Don’t Reinvent The Wheel! Law school is hard if you don't know what to do, but it's easy if you do!
One day, I found myself sitting in a classroom, and I began to panic. I didn't know what happened, or how I had got there, but all of a sudden, I'm in Contracts and they start talking about final exams. After 8 years out of school, working in entertainment, and a split-second decision to go to law school, I'm now about to face my fate, 1st semester finals.
Professor Fleming, owner of Fleming's Fundamentals of Law, came to California Western School of Law one day and spoke to some of the 1Ls during a lunch break about his weekend Writing Workshop.
At the lunch, I was lucky enough to win the weekend course for free, but I had already planned to pay and attend, because what's $195.00 if it could help me keep $10,000s in scholarships or get more? My dad always told me not to reinvent the wheel, and if this guy says he's got a formula for success, I'll take it. You see, you don't have to figure it out all on your own, and why should you?
Being new to the city, I was happy to skip a weekend of sitting around my apartment so I could get to school and get productive. The process Fleming's Fundamentals teaches is easy to understand and implement, and upon exiting the weekend workshop, much of my first-year exam anxiety had subsided. I wasn't in the dark anymore; I finally knew how to answer an essay question.
Now I knew exactly what I had to focus on in my studies, and what I didn't have to waste my time doing. I don't think my first year grades would have been so good had I didn't take the Fleming's workshop. As a bonus, it was a great bonding experience for me and a few of my classmates who became closer after attending the workshop together.
Thanks for the Flemings formula!
Student Writing Workshops Fall 2017 Schedule: All workshops will take place in the UT Classroom in the University Library, unless otherwise noted. They run between 45-60 minutes. All Drew students are welcome to attend these workshops. Each workshop is limited to 25 students. Register for a workshop here. For more details about these workshops, see the Workshop Descriptions below.
- Wednesday, September 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm: Writing Terminology
- Wednesday, September 27, 6:00pm-7:00pm: Common Grammar Mistakes
- Wednesday, October 4 6:00pm-7:00pm:Writing Process
- Wednesday, October 18 6:00pm-7:00pm: Comma Rules and Usage
- Wednesday, November 1 6:00pm-7:00pm: Literature Analysis
- Wednesday, November 15 6:00pm-7:00pm: Sentence Structure
- Wednesday, November 29 6:00pm-7:00pm: Tips for Taking Essay Exams
These workshops are open to all Drew University students, and are designed to help students become better writers in a variety of situations and academic settings. Some workshops may focus on grammar, but all are designed to provide information that applies to writing.
Writing Terminology: This workshop will review terminology associated with writing such as the Writing Process, the Draft, Prewriting, Invention, Thesis Statement, Introduction, Body Paragraph, and more. We will review sample thesis statements and also review content you are working on such as current thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions.
Common Grammar Mistakes: This workshop will focus on the top grammar errors made in writing and will provide you with strategies to proofread and correct your work on your own.
The Writing Process: This workshop will focus on the core of the Writing Process. Specifically, we will review the structural elements of an essay such as the introduction, body, and conclusion, as well as drafting, brainstorming, revision, and more.
Comma Rules and Usage: This workshop will focus on the rules and use of the comma, and will provide you with strategies to use commas on your own.
Literature Analysis: The purpose of this workshop is to give students an overall idea of what is required in a literature analysis paper. We will discuss what differentiates a literature analysis from other types of papers you may have written, how to do effective research, and how to interpret that research and avoid plagiarism.
Sentence Structure: This workshop will focus on reviewing basic sentence structure, and provide you with strategies to proofread and correct your work on your own.
Tips for Taking Essay Exams: Review helpful tips for taking your essay exams. We will review two essay exam question, and learn how to attack them.