds of teaching (from the Socratic method to traditional lecture);
- better decide whether law school is for you.
You will have the opportunity to participate in law school classes, taught by real law professors, in the following different law school subjects:
Contracts - Professor Philip Slayton - Former Dean of Faculty of Law – University of Western Ontario – Date TBA
Torts - Professor John Kelly – Seneca College – Founder Canada Law From Abroad - Date TBA
Real Property - Professor David Finnegan - Cooley School of Law – Lansing, Michigan
Criminal Law - TBA
Constitutional Law - TBA
But There Is More – You Will Also Meet Law Student Mentors …
It is important to hear how law students actually experience the law school and the law school teaching experience. Law student mentors will be integrated into the “Law School Preview” learning experience! Experience the law student perspective at the University of Ottawa by following Law School Cafe.
The Law School Personal Statement Workshop
The bottom line is that you need to get yourself into law school – the law school personal statement is a major factor. John Richardson’s Law School Personal Statement Workshop is included free as part of the law school preview.
Success Favors The PREPared Mind!
This incredible experience will be included at no extra charge to students in the Richardson Mastering The LSAT Course. Others may participate in “Law School Preview – The One L Experience” for $395.
Want to get started now?
Here are some resources:
Take the Bar and Beat Me - Raymond Woodcock – This is one of the best (and maybe the best) book ever about the law school experience. It’s free to you.
Law School Bound - John Richardson – The ultimate Pre-Law Career Manual – takes you from the making the law school decision to becoming a lawyer