To help John Marshall students achieve the high standards we have set for them, the law school has put in place an extensive support system, including an Office of Academic Achievement (OAA) where students may seek personalized assistance in structuring a study program or seek help in strengthening a study skill. The OAA faculty consists of Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, Kimberly D’Haene and Director Erika Walker-Cash, together with Professors Sarah Mahmood and Nicole Thompson, who specializes in providing support for part-time evening students.
The Office of Academic Achievement oversees our Professional and Academic Success Seminar (P.A.S.S.), in which every first-year student participates once a week during their first semester. The P.A.S.S. program provides students with the opportunity to identify and strengthen weaknesses in areas such as issue spotting, analytical thinking, and writing skills, all areas closely related to finding success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. Furthermore, we offer Facilitated Study Groups for first-year students, an Advanced Analytical Methods course for second-year students, and a variety of tools and support services for third-year and fourth-year-part-time students in preparation for their bar exams.