Male law student

Academic Success

Unlocking the Path to Academic Excellence: Academic Success Success

The Law School Academic Success Program provides assistance to students who need additional support in developing their writing, studying, and/or analytical skills. The program is administered by the Director of Academic Success Programs. The Academic Success Program helps students work on skills such as time management, case reading and briefing, case analysis and analytical reasoning, and legal argumentation. It also assists students with study techniques, class preparation, outlining, and exam preparation and exam writing techniques. The Academic Success course covers essential law school skills, such as note-taking, briefing cases, outlining, and exam-taking skills.

The Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success meets with students to discuss their plans for academic success. 

To learn more about the Academic Success Programs, contact Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success Justin Dion at or 413-782-1751. Dean Dion's office is located on the first floor of the Blake Law Center in Room 118. 

Individual Counseling

Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success Justin Dion is available to meet with and counsel students at any time regarding study techniques, time management, supplemental materials, study groups, and other matters related to academic progress.

At the end of the first year, those students placed on academic warning status, whose academic performance is sufficient for advancement but in need of improvement, meet individually with Dean Justin Dion to form a course and study plan for the coming year, and have periodic support meetings to check on progress.


Resources are located on the first floor of the library in the Academic Success Area.

Bar Exam Preparation

The School of Law offers Advanced Legal Analysis Classes for students in their final year of law study.

Justin Dion is the Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success and oversees the Bar Exam Preparation Program. He is available to meet individually with graduates to help them form a study plan as they prepare to take bar examinations.

Contact Information

Justin Dion

Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success

Professor of Legal Skills

Blake Law Center, Room 118

Contact Us