University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Academic Success

Take Charge of Your Legal Education!

The goal of the Academic Success Program (ASP) is for students to cultivate the learning skills necessary to excel in law school, on the bar exam, and in legal practice. 

We all learn differently. Learning about how you learn best prepares you to flourish in the variety of settings you will be in as a law student and a lawyer, from getting ready for class to taking exams to sitting for the bar exam to answering clients’ questions.

Leah Plunkett
Director of Academic Success
Associate Professor of Legal Skills
 

ASP is here to facilitate your learning about how you learn best and to help you apply those insights to your studies.  Here is what ASP does: 

1L Workshops

At UNH School of Law we provide the support you need to succeed in this rigorous academic environment. ASP offers weekly workshops for all 1Ls to build skills essential for law school success, such as active reading, case briefing, and preparing for exams.

In spring 2014, these workshops will teach these skills in connection with the substance of two doctrinal classes: Constitutional Law (Professor John Greabe) and Constitutional Law (Professor Calvin Massey).

Students should enroll in the ASP 1L Embedded Workshops Spring 2014 course site on TWEN for details, including a calendar of workshop meetings.

Work with Upper Level Students

ASP offers group instruction on learning skills for all upper level students in two main ways:

  1. Visits to some doctrinal classes, and
  2. The development of online learning skills modules that students can do on their own time

These modules are designed to strengthen students’ skills necessary for law school success and to develop skills for bar exam success.  The first module on bar exam readiness is now available through the ASP Upper Level Work Spring 2014 TWEN site. 

Students who are work-study eligible and interested in being part of the module production team should email leah.plunkett@law.unh.edu.

Individual Work

The ASP Interim Director does individual work with students on mastering certain skills or tackling particular challenges, such as time management or test preparation.

To facilitate effective work sessions, students who want to meet individually with Prof. Plunkett are asked to schedule meetings.  1Ls should use the sign-up sheet on the TWEN course site ASP 1L Embedded Workshops Spring 2014 and upper level students should use the sign-up sheet on the TWEN course site ASP Upper Level Work Spring 2014.

If students are not free during any slots available on TWEN or have a pressing matter to discuss, they should email leah.plunkett@law.unh.edu to arrange a meeting time.

Skills Coaches

ASP has skills coaches available to work with students—either individually or in small groups—to facilitate students’ practice of their learning skills. Coaches typically focus on developing a particular skill or skills in connection with one or two classes for a limited period of time.

Students who are interested in working with a coach should complete the Skills Coach Request form and submit it to leah.plunkett@law.unh.edu.  Students who are interested in being a coach should complete the Skills Coach Application form and submit it to leah.plunkett@law.unh.edu.

Panels & Other Programming

ASP hosts panels and other programming for all students throughout the year on topics such as professionalism, wellness, and mindfulness.  Check back here for more details about these programs for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Contact Us

Leah A. Plunkett, Interim Director of Academic Success and Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Skills

Leah Plunkett
Director of Academic Success
Associate Professor of Legal Skills
phone: (603) 513-5177
fax: (603) 228-1074
leah.plunkett@law.unh.edu

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