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 Jan 18, 2014

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
A Checklist: What Will You Need for the Bar?
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

Writing Lab
(located in the back of the LIBRARY next to Academic Support Office)
Assistant Dean Paula Kaldis
978.681.0800 X117

Orientation Hand-Out

Although writing classes are small, and students can ask for help from their instructors, MSLAW has recognized 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 and types of legal authority, 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.

The Writing Lab is accessible to both day and evening students, and is also equipped with a thesaurus, dictionary, citation manuals, and other reference books that a student might use while writing. Lab professors also have access to any drills or exercises that would benefit a student having difficulty in a particular area.

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 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
Professor Victoria Dickinson
Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations
(Career Services office near Admissions)

Wednesday, 12:00 – 3:00
Professor Dorothy Linsner
(Demosthenes Room next to Academic Support)

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