Do new law students need a law school prep course to excel their 1L year? The qualified answer is no. There are many students who have excelled in law school without doing any prep before hand. However, a good, well-structured law school prep course can be a launching pad that helps get students start of quickly. Here’s how!by
There are several online law school prep course options. (In fact, there are more online law school prep course options than there are in-person options!) We teach both an online law school prep course as well as an in-person face-to-face course. Continue readingby
We had a lot of great law school prep course reviews! Many of our students found our law school prep course extremely helpful. It prepared them to do a great job it law school. Further, it helped them feel confident and in control from the first day of law school! Here are a couple of our law school prep course reviews from our 2016 law school prep course: Continue readingby
This advice comes from a legal writing professor who has helped several students through orientation and through the first week of law school! She has seen both the best way to approach it as well as mistakes that students commonly make! We hope that you enjoy her advice and article! Continue readingby
There are a quite a few law school prep courses to choose from. Many of them are offered by commercial prep courses – Powerscore, Barbri, Kaplan, etc. However, while some are better than others, there is no one “best” course.
Indeed, the “best” law school prep course for you will depend on what you are looking for and how you learn best. What is best for you may not be the best for someone else. In this post we list the factors that you should consider when deciding which law school prep course is for you. However, we give a summary of these factors below. Continue readingby
You by no means need a law school prep course to excel in law school. I did not take a law school prep course and I graduated as the #1 student in my class.
However, a law school prep course can be a good idea for many reasons. Some students find that it helps them significantly. Others find it gives the confidence boost or “edge” that they need to excel in law school. Many students seek our advice for the question “should I take a law school prep course?”
A lot of factors are personal. And a lot depends on the course you are looking at (as we mention below).
We generally tell our students to consider the following factors when deciding if a law school prep course is right for them. Continue readingby
A good law school prep course can be a huge advantage to new law students. A good law school prep course will teach you exactly how to succeed–and indeed, excel–in law school. This will open up a variety of doors, including employment opportunities, the opportunity to interview for competitive clerkships or internships, scholarship opportunities, as well as the opportunity to be on law review. Thus, since law school success is so important, your choice of law school prep course is equally important! Below are some factors to consider when choosing a law school prep course. Continue readingby
I am Worried about Starting Law School: There are many reasons people worry about starting law school: Some worry that they will “fail out” or not do well and disappoint everyone. Others are worried about the public speaking aspect of it (“I will look like a fool when I am called on.”). Others worry that they won’t find a job. Or that they will hate law school. There are lots of reasons why you may be worried about starting law school.
In many ways, it is easy to worry because law school is, in many ways, “the unknown.” It is a different game than undergrad. You do not know exactly what to expect. And it doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being easy and fun. So, below we list five steps to take if you are worried about starting law school. Continue readingby
Five Tips for Starting Law School: With law school orientations set to being shortly, we thought it was appropriate timing to give our five tips for starting law school. These are things that you should keep in mind from the beginning of law school. These five tips for starting law school will help keep you balanced and grounded. They will help you succeed in law school. Not only that, but they maximize your chances of being employed after law school! Continue readingby
The structure of most law school classes is likely unlike any other class you have been in. Instead of coming to class to be lectured at for the majority of the period, you will be expected to participate heavily. Many professors employ the classic Socratic Method and randomly call on a few students throughout class. Some professors have put their own unique spin on the Method and allow students to sign up for the days that they will be “on call” or they simply assign you dates that you will be called upon and they tell you the dates of your assignment. Regardless of your professors’ approaches, the following tips should help you through your “on call” experiences: Continue readingby
How to Network in Law School:For many law students, the word “Networking” is a “dirty word”. It seems most students either love it or hate it, and those who hate it often feel uncomfortable with the idea of marketing themselves at networking events or using others as a stepping stone in their career path. However, networking doesn’t have to be a “dirty word,” and students needs not feel uncomfortable with the true purpose of networking, which is not using others to advance their career. Instead, networking is about forming lasting and reciprocal relationships. Continue readingby
As a first year student in law school, (1L), your schedule will include several required courses.. One of the most important classes which you will take is ‘Legal Writing’. In Legal Writing, students learn to how to conduct legal research, and how to write both objectively (i.e. legal memoranda) and, as an advocate (e.g. a trial brief or an appellate brief). (We will discuss writing objectively and as an advocate another time.) Continue readingby
However, one of the hardest things about law school is that you are thrown into a different world. You will be speaking in public when you are called on, whether you like it or not. You will be expected to write, clearly, articulately, and well. You will need to keep your physical health up (exercise, sleep, and eat healthy) to maintain your mind. Basically, you will be challenged in some way and likely many ways! Continue readingby