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Memphis Law offers an Academic Success Program (ASP) for first-year and upper-level students.

First Year Students

The ASP program helps first-year students get off to a strong start with a variety of resources that are essential to success in their first year of study. The program is free and is open to all first-year students.

First-year ASP consists of two components: class sessions and one-on-one tutorials. The class sessions begin early in the fall and assist students in areas such as class preparation, case briefing, study skills, and exam preparation. The program director presents some of the basic skills needed for success at Memphis Law.

One-on-one tutorials are offered to first-year students who have questions concerning their classes or want to improve their study skills. Tutorials are conducted in individual meetings led by highly accomplished upper-level students called Dean's Fellows.

Upper-Level Students

The ASP program is also available to upper-level students. Students can meet with Dean Aden, Director of the Academic Success Program, to seek assistance. In addition, students can also meet with the Dean's Fellows for help with study skills, exam prep, outlining, etc. The program is free and is open to all upper-level students.

If you would like to make an appointment with Dean Aden, please see the instructions here on how to send a calendar invite.

Dean's Fellows

Louis Bernsen

Room 442


Hi everyone! My name is Louis Bernsen, and I am currently a 3L. I grew up here in Memphis and graduated from the University of Memphis in 2013 with a Political Science degree. After working for a few years after college, I decided to come back home and enroll in law school.

While I was a member of Section 12 as a 1L, I am happy to help anyone who stops by to speak to me. The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is a great place, and I congratulate all of you for choosing to join us here.

 Anthony Bridgeforth, Jr.

Room 443


Anthony Bridgeforth graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelors degree in economics and a masters degree in teaching. He taught elementary school in South Mississippi County, Arkansas, where he was a member of a team that raised Luxora Elementary School from approximately 30% proficiency rates in reading and mathematics to 85% and 93% proficiency rates, respectively, on the Arkansas Benchmark Assessment. In his latter years as a teacher, he became an advocate for teacher health insurance and student sex education. Upon being accepted into Memphis Law through the Tennessee Institute Pre-Law program, Bridgeforth has been awarded several scholarships, won the Cali Award for Contracts II, externed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and will have a book review published in the next edition of AmeriQuests, an online website with Vanderbilt University. Bridgeforth is currently a third-year law student and Academic Success Program Dean's Fellow.

Allison Edwards

Room 445

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Hello all! My name is Allison Edwards, and I am a rising 2L from Perryville, Arkansas. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2018 with my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism and my Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. I love busy and challenging work environments, so becoming an attorney has always been my long-term goal. With an interest in corporate law, I am pursuing a business law certificate during my studies at Memphis Law.

Along with being a member of Section 12 during my 1L year, I was a member of Christian Legal Society and Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. I also worked with Memphis Area Legal Services as a Summer Fellow where I helped low-income members of our community receive access to free legal advice. I highly recommend becoming involved in and out of the classroom. Memphis is a beautiful city, so don't forget to explore and have a little fun.

Please feel free to come by my office with any questions, or just stop in to say hi. Congratulations on beginning your law school journey at Memphis Law!


Taylor Sorilla

Office 444

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Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Sorilla. I am a rising 3L from San Diego, California. I was a member of Section 11 and E2 Legal Methods with Professor Morris. I attended Rhodes College for undergrad, roll lynx amirite. My degree is in Political Science and I have minors in Spanish and International Studies. At the law school, I am involved in: Law Review, Moot Court Board, AWA, and ASP. I also work as a clerk to a Judge in Shelby County Circuit Court. My favorite thing about Memphis Law is all the supportive, diverse, encouraging people that you will encounter during your time here. These individuals will truly shape your experience as a law student and a member of the Memphis community. Outside of law school, I enjoy binge watching reality tv, cooking new vegetarian dishes, and exploring Memphis. I am excited that you are here and cannot wait for the opportunity to get to know you better.