From the first day of orientation until the last day of the bar examination, Whittier Law School’s unique and highly successful Institute for Student and Graduate Academic Support helps students master their law school studies and pass the bar examination. Our knowledgeable faculty has the education and the practical experience necessary to help students successfully transition from undergraduate school to law school to law practice.
The Academic Support Program (“ASP”) begins during orientation and continues throughout the first year of law school. A skill workshop series is given to all first year students on topics related to legal analysis: effective reading, briefing, IRAC, outlining and exam preparation. Students are also encouraged to attend drop-in office hours to meet one-on-one with ASP regardless of academic performance. Workshops and individual meetings focus on student success and helping students achieve their full potential.
ASP also instructs Legal Methods I and II, a class required for second year students whose GPA is below a 2.8 and optional for others who seek improvement. Legal Methods specializes in the development and improvement of legal analysis through a review of a California Bar subject.
Whittier Law School provides one of the most extensive bar exam support and preparation programs in the United States. Whittier’s nationally recognized program evolves in response to student needs and remains at the forefront of legal education.
In courses like Professional Skills II, Legal Analysis Workshop and Legal Analysis Strategies students begin to acquire the skills and substantive knowledge necessary for bar exam and legal practice success. The Institute faculty provide instruction in frequently tested bar topics, give individualized feedback on sample bar essay questions, hold multi-state exam workshops, offer opportunities for exam practice, support students individually, provide writing assistance and workshops to improve student test taking skills.
Students wishing to sit for the Bar Examination in July must complete all graduation requirements by the end of the preceding Spring semester. Students enrolled to earn any units during the Summer term will not be eligible to sit for the July Bar Examination offered during that same year.