Episode 10 – students Steven Alvarado and Melissa Padilla

Double-digit episodes start with a bang! On October 16th, we sat down with two 4L students, Steven Alvarado (’18) and Melissa Padilla (’18). Steven and Melissa are a pair of very humble and happy overachievers. As part-time night students, they lead busy lives, juggling work, family, and law school, even law review. However, despite all the demands on their time, they still manage to have a good time and show the world that if you set your mind to something and work together, you can accomplish anything.

In late September, Steven and Melissa entered the 2017 National Sports Law Negotiation Competition at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Competing against 40 other law schools, and coached by Professor Paul Smith, they took first place! When WesternState CoffeeTalk sat down to talk with Steven and Melissa, they shared their wonderful experience. Congrats to you both!

Episode 09 – Academic Support @ Western State

What exactly is academic support? We’re in law school, aren’t we above getting help? Absolutely not! Law school is a place where many people, often for the first time in their educational lives, need help. It’s overwhelming. Because Western State is dedicated to students’ success, we have a stellar academic support and bar preparation program.

On Friday, September 29, 2017, we sat down with Lisa Blasser, an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills and the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Services here at Western State. Professor Blasser works alongside the program Director, Paula Manning, and Professor Tina Schindler.

Understanding the importance of academic support to student success, we talked about how the program work, how students can benefit, and many of the ways the Academic Support program helps students succeed — everything from understanding learning styles, to time management skills, to efficient note-taking, to the all important exam writing.