Academic Success


The Brandeis School of Law has a wide variety of programs to ensure the success of all students during law school, when taking the Bar and in their professional careers.  In addition, the Office of Academic & Bar Success provides  personal academic counseling, study plan assessment, outline review, class and exam preparation, referral to campus resources and more.  More information about the academic success resources available to students is located on the Law School's website.

Academic Success - Mandatory Programming

The following conditions apply to students who, at the end of their first year of law study, have a cumulative grade point average below a 2.50, or who fall within the bottom quartile of their class, as designated by the Director of Academic and Bar Success.

Course Enrollment: In each semester that a student meets the advising criteria above, the student is restricted in course enrollment for the next semester as follows:

  1. Students taking 10 or more credit hours must register for a minimum of two core courses.
  2. Students taking fewer than 10 credit hours must register for a minimum of one core course. (Core courses are subjects tested on the Uniform Bar Exam: Business Organizations, Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues, Criminal Procedure: Judicial Process, Decedents’ Estates & Trusts, Evidence, Family Law, and Secured Transactions)

Students will meet with the Director of Academic and Bar Success each semester to develop an academic plan that will help the student achieve law school and bar exam success. The Director Academic and Bar Success will contact students subject to this requirement by email each semester, outlining specific steps to fulfill this requirement.

Legal Methods Program

The Legal Methods Program is a program of academic skills workshops that take place regularly throughout the spring semester. Legal Methods is open to all 1L students. To learn more or sign up, students should contact the Director of Academic and Bar Success.

Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.50 at the end of the first semester of law school, as determined by the Director of Academic and Bar Success, are required to participate in the Legal Methods program. Regular attendance and participation will be considered in decisions relating to academic standing.