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: 2016-2017

Office Hours in Room 435

1L Professors




Jonathan Hawley

Jonathan grew up in Oceanside, California and graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in history. He then spent three years in Manchester, New Hampshire working for inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, who first sparked his interest in intellectual property.

This summer, Jonathan is at Irell & Manella in Century City, and will be returning to LA after graduation to clerk for Judge Philip Gutierrez on the Central District of California and Judge Milan Smith on the Ninth Circuit. Long-term, he is interested in exploring IP, media, and entertainment issues. In his spare time, Jonathan can usually be found watching Steven Spielberg movies, reading Robert Caro and Kurt Vonnegut books, or trying to bake. 

At The Law School, Jonathan has been involved with a number of organizations and worn many hats, including staff member on the Law Review, representative on LSA, co-chair of the Law School Trivia Board, senior writer of this year's Law School Musical, and Kapnick facilitator. He wanted to become an Academic Counselor because he has loved his time at The Law School and wants to do everything he can to help the new 1Ls have as wonderful an experience as he has.




Elements of the Law: Stone

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Casey

Contracts: Baird, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Ginsburg - Comparative Legal Institutions

Property: Strahilevitz, Fennell

Torts: Henderson



Michaela Kabat

Michaela is from Niskayuna, New York and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005 with a degree in history. After college, Michaela spent three years in China, teaching middle school in Hunan Province and working as an editor at a Beijing magazine. She then worked for several years in New York, administering a visiting teacher program that placed Chinese teachers in U.S. K-12 schools.

At the Law School, Michaela has been involved in the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic, the Public Interest Law Society, and Spring Break of Service (Knoxville and New Orleans). She will be a Topic Access & Recruitment Editor for the Law Review this year. Michaela worked at Miller Shakman & Beem in Chicago this summer and plans to clerk for Judge John Z. Lee on the Northern District of Illinois after graduation. 

Michaela found the transition from working life to law school to be both exciting and challenging. She was helped by the perspective of students who had already been through the process, and is eager to fulfill the same role for the incoming 1Ls. Outside of law school, Michaela likes potlucks, karaoke and salsa dancing. 



Elements of the Law: Stone 

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: Casey

Contracts: Baird, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions, Ginsburg 

Property: Strahilevitz, Fennell

Torts: Henderson





Matthew Klomparens

Matt grew up in the Chicago suburbs and Santa Clarita, California. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 with degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. He then spent a year working in music licensing in Los Angeles, followed by three years as a paralegal.

This summer, Matt worked for Perkins Coie in Chicago with a focus in corporate, entrepreneurial, and technology law. He is active with the Innovation Clinic, the University of Chicago Innovation Fund Associates Program, and the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program. He serves as Online Development Editor for the Law Review.

At the Law School, Matt has been involved with the Law and Technology Society, the Domestic Violence Project, the Law School Musical, and the International Immersion Program. Matt enjoys brewing beer, playing music, live comedy, distance running, podcasts, travel, and spending quality time with his little dog. He wanted to become an Academic Counselor to pay forward the great advice and strong sense of community that helped him traverse (and, dare he say, enjoy) 1L year.








Shelby Klose

Shelby is from Chicago and graduated from Drake University in May 2014 with a degree in Accounting and International Business. She interned at various accounting firms and financial institutions during college and then came straight to law school.

Shelby is involved in many activities at the Law School, including Law Women’s Caucus, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, the Women's Mentoring Program, and ACS. She is spending her summer working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and Chicago as well as at the Department of Justice.

Shelby is excited to help students from diverse backgrounds adapt to law school. She knows how big of an adjustment it is to start as a 1L, especially straight from college. She hopes to act as an important resource for students through both the highs and lows. In her down time Shelby likes to watch hockey, binge watch Netflix, and eat at new restaurants in Chicago.



Contracts: Baird/Posner

Torts: Henderson

Elements: McAdams

CivPro: Hubbard/Casey

Property: Strahilevitz/Fennell

1L Elective: Comparative Legal Institutions - Ginsburg


Amanda Mayo

Amanda is from Hamilton, New Jersey and graduated from NYU in 2010 with a degree in anthropology and environmental studies.  She spent several years working as a paralegal at a litigation boutique firm in New York before coming to the Law School.

At the Law School, Amanda works in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and is a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. During her 2L summer, she is working as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.  She plans to clerk for Judge Dow on the Northern District of Illinois after graduation.

Amanda wanted to become an academic counselor because she knows how stressful 1L year can be, and she is looking forward to helping to ease that stress for new law students.  In her spare time, she enjoys catching up on new television shows, reading non-law books, and exploring the Art Institute.






Elements of the Law:  Strauss

Civil Procedure I:  Buss

Civil Procedure II:  Casey

Contracts:  Baird, Posner

Criminal Law:  McAdams

1L Elective:  Nou - Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

Property:  Strahilevitz, Fennell

Torts:  Henderson


Madeline Swan

Madeline grew up in Vancouver, Washington and graduated from Whitman College in 2009 with a degree in music. She then spent time interning for Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, D.C., and later worked for three years as a Client Manager at a patent prosecution law firm in Seattle, Washington before coming to Chicago for law school.

This past summer, Madeline was at O'Melveny & Myers in Downtown Los Angeles working in a mix of areas including both transaction and litigation practices. Long-term, she is interested in exploring complex areas of law that require both transaction and litigation skills such as bankruptcy, intellectual property, and secured transactions. In her spare time, Madeline enjoys music, film, travel, going to Chicago's fantastic museums, eating Rick Bayless food, and drinking Walla Walla wines.

Madeline is a staff member on The University of Chicago Law Review, a Kapnick facilitator, a member of the Law School Trivia Board, and a Big Sibling through the Law Women's Caucus. She wanted to become an Academic Counselor because she enjoys being a mentor and a resource for others who may need help navigating their 1L year.



Elements of the Law: Strauss

Civil Procedure I: Hubbard

Civil Procedure II: J. Wood

Contracts: Ben-Shahar

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Ginsburg - Comparative Legal Institutions

Property: Helmholz

Torts: Levmore, Fennell