Academic Success

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

Workshops on such topics as "Outlining" and "Final Exam Preparation" are presented throughout the semester.  Check out the available handouts on TWEN or in the Academic Success Resource Center located in Warren Hall room 206. 

Academic Success Fellows

An upper-division academic success fellow for each first year class—in most cases, someone who took the class previously with the same professor, did very well in the class, and attends the class again with you—will be available to help you develop effective law school study skills.  The academic success fellows hold weekly office hours, open to all first years, in the Academic Success Resource Center.  The office hour schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside the Academic Success Resource Center.  

Class-Specific Handouts

All academic success fellows 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. These handouts are available on TWEN starting a week or two after classes begin. 

Study Groups

In the fall, a small number of students will be invited to join study groups run by the academic success fellows.  The goal of study groups during the fall semester is to assist in creating an equal opportunity for academic development and excellence for participating students.  Invitations to participate are issued based on a holistic admissions file review conducted by the Director of Academic Success.  Typically, study groups are composed of those most in need based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Writing ability based on LSAT writing sample
  • Distance from home or last residence
  • Culturally underrepresented in the legal profession
  • Low income background
  • First generation in college
  • Entering LSAT or GPA
  • Educationally disadvantaged
  • Physically or learning disabled
  • Non-traditional students
  • Students affected by bias

Over the years we have learned that, without early intervention, it can take weeks or months for some students affected by the factors above to thrive in the law school environment. While we cannot factor in or out every advantage or disadvantage, our goal is to level the playing field to the extent possible for all students during their first semester of law school.  Once fall semester grades are available, spring semester study groups are formed (again, led by ASP Fellows) based on law school grades.

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 206, to make an appointment.


Please email Professor Kiel, call (619) 260-6876 or visit Warren Hall room 206.


Law Student Affairs
Warren Hall, Room 218
Phone: (619) 260-4651
Fax: (619) 260-7715


M,T,Th,F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
W: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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