This directed study is required for upper-level students with a cumulative GPA that places them at high risk of attrition and failing the bar exam on the first attempt. Any upper-level student on academic probation who is not otherwise required to enroll in Legal Practice Skills is required to complete this course during their probationary semester. All other students may voluntarily request enrollment in this course and, at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, may be enrolled until all available seats are filled. The course is taught on an individual basis, and may also include participation in a small group setting and in-class meetings. The student's assigned Academic Success faculty member, or his or her designee, after consultation with the student, will set forth the objectives, requirements, and guidelines for successful completion of the course. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with individualized academic support tailored to each student's strengths and weaknesses. The directed study will typically require enrolled students to meet with their assigned Academic Success faculty member, or his or her designee, at least four times per semester, typically on a bi-weekly basis to ensure individual meetings occur before and after midterm exams. The student shall work with their assigned Academic Success faculty member, or his or her designee, to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses in the study of the law. The student's assigned Academic Success faculty member, or his or her designee, may assign the student to attend academic success workshops geared towards the student's particular needs; complete practice exams or other relevant exercises; meet with a teaching assistant, upper-level student tutor, or member of the faculty to review their work; and develop a study plan to guide them through their studies during the semester.
Offered at least once per academic year.