After you’ve received your passing LSAT score and the excitement of getting into law school has gradually waned, there’s only one thing left to face: the unknown haze of what to expect during 1L year. This enigma is essentially an open secret. I mean all you need to do is a Google search to find blog posts and articles outlining experiences and helpful tips about 1L preparation. However, this information, if offered with no structure or feedback leaves much to be desired and could have the opposite effect and instead overwhelm incoming students. So what options are left for the incoming student who is uncertain of what’s to come and equally uncertain of how to prepare? Yes, you guessed it, aside from seeking guidance from a mentor, a law school prep course is just about the only option available for the incoming 1L seeking a practical means for law school preparation. Now before you throw this article through the window, just hear me out.
I know law school prep courses tend to be expensive and I anticipate that no prospective student desires to spend a penny more than the upcoming tuition they have to pay in the fall. The Law School Toolbox’s “Start Law School Right (SLSR),” course however, is worth every penny. This is a preparation course option which is fairly priced that offers students access to a wealth of materials not just before, but throughout, and beyond law school. Furthermore, this course stands out from its competitors as it takes a more holistic approach to preparation.
Why Should I Sign Up for SLSR?
Because law school is hard and no book, movie or blog post can fully prepare you for what to expect. SLSR is an immersive course designed to prepare you for all the major tenets that students will face during 1L year. Instead of simply reading that you should expect to brief cases before all your class lectures, SLSR shows you the ways to prepare a case brief and also assigns you a case to brief, and offers targeted feedback on your attempt. The same goes for major steps such as preparing an outline, writing an exam answer, etc. Unfortunately, personalized feedback is something that is very difficult to secure in law school, especially when you’re just starting out. Therefore, having guided practice on fundamental tasks before you even step into your first course lecture is priceless. Additionally, each SLSR student has lifetime access to course materials, and can get a discount on future law school tutoring. Most importantly, SLSR students report that they go into law school feeling more comfortable with those day-to-day tasks. I mean what more could you ask for?
What Should I Expect?
You should expect an experience that goes beyond the sparse overview offered by a Google search. SLSR is broken into a ten-module course, designed to be completed over the course of about 5 hours per week for 3-4 weeks, depending on the time you have available. These modules take on a more holistic approach by covering practical topics such as: reading and briefing cases, synthesizing material, and writing an exam answer. However, it also presents self-care topics such as stress-management and time-management which are crucial for the new student who has likely already begun stressing over the unknown. SLSR is designed to give students a taste of what is expected of them so that they can feel comfortable with basic tasks before they are under the pressure of a full law school courseload. They can also have tools for handling stress and scheduling before it becomes a problem. Students can also expect practice, practice and more practice! After most of the modules, students are given an assignment on which they will receive constructive instructor feedback.
Ultimately this course is designed for students who want to feel like they are already a step ahead by the time they get to law school. The reality is that most students enter law school while still in the fog of uncertainty. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean that those students won’t excel, SLSR sets students up to grasp the full picture much quicker than their peers.
Is It Worth It?
It depends. If you already have legal work experience you may be attuned to what law school will be like either through the work you complete on a daily basis or through mentoring from the attorneys you work with. If you fall in this category, this course may not be the best option for you. If you need in-person guidance, this course may also not be the best option as it is completely remote and success will be based on how much of a self-starter you are. However, if you don’t fall into either of the above categories, I would highly recommend this program!
Still skeptical? Join for free and use the introductory workshop trial to ultimately make a decision.
Congrats on getting accepted to law school! Regardless of what you decide you are truly destined for success by simply making it this far.
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