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Harvard Law School strives to ensure the success of each student. If you are having difficulties with your academic studies, please contact Susannah Barton Tobin, Director, First-Year Legal Research and Writing and Academic Support Services (, 617-496-3673), or Lakshmi Clark, Director of Student Affairs (, 617-496-2437) to set up an appointment.

On-campus resources and peer tutoring

Individual advising sessions with Susannah Barton Tobin, Managing Director of the Climenko Fellowship Program and Assistant Dean for Academic Career Advising, are always available. In appropriate cases, tutoring sessions with upper-class students may also be arranged. Please feel free to reach out to Dean Tobin to schedule an appointment. In preparation for your first meeting with Dean Tobin, please collect any model answers or other feedback on your exams from your professors. Bring your own exam answers as well as your model answers/feedback to the first meeting.

Graduate Student Learning Support (GSLS)

Graduate school is challenging and even the most successful students may need assistance adapting to a new academic discipline. Students may notice difficulty in absorbing new material, completing academic work, or understanding reading materials; anxiety about quantitative skills, writing, or test taking; and reluctance to speak in class. Through strategic intervention, GSLS is designed to help students overcome academic hurdles. GSLS provides graduate students with the opportunity to meet individually with a professional for consultation about academic and learning concerns. The GSLS program is for students who may want support in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing skills
  • Time management and organization
  • Test-taking strategies

Office hours/location: Flexible hours, as arranged between the student and the GSLS specialist. Location is usually on the HLS campus.

GSLS is a cooperative program among the Business School, Graduate School of Design, Divinity School, Law School, and School of Public Health. Supervision is provided through the University Health Services. GSLS is by referral only. Please contact Lakshmi Clark, Director of Student Affairs, if interested.

Board of Student Advisers (BSA)

The BSAs are peer advisers to members of the first year class and are a fantastic resource. Feel free to reach to reach out to your individual BSA for support, advice, or resources.

Upcoming Academic Skills Workshops

  • Time management: Share ideas and learn strategies about time management with GSLS Learning Specialist, Dorothy Bisbee, and BSA panelists, Thursday, February 16th, 12:00 -1:00, WCC 1015. Lunch provided.
  • Note-taking and Outlining: Ask your questions about note-taking and outlining and learn what strategies BSAs use, Tuesday, February 28th, 12:00 – 1:00, WCC 1010. Lunch provided.

Life in Law Guest Speaker Series

Do you sometimes wish you could hear how accomplished attorneys and legal professionals have imagined and shaped their careers? How did they cope with the practical and personal decisions as aspiring law professionals? Would you like to hear what they would recommend to up and coming legal minds in the current and unfolding legal climate? Facilitated by Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW, Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00, WCC 4062. Lunch will be provided. For a full schedule of guest speakers, please visit the events calendar.

General Support Group for HLS Students

With the honor of attending Harvard Law School also come significant pressures. This is a General Support Group – a confidential setting where you can have a space to talk and listen to others. Students attending will focus on what feels important at the time. It might be challenges with social life, classroom experiences, family issues, health matters, cultural issues, feelings of isolation/loneliness, pressures to present as “all together” when you’re feeling otherwise, worries about career path and/or paying off school loans or a myriad of other issues. Facilitated by Marla Allisan JD, LICSW, Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, WCC 5051. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please see the events calendar for additional information.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting academic accommodations, please contact Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office via email or phone at 617-495-1880 to discuss possible accommodations.