Menu

Academic Success Program

To many new law students, law school can seem very foreign – an experience for which none of their previous educational experience has prepared them. The goal of the Academic Success Program (ASP) is to facilitate academic excellence by easing the transition to law school. The program provides all first-year students with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to be a successful law student. The program centers on the process of critical thinking and the accompanying analytical skills that are needed to succeed in the law curriculum. The program does not provide a substantive review of course material but focuses on specific skills for law school success that include: reading and briefing cases; note-taking; time and stress management; course outlining; and taking final exams. Click here for the Fall 2014 ASP Workshop Schedule. To view recorded ASP workshops, login to Blackboard.

The Bar Prep Program introduces the bar preparation process so each student can develop realistic expectations and a plan for success. Valparaiso Law offers a variety of workshops dedicated to bar preparation, as well as a third-year course, entitled Advanced Legal Studies, which focuses on bar exam study strategies and essay writing skills. Click here for additional Bar Preparation information. To view recorded Bar Preparation workshops, click here.

ABOUT YOUR ASP & BAR PREPARATION COACHES:

BethanyLesnewski2011Bethany R. Lesniewski

Director of Academic Success
bethany.lesniewski@valpo.edu
219.465.7974
Office 269

Education
J.D., Florida Coastal Law School (2004)
B.A., Miami University (2001)

Courses
Advanced Legal Studies
Legal Method

Professional Activities
Florida Bar, Member
Standing Committee on Professionalism, Florida Bar (2008-2011)
Member, Association of Academic Support Educators

BethanyLesnewski2011Kimberly R. Kass, Esq.

Associate Director of Academic Success
kim.kass@valpo.edu
219.465.7973
Office 268

Education
J.D., Valparaiso University Law School (2001)
B.A., Valparaiso University (1998)

Courses
Advanced Legal Studies

Professional Activities
Admitted to the Indiana Bar (2001)
Member, Indiana State Bar Association (2001-present)
Member, Association of Academic Support Educators

We are available to meet with students individually to discuss concerns or questions. The following is a short list of some of the topics for which we can offer advice and guidance: adjusting to the stresses and challenges of law school; discussing life issues that may affect academic performance; time management; essay writing; exam preparation; improving study methods; learning-style identification and advice; reading skills; outlining; scheduling advice; bar preparation planning; and bar application questions. Schedule an appointment today. Please contact: Melissa.Mundt@valpo.edu.