Regardless of your career plans, success in law school is the foundation on which your future will be built. The academic support program is a collaborative effort among law school administrators, faculty and students to help you develop the critical skills necessary to become an effective law student, and, ultimately, a top flight lawyer.
COURSE-BASED ACADEMIC SUPPORT
The School of Law is committed to student success. To that end, day students whose cumulative GPAs are below 2.80 after the completion of their second semester will be required to take in their third semester a designated course (LAW 615 Rules and Reasoning) that focuses on legal analysis and writing in connection with a specific doctrinal subject. It is fully intended that such students will be required to take the designated course in their third semester; however, the School of Law reserves the right to require that some students take the course in their fourth semester instead, should this be necessary in light of available spaces in the third semester offerings of the course. Evening students whose cumulative GPAs are below 2.80 after the completion of their second semester will be required to take in their fourth semester a designated course that focuses on legal analysis and writing in connection with a specific doctrinal subject.
One-on-one meetings: Individual meetings enable students to gain insights into their academic strengths and weaknesses as well as explore in confidence in a non-judgmental setting any other concerns that may be affecting learning. Schedule a meeting here.
Skills Workshops: Offered throughout the year, workshops offered during continuing orientation and throughout the year address such topics as briefing, note-taking, outlining, multiple-choice test taking, and exam essay writing. Additional topics pertaining to life as a law student are also offered.
Peer Support: the Law Scholar and Teaching Scholar Programs
If permitted by instructor, students can seek guidance in the writing process from the Legal Writing Center. Forty-five minute sessions focus on organization, research strategies, grammar, editing and consistency.
Feedback on Practice Exams
The Academic Support program can substantively critique written responses to practice problems exams offered in your classes or provided to you by this Office. An assessment of test preparation methods can also be done. Schedule a meeting here.