Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program at Marquette University Law School is designed to provide all students with the tools necessary to achieve success in their legal education. By incorporating learning-science research into workshops, review sessions, and individual meetings, the Academic Success Program provides students with an opportunity to test and develop their knowledge of material delivered in class, create an individualized study plan, and utilize strategies that maximize the prospects for academic success. 

The Academic Success Program has four primary components:

  • Student Success Program (SSP): Throughout the students' first year, SSP provides sessions and workshops designed to help students build the skills they need to be successful in law school and legal practice. Topics covered in the fall semester include case briefing, note synthesis, course outlining, time and stress management, and preparing for exams. Workshops are coordinated by upper-level student leaders (SSP leaders) and the assistant dean of students. In the spring semester, SSP focuses on success both within and beyond classroom. Topics covered include how to take advantage of lessons learned in the first semester, mental health and wellness, and planning for 2L. 
  • Academic Success Program (ASP): Weekly ASP sessions provide course-specific review led by upper-level students (ASP leaders). ASP leaders guide first-year students in interactive, skill-building exercises that allow students to retain, process, and apply course material in preparation for their exams. During the first year of law school, students have the opportunity to attend three ASP sessions a week (one for each doctrinal course). Attendance at ASP is voluntary.
  • Individual Academic CounselingAssistant Dean of Students Anna Fodor and Professor Katie Pagel are both available to meet with students who would like to discuss their study strategies or have other academic questions or concerns. If you would like to meet to discuss your individual academic plan, please do not hesitate to reach out.
  • Bar Success Program: For those students who choose to take a bar exam, the Law School offers two upper-level courses to prepare students for bar success. Graduates also have access to a supplemental bar-success workshop series during the summer after graduation. All students who plan to take a bar exam upon graduation are strongly encouraged to meet individually with Professor Pagel to design their individualized course track and discuss strategies for success.

For more information about the Academic Success Program, please contact Dean Fodor.