Academic Success

Photograph: Graduates of Brandeis School of Law

At the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, your academic and professional success is of the utmost importance to the faculty, staff and administration. The Academic Success Office is dedicated to helping every law student achieve his or her full academic potential.

Founded in 1991, the Academic Success Program assists students in developing and enhancing the critical skills necessary for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. Services include personal academic counseling and study plan assessments, recommendation of campus resources, general advice, class preparation, outlining, exam preparation and more.

The Office of Academic Success has an inventory of study aids to help supplement the work product created by law school students. This inventory of supplements includes horn books, treatises, outlining supplements, flow charts, bar prep materials, and multiple books published offering advice on how to succeed in law school. There are also Academic Success Workshops throughout the semester that focus on basic skills required for normal law school student expectations, such as briefing, outlining and exam preparation.

Resources and Strategies for Incoming Students

For current students, there are additional services and resources available through the Office of Academic Success. For incoming students, there are a number of readings that can help you before and during law school. Books covering various court structures, progression of a lawsuit, and the legislative process can help you become more familiar with the U.S. legal system. Some suggested readings include:

  • Burkhardt, Ann & Robert Stein, How to Study Law and Take Law Exams (West 1996).
  • Civiletto Carey, Christen & Kristen David Adams, Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making the Most of Your Legal Education (ALM Pub 2003).
  • Editors of JD Jungle and jdjungle.com, JD Jungle Law School Survival Guide (Carolina Academic Press 2004).
  • Falcon, Atticus, Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go) – But Didn’t Know to Ask – And No One Else Will Tell You (Fine Print Press 2003).
  • Gershman, Bennett L. & Lissa Griffin, The Law School Experience.
  • Hegland, Kenney F., Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West 2003).
  • Hricik, David, Law School Basics: A Preview of Law School and Legal Reasoning (Nova Press 2000).
  • Miller, Robert H., Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, For Students (St. Martin’s Griffin 2004).
  • Munneke, Gary A., How to Succeed in Law School (Barron’s Educational Series 2001).
  • Noyes, Shana Connell & Henry S. Noyes, Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class (Fred B. Rothman 1999).
  • Schwartz, Michael Hunter, Expert Learning for Law Students (Western State University College of Law 2003).
  • Shapo, Helene S. & Marshall Shapo, Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (Foundation Press 2002).
  • Stropus, Ruta K. & Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Carolina Academic Press 2001).
  • Fine, Toni, American Legal Systems (Anderson Publishing 1997).
  • Tonsing, Dennis J., 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now (William S. Hein 2003).
  • Block, Gertrude, Effective Legal Writing for Law Students and Lawyers (5th ed. 1999).
  • Brody, Susan, et al., Legal Drafting Chapter 3: Write Carefully (1994).
  • Dickerson, Darby, Less is More: Use the Delete Key to Streamline Legal Writing, 8 Ill. B.J. 185 (Apr. 1997).
  • Dumond, Van, Grammar for Grownups (1993).
  • Strunk, Jr, William and E.B. White, The Elements of Style (3rd ed. 1979).
  • Wydick, Richard C., Plain English for Lawyers (3rd ed. 1994).
  • Harr, Jonathan, A Civil Action (Random House 1995).
  • Meltzer, Brad, The Tenth Justice (Warner Books 1998).
  • Turow, Scott, One L (Warner Books 1997).