Academic Success Program

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The Academic Success Program has three components:

  • LEAP I - a first-year program
  • LEAP II - a second and third-year program
  • SOAR - a bar support program


For first-year students, LEAP I program begins with a three-day pre-orientation for approximately 35 entering first-year students, as well as a shorter one-day LEAP Express program open to 25 students if the demand for the three-day program is too great. Students selected to participate in the three-day pre-orientation are also eligible to join structured study groups in two of their major first-year subject areas in the fall. Throughout the year, LEAP I also offers all first-year students an opportunity to participate in support groups, reading programs, and open lectures on topics ranging from logic to grammar and exam-writing. Limited tutoring services, as well as one-on-one academic counseling, are also available.

All first-year students receive information over the summer before the start of school concerning LEAP I services, and are invited to apply to participate in LEAP pre-orientation if they think it would be beneficial to them. Students from non-traditional backgrounds or who have an atypical educational profile are particularly encouraged to apply.


LEAP II, a program for second- and third-year students, was initiated in 2007-08, and has continued to develop and expand. The LEAP director works with the Academic Affairs and Student Development offices to contact all second- and third-year students whose grades indicate that they are struggling academically and may be at risk for not passing the bar. Those students are offered opportunities to work individually or in small groups with the program director to assess the causes of their academic difficulty and to develop a plan to acquire fundamental academic skills, such as reading, logic, memory, time management and goal-setting, with which they may be struggling. They are also eligible for limited tutoring services, as resources allow. In future years, a for-credit course component may be added to the array of services offered in the services developed through LEAP II.


The SOAR program, led by the Interim Deputy Director of RRWA & LEAP, offers weekly workshops throughout the summer on critical non-doctrinal preparation topics, such as essay exam-writing, time management and relaxation. In addition, SOAR connects former students to each other, to information about the North Carolina State Bar and to practice exercises online through Blackboard. The SOAR director is also available to meet with students who are struggling in their preparation or who would like to have practice essay questions reviewed for their effectiveness.

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