Academic Skills Program

Our Goal

Our goal is to ensure that all of our students maximize their academic potential as they encounter the rigors of law school.  In collaboration with doctrinal faculty, the Offices of Academic Affairs and Student Services, and the Legal Research and Writing Program, ASP seeks to empower students to become independent, self-regulating learners, capable of increasing their learning effectiveness in law school and in practice.  

ASP Services

Academic Skills Program
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In efforts to provide you with the tools and resources necessary to succeed at all stages of your law school journey, ASP provides the following services:


In the fall, we hold a 1L Workshop Series which focuses on the basic skills needed for law school success.  Topics include fundamentals in learning, preparing for class, creating outlines, studying for exams, writing exam answers, and interpreting exam results constructively.  1Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

Throughout the school year, we hold additional workshops for all students to reinforce important skills needed in law school. 

Teaching Assistants

We provide teaching assistants (TAs) for all of your first-year doctrinal courses (including legal writing) and selected upper-level courses.  TAs are selected from among Chicago-Kent's top upper-level students based on their overall performance in law school and in particular courses.  TAs hold weekly office hours, so you can obtain personalized one-on-one tutoring and guidance.  TAs also provide at least two review sessions open to all students in the class (typically before a mid-term and/or final exam).

Small Group Sessions

We provide additional assistance to students who may find law school especially challenging through our Small Group Sessions—structured meetings for each doctrinal class led by TAs.  Learn about a student's experience with ASP here

Individual Appointments

Director of ASP, Dawn Young, is available to address your questions and concerns about study habits, study strategies, and issues surrounding the transition to law school.