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Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is designed to assist SLU LAW students with the support they need to be successful during law school and in their future legal careers.

The ARC provides resources and assistance to help students succeed from the first day of classes and continues when they are alumni working towards success on the bar exam.

Academic Success

Though the program at Saint Louis University School of Law is rigorous, SLU LAW provides an avenue for achieving success in learning the law. Academic Success services provide students with the advising, assistance and support they need as they enter and progress through law school. Students can find information on the structure of the first-year program as well as tips and advice on getting accustomed to the curriculum. Information is provided on times and dates of important workshops, and students can find valuable study tools. There are opportunities to learn exam-taking techniques as well as a variety of other helpful law school aids. 

Academic advising is available to all law students. Students may meet with Professor Antonia Miceli or Professor Petina Benigno to discuss any academic issues, including outlining, exam preparation and review, curriculum choices and other concerns a student might have. Please contact Professor Miceli or Professor Benigno with a list of times and days you are available in order to schedule an appointment.

Bar Exam Success

Perhaps you've only briefly thought about the bar exam or perhaps you have focused squarely on it. Whatever your position, it's not too late to become informed about the bar exam and the steps you can take to prepare for, and succeed on, it.

What is a Bar Examination?

In almost every state in the U.S. and in some territories, recently graduated law students sit for a state bar exam. For instance, if you are interested in practicing in Missouri, you would take the Missouri Bar Exam. The bar exam measures a candidate's competency to practice law in a particular state. Successful bar exam candidates receive a license evidencing their competency to practice law in a given jurisdiction.

Passing Your Bar Exam

Passing the bar exam is a pivotal last step in becoming an attorney. There are many things you can do as a student to achieve this success. Much of the law school curriculum is geared toward providing you with the necessary foundation for success. In addition, most students participate in a commercial bar review course after graduation. This course reviews (and in some cases introduces you to) those subjects that might be tested on your jurisdiction's bar exam.

Beyond Bar Classes and Commercial Review Courses

In addition to what you learn in your law school classes and the commercial bar review courses, SLU LAW offers workshops and programs designed to help you assess and practice the skills necessary for passing the bar.

These workshops cover each part of the bar exam — the essay, multiple choice and performance test portions. Thus, you have the opportunity to not only learn the appropriate substance but to also hone the necessary skills related to each portion of the bar exam.

Getting Started

Current students and alumni of Saint Louis University School of Law are encouraged to contact Professor Antonia Miceli, the director of Academic Support and Bar Success, or Professor Petina Benigno, the assistant director, and to participate in the bar preparation workshops and programs as they are announced. Please feel free to stop by Professor Miceli’s or Professor Benigno's office so that you can meet in person.

Additional Resources

Visit the Academic Resource Center Canvas page for resources and assistance from 1L year through passing the bar exam.

In addition, below is a list of resources to help you learn more about the bar exam: