Academic Success

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Texas Law offers an Academic Success Program to help every student at Texas Law succeed academically. At Texas Law, we believe academic success means more than passing classes, passing the bar, and finding the right-fit first job as a lawyer (though those are important metrics!).

Academic success at Texas Law means feeling fluent and confident speaking the language of the law; and building on the experiences, skills, and academic preparation that got you to Texas Law; and “thinking like a lawyer.” Every student at Texas Law has the potential and skills to succeed academically and professionally.

Why might students seek academic support?

Law school requires more and different studying than undergraduate courses. Students at Texas Law may seek academic support for a variety of reasons, some more obviously related to academics than others.

Students may find that reading for law school takes longer than expected or longer than other types of reading. Academic success hinges on smart and efficient time management. Students may experience spikes of stress or anxiety. Writing can be a particularly difficult process because law is a language of precision and students may not have experience revising and editing writing work product. Students may also identify, or need help recognizing, gaps in their academic experience or preparation.

None of these factors or others—many of which are beyond student control—impact our Texas Law students from achieving academic success. We work with students to learn or practice as they go through law school.

Texas Law students succeed overwhelmingly in terms of objective measures like passing classes and securing summer jobs. But law school, like life, can be hard. Whatever you are feeling, we have supports in place to help you succeed.

Meg Clifford ’12,
Assistant Director of Academic Success

Individual Coaching

The Assistant Director for Academic Success, Meg Clifford, and the SAO academic advisors are available for regular or periodic coaching and check-ins to help students set goals and monitor their progress.

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