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Helping students succeed at Arizona Summit Law School.

The Arizona Summit Law School Legal Skills Program empowers students to become effective learners and accomplished legal professionals by providing classes, , individual instruction, and academic counseling for students throughout the course of their law school career. Academic Fellows assist all students in:

  • Adjusting to a rigorous legal learning environment
  • Using time management and stress management skills to balance the personal and academic demands of law school
  • Developing the necessary study skills, classroom preparation and exam preparation tools to succeed in law school
  • Maximizing effective writing, analytical, oratory, and legal reasoning skills
  • Preparing for exams both during and after law school
  • Access to resources, including course supplements and practice questions, including early transparency about Bar-style testing methods
  • Increasing cultural awareness, both personally and professionally

Classes
  • Legal Skills Lab: All incoming students are required to participate in Legal Skills (Lab) courses. The Lab courses provide students with opportunities to develop and master academic legal skills by providing guidance in basic skill areas, including time management, case briefing, outlining, exam writing, and other skills essential for law school achievement. Topics covered include rule-based and case-based legal analysis, multistate bar exam (MBE) questions, multistate essay exams (MEE) and multistate performance tests (MPT).
  • Mastering Legal Skills: The Mastering Legal Skills class (MLS) builds upon the skills developed in the Legal Skills Lab courses and on those skills necessary for upper-division courses, including essay and multiple choice exam-taking skills and critical reading skills through a variety of hands-on activities and workshops. It is designed to enhance legal analysis, problem solving, organization, time management, and communication. It provides students with the individual focus and practical application necessary for continued success in law school, on the bar exam, and in future legal practice

Individualized Instruction and Academic Counseling

Students are encouraged to raise questions or concerns regarding their academic progress with the Academic Fellows. Individual instruction and counseling sessions can focus on developing a study plan, working on practice questions, improving exam skills, answering questions about law school, tracking students' academic progress, and more.

Summit Writing Center

The Summit Writing Center is focused on assisting students with every aspect of legal writing, including legal analysis, rule synthesis, objective writing, persuasive writing, writing for exams, grammar, citation, and clarity. Under the guidance of the Writing Center Director, Assistant Professor Jennifer Kopolow, the Writing Center holds regular writing workshops open to students of all levels. In addition, both Professor Kopolow and upper-level student Writing Fellows are available for one-on-one meetings to work with students on their writing. The Writing Center also assists professors and student organizations as needed, including hosting workshops.

Bar Preparation

The Summit Bar Preparation Department provides students with support, guidance, and the tools necessary to successfully pass a state bar exam. Bar preparation begins in the student’s first year with introduction to bar style multiple choice questions and essays in their substantive law classes, and cumulates in the third year with Pre-Bar Prep courses that strictly focus on bar preparation. The department also offers bar preparation/review courses such as myBAR/Barbri that begins right after graduation, which offer a personal coach who meets with the student regularly to provide continuous support and personal accountability.