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.
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:
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 fall 2013, these workshops will teach these skills in connection with the substance of two doctrinal classes: Civil Procedure (Professor John Greabe) and Torts (Professor Mitch Simon).
Students should enroll in the ASP 1L Embedded Workshops 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 will be designed to strengthen students’ skills necessary for law school success and to develop skills for bar exam success. Modules are still in pre-production and not yet available for student use. Students who are work-study eligible and interested in being part of the production team should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Ms. Plunkett are asked to schedule meetings. 1Ls should use the sign-up sheet on the TWEN course site ASP 1L Embedded Workshops and upper level students should use the sign-up sheet on the TWEN course site ASP Upper Level Workshops.
If students are not free during any slots available on TWEN or have a pressing matter to discuss, they should email email@example.com to arrange a meeting time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who are interested in being a coach should complete the Skills Coach Application form and submit it to email@example.com.
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.