How to Choose a Law School Prep Course
How to choose a Law School Prep Course
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.
Factors to Consider when You Choose a Law School Prep Course
1. Does the course focus on skills training or just an “overview of the law”?
The most important factor is what, exactly, will you learn.
We think that courses that simply teach case briefing (and make you read a million cases) or give you an overview of the law are not a good use of time. Briefing cases is not the key to getting A’s in law school. And an overview of the law will not actually teach you how to excel in law school. Most students who take courses that focus on either of these things concede that they are a waste of time.
We also do not think that classes that focus only on exam-taking skills are always the right fit. This is because these types of courses presuppose that you already know exactly how to spend your time over the semester. It assumes that you know how to outline, learn your outlines, take good notes, read cases quickly, and study efficiently etc. When in reality, outlining, learning your outlines, (and preparing for class efficiently so you have time to do everything!) are all just as important as exam-taking skills!
Instead, the best kind of law school prep course will teach you the principle skills you need to succeed in law school! These will give you the tools that you need to succeed and go into law school with confidence.
For example, in our law school prep course, we teach students how to read and brief cases (and quickly, at that!), how to outline and memorize outlines, how to take practice exams (we give practice problems for students to get their feet wet!), the best resources to consult in law school, and how to put this all into a manageable study schedule.
We also teach basic research and writing skills using LexisNexis. Students are assigned ID’s, and learn the basics of case citation, research, and legal writing.
These are skills that will help you excel in law school from Day One. They will help you approach law school with confidence and the tools that you need to succeed.
2. Is the course live or prerecorded? Is it online or in person?
There are quite a few online courses. And you might find that this works well for you. Or you might find you prefer a live or in-person course.
If you are considering an online course, another thing to consider is if you will be meeting with an instructor one-on-one or listening to a prerecorded lecture. If you have the discipline to listen to a prerecorded lecture, then that might be the right route for you. These courses tend to be cheaper than live courses.
If you’d rather meet with an instructor one-on-one and ask questions, then consider an in-person course or an online course that allows questions and contains live instruction. The latter option tends to be more expensive, but many students get a lot out of it.
If you are interested in our law school prep course, note that we offer it both online and in person. Both options are live so that students can always ask questions and meet with an instructor in a one-on-one or small group setting.
3. Is the course in a big-group or small-group setting?
There are large-group law school prep courses out there. These are classroom style. If you like a larger group setting in a classroom style, then this might be the right kind of course for you.
There are also smaller-group programs. For example, we offer a one-on-one and small group option. We like individual and small-group settings because we enjoy (and encourage!) questions and conversation. Further, we can get to know our students. We can serve as not only teachers, but also as mentors as students begin law school.
4. Is the course taught by one professor or many?
Multiple professors can be an advantage because you hear different points of view. However, it can also provide for a more disjointed and less seamless experience as professors have different viewpoints and different levels of preparation. Lastly, it can make you less accountable. Whereas one professor can make sure that you attend and that you are on top of all of your assignments.
We have one primary instructor that teaches our law school prep course. One instructor keeps you accountable and provides an organized, seamless class.
Note that we go the extra step in making sure that you have no questions left unanswered when you start law school. Thus, if you took our course, we would meet with you before, during, or after the course (for lunch or coffee, or online!) to answer any questions you may have about law school preparation generally or their specific classes.
We try to make sure you are as prepared for law school as possible!
Of course, price is a factor to take into account when you choose a law school prep course. Online prerecorded lectures tend to be cheaper than live classes. So some students go this route simply because of the price factor.
Our law school prep course is pricier than average, and we understand that not everyone can afford it. However, we encourage students to choose a pricier course if they need more individualized help. We also think that if you truly learn how to excel in law school and graduate at the top of your class, the course will more than pay for itself in terms of the opportunities you will gain from your success in law school (scholarships, competitive internship or clerkship opportunities, the ability to be on law review, employment opportunities, etc.) So that is one other factor to consider. If you think you can get what you need out of a cheaper law school prep course option, by all means, go the cheaper route. But if you don’t want to take any chances, paying the extra money upfront might go a long way in the future.
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