Dean’s Fellows are an elite group of upper-division students with exemplary academic skills who serve as teaching assistants for the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Office. They are carefully selected from among the best in their class based on their academic success and ability to teach other students best- practice study methods that will help them become acclimated to the study of law. The Dean’s Fellow Program is highly competitive.
Dean’s Fellows are an important resource for students and an integral part of Southwestern’s Academic Success courses and programs. First, Dean’s Fellows serve as mentors and role models. By modeling excellent study habits, time management skills, and overall professionalism, Dean’s Fellows provide an example to first-year students that law school is a place where they can succeed with the right mindset and with the help from Dean’s Fellows along the way. Second, Dean’s Fellows play an integral role in the various Academic Success courses, the first of which is Foundations of Law and Practice during the first-year of law school. As Academic Success teaching assistants, Dean’s Fellows will provide in-depth feedback to students on both practice essays and student outlines. Dean’s Fellows will also hold weekly office hours and individual meetings by appointment to assist students in developing the five general skills areas that first-year students need to be successful in their studies: time management, note-taking, reading and briefing, synthesizing (weekly review and outlining), and exam writing.