The Academic Support Program at the School of Law provides a variety of resources to ensure that all students develop the skills needed to succeed academically at the law school. Through the tutorial program, workshops, one-on-one guidance, and readily available resources, all students have access to information to enable them to become effective and successful law students.
The Office of Academic Support (Academic Support) coordinates the Law School’s tutorial program. The tutorial program includes student-led tutorial sessions for all first-year courses and selected upper-level courses. Academically successful upper-class students are hired to conduct tutorials for all first-year courses and several upper-level courses. Tutorial sessions are held bi-weekly, with tutors holding “office hours” on the off weeks for students with individual questions.
Academic Support also sponsors workshops designed to ease the transition from college to law school. The workshops address key skills such as time and stress management, effective study skills, exam preparation, and how to write a legal memorandum. Academic Support also works closely with the Director of Wellness to present workshops and identify students with non-academic issues that impact their transition to law school.
Moreover, the Academic Support staff meets with students for one-on-one sessions throughout the school year. The students either seek help on their own or are referred to Academic Support by the Bar Enhancement and Retention Committee. The Director of Academic Support contacts each first year day and evening student who has a 2.2 GPA or lower after fall exams and requests that they schedule a one-on-one session. During these sessions, the Academic Support staff evaluates the students’ study regimen and they also help the students with their study schedules, exam preparation, course outlines, and legal writing.
Academic Support also operates a Lending Library. The Library is a collection of supplemental materials to help students study and prepare for exams. The materials are available to students to use without the expense of purchasing their own copies.
The Academic Support staff coordinates a summer bar review (Invest in Success) for recent graduates. The bar preparation is a joint effort with the Faculty and Academic Support staff. Various faculty members conduct weekly substantive law reviews and the Academic Support staff works with students to improve their essay exam answer writing skills. Special attention is given to those students who underperformed in NC Distinctions, the School of Law’s bar preparation course.