Scales-Ferguson named New Director of Academic Success Program

Mizzou Law Dean Lyrissa Lidsky announces Chalana M. Scales-Ferguson as the new Director of Academic Success Program.

The Academic Success Program at Mizzou Law will teach foundational academic skills, counsel students regarding academic performance, provide writing support to students and administer a bar exam success program. Ultimately, this program is an opportunity for students to access resources to enhance their overall law school experience.

“I am excited to join such a warm and supportive environment as the one I have already found at Mizzou Law,” she said. “It is clear that I have entered a community that is committed to student success and growth, and I have the full support of Dean Lidsky and Associate Dean David Mitchell to build and execute a student-centered vision. ”

Scales-Ferguson said she will foster an inclusive and nurturing learning environment by providing instruction, tools and resources so that students not only survive but thrive at Mizzou Law. Starting this fall, Mizzou Law students will receive a holistic approach to legal education that emphasizes academic enrichment and support, collaboration, career readiness and health and wellness.

“By enhancing the academic success efforts and creating a specific space designated for these activities, we will infuse Hulston Hall with a new energy that reaches all students, from those who are seeking proactive ways to enrich performance, to those in need of assistance with skill development and other support,” she said. “We intend to build a sense of community that increases student, faculty, and staff enthusiasm surrounding legal education.”

Scales-Ferguson comes to Mizzou Law from government and private law practice and teaching at Saint Louis University School of Law where she taught the “Law and Social Change” course and the LSAT preparation modules in the Pre Law Undergraduate Scholars pipeline program, funded by the Law School Admissions Council. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in employment law from Saint Louis University School of Law. She clerked with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Saint Louis University Office of the General Counsel. Scales-Ferguson is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Mound City Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in English, Psychology and Black Studies.

Scales-Ferguson was a non-traditional female law student from an underrepresented population who was juggling family life with a rigorous academic program.

“There were times I wanted to throw in the towel, and it became necessary for me to find a support system that would help me find my motivation at my lowest points,” she said. “The academic support program at Mizzou Law will be a place where students can find their footing and build their own support systems. My experiences, along with the challenges I faced, resources I identified and  strategies I employed to achieve success, position me to empathize with and counsel students who may have personal circumstances and other obstacles to navigate in addition to the demands of law school, as well as those who are experiencing difficulty adjusting to the law school environment.”