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Melissa A. Hale

Title/s:  Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs

Office #:  Corboy 1026

Phone: 312.915.7605

E-mail:

About

 

Professor Hale joined the Loyola community in 2018. Her research focuses on student success and teaching and learning pedagogy. Her most recent book, The Ultimate Guide to the Uniform Bar Exam, presents a comprehensive approach to studying for the UBE. Professor Hale is considered a national leader in academic support practice and pedagogy, and her guidance is routinely sought by her colleagues. She presents nationally on issues related to first-generation student success, promoting equity in learning, and best practices for both instruction and learning.

 

Prior to joining Loyola, Professor Hale (née Gill) taught at the University of District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, and the University of Massachusetts School of Law, Dartmouth. Professor Hale has served as vice president of LawTutors, LLC, where she provided individual and group bar exam tutoring, trained other instructors, and created and edited bar preparation materials, including Aspen Publisher’s What Not to Write series, and Blond's Multistate Bar Exam. Before joining academia, she worked in private practice in Massachusetts, specializing in small businesses, contract law, and workers’ compensation.

In 2018, Professor Hale (along with Megan Kreminski at UIC John Marshall) founded the Midwest Consortium on Academic Success, bringing together academic support educators from across Illinois and neighboring states. She is also a regular contributor to the Academic Support Blog, and is a member of the CALI Law School Success Fellowship. In 2020, Professor Hale became the President-Elect of the Association of American Support Educators, and in 2021, served as Chair of the AALS section on Academic Support.

 

Degrees

BS, Central Michigan University, 2002
JD, New England Law, 2006

Program Areas

Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
Courses Taught at Loyola:
Bar Exam Fundamentals
Bar Exam Writing

Professional & Community Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, 2006, currently active
  • Association of Academic Support Educators
  • Association of American Law Schools

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

 

  • Melissa A. Hale, Antonia Miceli, Tania N. Shah, The Ultimate Guide to the UBE , Aspen Legal Publishers (2021) https://www.wklegaledu.com/Hale-UBE
  • Melissa A. Gill, Tania N. Shah What Not To Write: California, Aspen Legal Publishers (2010)
  • Melissa A. Gill, Tania N. Shah What Not To Write: New York, Aspen Legal Publishers (2009)
  • Melissa A. Gill, Tania N. Shah What Not To Write: Massachusetts, Aspen Legal Publishers (2008)
  • Neil Blond, updated and edited for by Tania N. Shah and Melissa A. Gill, “Multistate Bar Examination Book,” Aspen Legal Publishers (2009)

CALI Lessons

https://www.cali.org/user/661050

Recent Conference and Other Presentations

  • Closing the Law School Gap: A Collaborative Effort to Address Educational Inequities Through Free, Asynchronous Tools (With Professor Steven Foster, Professor Melissa Hale, Professor Courtney Abbott Hill, Professor Nicole Lefton, John Mayer, Professor Laura Mott, and Professor Allie Robbins) (Feb 2021) Transnational Conference on the Future of Legal Education
  • The Changing Architecture of Legal Education:  Real Estate Transactions as a Case Study (Moderator) (Jan 2021) AALS Annual Meeting
  • "Intersections Between Deliberate Online Pedagogy and Emergency Remote Learning” (With Professor Steven Foster, Professor Melissa Hale, Professor Courtney Abbott Hill, Professor Nicole Lefton, John Mayer, Professor Laura Mott, and Professor Allie Robbins) June 2020, CALI Con
  • Academic Support: Access to the Legal Profession as a Pillar of Democracy: Bar Exam Scores and the Future of Diversity (Moderator) (Jan 2020) AALS Annual Meeting
  • Putting First Gen First: Supporting First Generation Law Students through Academic Success (October 2019) with Melissa Berry, Association of Academic Support Educators Biennial Diversity Conference
  • The Middle Child Problem: How to Engage 2nd Year Students with Active Learning (May 2019), with Megan Kreminski, Association of Academic Support Educators Annual Conference
  • The Middle Child Problem: 2nd years, how do we support them, how do we motivate them? (October 2018), with Megan Kreminski, Midwestern Academic Success and Bar Preparation Conference
  • Early Intervention: Goals, Success and Obstacles (May 2018), Association of Academic Support Educators Annual Conference
  • It’s All About Professionalism… Infusing Professionalism into Academic Support for Success in Practice, With Rebecca Flanagan (May 2017), Association of Academic Support Educators Annual Conference
  • Tracking for the MBE: How to Help Students Identify Problem Areas and Improve (May 2016), Association of Academic Support Educators Annual Conference