Meet Lorrie Coffey
See her biography at: https://www.tlela.com/lorrie-coffey
Lorrie shares her thoughts on starting the MJ program: Wear Sunscreen
Some of you will get that, some of you will have to Google it.
First, congratulations on the journey you are about to embark on and welcome to the Tulane Law School MJ-LEL Program! The next two years are going to fly by, so enjoy every minute of it. Get to know your classmates. Each week write down one thing that you learned; you’ll be amazed at how long that list is by the time you graduate. This isn’t going to be an easy journey, but you already know that. For some of you, you’re coming into the program right out of undergrad or a few years out of college. For others, you’re probably like I was. You haven’t opened a text book in decades and are freaking out at the thought of going back to school after so long. Well, I’m here to tell you to take a deep breath and sigh of relief, because it turns out this program isn’t that bad. It was designed for people like us.
Now, there are going to be times when you get behind in your studies (I got 4-5 modules behind and still caught up), there will be times when you miss the live classes (I missed A LOT), and there will be times when life just gets in the way. It’s ok, this program understands that and you can catch up. For me it was all about scheduling my schoolwork into my day, which was usually on the weekend. And if you need help, your professors are there, just communicate with them. This program is designed for you to succeed.
Use the resources provided to you, you’ll have Google Scholar, WestLaw, your textbooks, lectures, and additional resources posted in the modules by your professors. The answers are in the materials, sometimes you have to dig, but they are there. If you get frustrated with an assignment, walk away from it for a while and come back to it later with a fresh mind and fresh eyes. Organize your assignment files in a way that makes it easy for you to search through them as you may need to refer back to them for future classes.
And a few specifics for you. Professor Cooper’s Legal Literacy courses are the foundation for every other class you will take. And finally, if you can, attend the Immersion Weekend both years, you won’t regret it.
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