Academic Success

Southern Illinois University



Academic Success

Academic Success

Hello and welcome to the Academic Success Program!  Our ASP team is here to support all law students from orientation to the bar exam.

Our Team:

Stan Cox – Director and Associate Professor of Law (

Rebecca Warren –Assistant Professor of Practice (

Anna Vick –Assistant Professor of Practice (

Our Offerings:

First year - The ASP team begins working with new students during orientation to develop the foundational skills needed to hit the ground running with law school.  The team then leads two sections of the required Mastering Legal Education course through the first year to continue skill building in time management, class preparation (reading text material and briefing cases), note taking, synthesizing course materials (“outlining”), and exam preparation (including essay writing practices).  The program uses cognitive science and sound learning theory to empower students to become effective learners. Included in the Mastery course are individual conferences to help students train themselves to be self-regulated learners who reflect on their performance and benefit from their mistakes.

Upper-Class Students - The ASP team continues individualized support through the 2L and 3L years via required programs for those deemed at academic risk and on a volunteer basis to all.

3L Bar Prep - At the end of the 3L year, ASP facilitates the Advanced Legal Analysis and Strategies (ALAS) course, taken in the final semester before graduation. This course helps prepare upcoming graduates for the rigors of bar study.  The ALAS class focuses on one or more bar-tested topics to refresh the students’ skills in summarizing materials, retaining rule statements, and applying rules to fact patterns by way of MBE (multiple choice) and MEE (essay) questions.  The class also provides MPT question guidance and practice.

Post-graduation Bar Exam Prep – While it is expected that graduates will use a commercial bar prep course to guide them in subject-matter review, the ASP Supplemental Bar Prep Program offers additional tutorials, workshops, writing practices with individualized feedback, and simulations.  The ASP team also facilitates mentorships with faculty and alumni for additional support.  The goal is to pass the exam on the FIRST TAKE!