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: 2015-2016

Office Hours in Room 435

1L Professors

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Lucas Artaiz

lartaiz@uchicago.edu

Lucas is from Banks, Oregon and graduated from Northwestern in 2010 with a degree in social policy. He joined Teach for America and spent two years teaching science at a school in Phoenix, Arizona. He also completed his M.Ed. at ASU in secondary education. After TFA, he taught middle school science again and added 12th grade economics to the curriculum.

Lucas is working in Perkins Coie’s Portland office this summer. Next year at the Law School, Lucas is going to be a Student Director of the Corporate Lab and continue his involvement in LLSA. He intends to move back to the Pacific Northwest as soon as practicable after graduation and work in the business practice group at PC, specifically with emerging companies. He is very interested in startups and entrepreneurship, and he hopes to have a practice that is geared towards that sector.

Lucas wanted to be an academic counselor because it pained him to see some of his classmates go through an unnecessarily stressful 1L year, and he is looking forward to offering advice to make things less arduous for the 1Ls. Outside of the Law School, Lucas loves “infotainment,” podcasts, and audiobooks. He also loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping, which he does a lot of when he is home.

  TBD
 

Elements of the Law: Strauss 

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: LaCroix

Contracts: Baird, Morrison

Criminal Law: Ferzan, McAdams

1L Elective: Buss - Evidence

Property: Strahilevitz

Torts: Levmore, Henderson


 

 

 

Grace Goodblatt

gracegoodblatt@uchicago.edu

Grace is from San Diego and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2010 with a degree in political economy. She spent a year volunteering in Israel and then worked in a small law office for 8 months before coming to the Law School.

Grace is involved in many activities at the Law School, including the Law Students Association, Domestic Violence Project, Law Women’s Caucus, Dean of Students Advisory Committee, and the Chicago Journal of International Law. She is spending her summer working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Chicago and hopes to work there after graduation.

Grace is excited to be a resource for new law students as an academic counselor. She knows that 1L is an amazing experience, but it can also be very intimidating, and she wants to be a sounding board and a comfort for students. In her downtime, she likes to do yoga, spend time with friends, and learn how to golf.

 

TBD


Elements of the Law: Strauss 

Civil Procedure I: Buss

Civil Procedure II: LaCroix

Contracts: Baird, Morrison

Criminal Law: Ferzan, McAdams

1L Elective: Fennell - Local Government

Property: Strahilevitz

Torts: Levmore, Henderson


 

 

 

Sam Jahangir

jahangir@uchicago.edu 

Sam is from Peoria, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a degree in psychology. He volunteered at the Cook County’s State’s Attorney’s Office as a law clerk during his summers in undergrad, and then came straight from college to law school.

Sam is currently working as a summer associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago and plans to remain in Chicago as a litigator for the foreseeable future. He is involved in many activities at the Law School, including the Criminal Law Society and South Asian Law Students Association. During his 2L year, he was a staffer for the University of Chicago’s Law Review. He also participated in the Hinton Moot Court Competition and represented the University of Chicago Law School in the Saul Lekowitz Moot Court Competition, where his team won the Best Brief award and was declared National Champion.

Sam wanted to become an academic counselor because he wouldn’t have made it as far as he has (both in law school and life) without others helping him along the way. He thinks being an academic counselor is the best way to give back since he has gone through what the upcoming 1Ls will experience and has a psychology background in counseling. In his spare time, Sam is an avid movie fan and likes to escape to the theater whenever he can. He loves coming up with new recipes while cooking and likes to box recreationally.

TBD  

Elements of the Law: McAdams 

Civil Procedure I: Hubbard

Civil Procedure II: Wood

Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Buss - Evidence

Property: Peñalver, Fennell

Torts: Levmore, Henderson


 

 

 

Elisabeth (Bette) Muirhead

emuirhead@uchicago.edu 

Bette is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2004 with a biology degree. She did an internship at a marine sciences lab on the Olympic Peninsula immediately after graduation. She earned a Masters in Environmental Chemistry from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland Australia. After that, she moved back to Minnesota, where she worked in the biotech industry for a medical device manufacturer for a few years.

At the Law School, Bette is involved in the American Constitution Society, Chicago Journal of International Law, Law School Musical, Hemingway Society, and Law School Dems. She is working for two firms in Minneapolis this summer (Fredrikson & Byron and Merchant & Gould) and plans to return to Minnesota and work for a firm after graduation, probably practicing intellectual property law.

Bette decided to become an academic counselor because she enjoys talking to people and likes to help people, even if it’s just by providing an ear to listen to their worries. Outside of the Law School, Bette likes to relax a bit with friends. She is spending the summer attempting to relearn how to read for fun. She also likes trying new restaurants, biking, and doing yoga.

 

TBD

Elements of the Law: Strauss 

Civil Procedure I: Hubbard

Civil Procedure II: LaCroix

Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Weinrib - American Legal History of the 20th Century

Property: Peñalver, Fennell

Torts: Levmore, Henderson

   
 

WuDi Wu

wudi@uchicago.edu

WuDi is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 with a degree in commerce. He worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group before coming to the Law School. During his 2L summer, he is working at the Legal Assistance Foundation. He plans to return to BCG after graduation.

At the Law School, WuDi serves as Vice President of the Winston Churchill Gaming Society and works on the Police Accountability Project at the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. He decided to become an academic counselor because he wants to help mentor people in dealing with stresses and anxieties at the Law School and provide perspectives on public interest and business careers.

In his downtime, WuDi likes to explore Chicago’s restaurants, cook, play board games, and volunteer for LAF and for an inmate reintegration ministry.

 

TBD

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Strauss 

Civil Procedure I: Hubbard

Civil Procedure II: LaCroix

Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Criminal Procedure - Epstein

Property: Peñalver, Fennell

Torts: Levmore, Henderson

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Morgan Yates

meyates@uchicago.edu

Morgan is from Lincolnwood, Illinois and graduated from George Washington University in 2013 with a degree in psychology and criminal justice. She came straight to law school after college.

At the Law School, Morgan is a member of the University of Chicago Law Review, Wine Mess (2014-15), and the Law Women’s Caucus. This summer, she is a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. She plans to clerk for Judge Kennelly on the Northern District of Illinois after graduation.

She was interested in becoming an academic counselor in order to meet the incoming class of 1Ls and help make the transition to the Law School as stress-free as possible. In her free time, Morgan enjoys running, listening to country music, and trying new restaurants.

 

TBD

 

 

Elements of the Law: Strauss 

Civil Procedure I: Hubbard

Civil Procedure II: LaCroix

Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner

Criminal Law: Masur, Miles

1L Elective: Epstein - Criminal Procedure

Property: Peñalver, Fennell

Torts: Levmore, Henderson