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What Does a Law School Tutor Do?

Cindy Quarters
Cindy Quarters

Law school involves years of studying, classes and tests in order to prepare a student to take the bar or other required exam and become a practicing attorney. There are some people that specialize only in helping students to prepare for the bar exam. Others help students pass the necessary classes as they progress through law school. A person in the first group is a test tutor, while someone in the second group is considered a law school tutor.

Generally, a law school tutor is available to assist others with studying, research, writing papers and preparation for exams. The tutor is usually compensated by the hour, and may work with each law student on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the level of help necessary. A law school tutor may be a practicing attorney or it can be a person who has completed the level he or she is now offering tutoring services for.

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There is very little regulation surrounding such services. In most cases, though, the law school tutor will need to be able to clearly demonstrate that he or she has the level of knowledge required in order to guide someone else through the course material. Normally, the tutor will need to be able to provide evidence of having completed any courses for which services are being offered, typically with very good grades.

A law school tutor may decide to offer services for a particular year of law school, only for certain courses, or to target those specific areas of studies where he or she feels particularly competent. The tutor spends time with students, working with them to help them to comprehend the course material, prepare for exams and develop papers that are likely to result in passing grades. Tutors may also offer other assistance and advice that will be helpful to students in passing their courses.

Typically, people who are seeking academic assistance look for someone near the law school, so that it will be possible to meet with the tutor face-to-face on a regular basis. Some people find, however, that they cannot locate someone locally. These people may choose to work with a law school tutor via the Internet.

There are many kinds of tutors offering services online. Students may be provided with highly individualized attention or they may receive a series of emails or documents that contain course-specific information but are not necessarily personalized. A law school tutor who offers services online will typically provide a mix of generic course information and personal help.

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