The Catholic University of America

Academic Excellence Program

Dean Maura DeMouy
Assistant Dean for Student Support

Academic Excellence Program

The Catholic University of America School of Law

Suite 343

The Office of Student Support

The Academic Excellence Program’s mission is to maximize the potential and academic success of every student. As part of the CUA Law Advantage, CUA Law is dedicated to providing every student with a first-rate legal education that includes specific programs and resources to support student progress. Working hand-in-hand with CUA’s outstanding faculty and law library, the Academic Excellence Program provides:
  • In-house resources to develop study skills and legal analysis; 
  • A data-bank of prior exams dating back to 1990;
  • Innovative teaching methods that incorporate simulation, practical application, practice problems, multiple choice questions and practice exams into first-year and other doctrinal courses;
  • A free subscription to the database of The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), which has almost 1,000 interactive lessons and tutorials on over 30 law school subjects;
  • Study skills presentations offered throughout the semester to all law students addressing topics such as case briefing, IRAC, outlining, time management and exam preparation;
  • Weekly study skill sessions with the Dean’s Academic Fellows, experienced upperclassmen who provide useful tips and strategies on studying smarter;
  • An on-line study skills coaching program; and
  • One-on-one counseling and support with Dean DeMouy or the Dean’s Academic Fellows by appointment


Additional Resources:

Tips and Strategies

How to Effectively Utilize your First Year in Law School

How to Read Cases EfficientlyIncrease the Speed of your Reading: Speed Reading Drill


Why Should You Outline


When to Start Outlining & What to UseHow to Format Your Outline



Time Management on Exams


How to Prepare for Open Book vs. Closed Book Exams


"Reading the Cues": What is Likely to be Tested


Most Basic and Common Problems on Law School Exams




Contact Us!


Phone: 202-319-6792

Stop by:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Academic Affairs
Suite 343
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Mailing Address:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Academic Affairs
The Catholic University of America
Cardinal Station

Washington, DC 20064

Dean Maura DeMouy, Assistant Dean for Student Support