Academic Enhancement Program

The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) is a collaborative effort involving law school administration, faculty and students with the goal of assisting all students in developing the critical experiences and skills necessary for academic success in law school and beyond. The AEP program is designed to promote academic excellence through enhancement and supportive services for students at all levels of academic performance. For first year students, the learning curve for mastering the law school curriculum can be steeper than expected because the study of law is unique and challenging.

AEP Philosophy: 

"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high itention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives-choices, not chance determine your destiny." 

- Aristotle 

Orientation

JD Orientation

We look forward to meeting you during your orientation week. You will learn about the resources and services available to you through the AEP. 

International JD Orientation

We look forward to meeting you. We will coordinate schedules for an AEP orientation meeting. 

Transfer/Visiting Orientation

We look forward to meeting you at the Transfer/Visiting student Orientation.

LLM-LI Orientation

Welcome to LLM-LI students. We look forward to meeting you during your orientation. During your orientation, the AEP will be presenting four skills workshops to help you transition into the study of law here at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

The four skills workshops that the AEP will be conducting are:

  1. Effective Habits for Law Students’ Academic Success—Part I
  2. Effective Habits for Law Students’ Academic Success—Part II
  3. Anatomy of a Case Brief
  4. Tips for Reading Legal Effectively Like an Expert (How to Think & Read Like a Lawyer)

1L

Welcome 1Ls! Listed below are some of the resources and services the AEP provides that we encourage you to utilize:

LASSI Skills Workshops l Individual Consultations l Enrichment Workshops l Study Groups 

AEP Library Resources l Exam Period at AEP l  Academic Self-Assessment Exercise 

Not sure where to start? Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions guide. 

1. LASSI

The Learning And Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) is an online assessment tool which assesses skill-sets proven to help students maximize academic performance and be strategic learners. All incoming 1Ls are required to take the LASSI by Friday, September 9th, 2016.

Your results will be emailed to you shortly after completing the assessment. The AEP also gets a copy. If you have questions about your LASSI results, you may discuss the results with AEP Assistant Dean by scheduling an appointment here.

2. Skills Workshops

Throughout each academic year, the AEP provides intentionally designed skills workshops to equip first year students with academic, learning and study skills often needed to master the law school curriculum and to get ready for writing better and well-structured answers on the final exams.

A downloadable PDF of the fall 2016 skills workshop schedule is available here.

A downloadable PDF of descriptions of each fall 2016 skills workshop will be available here.

Did you miss a workshop? The audio recording from past workshops can be found here. Please come by the AEP office (6210) to pick up any handouts from the workshop.

3. Individual Consultations

You are able to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean to brainstorm and strategize about how to academically succeed in law school.

The following are a few topics that you may want to discuss in your individual consultation:
• LASSI Results
• Individualized study strategies
• Outlining
• Exam prep
• Exam-writing skills
• Time-management tips
• Grade follow-up
• Stress Management
• Other related topics

Please make an appointment to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean here.

4. Enrichment Workshops

The AEP works collaboratively with Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Law Journals to provide an outreach opportunity to 1Ls interested in joining these organizations. 

5. AEP Study Group Program

AEP study groups are structured weekly discussions led by a 2L (or a 3L) who had taken the class with the same professor previously. They are designed to provide opportunities for you to further clarify topics or to discuss practice questions provided by the professor. Participation is voluntary. 

Schedule information about study groups for the fall semester will be posted here.

6. AEP Library Resources

There are approximately 900 books and numerous handouts available to be checked out for 3 days. After 3 days, you will be need to renew or return your books. Study aids are available to current law students on a first come basis. Please bring your ID with you to check out study aids. For a full list of AEP library resources click here.

7. Exam Period at AEP

During the last 4 weeks of each semester, the AEP has the following resources available:

• Room 6113 is reserved as a quiet space to study (8am – 5pm, M-F)
• Healthy snacks are provided (brain foods) for students using the AEP exam prep resources.
• Practice questions and model answers are available (Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law)
• UW law past exam and student answers for (select) professors. These materials may not be removed from the AEP and is based on an honor-system.
• One-on-one exam prep appointments with AEP Assistant Dean is encouraged to establish individual study and exam prep plans.

8. Academic Self-Assessment Exercise

The goal of the academic self-assessment is: 

1) to assist you in an honest self-reflection exercise about your academic performance from last semester 

2) to strategize a plan that will position you to perform better this semester and beyond.

Objective of the Academic Self-Assessment Exercise:
• Identify obstacles from the previous semester that impacted your ability to attain your full potential
• Evaluate current course load
• Create a plan for success for each class you are currently taking for this semester

To complete the academic self-assessment exercise click here

2L

Welcome 2Ls! Listed below are some of the resources and services the AEP provides that we encourage you to utilize:

Skills Workshop l Individual Consultations l AEP Library Resources l Academic Self-Assessment Exercise

1. Skills Workshops

Throughout each academic year, the AEP provides intentionally designed skills workshops to equip you with academic, learning, and study skills often needed to master the law school curriculum and to get ready for writing better and well-structured answers on the final exams.

