Academic Achievement and Bar Success

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The Office of Academic Achievement and Bar Success’s (AABS) mission is to provide instruction, support, mentoring, and well-rounded educational programming to bolster and accelerate the learning process for students of all backgrounds in pursuit of achieving their academic goals. We serve as a resource for students seeking understanding, guidance, and direction as they pursue their legal education. Through the utilization of learning sciences combined with a focus on proactive engagement with students, faculty, and staff, our team helps maximize each individual student’s legal knowledge, skills, and competency while in law school. Additionally, we assist students in preparing for and achieving success on the bar exam through our Bar Support Program.

AABS serves as a resource center focused on enhancing and optimizing the academic and critical thinking skills that underline law school success. AABS offers multiple opportunities for students to identify, strengthen, and leverage their academic skills through individual assistance, group workshops, and formal course offerings. Below is the academic programming offered through AABS.

Contact us at aabs@johnmarshall.edu

All Students

Academic Counseling, Strategies, and Skill Building

Get individual targeted assistance and personalized advice on building specific skills and developing study strategies by completing this survey prior to your appointment.

Many students find being able to discuss academic challenges or to address specific questions with academic support professionals to be very valuable as they navigate law school. Set up an appointment with AABS to get advice regarding the key ingredients of a strong study schedule, receive helpful exam-taking strategies to utilize on multiple-choice exams, learn methods to enhance essay performance, and receive advice on key academic skills, such as case briefing, course outlining, and concept mapping. AABS provides one-on-one counseling as an opportunity to receive expert advice related to one’s individual academic performance and goals.

Courses & Resources

1L Success

Legal Foundations

Offered in the first semester of the first year.

This course is an orientation program that provides instruction and assignments on key academic skills that underpin success in law school, on the bar exam, and in the profession. Academic Lab: To ensure students have continued support and iterative practice in the skills introduced and employed in Legal Foundations, students will attend a series of active skills workshops that orient students to the skills that drive law school success.

Legal Methods

Offered to a select number of students in their second semester of the first year. 

Students receive focused instruction and intensive practical experience in the application of skills and strategies associated with expert-level legal learning and problem-solving.

2L Success

Mastering Legal Principles I (MLP I)

Offered in the second semester of the second year.

MLP I begins the three-course series of programming to enhance student success outcomes on the bar exam. The course provides skill-building, strategies, and opportunities to engage in an intensive review of heavily tested bar exam subjects. Students will apply, practice, and assess the skills learned and legal concepts reviewed by engaging in simulations of the various components of the multistate bar exam (MBE) and through practice essays. 

3L Success

Mastering Legal Principles II (MLP II)

Offered in the first semester of the third year.

Building upon the foundations of MLP I, MLP II continues the three-course jumpstart to bar preparation. The course provides additional skill-building, strategies, and opportunities to engage in an intensive review of other heavily tested bar exam subjects. Students will continue to apply, practice, and assess the skills learned and legal concepts reviewed by engaging in further simulations of the various components of the multistate bar exam (MBE) and through practice essays.

Mastering Legal Skills (MLS)

Offered in the second semester of the third year.

MLS introduces 3Ls to the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), a component of both the Georgia bar exam and the majority of bar exams in other jurisdictions. Through this course, students actively enhance, enrich, and employ these skills through multiple assessments, exercises, and formative feedback. Students will receive instruction and practical guidance with regard to improving their individual MPT performance, along with reviewing and discussing strategies to achieve success on the MPT.

MPRE Registration Information

Click here for dates and deadlines.

Georgia Office of Bar Admissions

Click here for the main website to the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions.

Jurisdiction Research

Click here for additional jurisdiction information located on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

Click here to find the Character and Fitness Requirements for your intended jurisdiction.

Scot Goins
Assistant Dean of
Academic Achievement
and Bar Success
sgoins@johnmarshall.edu
(678) 916-2652

 

Sharon Phillips-Biondini
Academic Support Professional
sphillips@johnmarshall.edu
(678) 916-2648
Nicholas Smith
Academic Support Professional
nsmith@johnmarshall.edu
(678) 916-2635

Post-Graduation Bar Support

Supplemental Bar Support: Studying for the bar exam is not something that you have to do alone without support and expert advice. After graduation, alumni are provided with an opportunity to participate in the bar success program. The supplemental bar success program is not intended to be a substitute for a commercial bar review but rather is intended to be an added benefit and support program to alumni sitting and preparing for the upcoming bar exam. Additionally, Project 470, a new pilot program launched in November 2020, is a supplemental bar success program designed specifically for first-time takers and is available on an opt-in basis. Visit this page to learn more about the program.

Bar Coaching: Bar exam takers that participate in either the traditional supplemental program or Project 470 are paired with a bar review coach. This member of the AABS team offers support and strategies to students as they prepare for this difficult exam.

TeamTitleEmailPhone
Scot GoinsAssistant Dean of Academic Achievement
and Bar Success
sgoins@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2652
Sharon Phillips-BiondiniAcademic Support Professionalsphillips@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2648
Nicholas SmithAcademic Support Professionalnsmith@johnmarshall.edu(678) 916-2635