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August 27, 2012


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Jacqueline Lipton

Ralph, it's interesting that you raise this because I had similar thoughts when asked to do a 'goal setting' exercise for my beginning kindergartner. (And I could do a whole blog post on why we want 5 year olds to set academic goals!!!) But it did get me to thinking about what we are doing with entering law students, and even students in their second and third years, in terms of identifying their most pressing needs and helping them achieve their goals. (I assume that potty training as a goal should be taken care of before a student commences law school.)

Eric Porterfield

I am in the middle of orientation for an LL.M. program here in the U.S. I am one of the few students who is not only a U.S. citizen, but also has a domestic J.D. The orientation program is three weeks (3 weeks!) long and comprises many subjects from how to read a case and take a law school exam to how to be culturally aware and sensitive to how to use the library and electronic research services. Some components are of more value to me than others. But having gotten my J.D. from an American school, I am struck by how much attention is being paid to the mechanics of how U.S. higher education in general, and U.S. law school in particular, works. I can't help but think that some of the advice focusing on how to take law school exams would have been beneficial to me and my fellow students in law school. On the other hand, I am astonished by the students who are not only learning law at the graduate level in a second language, but seem to be at least proficient in legal theory to an extent that I, having attended a very practice-oriented law school, am not.

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