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.
There are obvious advantages to an online law school prep course – namely, you can take the course from any location and do not have to travel! The flexibility of an online course is hard to beat!
However, there are other considerations to keep in mind. We recommend also considering these very important factors when deciding whether an online law school prep course is right for you:
Is the course “live” or is it prerecorded?
This is the most important consideration, as some students truly benefit from a live course. The advantages of a live online law school prep course are:
- First, you can ask questions and get immediate answers.
- Second, you are held accountable to someone. (The instructor will know if you are not there!)
- Third, you can get more individualized attention and instruction.
- Fourth, you may be forced to focus more (rather than, say having the course playing in the background!).
- Fifth, you may get more out of a live course.
The disadvantage of a live online law school prep course is that the course is not as flexible. With a live course, you cannot complete the course whenever you want (rather, you have to complete it at specific times). However, that “disadvantage” can actually be an advantage – as some students who sign up for a prerecorded course never actually end up completing it. (“Whenever they want” turns into never, as they keep putting it off!).
Consider whether you value accountability, individualized attention and the above factors or flexibility when choosing your online law school prep course. There is not a right answer. But be honest with yourself about what you really need.
Would I benefit from meeting an instructor in person?
Some students, for whatever reason, do not benefit from meeting online. They feel distracted. Or they feel like they are not able to give their full attention or get the most out of an online course.
Or they prefer to be around other students. They value the camaraderie that comes with being in a group of similarly-situated students.
If you have tried online classes or meetings before and do not find it as helpful as meeting someone face-to-face, keep this in mind. Or if you strongly prefer meeting in a small-group setting, keep it in mind as well. While we have many students who love the flexibility of an online course, we have others that truly get a lot more out of face-to-face meetings.
Is my internet connection up to par?
If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, then an online course may not be the best option for you. It can get frustrating for students who have to to listen to or view a course when their internet connections are less than perfect.
If you sign up for an online course, check this ahead of time.
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