People as Resources
The faculty, staff, and students are valuable resources for your academic and professional development, and we encourage you to engage with these individuals regularly. Below are some key members of the law school community with whom you should form relationships while in law school:
- Law and Clinical Professors – Professors will be your source for substantive knowledge. While in law school, you should schedule time in your week to visit office hours to clarify questions you may have about course readings and lectures. Most law and clinical professors enter academia after years of legal practice, and may be able to offer you valuable guidance and perspective on your legal career.
- Academic Support and Bar Preparation Professors – The Academic Support and Bar Preparation professors can help you focus on skills to improve your comprehension of your course materials as well as academic performance in law school and on the bar exam. These professors are happy to sit with you to review and provide you with feedback on your past exams or any practice exam responses to improve your performance, as well as to discuss any area that may help you improve your academic performance, such as time and stress management. You should feel free to drop in with a question or make an appointment periodically to discuss your law school performance.
- Law Librarians – Each law library is equipped with librarians who have completed their law degree and are specifically trained in legal research. Law librarians can help guide you on how to find the most helpful resource most efficiently as well as to understand legal citations and how to properly cite to sources.
- Other Administrators – Student Services, Financial Aid, and Career Services are also valuable resources while in law school. In addition to helping you coordinate student events, Student Services can help you address personal hurdles that you may come across while in law school, such a need for special accommodations, issues with members of the law school community, or unexpected circumstances such as an illness or death in your family. Financial Aid can sit with you to plan your financial aid package and can offer you options to pay for your bar preparation, such as scholarships and stipends. Meanwhile, Career Services will offer you counseling and strategic career planning to help you determine areas of law you may want to explore while in law school, and may help you attain internships and positions in your area of interest.
- Colleagues – The other students who surround you will be an invaluable resource to you while in law school and for years after graduation. While in law school, law students will be members of your study groups, and may offer you a new perspective to consider as you deepen your analytical skills. After law school, they will be a part of your network of attorneys who may pass along to you a job opportunity, a new client, or guidance on how to approach a legal issue based on their experience.
- Outside Legal Community – Be sure to form relationships outside of law school as well. To the extent possible, take advantage of your free membership to the Orange County Bar Association and engage with the local legal community, or any diversity bars. Career Services can offer you details on local bar and other service organizations that may be of interest to you. The members of these organizations can offer you a wealth of perspective, experience, references, and possibly an internship or job opportunity.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Support Program for a more detailed discussion on viewing people as resources and how best to approach such individuals for an effective discussion.