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Academic Support Program

The Academic Support Program is designed to help 1L students in the Fall and the Spring semesters and then beyond the 1L year.


“When I mention to those outside of Penn that I direct the Academic Support Program here, I invariably get the question: ‘why would any University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School student need academic support?’  It’s a great question, because indeed, we have some of the brightest students in the country enrolled at this school. But I always give the same answer: everyone needs support at some point in his or her law school career.

And that’s why I consider my job as Director of the Academic Support Program to be a pleasure. If a student needs help, I am there to help in whatever way I can. Make an appointment with me for any reason – to discuss studying or exam-taking techniques, class selection, or general academic questions.”

— Jessica Simon, Director of the Academic Support Program, Associate Director of Legal Writing, and Senior Lecturer


In the Fall, Professor Simon presents five lectures and workshops discussing various studying techniques. In the Spring semester, students meet with the Director to review individual studying techniques and schedules, prior exams, and practice exams.

You are welcome to browse this helpful hints section of this site to view content on stress management, time management, and note- and exam-taking skills.  You will also find a list of resources for understanding your course materials, understanding law school, exams, or legal analysis, taking practice questions for exams, memorizing material, and studying for the bar.  The Law School does not endorse any of the resources listed.  You should review each resource to see if it fulfills your individualized needs.  You will also find links to the Academic Success Lecture and Workshop Series

If you are having difficulties with your academic studies, please contact Jessica Simon, Associate Director of the Legal Practice Skills Program and Director of the Academic Support Program, by e-mail ( or phone (215.898.0167), to set up an appointment.

Although there will be no set office hours in the spring semester, if you have any questions about your academic skills, contact Jessica Simon ( to meet. We will set up a time convenient for you to discuss any concerns you have.