Academic and Personal Support
The First Year Information (FYI) program, coordinated through Dean Gregory's office, helps first-year students (1Ls) adjust to life as law students. Upper-class Fellows lead small group discussions on exam preparation, study skills, and class review sessions throughout the term. In addition, FYI Leaders conduct other activities such as panel discussions and other programs of interest for first-year students. FYI is meant to provide an informative and enjoyable transition into the first year of law school, and serve as an academic support system for new students.
The Michigan Access Program (MAP) seeks to promote students' participation and meaningful connection to the Law School. The chief objectives of MAP are to build community among all students across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines, create mentoring relationships between upper class students and participating 1Ls, and provide a smooth transition into Law School by helping to demystify the first year experience. Every student is invited to participate regardless of background, with special emphasis on encouraging the participation of non-traditional students. Several members of the Law School faculty actively participate in this program, as instructors during pre-orientation and as advisors throughout the academic year.
The Law School's tutoring service, coordinated by Assistant Dean Gregory's office within the Office of Student Affairs, is open to JD and LL.M. students at no cost to them. The sessions are designed to assist students who are experiencing specific difficulties in a particular subject. Services are limited to students with a cumulative grade point average below 3.200. First year JD and LL.M. students may not request a tutor until they have completed one semester of study.
Tutors are fellow students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the area(s) they tutor. Once assigned, students may meet with the tutor at mutually convenient times and occasions. Each tutor spends an average of two to three hours per week with a tutee. Whenever possible, tutors are assigned to students who had the same professor for the course being tutored. Tutors for upper level classes and seminars may be available, dependent on course offerings in previous academic years. Tutors are not available for practice simulations, workshops, and clinics.
Depending on the availability, students may be individually tutored or may work in small groups. All students within a group must meet eligibility requirements; eligibility will be verified. Due to the limited number of available tutors, students may request tutoring for a maximum of two courses in any one semester.
Tutors may be requested after October 1 in the fall semester and February 1 in the winter semester. To request a tutor, complete the Tutor Request Form found here only within those time frames.
Please also refer to the section on Counseling and Advising.