Dean’s Fellows are an integral part of the Bowen Student Success Program (BSSP). They are competitively chosen from their peers to lead, mentor, and teach expert learning skills to 1L students during the Fall semester. Dean’s Fellows are selected based on their demonstrated leadership skills, excellence in academic performance, professionalism, and a desire to lead and care for their fellow students.
Dean’s Fellows’ duties begin in the summer when they make themselves available to every student in their assigned Student Success Teams (SSTs) that will be arriving for the Fall semester. Communications with incoming students may include everything from a simple welcome, to answering questions about Bowen and their classes, to making referrals to other appropriate offices.
The Dean’s Fellows are also critical to the success of the First Week orientation. During this week, they hold their first SST sessions to help students get off on the right foot in law school. They also lead a 1L community service project and assist the Office of Student Affairs with various logistics of the orientation week.
Throughout the fall semester, Dean’s Fellows develop a weekly lesson plan—personalized to their SST—to accomplish the learning outcomes identified in the approved Bowen Success Student Success Program (BSSP) curriculum, which includes outcomes such as self-regulated learning, goal setting, case briefing, outlining, communication, scheduling, study skills, test taking strategies, and stress management. Each week, Dean’s Fellows facilitate a 90-minute session for each of their two assigned SSTs (5-6 students in each SST). While not providing substantive legal instruction, Dean’s Fellows facilitate skills improvement through lessons based on the above-mentioned approved BSSP curriculum, supervise in-session exercises (hypos, etc), answer questions, and provide general mentorship and guidance to 1Ls.
In addition to SST meetings, Dean’s Fellows encourage and promote SST members’ participation in events/activities such as BSSP workshops, academic advising/support, consultation with the writing specialist, wellness events, fitness classes, career services/networking events, community service and pro bono activities, and student organization membership/leadership/events. This participation ensures that 1Ls are not just proficient in the classroom, but are healthy and well-rounded students who embody the core values of Bowen: professionalism, public service, and a dedication to access to justice.
2017-2018 Dean’s Fellows
Samantha Lambert, Student Manager