About the Program
The Academic Success Program (ASP) has two objectives:
(1) to provide direct, skills-focused academic support for students desiring additional help; and
(2) to provide resources for law school success for all students.
To meet these objectives, the ASP provides a variety of programs and resources, including:
To assist all first year students in their transition into law school, the ASP offers a series of weekly skills workshops during the first semester. Participation in this program is voluntary and open to all first year students. Workshop topics include case briefing, note taking, outlining, issue spotting, exam writing, and practice examinations.
Group Skills Sessions
Teaching fellows are hired from the upper division classes and assigned to a particular first year section. During the first semester, these fellows host weekly group skills sessions based on the ASP skills workshop delivered that week. Participation in this program is voluntary and open to all first year students. In the group skills sessions, students have the opportunity to put the workshop skills into practice and receive feedback from the teaching fellows on their efforts.
Law Exam Workshop
Law Exam Workshop is an optional course offered to second semester students who struggled academically during their first semester. The class meets once a week to assist students with adjusting their study plan and to provide ample opportunities to practice exam-taking skills. The course does not receive academic credit. The pedagogical goal is not to teach substantive material but to improve test-taking skills that can positively impact performance in all substantive classes. In addition to the weekly class meeting, the students are assigned to study groups based on their respective first year sections that are facilitated by teaching fellows from upper division classes. The teaching fellows are often nominated by faculty members and are hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated by the ASP Director. The students have the opportunity to receive feedback from their regular professors, the ASP Director, and their respective teaching fellow.
Individual Consultations & Resources
All students have a variety of avenues for individualized instruction:
Academic Success Library
Professor Schultz maintains a library of academic support materials in the Law Library.
For more information, please contact the Professor Steve Schultz, Director of Academic Success, at Steven.Schultz2@pepperdine.edu.