The Academic Success Program offers a variety of services and programs specially designed to help law students succeed during each year of their studies.
Study Skills Workshops and Handouts
Panel discussions on such topics as "Creating Your Own Study Tools" and "Preparing for and Taking a Law School Final Exam" will be presented. Written materials on many study skills topics are available on this website and through the USD Academic Success TWEN site.
An upper-division learning assistant for each first year class—someone who has taken the class previously from the same professor, who did very well in the class and who is usually attending the class again with you—will be available to help you develop effective ways to study. Check out the handouts on TWEN or the bulletin board outside Warren Hall, Room 117, to find the times and locations that you can meet with these upper-division mentors.
Many of the learning assistants prepare hypotheticals and quizzes that you can use on your own or in your own study groups each week to help you master the material. You'll find the handouts on TWEN starting a week or two after classes begin.
In the fall, a small number of students will be invited to join study groups run by the learning assistants. Eligibility is based on a number of factors, including entering writing samples, LSAT, and GPA. In the spring semester, eligibility is determined primarily by the fall grade point average.
Individual Academic Counseling
Kiyana Kiel, Director of Academic Success, is available to meet with students. Email Professor Kiel, call (619) 260-6876 or visit Warren Hall, Room 117, to make an appointment.
Please email Professor Kiel, call (619) 260-6876 or visit Warren Hall, Room 117.