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: 2014-2015

Office Hours in Room 435

1L Professors
Bi
 

 

 

Kathryn Bi

kbi@uchicago.edu

Kathryn graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biochemical engineering.  Prior to law school, she worked for three years as a chemical engineer at DuPont Corporation in Palo Alto, CA and Genzyme Corporation in Boston.  For Kathryn’s 2L summer, she worked at Covington & Burling in San Francisco and the patent litigation boutique Desmarais LLP in New York.  During her 1L summer, she was a summer associate in at Paul Hastings in Chicago. She plans to practice patent litigation after law school.

At the Law School, she is President of the Federalist Society and a member of the Edmund Burke Society.

During her down time, she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and playing tennis.

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Stone
Civil Procedure I: Buss
Civil Procedure II: Hubbard
Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner
Criminal Law: Harcourt, McAdams
1L Elective: Abebe - International Trade
Property: Helmholz
Torts: Levmore, Henderson

 


 

 

 

Nick Dufau

ndufau@uchicago.edu

Nick attended UC Berkeley for college, where he majored in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. During that time, he took an interest in politics, education, and environmental issues-- typical fare for a UC Berkeley undergrad. He took a year before coming to Law School to live and teach in Los Angeles, both as a private tutor and after-school instructor.

Nick is currently an editor for the University of Chicago Law Review, and previously served as Treasurer for the Public Interest Law Society. This summer, he is working at Munger, Tolles & Olson, a law firm in Los Angeles. After law school, he will be clerking for Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court.

When he wasn't studying during 1L year, he took an Improv class at the Second City.  He always tries to catch the revolving exhibits at the Art Institute.

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Strauss
Civil Procedure I: Buss
Civil Procedure II: Hubbard
Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner
Criminal Law: Masur, Miles
1L Elective: Ginsburg - Comparative Legal Institutions
Property: Helmholz
Torts: Levmore, Henderson

 

 

 

Brittany Gorin

brittanygorin@uchicago.edu

Brittany graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010. She received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. Before law school, she worked an array of jobs that were primarily focused on teaching and child care.

During law school, Brittany has been VP of Programming for Law Students for Reproductive  Justice, VP of Internal Affairs for Law Women's Caucus, and a Kapnick Facilitator. She is also a part of The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Right clinic and has performed in the Law School Musical.

Brittany spent her 1L summer at The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles. During her 2L summer, Brittany worked at the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers.

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys trying new restaurants, catching up on her favorite TV shows, and fostering dogs from PAWS Chicago. 

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Strauss
Civil Procedure I: Hubbard
Civil Procedure II: Casey
Contracts: Baird, Morrison
Criminal Law: Harcourt, McAdams
1L Elective: Nussbaum - Feminist Philosophy
Property: Strahilevitz, Penalver
Torts: Fennell, Levmore

 


 

 

 

Jack Grein

jgrein@uchicago.edu

John J. (“Jack”) Grein received his B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College in 2009.  After graduation he worked as a research coordinator at a psychology lab in North Carolina and as a paralegal at a law firm in his native New York.

During his 2L summer, Jack worked as a summer associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell and the Chicago office of Pircher, Nichols & Meeks.  The previous summer, he worked as a research assistant for Professor Strahilevitz.

At the Law School, Jack served as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and participated in the Keystone Leadership & Professionalism Program.  He has also been a member of the Hemingway Society and acted as a Big Sibling. Last year, his trivia team, Amicus Beef, won the student-portion of the Law School trivia contest.

Outside of the Law School, Jack enjoys cultivating bonsai trees and spending time with his dog, Toby.

 
Elements of the Law: Stone
Civil Procedure I: Hubbard
Civil Procedure II: Casey
Contracts: Baird, Morrison
Criminal Law: Harcourt, McAdams
1L Elective: LaCroix - American Legal History I
Property: Strahilevitz, Penalver
Torts: Fennell, Levmore
Sarah
 

 

 

Sarah Kang

kangs@uchicago.edu

Sarah Kang received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Policy and Planning from the University of Southern California in 2009. Upon graduating, she joined Teach for America in New Orleans and taught at a KIPP school for three years.

At the Law School, she served as Chair of Spring Break of Service, has been involved in the Student Admissions Committee, and also been involved in the Kapnick program. Currently, she is President of the student organization, APALSA.

This past summer, she worked at the Chicago office of Kirkland and Ellis. Outside of the Law School, Sarah enjoys traveling, playing with her corgi, and trying new restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Stone
Civil Procedure I:  Buss
Civil Procedure II: Hubbard
Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner
Criminal Law: Masur, Miles
1L Elective: Ginsburg - Comparative Legal Institutions
Property: Helmholz
Torts: Levmore, Henderson
Lyle 
 

Lyle LeBlang

lleblang@uchicago.edu

Lyle earned his B.S. in Finance, Management and Psychology at Tulane University in 2006. Since then, he worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter and catastrophe risk analyst.

At the Law School, Lyle has been involved in a variety of groups and activities, serving as a Student Director for the Corporate Lab Clinic, volunteering with Neighbors, and being a board member for the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the ACLU Chicago Law School Chapter.

Lyle spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. During his 2L summer, he worked as a summer associate in the San Diego office of Sheppard Mullin, where he plans to return after graduation.

Outside of school, he enjoys watching sports and movies, playing tennis, racquetball and squash, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

 

 

 

Elements of the Law: Strauss
Civil Procedure I: Buss
Civil Procedure II: Hubbard
Contracts: Ben-Shahar, Posner
Criminal Law: Masur, Miles
1L Elective: Ginsburg - Comparative Legal Institutions
Property: Helmholz
Torts: Levmore, Henderson