Lincoln Law School of San Jose
Academic Success Program
Lincoln has Preparation to Enter the Bar, Introduction to Law, Legal Skills 101 - 302, Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, Academic Support for Students on Probation, and Academic Counseling and Advisement available to all students, as described below. All of this is bolstered in the fourth year with two semesters of Bar Review.
Preparation to Enter the Bar
This program is offered to all incoming registered students. It is offered the week before classes begin and is a survey of skills required of the successful law student.
Legal Skills Courses
The Legal Skills courses in each of the school years are intended to supplement the substantive law courses. They provide opportunities to enhance a student’s understanding of the particular course substance; they include exercises that allow students to understand the actual practice of law and think like a lawyer.
Further, given the goal of preparing students for the bar exam and passing the exam, students in the Legal Skills courses take a number of bar-like essay practice exams and MBE/multiple-choice questions. The practice essay exams are graded by an independent bar grader, who can provide a realistic assessment whether an essay response was sufficient or equivalent to a bar passing score. Other feedback regarding the practice exams is provided in order to improve student performance and provide students with familiarity and the confidence they can succeed in these types of exams.
Bar Review Class
This course, taken in two 15-week sessions in the Fall and Spring Semesters of the fourth year, is designed to improve skills in writing answers to bar-style essay questions and Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) questions, which are multiple choice questions. Strategies for completing the Performance Test portion of the bar examination will also be covered.
Emphasis will be placed on the most heavily-tested topics on the bar examination. The course includes extensive practice in writing answers to both essay and performance test questions. MBE questions will be scored in class and the correct answers will be discussed.
The style of this class varies from typical law school classes. Most classes are intended to impart knowledge in the
various aspects of the law in depth. This class is designed around short lectures on material and strategies with lots of practice in applying those strategies.
Grading in this course is Pass/No Pass and is depended upon the student’s attendance, participation, and completion of homework assignments.
Academic Counseling and Advisement
Academic counseling and advisement are available to all students through the Dean, Dean’s designee and Faculty. Students are encouraged to contact the Dean, Academic Deans and individual faculty members, as needed.
Academic Support for Students on Probation
A student may advance on Academic Probation if, and only if, in the subjective good faith discretion of the Academic Standards Committee (ASC), they have a reasonable probability of meeting the requirements for advancement in good standing at the end of the subsequent year.
The ASC will determine the Academic Support required to help the student achieve and maintain good standing. Programs available include working with an assigned mentor, being assigned mandatory AdaptiBar or other supportive study and practice material, tutoring, and/or meeting with an Academic Dean at least once a month.
Students advanced to their next year of law study on Academic Probation must be academically disqualified if they do not meet the Law School’s requirements for advancement in good standing and retention at the end of that year.
The Law School does not currently have a formal Placement Office. However, all job listings received by the Law School can be found on the Lincoln website under student services/career services. Job listings are also posted on the student bulletin board.
These materials are available for all students and alumni to review during school hours. In order to ensure accessibility for all students to job information, the materials may not be removed from the Law School. The School is not responsible for any representations or promises made by the parties.
All students at Lincoln receive a LexisNexis password to enable them to do electronic research. Students pay a fee for this service, which is included in the fees at registration. Students can use Lexis Nexis anytime, but are prohibited from using it for commercial purposes. Students must not allow others to use their LexisNexis account.
With AdaptiBar’s patented, adaptive technology, licensed MBE questions, and diagnostic tools, you will receive the best possible preparation for the MBE portion of the bar exam. AdaptiBar provides explanations for every question, tracks your performance in every subject and subtopic, and determines your optimal timing for answering questions to accurately predict your MBE score.
Student Bar Association
All students enrolled at the Law School are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA), which is governed by its own by-laws and Executive Board. The SBA is organized to assist law students and help them become acclimated to law school life.
SBA general meetings are held regularly and all students are encouraged to attend. In addition, the SBA sponsors a number of student events, including food nights, holiday parties and treats, and the annual Gala.
Publication of the Lincoln Law Review began in 1966 to present articles and book reviews on issues relevant to the legal community and to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their skills in legal research, writing and citation. The Law Review continues to be published annually.
The Law Review is governed by the Editor-in-Chief or Editors-in-Chief, who are elected by the Law Review members from the previous year, with the concurrence of the Dean. A Faculty Advisor is also available to provide Law Review members with additional guidance and assistance.
Students who want to become members of the Law Review must be, and remain, in complete and full good standing. Future members are chosen by the current members based on a minimum cumulative grade point average or demonstrated writing ability or both. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief for more information.
American Association for Justice & Santa Clara County Bar Association
The American Association for Justice (“AAJ”, previously the American Trial Lawyers Association) is a national organization, which promotes excellence in legal advocacy through training and education. The Law School chapter offers student members the opportunity to fine tune their advocacy skills at local and regional trial competitions.
Membership in the AAJ also entitles students to receive daily legal updates by email and monthly trial practice magazines. There is also a local chapter, the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association. They have discounted memberships for law students.
The Santa Clara County Bar Association provides education and support to member attorneys, advances the local administration of justice, and serves the public by fostering improved public understanding of and access to the legal system. They also have discounted memberships for law students.
All graduates of the Law School are members of the Alumni Association. The purpose of the Alumni Association is to support and further the objectives of the Law School, promote social activities and welcome new graduates into the legal community.
ADA Compliance & Testing Accommodations