Bowen is committed to academic excellence for each of its students. We have demonstrated our commitment by creating the Bowen Expert Skills Training (BEST) Program, which is a required part of the curriculum.
The BEST Program starts with the law school’s First Week. Unlike a new student orientation, First Week is an elaborate and rigorous program designed to teach students the learning strategies they need to succeed in law school. It is the first week of law school for entering students.
The BEST Program continues with structured study-groups of four to six students that meet twice a week during the fall and spring semesters to apply cooperative learning strategies to their law school experience under the supervision of carefully trained and supervised upper-division students known as Dean’s Fellows.
Students encountering academic challenges after the first semester are assigned to Dean’s Fellows for more intensive assistance to improve their study skills. The BEST Program also includes workshops throughout law school that will focus on various aspects of academic excellence.
The Law School’s commitment continues with academic advising throughout law school. The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs is available to meet individually with students to develop study plans for those who feel overwhelmed, to advise students in developing course outlines and preparing for exams, and to offer guidance to students selecting from the array of course offerings so that students will excel in their selected area of practice.