Academic Support

The University of Tulsa College of Law is committed to fostering a supportive academic environment that enables students to reach their full potential. The Academic Support Program provides assistance to law students throughout law school. 

The goals of the program include:

  • Assist first year and second year students learn the study skills critical to completion of a law degree
  • Assist third year students in passing the bar examination

Every opportunity for assistance that is provided through the program is open to all students. Attendance is mandatory for all first year students during the first semester and for students who have earned a 2.5 or below cumulative GPA after the first semester.

The Academic Support Program provides assistance to law students throughout the first year, including academic support sessions in the fall semester and student-led study sessions (TA sessions) in the spring semester. In the fall, the legal writing faculty incorporates academic support sessions into the Legal Writing I course.

There are four (4) mandatory Friday sessions dedicated exclusively to academic support and the skills needed for success in law school:

  • Critical reading of judicial opinion and briefing a case
  • Time management and effective note-taking strategies
  • Outlining
  • Exam writing

Students attend the academic support sessions specific to their section of professors.

After the fall semester, any first year student with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or below must meet with the dean of students to discuss time management and examination preparation. The dean of students also explains the mandatory TA sessions and explains the required course curriculum for their law study should their cumulative GPA be a 2.5 or below after the spring semester.

During the spring semester, the Academic Support Program offers TA sessions specific to each constitutional and criminal law course and each respective professor. There are six (6) sessions, three (3) for Constitutional Law and three (3) for Criminal Law. The TA sessions will cover such subjects as issue spotting, the IRAC method, and writing effective essays. The TA leads the students through the material under the supervision of the substantive professor who teaches the course. All students must attend two (2) sessions in Constitutional Law and two (2) sessions in Criminal Law. Students at or below a 2.5 must attend all of the sessions.

Martha Cordell
Associate Dean for Student Affairs