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Academic Success

Law school is a challenging educational experience. The Academic Success Program is designed to help students develop and sharpen the skills necessary to be successful at the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law.

The USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law provides the following programs to support our students and help them maximize their academic performance.

The Academic Success Program offers twice-weekly skills workshops designed to address potential pitfalls faced by law students. Workshops include How to Succeed in Law School, Reading and Notes, Time Management, Outlines, and Exam Writing. Toward the end of the semester, students are given the opportunity to test their knowledge and get over “law exam jitters” through simulated exams in several subjects.

Individual meetings are available for any student looking for personalized assistance. Meetings are tailored to the student’s specific needs and requests, and are designed to allow the student to develop an individualized study program. These meetings include reviewing past exams, working through hypotheticals, assessing schedules and study habits, and dealing with stress. 

Students have the opportunity to work with tutors from the second- or third-year classes who have displayed excellence in their student work.

For third-year students and graduates, the Academic Success Program provides workshops and advice on how to study and pass the bar exam.

Additional Resources

Please visit the Academic Success TWEN page for additional resources.

I knew the first year of law school would be hard, but I was blindsided by how tough it actually was. I had been a top-ranked student throughout my academic career, but so had the rest of my classmates. Suddenly, one of us had to end up at the bottom, and that was not a concept I was prepared for.

Lexis Harris (pictured with mentor Sheila Willis '11)
Mentor and mentee

Contact Us

Alex Ruskell

Alex Ruskell

Director of Academic Success

1525 Senate Street, Room 309
Columbia, SC 29208

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.