Academic Assistance

Academic assistance at Emory Law involves a number of different resources and approaches.

Assistant Dean for Student Engagement Katherine Brokaw gives a lecture series each fall called "Study Smarter." The lectures cover general law school academic skills such as taking and using class notes, outlining and preparing for exams. Dean Brokaw also works with and supervises the Dean's Teaching Fellows (see below), who are available to meet with law students individually or small study groups. Additionally, assistance can be found through the Law School Academic Success Project at

If a law student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.25 (as quantified at the end of the first year for 1Ls, and each semester for upper-level law students), the student is automatically ineligible to re-enroll unless he or she is granted academic probation by the Faculty Committee on Academic Standing. Once a student is allowed to re-enroll on academic probation, that student meets regularly with Dean Brokaw and must raise his or her GPA to 2.25 or higher in order to continue at Emory Law.

Dean's Teaching Fellows

The Dean's Teaching Fellows are high-achieving third-year law students selected to serve as academic counselors for their fellow students.

Deanís Teaching Fellows are peer-to-peer academic counselors of Emory Law, with an emphasis on law school academic skills. Teaching Fellows are also available for appointments outside office hours up to a limited amount of time; any law student may contact an individual Teaching Fellow directly for a mutually convenient appointment time and place. Individual appointments generally last about 20-30 minutes. We encourage study groups to visit Teaching Fellows together. Second- and third-year students are welcome to consult with a Teaching Fellow (theyíre not just for the 1Ls).

Office hours are held in Room 1A. 



    • Katie Jackson, 2:00 - 6:00 pm


      • J. T. Gallagher, 8:00 - 10:00 am
      • Allie Midei, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
      • Aimee Sobhani, 4:00 - 6:00 pm


      • David Mashburn, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • Matt Bowness, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
      • Allie Midei, 5:00 - 7:00 pm


      • J. T. Gallagher, 8:00 - 10:00 am
      • Allie Midei, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
      • Aimee Sobhani, 4:00 - 6:00 pm


      • David Coyle, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

      Deanís Teaching Fellows Bios

      Matt Bowness: Matt is from Birmingham, AL, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010 with a degree in Economics. He is a managing editor with the Emory Law Journal. During his summers Matt worked at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta. He is interested in litigation. 

      David Coyle: David is originally from Minneapolis, MN, and graduated from Occidental College with a degree in Sociology. David also holds a master's degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. He is a Notes & Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal, and his main areas of legal interest include constitutional law, property law, torts, and civil litigation.

      J.T. Gallagher: J.T. Gallagher is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in 2006. He worked as a Construction Project Manager in Orlando, Florida for five and a half years where he led the construction of hotels and senior living facilities. He came back to law school to pursue a career in construction and real estate law. J.T. worked at the Atlanta BeltLine this summer under the General Counsel and was involved in construction disputes, policy creation, drafting various agreements, risk management, and real estate matters. J.T. and his fiancť have two dogs and also volunteer and foster for Fulton County Animal Services.

      Katie Jackson: Katie is originally from Melbourne, FL and graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with a degree in Linguistics. She is the Director of Intraschool Competitions for the Emory Moot Court Society and is also involved in the Supreme Court Advocacy Project. Interested in practicing criminal defense law, she has interned at several indigent defense offices.

      David Mashburn: As an undergraduate, David Mashburn majored in Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Following graduation he served as the Teen and Aquatics Program Director for the YCMA of Greater Boston, taught English in Thailand, and worked as a legal assistant in Atlanta, Georgia. At Emory, David participates in the TI:GER program, serves as the Executive Articles Editor of the Emory Law Journal, and is enrolled in the Transactional Law Certificate program. Last summer David worked as a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis in the firmís New York and San Francisco offices.

      Allison Midei: Allie is originally from Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Denison University where she double-majored in English Literature and French. She is the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal. Next year, Allie plans to work as a litigator in New York, where she hopes to work in both securities litigation and intellectual property litigation before specializing.

      Aimee Sobhani: Aimee Sobhani is from Knoxville, TN. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a degree in English and Political Science.

      Study Smarter

      The Study Smarter lecture series is aimed primarily at helping 1Ls with their law school study skills, but the sessions are open to all students. 

      Upcoming sessions will be posted here.

      Study Smarter PowerPoint Presentations


      Exam Preparation