In addition to specific services, and in addition to the numerous activities offered by our student organizations, our office conducts several programs throughout the year. We also collaborate with the Academic Support and Writing Programs to provide academic support services to students.
Community Receptions, Dean's Open Forums, and Social Activities
Sustaining our community of friends requires creating opportunities for open exchange with our students. Maintaining the lines of communication between students and our administration, faculty, and staff is just one of the goals of our office. To this end, we host community receptions several times a year. These events provide an occasion for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to get to know one another in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The Dean hosts periodic open forums at the school and informal gatherings at his home for students. The Deans’ Advisory Committee – a joint SBA and Student Services committee – is another way for students and the administration to share ideas and discuss issues of concern.
The law school community is further strengthened by our other social activities, such as our bowling tournament and 1L Games. We also collaborate with the Alumni and Development Office to provide alumni networking opportunities, such as speed networking events. In addition, we work with local cultural institutions and other graduate and professional programs to organize events through which you can meet others in the CWRU community and enjoy the incredible cultural offerings available right here in University Circle. We also work with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association to provide ways for our students to connect with members of the local bar. Our office also coordinates volunteer projects during which students, faculty, administration and staff engage in service to the Greater Cleveland community.
Advising, Networking, and Mentoring Programs
The Student Services, Career Development, and Alumni Office collaborate on a number of networking and mentoring programs throughout the year, including the Take a Law Student to Lunch Program and speed networking events. These programs give students the opportunity to meet with alumni who can share their perspectives and experiences, and also answer questions about the legal profession, career paths, strategies for success, the job market, and more.
In addition, Student Services coordinates peer mentoring and faculty advising programs for first-year students.
At the end of the first school year, our three first-year sections square-off in games such as Section Fight Song, Trivial Pursuit of Justice, the Betty Crocker, Esq. Bake-off, and Tug-of-War Crimes. The winning section has its section name written on the Golden Shoe Trophy to be displayed for years to come, and the victory is commemorated by a plaque that lists past winners.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowl-a-thon
Each Spring Semester, we team up with BBBS of Greater Cleveland to raise money for this great community group. Our school has been committed to raising thousands of dollars each year for BBBS, while having fun bowling for great prizes, such as highest and lowest score, best team uniform, and best overall team performance.
Academic Support Programs
Professors Carol Fox and Jaime Bouvier offer academic support services to all students. They provide individual tutoring on study strategies, strengthening legal analysis, and improving legal writing and exam-taking skills. They offer workshops to 1Ls on strategies for success in law school, including workshops on reading and briefing cases, outlining, time-management, and preparing for and taking exams. They also offer several workshops to upper-level students and graduates on preparing for the bar exam. In addition, they supervise peer tutors in the tutoring center.
The tutoring center houses two peer tutor programs: the writing center and the AEP program. Tutors in both programs are second- and third-year students who have excelled in law school, who demonstrate the ability to facilitate learning of core tasks associated with legal education, and who can communicate understanding of the legal writing process and legal doctrine.
1. Writing Center
The writing center tutors will offer help to students at any stage of a project, including writing projects for CORE, papers for upper-level courses, and notes—provided that the professor has authorized the student to seek help from the writing center for that project. Students are encouraged to use the writing center to get help with brainstorming, drafting, or revising a paper and to discuss methods and techniques to improve their writing. The goal of the Writing Center is to help students become better writers and not just to improve the written product. Writing center tutors will not, therefore, simply edit or proofread a paper or advise students on the content of their work.
2. Academic Enrichment Program
The Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) helps students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in their first-year courses. In the program, a tutor leads a group study session each week for each course. In the session, the tutor will go over the material covered in the past week, answer any questions about the material, and discuss study skills such as briefing and synthesizing case law, outlining legal principles, exam preparation, and exam taking. AEP tutors are also available to meet individually with students for one-on-one tutoring in any first year subject. AEP is open to all first-year students.
Student Complaints Policy and Procedure
We wish to hear any student concerns about significant problems that directly implicate our school’s compliance with the ABA’s accreditation standards. Procedures for submitting complaints are found
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