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My name is JB Kim and I am the Assistant Dean of the Diversity & Academic Resources. I direct the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) and the Bar Passage Program at Lewis & Clark Law School. I graduated from Lewis & Clark in 1994 with a Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resource Law. After four years as a Deputy District Attorney (prosecutor), I returned to the law school to run AEP in 1998. Outside of law school, I am a huge science fiction/fantasy fan and competitive outrigger canoe paddler.

The program is designed for those people who are strong candidates for law school, but who may face cultural or social obstacles to reaching his or her highest potential and who may find that potential more fully realized through participation in the program. AEP is designed to enhance what the student brings to law school. This is not a remedial program, nor is it designed to offer every entering student a crash course in outlining, note-taking, and studying for exams.

The Academic Enhancement Program consists of a Summer Institute from August 9th -18th, plus bi-weekly Skills Building Sessions for the first year (run by upper division Teaching Assistants). Summer Institute provides an opportunity to prepare, mentally as well as academically, for the challenge of the first year of law school. The first five days focus on skills that are particular to the study of law. There are also panel discussions and guest speakers who talk about various issues associated with the first year of law school. The final three days consist of mock law classes taught by Lewis & Clark professors and include a practice final exam. I use a culturally based approach to explaining law school skills. Throughout the first year of law school, AEP offers workshops on timely first year topics such as Outlining, Exam Skills, Diagnosing Grades, and Curriculum Planning.

I also advise many students one on one. The range of issues include: culture shock, relationships, time management, stress management, career goals, professional etiquette, improving grades, learning disabilities and counseling resources. I am a liaison to many local ethnic minority and diversity organizations such as the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Program, the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section, Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. I am also a volunteer facilitator for the United to Understand Racism organization.

Please let me know if you have any questions about AEP, moving to Portland or about law school in general! JB KimDirector, Academic Enhancement Program

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