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Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs provides a broad canopy of advising, support, engagement, and resources for law students and the law school community.

From Orientation to Commencement, the Office of Student Affairs is here to help you make the most of your time at law school.

Whether you’re seeking information about bar requirements, how to plan a student activity, academic advising for individual students, requesting disability accommodations, seeking diversity programming, or available counseling resources, the Office of Student Affairs' goal is to provide an inclusive, supportive environment while promoting each student’s academic achievement, professional development, and resiliency.


Campus: 716-645-2222

Off-Campus:  Dial 911

Crisis Services: 716-834-3131

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Bernadette Gargano
Vice Dean for Student Affairs
313 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

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Achieving Academic Success

The School of Law provides a number of services to help students achieve their academic success.

We provide assistance to law students using a variety of methods.

One-on-One Assistance
Vice Dean for Student Affairs Bernadette Gargano meets individually with students to provide guidance and assistance with academic and personal concerns.

The Vice Dean makes referrals as appropriate for other services and support within the School of Law and University community.

Academic Skills
Director of Academic Success William MacDonald is available to meet with students individually and teaches exam skills and strategies to strengthen their exam-taking skills.


William MacDonald

Director of Academic Success

427 O'Brian Hall

Phone: 716-645-5130


Faculty and Peers

Students also receive academic support through individual meetings with faculty, through upper-class mentors and some tutoring offered by a number of student organizations.