Academic Support

Ursula Furi-PerryProfessor Ursula Furi-Perry
Director of Academic Support 
978.681.0800 x177

Ursula Furi-Perry is the Director of Academic Support and adjunct professor at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. She teaches Bar Essay Writing, Social and New Media Law, and Fashion and Beauty Law. Furi-Perry is a Partner in the firm of Dill & Furi-Perry, LLP in Haverhill.

She is the author of eight books, including 50 Unique Legal Paths: How to Find the Right Job (ABA Publishing, 2008); Your First Year as a Lawyer Revealed (Jist Publishing, 2010); and The Millennial Lawyer (American Bar Association Publishing, 2012). Furi-Perry has also published more than three hundred articles in national and regional publications, including, American Lawyer Media, Legal Assistant Today, The National Jurist, and

Audio Review Aug 16, 2014

MSL Academic Support, Fall 2014 Programs

First-Year Support:
Exam Skills Seminars: Help with outlining, note-taking, exam-taking, and reading and writing skills, including practice essay exams with immediate feedback.

  • Topic: Outlining and Study Skills
  • Saturday, 9/6/14 at 12:30 PM
  • Topic: Civil Procedure Practice Exam
  • Saturday, 9/20/14 at 12:30 PM
  • Topic: Midterm Exam Skills Review
  • Saturday, 10/4/14 at 12:30 PM
  • Topic: Property Practice Exam
  • Saturday, 10/18/14 at 12:30 PM
  • Topic: Criminal Law Practice Exam
  • Saturday, 11/1/14 at 12:30 PM
  • Topic: Final Exam Skills Review
  • Saturday, 11/15/14 at 12:30 PM

Midterm and Final Exam Reviews—ASP tips and techniques, advice from upper-level students, practice tests, trivia review, and free food!

  • SBA/Academic Support Midterm Exam Skills Sat, 10/4/14 at 12:30 PM
  • SBA/Academic Support Final Exam Skills Sat, 11/15/14 at 12:30 PM
  • BLSA/Academic Support Midnight Breakfast Review, Tues, 12/2/14 starting at 6 PM

Guided Study Groups

Individual tutoring and mentoring programs

  • First-year tutoring by ASP tutors
  • First-year mentoring through ASP/SBA program

A First-Year Resource Library

Prof. Ursula Furi-Perry, Esq., Director of Academic Support
(978) 681-0800 x177


First-Year Skills
MSL Academic Support, Spring 2014 Programs
Successful Strategies for Briefing Cases
Sample Case Brief Template
Successful Strategies for Culling the Rule of Law from a Case
Successful Strategies for Reading Effectively
Successful Strategies for Effective and Efficient Note-Taking
Successful Strategies for Participating in Class

Study and Exam Skills
Assessing Your Study Skills and Learning Style, Pinpointing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Sample Study Plan and Schedule
Successful Strategies for Outlining
The 10 Commandments for Academic Success in Law School
The 20 Do’s and Dont’s of Law School Exams
10 Successful Strategies for Using IRAC

Law School Success and Work-Life Balance
Beating Law School Burnout
Time Management Tips for Law Students

The Bar Exam
The 10 Commandments for Bar Exam Success
Successful Strategies for Writing Bar Essay Exams

Beyond the Bar Exam
A Self-Assessment Checklist for Graduating Law Students
Factors to Consider When Deciding on a Career Path
The 10 Commandments for Ethics and Professionalism for Young Lawyers
Designing a Career Plan

Recommended Online Resources
Recommended Resources-Study Skills and Law School Exams
Recommended Resources-Surviving the First Year

Taking the Bar Exam
Bar Exam Information
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Maine Board of Bar Examiners
New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners
Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners
Vermont Board of Bar Examiners

The National Conference of Bar Examiners

Writing Lab
(located in the back of the LIBRARY next to Academic Support Office)
Assistant Dean Paula Kaldis
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Orientation Hand-Out

Although writing classes are small, and students can ask for help from their instructors, MSLAW has recognized that this might not be enough for some students. Therefore, the school has a Writing Lab, where students can solicit extra help with particular writing problems they might have. Staffed by MSLAW writing professors, the Lab has established hours where students can drop in as desired. Students may receive help in any writing area from grammar to organization to legal analysis, but they may not use the Lab professors as copyeditors or proofreaders. Students may solicit help with already submitted and graded work as a means of improving or understanding their weaknesses.

In addition to offering assistance to all students, The Writing Lab, in coordination with Assistant Dean Paula Kaldis, and the Academic Resource center, also participates in a mandatory academic assistance program for students on probation.

Students can email the Writing Lab professors for an appointment or drop in during the following times:

Monday, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Assistant Dean Kaldis

Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Professor Vietzke

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Professor Kilpatrick

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