Academic Counseling

Associate Dean of Students David Jaffe and Assistant Director of Student Affairs Anita Padmanabhan are available to provide academic counseling to students on an individual and confidential basis. Students may seek academic counseling on topics such as course selection, degree requirements, divisional shift, residency requirements, independent study, and the upper level writing requirement.

In addition, several weeks prior to preregistration each spring semester, a series of academic advising sessions is held for first-year students to inform them of the curricular opportunities available to them. These sessions include an overview of formal graduation requirements, strategies on course selection in preparation for the bar examination, and sessions with faculty members who teach in particular subjects of interest.

Because the law school does not have a formal advisor program, these faculty advising sessions are critical to one's understanding some of the ways in which students make selections in the second, third, and fourth years, and to getting to know some of the faculty members.

An Academic Planning Guide, which is updated on an annual basis, also discusses relevant courses in certain areas, clinical and externship programs, as well as other areas of the law that may be of an interest to students.