Practice Makes Perfect

Grammar Workshop
The School offers this workshop to help students learn the fundamentals of composition. Through discussion and exercises, the school's Writing Specialist, Professor Elisabeth Fajans, reviews basic principles of sentence structure, grammar, diction, punctuation, and mechanics. The ability to construct a good sentence is essential for good communication, and the ability to communicate with maximum effectiveness is of very great practical value to a lawyer. For more information about this workshop contact Professor Fajans.

Case Reading, Briefing, and Study Skills Workshop
The Case Briefing workshop taught by the Director of the Academic Success Program, is offered several times during orientation to all entering students. Students read a short case and are guided through the process of writing a case brief, including identifying issues, relevant facts, holdings, rules and reasoning, and case synthesis. Students are also introduced to strategies for effective listening, note-taking and time management. Taught by Professor Dizon.

First-Year Friday Legal Skills Workshops
This workshop series introduces all the successful skills a law student needs, such as:

  • Time Management
  • Short Practice Questions
  • Supplements and Learning Apps
  • Flashcards and Mindmaps
  • Outlining
  • Essay Exams
  • Multiple Choice Exams
  • Short Answer Exams
  • Outlining, Part 2
  • Game-ifying Exam Review
  • Exam Reading
  • Exam Room Management

Finally, with two concluding "Bring Your Own Final" sessions, the workshops help alleviate test-taking anxiety by giving students a concrete preview of how to take timed, full-length law school exams in a test setting. A different slate of Friday Legal Skills Workshops occurs during the second semester of 1L year and more heavily targets exam performance. Taught by Professor Dizon.

Scholarly Journal Workshop
Under the guidance of the Director of the Academic Success Program, students explore the unique organization and writing requirements of a case comment to prepare for the writing competition based on which students are selected for the staff of Brooklyn Law School’s scholarly publications: Brooklyn Law Review, Brooklyn Journal of International Law, the Journal of Law and Policy and the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law. Taught by Professor Dizon.

The Summer Legal Process Class

Have questions? We have answers.

Academic Success Program
Professor Shane Dizon
Associate Professor of Academic Success
Director, Academic Success Program

Phone: 718-780-0385

Professor Flora Midwood
Assistant Director of the Academic Success Program
Phone: 718-780-0367

Mailing Address
250 Joralemon Street, Room 816
Brooklyn, NY 11201