Director of Academic Services and Career Development
Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Writing and Legal Research
Phone: 978.681.0800 X138
B.S., University of Lowell
J.D., Massachusetts School of Law
Paula Colby-Clements is an assistant professor of law and a Co-Director of the Writing, Research, and Trial Advocacy program, a second-semester course. She also teaches Writing and Legal Advocacy and is the Director of Academic Services and Career Development.
Professor Colby-Clements has worked for the Committee for Public Counsel Services handling criminal appeals, has taught in Suffolk University’s MBA program and worked for over 8 years as a business manager for a subsidiary of Mobil Chemical Corporation. She holds her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Lowell and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Massachusetts School of Law. Professor Colby-Clements taught on the adjunct faculty before joining the full time faculty.
The Massachusetts School of Law strives to ensure the success of each student. Law 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 critical reading, writing, or test taking; and reluctance to speak in class. The office of Academic Support provides our students with an opportunity to meet individually or collectively with a professor to consult about learning concerns. In addition, it provides students an opportunity to find support in mapping out their law school path to ensure success beyond the classroom.
There are many resources here at the law school to support you. From academic advisors, to student mentors, to a writing lab staffed with full-time faculty, and to specific sessions designed to support students in developing strong reading comprehension, writing skills, test-taking skills, and with time management and organization. In addition, there is support to help students navigate the law school curriculum by providing help with course selection with an eye towards ensuring success on the bar exam as well as positioning students for employment upon graduation.
Fall 2019 Calendar
|Saturday||24 Aug||10 A.M. to Noon||How to Be Successful in Law School|
|Saturday||7 Sep||8-10:00 A.M.||Creating Your Outline|
|Saturday||14 Sep||8-10:00 A.M.||Writing Skills, Time Management & Organization|
|Saturday||5 Oct||9-11:00 A.M.||Mid-term Prep Civ Pro and Business Entities|
|Saturday||19 Oct||8-10:00 A.M.||Mid-term Prep Criminal Law
|Saturday||9 Nov||9-11:00 A.M.||Law School Exam Writing|
|Saturday||16 Nov||8-10:00 A.M.||Law School Exam Writing|
Mentoring Drop in Hours: Monday Afternoons from 2PM to 5PM in the Writing Lab. We encourage students to drop in during mentoring hours for any academic support you need. Whether its help briefing cases, outlining, or just asking questions about how to navigate classes and receive encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to stop by.
Academic Excellence Resources
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
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
Massachusetts 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.
The Massachusetts School of Law does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.