Program Overview

The Academic Resource Center was established to assist specially admitted students and regularly admitted students who are at academic risk and has been been operating in its present form since 1987.

The primary purpose of the program is to help diverse and non-traditional students adjust, succeed, and excel in law school. Much of our work involves acculturating and empowering those who may or do feel disenfranchised by the law school experience.

Students admitted under the Access Admission Program take part in a mandatory seven-week summer course that combines Criminal Law, Legal Writing, and Study Strategies, all taught by faculty for credit. In addition, the formal program includes voluntary study sessions through the entire first year and selected upper-level courses that are taught by student teaching assistants. There is also a general program for all students that includes workshops and coping strategies. Students who have participated in either program say it helped them achieve their academic goals. More importantly, it provided them with a safe haven, which enabled them to retain a sense of themselves and feel there was a place for them in the legal community.

This Academic Resource Center has been life-altering.

Hozaifa Cassubhai '07
Associate, Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle