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Academic Success

The Law School Academic Success Program provides assistance to students who need additional support in developing their writing, studying, and/or analytical skills. The program is administered by the Director of Academic Success Programs. The Academic Success Program helps students work on skills such as time management, case reading and briefing, case analysis and analytical reasoning, and legal argumentation. It also assists students with study techniques, class preparation, outlining, and exam preparation and exam writing techniques. The Academic Success course covers essential law school skills, such as note-taking, briefing cases, outlining, and exam-taking skills.

The Director of Academic Success Programs meets with students to discuss their plans for academic success. 

To learn more about the Academic Success Programs, contact Myra Orlen, Professor of Legal Research and Writing and Director of Academic Success Programs, at morlen@law.wne.edu or 413-782-1415. Professor Orlen's office is located on the third floor of the Blake Law Center in Room 302. 

Individual Counseling

Professor Orlen is available to meet with and counsel students at any time regarding study techniques, time management, supplemental materials, study groups, and other matters related to academic progress.

At the end of the first year, those students placed on academic warning status, whose academic performance is sufficient for advancement but in need of improvement, meet individually with Professor Orlen to form a course and study plan for the coming year, and have periodic support meetings to check on progress.

Resource Room

The first floor Center for Academic Success and Bar Programs Resource Room provides a variety of helpful study aids for student use.

Bar Exam Preparation

The School of Law offers Advanced Legal Analysis Classes for students in their final year of law study.

Justin Dion is the Director of the Bar Exam Preparation Program and is available to meet individually with graduates to help them form a study plan as they prepare to take bar examinations.