Academic and Bar Exam Success Program
The Academic and Bar Exam Success Program (ABES) begins for all students the first day of orientation and ends after students take the bar examination. ABES offers comprehensive academic and bar support services because we are committed to our students’ academic success.
Student services include formative assessment, online resources, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. Our goal is to provide guidance in learning theory, study strategies, testing techniques, and non-cognitive factors to help you excel in law school and on the bar exam.
ABES Peer Mentor Program
The Academic and Bar Exam Success Program at USF is known for providing outstanding academic resources and support. Please join us in building a strong and supportive academic community by participating in our ABES Peer Mentor Program.
Register to become a Mentor/Mentee:
Interested in becoming an ABES peer mentor? Sign up here
Early Bar Prep Program
Bar PaS (Bar Prepare and Succeed) is offered twice a year, and begins right after the last law school finals in December and May. The program provides four exam simulations and a separate exam bank. Each essay is graded and given detailed feedback to improve student performance. The essays are coordinated with you bar company schedule. Contact Assistant Professor Jamal Atiba at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We also understand that regular practice and feedback is a critical part of your bar studies. We have curated additional exams that you can submit for feedback. These exams and instructions for submission and feedback will be posted on Canvas in an Exam Bank as the summer progresses.
Exam rehearsals are for 1Ls and assist students in learning exam strategies, legal analysis, and study skills. They are held weekly and coordinated with each section’s professors. For more information, contact Assistant Director Cometria Cooper at email@example.com or check the law school’s schedule of classes for details.
Jamal Atiba, Assistant Professor and Hamill Fellow
Zief Library, 006
The following reading list has been developed in order to aid students in strengthening academic skills. ABES recommends students select no more than one book to read over the fall or spring semesters or as optional summer reading.