Summer Program for Entering 1L Students
Entering first-year (1L) students are offered the opportunity to take two summer school courses that provide an introduction to the legal process and give a total of five hours of law school credit. Professor Michael E. DeBow teaches Legal Process (2 credit hours). Public Law Process is taught by Assistant Professor Belle Howe Stoddard (3 credit hours). These professors coordinate their courses to be complimentary in using a single textbook and in the requirements for project deadlines.
Public Law Process
As part of Public Law Process the students are introduced to legal research using Cumberland School of Law's fine Beeson Law Library and online research services such as LexisNexis, WestLaw and Bloomberg. Their representatives give students information and access to the online research systems at the beginning of the Summer Program. Students thus begin law school with their passwords and with accelerated online skills. Research Librarians Ed Craig and Brenda Jones introduce students to “the books” and library computer research aids such as Hein-Online. Computer Guru, Grace Simms, provides help and education in using e-services for legal writing.
Both courses require students to prepare their own outlines; written examinations are given in both. The five hours taken in the summer are counted in your GPA giving summer students a head start. During the summer courses, research projects in both state and federal statutes are assigned. Students are required to produce Legal Memorandums to explain their legal research. These Memorandums are critiqued and graded to enhance the student’s legal writing skills. Students who participate in the Summer Program give high praise to their “readiness quotient” when classes begin in the fall.
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