Academic Resources & Faculty Advisors

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is nationally renowned for its continued commitment to access to the profession, its comprehensive pedagogy and its successful alumni. In 2006, the ARC Access Admission Program along with Professors David Boerner and Paula Lustbader received the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Washington State Bar Association. While ARC's primary focus is to support the diverse and non-traditional students who enter through the school's Access Admission Program, ARC seeks to facilitate learning experiences for all students so they can adjust, succeed and excel in law school.

Director and Professor Paula Lustbader, Associate Director Brendon Taga, and Assistant Director Sarah Kerber present during orientation and teach first year skill building workshops.  The workshops provide students with materials on important study skills in order to excel in law school. The topics range from study strategies and time management skills to legal analysis and exam writing.  A schedule of workshops and presentation materials will be posted on the "Academic Resource Center" TWEN page. ARC hires and supervises two teaching assistants for each first year doctrinal course: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts.  Teachings assistants attend classes, hold office hours, create study materials for students, and are available for individual conferences. The Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director are also available for individual conferences.  The ARC Resource Room is in 310 and contains a wide variety of study materials which can be borrowed on a short term basis.  For more information, contact Assistant Director Sarah Kerber at

Faculty Advisors

Members of our faculty are committed to ensuring our students' academic success, and welcome the opportunity to talk with students about general and specific academic matters. We have observed over time that our students informally seek advisory assistance from one or more of their professors because of similar legal interests, compatible styles, or other qualitative factors.

However, since new students may not yet be sufficiently well acquainted with faculty members to make such judgments comfortably, we assign an interim faculty adviser to each member of the Entering Class. Included in the Orientation packet (given to you on the 1st day of orientation) will be the name of your faculty advisor.