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ASP Workshops are open to all law students on a voluntary basis. The workshops are designed to cover a variety of skills and strategies to help students to be successful. The workshops are sequenced in a progression to build students’ skills throughout the year. Although the workshops are designed primarily for first-year students, the workshops are open to upper class students who are interested in continuing to refine and polish their skills. The topics covered in the fall include demystifying the law school classroom, outlining, and preparing for and writing exams. The topics covered in the spring include avoiding common errors on exams, written and oral argumentation, and logic in legal argument. Please access the Past Workshop Materials for examples.

Academic Success Program Spring 2014 Workshops

 The Academic Success Program will offer two workshops this spring.  The workshops will focus on further developing the skills fundamental to success in law school.  Each workshop will be presented on a weekday and on the weekend.  The workshops are open to all students, and all students are strongly encouraged to attend these important presentations.

 Improving Exam Performance: Reviewing Common Missteps on Fall Semester's Exam Answers

Presented by Professor Ed Butterfoss

Saturday, January 25
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Room 101

Thursday, January 30
11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Room 101

You have just received your first set of law school exam grades.  This workshop will help you learn what you can do to improve your performance.  Professor Butterfoss will use examples of actual student exams to illustrate mistakes students commonly make and to explain what steps to take to avoid these errors in the future.  In light of the examples, Professor Butterfoss will also review IRAC as it pertains to exams, and he will revisit the ice cream hypothetical in order to give you a chance to apply what you have learned.


A Litigator's Craft: Persuasion in Briefing and Oral Arguments  

Presented by Professor Allen Blair

Thursday, February 6 
11:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Room 101

Saturday, February 8
4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Room 101

A litigator’s daily work revolves around crafting persuasive briefs and arguments.  In this workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies for enhancing the persuasiveness of your written and oral arguments.  We will also think about the ways in which current communication theories can offer additional insights into persuasion.

For more information, contact Alice Silkey, Director of Academic Success, at  651-523-3012 or