I had the honor of directing the Academic Success Program (“ASP”) at the law school for the past three years. This year, I am pleased that Professor Steve Schultz is taking over the leadership of this important program. ASP has multiple components, but at its heart, it helps first-year law students learn the skills necessary to succeed on law school exams — which are the same skills necessary for ultimate success on the bar exam.
In the fall semester, the ASP offers weekly, large group “skills workshops” to the 1Ls interested in attending. After giving everyone the first week of class to settle in, several workshops are scheduled that cover the major skills necessary for academic success — class preparation, time management, outlining, and essay-writing. Afterward, the weekly workshops offer the students valuable opportunities to take practice tests.
In addition to the weekly large group sessions, smaller group skills sessions are offered each week, taught by successful upper-division “teaching fellows,” that provide interested students the opportunity to practice the skill taught that week (and then later, to obtain feedback on the practice tests).
Today is the first ASP skills workshop of the semester. Our own Professor Peter Wendel will conduct a workshop he has conducted in law schools all over the nation. Professor Wendel is the author of a popular book for 1Ls titled, Deconstructing Legal Analysis.