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Academic Advising

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Curricular Compass

  • New academic advising tool serving as a central repository of information for those seeking curricular guidance.
  • For optimal use of this web tool:
    • Read the “How to Use this Guide” document
    • Read the materials for your given class year (either 2L or 3L year)
    • Explore the Areas of Focus (e.g. Health Law, Business & Transactional Law, IP, etc.) and identify the courses that may appeal to you.

Additional resources as you manage your legal education and make course selections:

  • The Course Finder with its multiple search and sort functions. You can search by instructor, course title, course concentration area, and skill training.
  • Contact a member of the faculty - you have been assigned a faculty advisor (from your 1L year); reach out to him or her with your questions. Additionally, contact a faculty member who is an expert in your area of interest. If you are unsure whom to ask, the Registrar’s Office can assist you in identifying someone who might best match your interest.

    The Dean and several faculty members have prepared short clips to offer suggestions on how you can best navigate the vast array of course options:

    An overview: Dean Michael A. Fitts

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    Lawyering Skills: Senior Lecturer and Legal Writing Director Anne Kringel

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  • Consult a Career Planning & Professionalism counselor - the counselors can help you to best match your career goals with the course options.
  • Contact upper class students; they can be great resources.
  • Review the course evaluations from prior terms - hard copy of the evaluations are available in the Registrar’s Office year-round and are available on-line (Course Portal and Course Finder) during advance registration and add/drop.
  • Read Planning Your Upper-Level Curriculum: a memo from Dean of Students, Gary Clinton.
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