A downloadable PDF of the fall 2016 skills workshop schedule is available here.

A downloadable PDF of descriptions of each fall 2016 skills workshop will be available here.

Did you miss a workshop? The audio recording from past workshops can be found here. Please come by the AEP office (6210) to pick up any handouts from the workshop.

2. Individual Consultations

You are able to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean to brainstorm and strategize about how to academically succeed in law school.
The following are a few topics that you may want to discuss in your individual consultation:
• LASSI Results
• Individualized study strategies
• Outlining
• Exam prep
• Exam-writing skills
• Time-management tips
• Grade follow-up
• Stress Management
• Other related topics

Please make an appointment to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean here.

3. AEP Library Resources

There are approximately 900 books and numerous handouts available to be checked out for 3 days. After 3 days, you will be need to renew or return your books. Study aids are available to current law students on a first come basis. Please bring your ID with you to check out study aids. For a full list of AEP library resources, click here

4. Academic Self-Assessment Exercise

The goal of the academic self-assessment is: 

1) to assist you in an honest self-reflection exercise about your academic performance from last semester 

2) to strategize a plan that will position you to perform better this semester and beyond.

Objective of the Academic Self-Assessment Exercise:
• Identify obstacles from the previous semester that impacted your ability to attain your full potential
• Evaluate current course load
• Create a plan for success for each class you are currently taking for this semester

To complete the academic self-assessment exercise click here

3L

Welcome 3Ls! Listed below are some of the resources and services the AEP provides that we encourage you to utilize:

Bar Exam Skills Class l Skills Workshops l Individual Consultations  

AEP Library Resources l Academic Self-Assessment Exercise

1. Bar Exams Skills Class

The Academic Enhancement Program offers an intensive bar exam skills class to help you prepare for the bar exam regardless where you intend to sit for the bar exam. The is designed to teach skills needed to do well on 3 of 4 typical bar tests, namely: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)/State Essays exam, and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

These classes are not intended to replace commercial bar preparation courses. They complement such courses well and will enhance critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to maximize the chances of success on the bar exam. 

To learn more about these classes click here

2. Skills Workshops

Throughout each academic year, the AEP provides intentionally designed skills workshops to equip you with academic, learning, and study skills often needed to master the law school curriculum and to get ready for writing better and well-structured answers on the final exams.

A downloadable PDF of the fall 2016 skills workshop schedule is available here.

A downloadable PDF of descriptions of each fall 2016 skills workshop will be available here.

Did you miss a workshop? The audio recording from past workshops can be found here. Please come by the AEP office (6210) to pick up any handouts from the workshop.

3. Individual Consultations

You are able to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean to brainstorm and strategize about how to academically succeed in law school.
The following are a few topics that you may want to discuss in your individual consultation:
• LASSI Results
• Individualized study strategies
• Outlining
• Exam prep
• Exam-writing skills
• Time-management tips
• Grade follow-up
• Stress Management
• Other related topics

Please make an appointment to meet with the AEP Assistant Dean here.

4. AEP Library Resources

There are approximately 900 books and numerous handouts available to be checked out for 3 days. After 3 days, you will be need to renew or return your books. Study aids are available to current law students on a first come basis. Please bring your ID with you to check out study aids. For a full list of AEP library resources, click here

5. Academic Self-Assessment Exercise

The goal of the academic self-assessment is:

1) To assist you in an honest self-reflection exercise about your academic performance from last semester

2) To strategies a plan that will position you to perform better this semester and beyond

Objective of the Academic Self-Assessment Exercise:
• Identify obstacles from the previous semester that impacted your ability to attain your full potential
• Evaluate current course load
• Create a plan for success for each class you are currently taking for this semester

To complete the academic self-assessment exercise click here

LLM

Welcome LLMs! Listed below are some of the resources and services the AEP provides that we encourage you to utilitze:

Bar Exam Skills Class l Skills Workshops l AEP Library Resources 

1. Bar Exam Skills Class

The Academic Enhancement Program offers an intensive bar exam skills class to help you prepare for the bar exam regardless where you intend to sit for the bar exam. The is designed to teach skills needed to do well on 3 of 4 typical bar tests, namely: the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)/State Essays exam, and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

These classes are not intended to replace commercial bar preparation courses. They complement such courses well and will enhance critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to maximize the chances of success on the bar exam. 

To learn more about these classes click here

2. Skills Workshops

Throughout each academic year, the AEP provides intentionally designed skills workshops to equip you with academic, learning, and study skills often needed to master the law school curriculum and to get ready for writing better and well-structured answers on the final exams.

A downloadable PDF of the fall 2016 skills workshop schedule is available here.

A downloadable PDF of descriptions of each fall 2016 skills workshop will be available here.

Did you miss a workshop? The audio recording from past workshops can be found here. Please come by the AEP office (6210) to pick up any handouts from the workshop.

3. AEP Library Resources

There are approximately 900 books and numerous handouts available to be checked out for 3 days. After 3 days, you will be need to renew or return your books. Study aids are available to current law students on a first come basis. Please bring your ID with you to check out study aids. For a full list of AEP library resources, click here.

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