Academic Development provides resources and information to help students succeed in their law school journey. From the summer before starting classes to the last semester of law school, programs and people are in place to support every student. Explore the dropdowns below for more information.
Prelaw Summer Training Sessions for All Incoming Students
Law school is a unique and challenging academic experience different from what most students have ever experienced before. To help students feel confident and prepared to fully engage starting on the first day of their legal education, we offer admitted students a series of one-hour summer workshops. Summer sessions are offered both in-person and virtually, so all can participate regardless of their location during the summer. During these workshops, incoming students will learn the critical skills needed to be successful in law school including how to prepare for class, what to expect during class, and best study practices after class. Students will be introduced to the many professional opportunities available for those with a law degree so they can begin thinking about and forming their professional identity. Wellness concepts will be presented to ensure that our students are prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically for the rigorous study of law.
1L Student Advisor Program
Each incoming student will also be placed in a yPod—a small group of fellow first-year students mentored by one of our distinguished full-time faculty members and a Student Advisor. Student Advisors are second and third-year law students selected by the Director of Academic Advisement & Development for their academic excellence in law school, professional experiences, interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated commitment to serving others. Student Advisors will act as mentors and guides during students’ first-year, providing encouragement, advice, and individualized academic support.
Studying Tips and Resources
Law school is a unique experience, and, while a lot of the study techniques that helped students in their undergrads will still be useful, most students will need to adjust their study habits to include more active recall, spaced repetition, interleaving, and feedback. The Academic Development workshops and Academic Advisors will help students apply these principles to their studying. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students join study groups to help them actively engage with the materials covered in class and prepare for exams. Below you will find a list of study resources available to BYU law students and a list of study group best practices.
How Outlines Work on Exams:
From Day One to Exam One:
Writing Law School Exams
Midterm Crash Course:
1L Academic Development Workshops
The Office of Academic Advisement and Development holds several 1L workshops every year aimed at helping students obtain information and cultivate the skills necessary to succeed in law school. These workshops include group discussions, reflection, guest speakers, activities, and follow-up assignments. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the following workshops were offered:
Finding the Law
Mastering the Law through Outlining
Mastering the Law through Analysis
Writing the Law on an Exam
Practice Final Exam
What Grades ARE and What They ARE NOT: A Post-Grades Workshop for All 1Ls
Everything 1Ls Need to Know About Co-Curriculars: Law Review, Moot Court, Journal of Public Law, & Trial Advocacy
How to Select 2L & 3L Courses
How to Excel in 2L & 3L Courses: Including Skills Classes, Clinics, and Paper Classes
Academic Development Courses
- 1L Winter 1.0 Credit Pass-Fail Skills Lab (by invitation and application)
- 2L Fall Semester 2.0 Credit Pass-Fail Fundamentals of Legal Analysis (by invitation & application)
- 3L Winter Semester 2.0 Credit Pass-Fail Strategies of Legal Analysis/Early Bar Preparation Course (by invitation & application)