The Academic Support Program (ASP) complements the law school curriculum. The Program focuses on the process involved in developing skills that are necessary to succeed in law school. These skills include legal analysis which is the ability to understand (brief), organize (outline) and apply the law (exam writing). Also needed are skills relating to time and stress management. ASP recognizes that students have different learning styles and backgrounds that affect their learning and performance in law school.
Throughout the Program, diverse teaching methods are used to assist students to reach their academic potential. To help students succeed, ASP offers the following:
The workshops address topics such as briefing, note-taking, outlining, exam writing as well as time and stress management. Teaching methods include active learning exercises and feedback.
Following up on the skills addressed in the Skills Workshops, upper division students, with proven academic success, are assigned to a course (or courses) in each first year section during the fall. Each Discussion Group Leader uses the substantive law taught by the particular professor as the context for addressing and reinforcing the analytical and non-analytical skills necessary to succeed. The Discussion Group Leaders work closely with the Director and Student Coordinator(s) to develop active learning materials and exercises. These are open to all interested first year students.
Individual meetings enable students to gain a specific understanding of their academic strengths and weaknesses as well as explore non-analytical concerns that may interfere with learning. The Discussion Group Leaders and the Director of ASP hold office hours as do Lecturers connected to the program. Director Laurie Zimet has drop-in office hours and additional times are available upon request by emailing her at email@example.com.
Information about specific times and locations for the ASP Hour, Discussion Groups, and office hours are announced via email and in the Hastings Weekly, as well as on posters and classroom whiteboards throughout the school.
Laurie Zimet, Director at (415) 565-4839 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Office 375, 200 McAllister.