- Academic Success Program
The Law School has a robust Academic Support program offering numerous programs (summarized below) which are available to students generally at no cost. We subscribe to the basic philosophy of Jon T. Strauss, who taught a two semester Bar Examination Training course at Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, who has written:
“If law schools have an obligation to prepare their students to become attorneys, it follows that law schools also have an obligation to prepare their students for the qualifying examination which they must pass in order to become attorneys. . . . Regarding law schools as providing “supplemental bar review options” is backwards thinking. . . . in my opinion [this is] one of the major reasons why law school graduates either fail the bar exam or pass it only after enduring enormous anxiety.”
Lincoln has Preparation to Enter the Bar, Introduction to Law, Basics of Legal Writing, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Exam Writing Workshops, Advanced Legal Writing, Performance Exam Workshop, a Multi-State program, Academic Support for Students on Probation, and Academic Counseling and Advisement available to all students, as described below. All of this is bolstered in the fourth year with two semesters of Bar Review.
- Preparation to Enter the Bar
This program is offered to all incoming registered students. It is offered the week before classes begin and is a survey of skills required of the successful law student.
The Law School has partnered with BARBRI, Inc., who has designed a comprehensive and integrated program to train students for the bar examination, beginning with their first year of law school. This program will enhance Lincoln students’ legal education, test taking abilities, understanding of the law, critical thinking and legal analysis, putting them on an early road for academic and bar exam success. The system allows both faculty and students to enhance the classroom learning, in a personalized way, to ensure our students are prepared for the bar and the practice of law. Feedback to the faculty and administrators through reports from the program, will allow the Law School to monitor students’ comprehension for early academic intervention, if needed, ensuring Lincoln students’ success.
Specifically, students will have access to grade-appropriate outlines, online tools, quizzes and tests, as well as the following: BARBRI’s Extended Bar Review Course for 3L students; AMP, an online learning tool for all subjects tested on the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE); a Formative Assessment System, offering reports to students, faculty and administrators on students’ progress and understanding of the subjects; First Year and Upper Level review volumes, including outlines; and a Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) review, including outlines, lecture and practice questions. Wrong answers in AMP are immediately followed with an explanation of the correct answer, and why all the other answer choices were incorrect. The program is always available to the student, and can be used to reinforce the necessary techniques and knowledge presented as often as needed by the student.
Also included in the program is a complete BARBRI Bar Review course. Students will be able to take quizzes for all MBE subjects – with real time results. The program is adaptive, so that as a student masters a concept, the quiz adapts to move on to new material, or revisit topics the student struggled with. Lectures for all topics and skills tested on the MBE, essays and MPT are provided, as well as a day-by-day personal study plan. BARBRI provides their exclusive Mini Review and a complete set of practice questions for all sections of the bar, model answers, and a simulated MBE with national performance ranking for each student. Practice essay answers can be submitted for grading by former and current bar exam graders. All costs are included in Lincoln students’ tuition and fees over the course of 4 years.
Students who prefer individual tutoring are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean of Academics for information on qualified tutors. Students are required to make their own tutoring arrangements and pay any costs associated with such tutoring. However, students should feel free to contact the Administration to use Law School facilities during school hours to conduct such tutoring sessions.
- Academic Counseling and Advisement
Academic counseling and advisement are available to all students through the Associate Dean of Academics and the Faculty. Students are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean of Academics and individual faculty members as needed.
- Student Bar Association
All students enrolled at the Law School become members of the Student Bar Association (SBA). The SBA is governed by elected Officers and appointed Class Representatives. The purpose of the SBA is to assist law students and acclimate them to Law School life, while providing leadership opportunities to those who serve as Officers and Class Representatives. The SBA sponsors a number of student events, including pizza nights, holiday parties, and an annual awards banquet.
- Law Review & Gavel
Publication of the Lincoln Law Review began in 1966 to present articles and book reviews on issues relevant to the legal community and to provide students with an opportunity to hone their skills in legal research, writing and citation. Governed by the Editor-in-Chief, the Law Review continues to be published annually.
