Academic Excellence

Ursula Furi-PerryProfessor Ursula Furi-Perry
Director of Academic Excellence 
978.681.0800 x177
ursula@mslaw.edu

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 Law.com, American Lawyer Media, Legal Assistant Today, The National Jurist, and LawCrossing.com.

Academic Excellence Resources
First-Year Skills
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

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
978.681.0800 X117
pota@mslaw.edu

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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.
Professor Vietzke
holly@mslaw.edu

Tuesday, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Professor Garcia
garcia@mslaw.edu

Wednesday, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Professor Kaldis
pota@mslaw.edu


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Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

military logoMassachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.

To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.