Academic Success Program             

General Overview 

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 Assistant Dean of Academic Success. 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 program is open to all students, with special sessions for both first-year day and evening students. 

The Assistant Dean for Academic Success meets with students to discuss a plan for academic support. 

The Academic Success Program provides academic support assistance in both group and individual sessions. Active participation in the program is considered by the Academic Standards and Student Appeals Committee in the event a student is academically disqualified and seeks readmission.

To learn more about the Academic Success Program, contact Myra Orlen, Assistant Dean for Academic Success at or 413-782-1415. Dean Orlen's office is located on the second floor of the Blake Law Center in Room 221.  

Myra Orlen
Assistant Dean for Academic Success
Associate Professor of Legal Research
     & Writing
Room 221


One-L Workshop Series

Fall semester workshops available to all first-year students on topics designed to ease your transition to law school study and maximize your potential for success.

Opportunities for Upper-Level Students

Returning students who have completed all of the required first-year courses, may take a diagnostic test administered by the Kaplan Bar Review.

Individual Counseling

Dean 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 Dean Orlen to form a course and study plan for the coming year, and have periodic support meetings to check on progress.

Resource Room

Room 212 makes available a library of academic support materials. These materials may be perused in the Resource Room.

Bar Support Services

The Law School offers a Supplemental Bar Pass Course for students in their final year of law study. The Supplemental Bar Pass Course is open to all students, but it is required for students on Academic Warning Status.

Dean Orlen is available to meet individually with graduates to help them form a study plan as they prepare to take bar examinations.



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