- Students who want to become members of the Law Review must be in good standing.
- Future members are chosen by the current members based on grade point average or demonstrated writing ability.
- Any student may submit articles, papers or book reviews they have written for consideration for publication in the Law Review. The student newspaper is known as the “Gavel”. It is published by students with the assistance of a faculty advisor.
- Advanced Legal Writing
The Advanced Legal Writing course is a fourth year, Spring Semester required course. It is a ten week course designed to improve writing skills, particularly as those skills need to be applied to taking the California Bar Examination.
The focus of the class is on writing and analysis, and not on substantive law. Students are expected to have sufficient command of substantive law to write on all of the topics covered. Every class includes a lecture on the subject area, an in-class writing assignment and a review of the in-class and/or homework assignments. Assignments will cover all thirteen (13) areas of substantive law tested on the California Bar Examination.
There are approximately 18 in-class and homework assignments and all of them must be completed satisfactorily and turned in when due in order to receive a passing grade. In-class assignments missed must be completed and turned in no later than the next class or within seven (7) days if it pertains to the last class.
Grading in this required course is Pass/No Pass, which will be determined based upon the completion of all assignments, attendance, and participation.
- Bar Review Class
This course, taken in two ten-week sessions in the Fall and Spring Semesters of the fourth year, is designed to improve skills in writing answers to bar-style essay questions and Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions, which are multiple choice questions. Strategies for completing the Performance Test portion of the bar examination will also be covered.
Emphasis will be placed on the most heavily-tested topics on the bar examination. The course includes extensive practice in writing answers to both essay and performance test questions. MBE questions will be scored in class and the correct answers will be discussed.
The style of this class varies from typical law school classes. Most classes are intended to impart knowledge in the various aspects of the law in depth. This class is designed around short lectures on material and strategies with lots of practice in applying those strategies.
Grading in this course is Pass/No Pass and is depended upon the student’s attendance, participation, and completion of homework assignments.
- Academic Support for Students on Probation
A student may advance on Academic Probation if, and only if, in the subjective good faith discretion of the Academic Standards Committee (ASC), they have a reasonable probability of meeting the requirements for advancement in good standing at the end of the subsequent year. The ASC will determine the Academic Support required to help the student achieve and maintain good standing. Programs available include working with an assigned mentor, being assigned mandatory Barbri or other supportive study and practice material, tutoring, and/or meeting with an Academic Dean at least once a month. Students advanced to their next year of law study on Academic Probation must be academically disqualified if they do not meet the Law School’s requirements for advancement in good standing and retention at the end of that year.
- Alumni Association
All graduates of the Law School are alumni of the School. The School encourages all alumni to join the association and take advantage of the benefits of membership. The Alumni Association supports and furthers the objectives of the Law School, promotes social activities and welcomes new graduates into the legal community. Become an active member today.
- Career Services
All job listings received by the Law School are posted on the website: http://www.lincolnlawsj.edu/career-services/ and on the student bulletin board for appropriate periods of time. In addition, students may receive placement counseling and advisement from the Dean and Faculty.
The Student Lounge is managed by the Student Bar Association and is available for all students to use during school hours. The Lounge is equipped with coin-operated snack, food and drink machines. In addition, extra snacks and coffee are provided in the Lounge by the SBA. A sink, refrigerator and microwave oven are also available in the Lounge for all students to use.
Smoking is not permitted inside the Law School building. All smoking must be done outside the building and away from the main entrances.
Special Accommodations for Disabled Students
It is the policy of the Law School to provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabled students, including but not limited to students with learning disabilities.
Requests for special accommodations should be directed to the Dean. Please be advised that students are not under any circumstances required to disclose any disability.
Students are encouraged to make special accommodations requests as early as possible and to review the guidelines regarding special accommodations set forth in the Student Handbook. Professional documentation is required and, absent a documented emergency, requests for special accommodations for examinations must be submitted at least one month prior to examinations as set forth in the Student Handbook.