Providing an extra layer of support to diverse and nontraditional students in your transition through law school.

Law school is filled with new opportunities and new challenges to navigate. At Suffolk Law, you won’t have to navigate these things alone. Recognizing the importance of community and how it impacts success for diverse and nontraditional students navigating law school, Progress to Success will provide you with the opportunity to be connected, included and supported by your peers, school and growing network.

Progress to Success is a diversity peer mentoring and community enrichment program designed to provide an extra layer of support to law students beginning the summer before first year. It consists of three parts:

  • Progress to Success Academy: A one-week program of law classes and community building held the week before orientation. During the Academy, incoming Suffolk Law students will learn how to navigate the law school environment.
  • Peer Mentorship: First-year students are paired with diverse upper-level mentors. Upper-level mentors serve as an additional resource for academic, social and emotional support, providing a more guided and inclusive experience.
  • Community Enrichment: Progress to Success mentees and mentors participate in workshops and seminars during the school year. Workshop topics include professional development and networking opportunities with diverse alumni; exam prep sessions; and bar prep strategy sessions for student nearing graduation. These workshops provide students additional academic, professional and community support.

Diverse, nontraditional and first-generation law school students are invited to participate in Progress to Success. Progress to Success assists these students in their journey through law school. Suffolk Law defines nontraditional students as those who have been historically excluded or marginalized from the legal profession/law school community based on any of the following factors, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation/identity.

“For me, peer mentoring was an integral piece in attaining success in law school. As a first generation college student, meeting with someone who had a similar cultural background made me comfortable when seeking advice. In P2S I was embraced into a community of colleagues who not only looked like me but also aspired to be successful.”

Dayana Donisca JD’21
“During the first year of law school, there is no such thing as too many resources. The Progress To Success program helps students transition into the Suffolk community and begin to put together all of the different pieces -- academic, professional, social, etc. -- of a successful law school puzzle.”
Dyane O'Leary Associate Professor