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Academic Skills Program

Congratulations on being admitted to Washburn University School of Law! Take a minute to bask in your achievements and then take a deep breath: you are about to face new challenges that will result in even greater success. You are entering a totally new environment, one requiring new skills, discipline, focus, and a tremendous amount of time.

At Washburn Law, you will get a "jump start" on developing the skills necessary for success in law school by attending First Week before the regular semester begins. During this week, you will receive academic skills training by a professor nationally recognized in the field. The rest of the year, you will hone these skills in small classes devoted to giving you training and feedback in legal research, writing, and analysis. In addition, you will receive mentoring throughout your first semester from a highly successful, trained upper-level Study Leader in a small group of three to five students. In your second and third years you may choose from Multiple Assessment Courses (MACs) that include exercises, quizzes, or other activities designed to provide students with assessment and feedback during the semester.

If you have any questions about the Academic Skills Program, please contact Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Jalen Lowry, by e-mail at

Congratulations once more on your past achievements, and here's to a bright future through academic success in law school!