What is Foundations for Law School Success?

Foundations for Law Success (“Foundations”) is a “boot camp” style program designed to help new students build a strong foundation before the start of their rigorous law school journey.   Foundations 2020 will take place Monday, August 3, 2020 through August 7, 2020.  At the core of Foundations is a series of daily writing workshops and critical and analytical skills labs called Lawyering Fundamentals, all designed to aid in students’ transition to law school.   Also, during Foundations students will receive an official welcome from the faculty, staff and students while participating in administrative and student services sessions, and a professionalism program.


Why is Foundations for Law School Success important?

It is a well-established fact that new law students are often surprised by the overwhelming amount of reading for each class, vagueness of the law and cases, the different class formats, course grading, volume of writing assignments, and in general the amount of work required to be a successful law student.    In recognition of the preceding, and the College of Law’s commitment to student success, a major goal of Foundations is to serve as a bridge between a commitment to learn and the tools necessary to fulfill that commitment.  Through a building block approach, Foundations is designed to help aid in students’ transition to law school, as well as introduce new students to the demands and requirements of law school.  During the labs and workshops, students will assess their previous educational experiences and academic needs, while acquiring the core critical skills needed to build a strong foundation by which they can reach their full potential and achieve law school success.