Academic Support Program

The Office of Student Services has implemented the Academic Support Program to help you to succeed in law school. The goal of the program is to teach the skills necessary to study the law effectively and to present strategies that will enable you to make the most of your academic efforts and to minimize stress. The program is available to all first-year students. In addition to the weekly TA sessions, the program also includes: first year orientation, skills workshops, bar exam course, individual consultations, and the academic support library.

First-year Orientation

The Orientation Program, which occurs in August before classes begin is required for all first-year students. The ASP component of the Orientation Program covers basic concepts relating to the successful study of law: the methodology of law school instruction, and the principles of basic legal analysis. The Orientation Program also strives more generally to make all students feel comfortable in the law school environment by providing incoming students with opportunities to socialize with their fellow classmates, 2L and 3L students, and the Law School administration and faculty.

Workshops

To assist all first year students in their transition into law school, the ASP offers two large group workshops in the fall semester. The first workshop focuses on the basic skills needed to transition to law school, including time management, reading and briefing cases, and preparing for class. The second workshop focuses on Outlining and Exam Preparation. In the spring semester, the ASP offers a comprehensive Exam Preparation workshop.

Teaching Assistant Sessions

Teaching assistants (TAs) are hired from the 2L and 3L classes and assigned to a particular first year course (except for Legal Writing). During the first year, the TAs conduct weekly study group sessions where students are able to discuss materials that are covered in class, with an emphasis on learning the skills needed to be successful in law school. TAs teach strategies to more effectively manage your time, read and brief cases, take class notes, outline, and approach hypotheticals.

Individual Consultations & Resources

All students have a variety of avenues for individualized instruction: General ASP TA: We have an ASP TA assigned to work with individuals (1L, 2L, and 3L students) and small groups to develop study strategies for any and all classes. This TA is available during set office hours and by appointment. Faculty Office Hours: Maine Law prides itself on professor accessibility, and all students are encouraged to take advantage of their professors’ open doors for one-on-one substantive instruction; ASP TA Office Hours: For first-year students, the TAs assigned to each doctrinal course host office hours for consultation with individual students.

Academic Success Library

The Office of Student Services maintains a library of academic support materials. Books are available for checkout for all students.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Associate Dean for Student Services, Sherry L. Abbott.