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.

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

If you have questions about becoming a peer mentor, please apply now, or contact Assistant Professor Azin Abedian at

Early Bar Prep Program

Bar PaS
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 for more information.

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 Assistant Director Cometria Cooper at or check the law school’s schedule of classes for details.

Contact ABES

Cometria Cooper, Assistant Director and Assistant Professor
Zief Library, 008
(415) 422-6360

Azin Abedian, Assistant Professor
Zief Library, 007
(415) 422-2820

Jamal Atiba, Assistant Professor and Hamill Fellow
Zief Library, 006
(415) 422-2906

Richard Sakai, Adjunct Professor 
Zief Library, 122

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.