Office Of Academic Achievement
Welcome to the Savannah Law School’s
Office of Academic Success (OAA)!
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered by OAA. OAA is a learning resource center dedicated to preparing students to succeed in the classroom, on exams, and, ultimately, to pass the Bar examination upon graduation. OAA’s services are designed to sharpen students’ academic skills such as critical reading, critical thinking, logical reasoning, legal analysis, exam writing, and understanding doctrinal material. OAA also works with students to help set and achieve academic goals.
The Savannah Law School is committed to each student’s success. We recognize that being a successful attorney begins with being a successful law student. There are many ways to measure success in law school: community involvement, employment opportunities, networking connections, graduation, and bar passage. Another measure of success, one that receives a lot of attention, is grades. While many students and practitioners would agree that grades are not synonymous with professional success, most do agree that grades play an important role in determining the opportunities that are available to you as a law student. Grades are important as they often are the gateway to the opportunities you want to pursue.
The Professional and Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.)
P.A.S.S. is a required course for all incoming, first-year students their first semester of law school. The course trains students in the academic skills needed to maximize their academic performance. Students will practice and develop competencies in critical reading, case briefing, logic and legal analysis, note-taking, creating course outlines, and strategies and tactics for approaching multiple-choice and essay exams. The course also emphasizes developing effective study habits and time management.
Advanced Analytical Methods
Advanced Analytical Methods is a course offered to 2L’s that provides an in-depth approach to logical analysis. Throughout the course, students utilize a series of writing exercises and multiple choice questions, taken directly from past bar exams, to further develop their skills in formal logic, critical reading, fact analysis, identifying legal issues, identifying analogues, and creating counter analysis.
Advanced Bar Studies
In the future, OAA anticipates offering and Advanced Bar Studies course to 3L’s. Advanced Bar Studies is a skills development course that provides students with an intensive review of selected legal material routinely tested on the bar exam, and uses problems and exercises in a bar exam format to familiarize students with techniques for answering multiple choice (MBE) questions and analyzing, organizing, and writing essay and multistate performance (MPT) questions.
Individual Student Support
One-on-one academic counseling for students is available upon request or by referral from faculty. OAA provides academic support with time management, learning style, organizational challenges, critical reading and responsive exam writing issues. OAA can also help students formulate thoughtful questions about their course work for their faculty office hours.
Saturday Study Sessions
OAA occasionally offers student-facilitated study groups, called Saturday Study Sessions, on Saturday mornings. The facilitators do not teach substantive law, but facilitate and moderate discussion among the student participants based upon hypotheticals the professors provide. The Study Groups provide students an opportunity to gain insight into a professor’s expectations. The Study Groups also allow students to work collectively to develop and reinforce areas of understanding, as well as to identify gaps in knowledge before the exam.
OAA also offers occasional skills workshops. These workshops focus on specific skills that are necessary for success in law school and on the bar exam.