Get to know your deans. Attend a social gathering with your peers and law alumni. Participate in a cultural event in our University Circle neighborhood.
Your law school experience extends well beyond the classroom. Our student services office organizes numerous events throughout the year and keeps you informed of what’s happening in the law school and in our neighborhood.
Deans’ Open Forums and Gatherings
Maintaining the lines of communication between students and our administration, faculty and staff is just one of the goals of our office. We host and co-sponsor community service events, informal gatherings and ice cream socials—with Cleveland’s own Mitchell’s Ice Cream—throughout the year. These events provide an occasion for faculty, staff, administrators and students to get to know one another in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
The deans host open forums and informal gatherings while also being involved in the Deans’ Advisory Committee, a joint SBA and Student Services committee, as another way for students and the administration to share ideas and discuss what’s happening at the law school.
Service Events and Social Activities
We work with local cultural institutions and other graduate and professional programs to organize events so you can meet others in the CWRU community and enjoy the incredible cultural offerings available right here in University Circle. We also coordinate volunteer projects where students, faculty, administration and staff engage in service to the Greater Cleveland community.
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association helps our students connect with members of the local bar and we regularly invite speakers to talk with students about the bar exam as well as important issues such as mental health and wellness.
Advising, Networking and Mentoring Programs
The Student Services and Career Development Office, in conjunction with our Alumni Relations office, hosts 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.
We also provide a peer mentoring program for first-year students.
Academic Support Programs
Professor Carol Fox and our Academic Support Fellow 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.
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 the learning of core tasks associated with legal education and who can communicate an understanding of the legal writing process and legal doctrine.
The writing center tutors will offer help to students at any stage of a project, including writing projects for LLEAP, papers for upper-level courses and notes—provided that your professor has authorized you to seek help from the writing center for that project. The goal of the writing center is to help students become better writers and not just to improve the written product. Writing enter tutors will not, therefore, simply edit or proofread a paper or advise students on the content of their work.
You are encouraged to use the writing center to get help with brainstorming, drafting or revising a paper, as well as discussing methods and techniques to improve your writing.
Academic Enrichment Program
The Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) can help you develop the skills necessary to succeed in your first-year courses. A tutor leads a group study session each week for each course, going over the material covered in the past week, answering questions about the material and discussing study skills that include 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.