Academic Excellence is the office at GW Law that assists all students in their pursuit of strong academic performance and potential. It is located within the Dean of Students Office. Academic Excellence offers workshops, 1-on-1 counseling, and tutoring.
Academic Support Services
In the Fall and Spring semesters, we offer tutoring services for JD students who have completed at least one semester of law school. You may request tutors for up to 2 classes per semester.
Tutors are fellow law students who have previously taken and excelled in the same course with the same professor.
Tutors are NOT available for Fall semester 1L classes, but are available in the Spring. The program is currently not open to LLM students.
Please contact Dan Prestwich with any questions about the tutoring program.
Academic Excellence workshops are designed to provide GW Law students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to succeed academically in law school. Some of the topics covered include class preparation strategies, course outlining, and exam preparation.
Recommended Academic Support Resources
- The Incoming One-L FAQ by Charles Glasser
- What Makes Law School so Different for Many New Law Students by Amy Jarmon
- A Beginner's Guide to Legal Education by Professor James Elkins (archived by Wayback Machine)
- Preparing For Your First Semester Of Law School by Professors Brown and Grohman – CALI Podcast
- Strategies for Success (LawNerds.com)
- Managing Law School Stress (Law Lifeline)
- Law School and Stress by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines
- Ten Stress Busters by Amy Jarmon
- Time Savers for Home and School by Amy Jarmon
- My Three Best Tips for Time Management Awesomeness (The Girl's Guide to Law School)
- Making Time When There Seems to be None by Amy Jarmon
- How to Read a Legal Opinion by Professor Orin Kerr (11 Green Bag 2d 51 (2007))
- How to Write a Case Brief for Law School (excerpt from Introduction to the Study of Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition (LexisNexis 2009) by Michael Makdisi & John Makdisi)
- How to Brief a Case (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
- How to Brief a Case (LawNerds)
- Briefing Results in Better Learning by Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau (Suffolk)
- Classroom Preparation by Professors Alan Chen and Celia Taylor (Denver)
- Preparing for Class (Villanova)
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