The Swyer Lectures and Workshops is an
academic support program created for the purpose of enhancing student success at
Albany Law School through skills training.
The Swyer Lectures are about "how we learn" as well as "how to study" or "how to take an exam" and are interwoven throughout the bi-weekly sessions held during the fall semester. Faculty will offer presentations on such topics as time management, effective reading, case briefing, note taking, legal reasoning, case analysis and synthesis, writing, study skills, and exam preparation. The Swyer Lectures consist of one-hour presentations that are open to all first-year students. In addition, handouts provided in the Swyer Lectures are available to all students at the reserve desk in the library.
The Swyer Workshops, like the Swyer Lectures, provide academic support through skills training but stress active learning as the means to academic achievement. Readings, discussions, and exercises focus on developing such skills as note taking, legal reasoning, case analysis and synthesis, outlining and exam preparation. Workshop faculty offer written feedback on exercises as well as individual meetings with students to address specific problems. The Workshop Program is offered during Spring Semester for First-Year Students and During Fall Semester for Second and Third-Year Students.
The Workshops were designed for students who, based on objective and other
criteria, could most benefit from skills training. Among invitees are:
Although participation in the Workshops is voluntary and does not carry
academic credit, invitees are strongly encouraged to participate. Handouts
provided in the Swyer Workshops are available to all students at the reserve
desk in the library.