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Academic Success Program Resource Library

The Academic Success Program (ASP) Resource Library contains substantive and commercial resources for each first-year subject and all core required courses. The commercial resources include practice exams and study aids to suit a variety of learning styles. The ASP Resource Library is housed in the Office of Student Affairs. Resources may be signed out for up to two weeks.

First-Year Students

The Academic Success Program (ASP) offers a variety of programs and resources for first-year students, including individual counseling with Maryann Brown or Alice Eakin, professors, use of the ASP Resource Library, and the programs described below.

Programs and course offerings for the 2015-16 academic year will be posted during the summer of 2015.

  1. Fall Workshop Series explores the academic skills at the core of law school success, including essay exam skills, multiple-choice exam skills, and exam- preparation strategies. Law professors Maryann Brown and Alice Eakin teach the series, with each workshop offered a variety of times to accommodate all first-year students’ schedules.
  2. Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant Program joins fundamental skill instruction with Civil Procedure to allow first-year students to apply their skills within the context of a challenging first-semester subject. TAs work closely with each Civil Procedure professor and conduct a series of skills workshops for  students, using the substantive material provided by professors.
  3. Introduction to Law Program provides targeted assistance for students who did not perform well on their Introduction to Law practice exam during Orientation Week. This program provides students with the opportunity to take another practice exam and receive individualized feedback on their performance.
  4. Midterm Program provides targeted assistance for students who did not perform to their potential on their midterm examination. This program includes counseling from an Academic Success professor, a rule-based reasoning and essay exam skills workshop, using a Torts topic, and a challenging practice exam with individualized feedback. Students also have the opportunity to rewrite their practice exams for further feedback.
  5. Spring Academic Success Program, a series of five workshops, is focused on core rule-based reasoning skills. Students take three practice exams, which are reviewed by Academic Success Fellows; successful upperclassmen provide participants with oral and written feedback on their practice exam performance. Although this program is designed for first-year students who finished the fall semester with a GPA below 2.5, any student who wants to participate in the program is accepted.
Second Year Students

Second year students who want to improve their academic performance may make appointments for individual counseling with Academic Success (ASP) professors Maryann Brown or Alice Eakin. Students may also use the resources in the ASP Resource Library, which include commercial practice exam resources and study guides for upper-level law school courses such as Business Organizations, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, and Federal Tax.

ASP offerings for second-year students also include the following courses, designed to help students perform to their fullest academic potential:

Intensive Legal Analysis (ILA) is a graded, two-credit course required for students entering their second year of law school with a GPA below 2.5. This course is designed to enhance academic achievement by helping students excel in rule-based reasoning skill areas. ILA is taught in small sections of up to 15 students, which allows for individualized feedback on at least five graded exams and a number of ungraded assignments. Students also conference with their professor three times during the semester to develop targeted strategies and to review progress.

Advanced Analytical Applications (AAA) is a graded, two-credit course required for students entering their second year of law school with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.69. Developed and taught by law professor Pam Perry, this course also has small sections to allow for greater individualized feedback. Students taking AAA are challenged to achieve excellence in exam-answering techniques through numerous exam writing opportunities and other assignments designed to improve academic achievement.

Academic Support Program Staff

Maryann Brown 
co-director,  Legal Writing professor
E-mail: mbrown@widener.edu
Phone: 302-477-2148

Alice Eakin
co-director, Legal Writing professor
E-mail: aeeakin@widener.edu
Phone: 302-477-2215

Pamela Perry
second-year Advanced Analytical Applications professor
E-mail: plperry@widener.edu