Academic Counselors

The Law School's Academic Counselor Program aims to alleviate the anxiety associated with the law school experience and help every student achieve the maximum level of academic success. Six third-year law students serve as Academic Counselors under the direction of the Dean of Students and Associate Director of Student Affairs to provide academic support for their peers. Counselors are available during regular office hours to consult on study skills, to review exams and papers, and to give general academic advice and support. They also coordinate several programs throughout the year for first-year students, offering tips on preparing for class discussions and the Socratic method, exam preparation, course selection, and other topics as they arise.

The Academic Counselor Program has two basic features -- group workshops and individual counseling sessions.

Group Workshops: The Academic Counselors offer a series of workshops to first-year students designed to assist them in adjusting to law school. Fall workshops include the following:

  • a presentation on preparing for class and the Socratic method (orientation)
  • a general question and answer session for new students (early fall)
  • a presentation on outlining and exam preparation (mid/late fall)
  • a faculty panel discussion on preparing for and taking law school exams (late fall)

Individual counseling sessions: The Academic Counselors are available to meet individually with students to discuss academic issues, including study methods, class preparation, outlining, and exam writing skills.

Each Academic Counselor holds a few office hours per week for individual counseling sessions (appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accommodated whenever possible). Their office is Room 435.

Academic Counselors: 2013-2014

Office Hours in Room 435

1L Professors

Brian Ahn

brianahn@uchicago.edu

Brian Ahn received his B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2002. Since then, he worked in the entertainment industry in Hollywood, first as an assistant, then as a producer with a company he co-founded, Organized Chaos Productions.

At the Law School, Brian has been involved in a variety of student groups and activities, including the  the Student Admissions Committee, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Food Law Society, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and intramural sports (football, basketball, soccer, and innertube waterpolo). 

During his 2L summer, Brian was a summer associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where he plans to return after graduation. Brian enjoys watching the Lakers and Raiders, golf, karaoke, reality TV, and whiskey.

Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Casey

Contracts: Ben-Shahar

Criminal Law: Masur/Miles

Elements of the Law: McAdams

Property: Helmholz

Torts: Yoon/Henderson

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions (Ginsburg)

Brooke Anderson

andersonb@uchicago.edu

Brooke Anderson received her B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 2009.  Upon graduating, Brooke joined Teach for America and taught sixth grade math in Jacksonville, Florida.  While at the Law School, Brooke has acted as a Big Sibling, served on the Student Admissions Committee, participated in various intramural sports and has been actively involved in the community service group, Neighbors, for which she now serves as co-president.  During her 2L year Brooke was a clinical student with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and served as an advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children. During her 1L summer, she worked as a civil rights law clerk at CAIR-Chicago. This past summer, Brooke was a summer associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom in Chicago where she will return after graduation. Outside of school, Brooke enjoys running along Lake Shore, exploring Chicago’s various cuisines, and traveling to visit her friends around the country.

Wednesdays,
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Civil Procedure I: Samaha

Civil Procedure II: Casey

Contracts: Baird/Posner

Criminal Law: McAdams

Elements of the Law: Stone

Property: Penalver/Strahilevitz

Torts: Fennell/Levmore

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions (Ginsburg)

Christine Bonomo

bonomoc@uchicago.edu

Christine Bonomo received her B.A. in English from Kenyon College in 2011. Upon graduating, she spent the summer traveling in the United States and Europe before starting law school in autumn of 2011. During her first two years at the University of Chicago, she participated in Spring Break of Service and the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. She also served as the Chair of the Hemingway Society and a founding member the Learned Foot Running Club. Currently, Christine is an Articles Editor on the Chicago Journal of International Law. This past summer, she worked as a Summer Associate at the Washington D.C. and New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Outside of school, Christine enjoys running, cooking, and traveling

Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Hubbard

Contracts: Ben-Shahar

Criminal Law: Masur/Miles

Elements of the Law: McAdams

Property: Helmholz

Torts: Yoon/Henderson

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions (Ginsburg)

Virginia Hildreth

vhildreth@uchicago.edu

Ginny Hildreth received her B.A. from NYU in East Asian Studies in 2011. At the Law School, she is a member of the Student Admissions Committee, APALSA, and is the Executive Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. After her 1L year, Ginny spent the summer as a Public Benefits & Health Law intern at the Legal Assistance Foundation in downtown Chicago. She spent her 2L summer at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's New York office. Ginny is excited to go back to NYC after graduating law school. Outside of law school, she enjoys eating brunch, watching movies, and reading dystopian novels. 

Mondays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

 

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Casey

Contracts: Baird/Posner

Criminal Law: McAdams

Elements of the Law: Stone

Property: Penalver/Strahilevitz

Torts: Fennell/Levmore

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions (Ginsburg)

Abigail Johnston

abjohnston@uchicago.edu

Abigail Johnston received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin Language and Literature.  At the Law School, she has been Treasurer of the University of Chicago Domestic Violence Project and is an Articles Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. During her 2L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York City, where she will return after graduation.  Outside of school she spends her time cooking, wandering around the Art Institute, watching bad television with her roommate and playing with her beloved dog Gus.

Tuesdays,
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Civil Procedure I: Samaha

Civil Procedure II: Hubbard

Contracts: Baird/Posner

Criminal Law: McAdams

Elements of the Law: Stone

Property: Penalver/Strahilevitz

Torts: Fennell/Levmore

1L Elective: Jurisprudence I: Theories of Law and Adjudication (Leiter)

Brian Tobin

bwtobin@uchicago.edu

Brian Tobin received his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to law school he worked for four years at a theme park company near Orlando, spending three years as an internal business consultant and one year as a manager of restaurant operations at a large water park. 

During his 1L summer, Brian worked in the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at The Law School.  He remains involved in the clinic and has served on the boards of both Neighbors and Wine Mess.  Brian will join the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP after graduation.  Outside of law school, he is an avid hiker and enjoys exploring the Chicago theater scene. 

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Hubbard

Contracts: Ben-Shahar

Criminal Law: Masur/Miles

Elements of the Law: McAdams

Property: Helmholz

Torts: Yoon/Henderson

1L Elective: International Trade Law (Bradford)