Law is a demanding program that requires a complex set of academic tools.  Simultaneously understanding doctrine, analyzing theory, evaluating logic, and developing a specific skills set challenges even the most academically successful students.  The Faculty of Law and the University provide assistance to students at every stage of their academic career.

Support at the Faculty of Law

Academic Success Program (ASP) 

The Dean offers an academic mentoring program to 1L students who are experiencing academic difficulties or who wish to gain confidence in exam or paper writing. The Faculty hires upper-year Student Advisors to provide one-on-one academic mentoring sessions (both in person and via email) and coaching. Upper-year Advisors have demonstrated academic excellence in the first year curriculum.

The ASP is a free and confidential service. Students may access the program as individuals or in small study groups. They can request a coach who has recently done well in the same course (taught by the same faculty member) for which they are studying.   They also may be referred to the program by a small group professor on the basis of student performance on writing assignments.

45-minute appointments are available Monday–Friday 12:30–1:15 pm and 1:15-2:00 pm.

To book an appointment please email

Academic Strategies and Keys

Legal Research and Writing instructors offer skills sessions designed to provide students with the skills they need to keep up with the high volume and pace of legal studies.  Sessions on topics like basic legal academic skills, exam writing, and citation form are optional and open to all JD students.

2013-2014 Schedule of Sessions:

September 18, 2013, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Emmanuel College, Room 1:  Basic Foundational Skills I

September 25, 2013, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Vic Chapel:  Basic Foundational Skills II

November 13, 2013, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Victoria College, Room 323:  How to Study for Exams

November 20, 2013, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Vic Chapel:  How to Write Exams

January 15, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Vic Chapel:  Citation Form 

February 12, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, Vic Chapel:  How to Maximize the Benefit of December Exams.

For more information on these sessions, or to suggest topics for future coverage, please e-mail

Coaching for Upper Year Students

The Academic Strategies and Keys program can also connect upper year students with academic coaches.  The same Legal Research and Writing instructors who offer the ASK sessions will work with 2 and 3L's one-on-one.   To book an appointment please e-mail

Support at the University of Toronto

University of Toronto Academic Success Centre

The Academic Support Centre offers one-on-one counselling, drop-in sessions, workshops, and lectures to help students overcome barriers to academic success. 

Office of English Language and Writing Support

This program offers graduate students advanced training in academic writing and speaking.