Academic Success Programs

Academic Success Programs support all UW Law students seeking to develop as effective, empowered and reflective learners and lawyers. The program works with students — including those with diverse learning styles, experiences and skill sets — to achieve their academic goals and become successful legal professionals. The program offers academic counseling to individuals and small groups in which students can learn more about the multitude of community resources and discuss ways to exploit learning strengths and to identify and tackle areas for growth.

In addition to individualized meetings, the program sponsors a series of workshops and presentations to on topics related to student learning and success. As a new program dedicated to supporting the community’s commitment to overcome systemic barriers to student success, during 2019-2020 the program will partner members of the legal community to identify area of future programmatic growth to best serve students and the legal community.

Who We Are

A lawyer, scholar and teacher, Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs Jessica L. West is an unabashed cheerleader of the power of a law school education. The first in her family to graduate from college, she is invested, skilled and dedicated to assisting students to succeed in their study of the law.

Learn more about Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs Jessica West.


Academic Success Programs will present to entering students at the fall orientation. In addition to those presentations, the program will offer workshops, lectures and forums open to all students on topics related to student learning and academic success.

Title Date
Case Briefing Strategies, Part II: Dialing It In (PowerPoint) Oct. 9, 2019
12:30–1:20 p.m.
Course Outlining Done Right (PowerPoint) Oct. 23, 2019
12:30–1:20 p.m.
Weathering the Storms: Balance & Wellness in Law School

Watch the Balance & Wellness Workshop on Panopto.
Nov. 6, 2019
12:30–1:20 p.m.
Exam Preparation Strategies (PDF)

Watch the Exam Preparation Workshop on Panopto.
Nov. 20, 2019
12:30–1:20 p.m.
Getting it DONE: What You Need to Know to Graduate, Pass the Bar, & Land a Job (PDF)

Watch the Getting it DONE Workshop on Panopto.
Jan. 8, 2020
12:30–1:20 p.m.
First Term Grades: Building Learning Strategies (PDF)

Watch the First Term Grades Workshop on Panopto.
Jan. 29, 2020
12:30–1:20 p.m.

Come See Us

Stop by Room 315 and see what we can do for you. You can schedule an appointment by sending an email to or by stopping by for Drop-In Hours or anytime the door is open.

Drop-In Hours

Day Time
Mondays 12:30–2 p.m.
Tuesdays 10–11 a.m.
Fridays noon – 1:30 p.m.

Study Skills Guide

The ASP offers a comprehensive guide that offers study skills advice and links to academic support resources. You can download a copy here: [UW NetID and password required to access these documents]

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