Academic and Bar Exam Success Program

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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.

Early Bar Prep Program

Exam Bank
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
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 Director Jonathan Chu at jchu13@usfca.edu or check the law school’s schedule of classes for details.

Contact ABES

Jonathan Chu, Director and Assistant Professor
Zief Library, 008
jchu13@usfca.edu 
(415) 422-6360

Sebastian Letheule, Law Faculty Fellow 
Zief Library, 006
sletheule@usfca.edu 
(415) 422-2906

 

Study Aids

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.