Academic Support

Whether you have questions about course selection and registration, joint-degree requirements, transferring credits, or disability services, our Office of Student Life is ready and willing to help. We also offer academic workshops, individual counseling, peer tutoring, and academic skills development sessions focusing on study skills such as briefing, note-taking, outlining, exam writing, and time and stress management.


  • Tutors are automatically assigned to first year students during the first few weeks at the College of Law. Tutors are academically accomplished students who are available to answer questions regarding major topics in substantive law as well as questions about skills such as briefing, outlining, studying and taking exams.  
  • You are free to attend weekly small group tutoring sessions with the other students assigned to your tutor, set up individual weekly tutoring sessions at your convenience or both!  
  • Tutoring is also available to 2L and 3L students upon request.

Academic Support Resource Center

  • The Academic Support Resource Center is located in the Office of Student Life and is a library containing a variety of supplemental study materials.  
  • You may check out books and flash cards for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic Counseling

    • You can meet with the Associate Director for Academic & Bar Support in the Office of Student Life to address any academic concerns that may be affecting your overall success.
    • The best way to set up an appointment is to call the Office of Student Life at 315-443-1146.

    Bar Readiness

    • Rock the Bar is the culmination of academic support at the College of Law.  It is a year-long series of workshops in which 3L students delve into strategy and substance as it relates to the bar exam.
    The first third of the program informs students about strategy related to bar exam tasks.
    The second third is a series of Saturday doctrinal course refreshers
    The last third of the program consists of opportunities for students to take each part of the bar exam – the multistate, essay and performance test – and get feedback on their performance.  
    • The College of Law offers a course called Foundational Skills for Attorney Licensing ever spring which, prepares students for the bar by providing additional essay and MPT writing and MBE practice.
    • Students also have the opportunity to meet with the Associate Director of Academic & Bar Support individually to go over plans for their bar summer including living arrangements, financial concerns, how to approach conversations with spouses regarding expectations and other concerns that may vary from student to student.