Faculty members hire upper-division students to provide weekly group sessions and office hours to assist first year law students (1Ls) in their courses. Each tutor works under the supervision of the faculty for the course. The Office of Academic Success Programs coordinates the tutor application, training, and evaluation processes for the faculty.
The group tutoring is a free voluntary program available to all 1L students. Regular attendance assists in a deeper understanding of the class material and opportunities to apply material prior to exams.
Each tutor-professor pair determines the format and content for the tutoring sessions for that specific course. Therefore, the sessions may vary in style from professor to professor and course to course. Generally, tutors will provide information on a legal topic or a legal study skill, will provide exercises to apply the concepts discussed, and will hold a question-and-answer segment.
Tutoring is for everyone and is not just remedial:
- Tutoring helps you gain a deeper understanding of the material and how to apply it. Students who attend tutoring for all of their courses each week often find that their grades are much higher as a result.
- If you are doing well in all of your courses, tutoring helps you monitor your understanding, review material, and catch nuances you may have missed.
- If you are having problems understanding just one or two of your courses, tutoring sessions will help you clarify problem areas and transfer the skills you learn across all courses.
- If you are having problems in all of your courses, then you should make an effort to attend tutoring for each course every week to help you understand the material more thoroughly.
- Tutor office hours are held each week to work with individual students on problem areas.