Congratulations on beginning your law school journey! As you gear up for the first semester, chances are good you’re experiencing a range of emotions: excitement, apprehension, confidence, fear, and so on. Sometimes all in the same half hour!
Anyone who’s ever gone to law school has been where you are. It’s exciting to start this new chapter, but also a little intimidating.
But what if you could arrive at law school orientation feeling ready? What if you showed up knowing that you’d given yourself the best possible shot at law school success?
Well, you can. Read on. (Or skip right down and sign up now.)
The Big Picture: Why is Law School Difficult?
Let’s talk about some of the challenges you’ll face as a law student (and what you can do to overcome them):
#1. High-Stakes, High-Pressure Exams
Unlike most undergraduate classes, your law school success depends on doing well on one exam at the end of the semester. Have a bad day, and your final grade’s going to suffer. Even crazier, most 1L classes are anonymously graded on a strict curve! So you don’t just have to know the material well, you have to know it better than everyone else in the class.
Add these two facts together, and you can see why law students find exams so stressful.
What can you do? To be at the top of the curve, you need an exam prep strategy that works from day one. There’s just no time to try to figure everything out on your own as you go. Knowing what to focus on — and how to handle the volume of material that will be thrown at you — is critically important, from the very first day of classes.
Luckily, with the right guidance, law school exams aren’t impossibly hard! If you’re talented enough to get into law school, you can do well on your exams.
#2. An Overwhelming Workload
On a typical night, you’re going to have between two and four hours of reading for the next day’s classes. (And, trust us, a lot of the reading won’t be terribly exciting. We’re talking hundred-year-old cases full of impenetrable language and statutes that even the drafters didn’t understand.)
Add ongoing legal research and writing assignments, mandatory class attendance, and the all-important extracurricular activities to round out your résumé and you can see why time management is a huge challenge for new 1Ls.
What can you do? The only option is to get serious about managing your time. And, to do that, you need help figuring out what’s truly critical, and what can slide as the semester goes on.
The good news is that after working with students at many different law schools, we know what consistently works (and what doesn’t). With the right guidance, you’ll be able to spend your time on the activities that generate the most bang for your buck, freeing up time for other important things — like sleep and fun!
#3. A Challenging Job Market
Hopefully the legal job market is improving, but the reality is it’s still pretty bad and may stay that way for the foreseeable future. (Don’t get us started on the robot takeover.) With good reason, many incoming law students are concerned about finding a job — after graduation, but also during law school summer breaks.
The harsh reality is that legal employers want to see good law school grades. If you’ve got excellent grades, you’re far more likely to get the job you want than someone lower down on the curve. (This is true even at the very top schools, where everyone’s competing for the most prestigious clerkships and so on.)
What can you do? To optimize your job prospects, you need the best grades you can get. Full stop. Sure, other things factor in at the margins, but nothing puts you in a better position for your dream job than being near the top of your law school class.
We don’t recommend stressing out too much about jobs before you even start law school, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. If you’re serious about getting the job you want, your grades need to be excellent.
Luckily, Start Law School Right can help with that!
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How Start Law School Right Can Help You Succeed
When new students join Start Law School Right, here’s what we tell them:
Welcome, we’re on your law school team now!
Sure, you can muddle through law school on your own, but it’s easier with the right guidance and coaching.
Just listen to what some of our prior students had to say:
“I almost want to tell everyone about SLSR and tell them to go take it, but then I remember I’m competing against everyone! I feel ahead of the game.”
“I started law school as a part-time evening student while working full time and a mother of 4. Taking this course allowed me to feel ahead of the curve before I even sat in my first class. I was able to score the highest grade in my writing class and I know this course helped me achieve that goal.”
“I already had a handle on a lot of the general concepts that were covered (quickly/briefly) during the first week.”
“It took the edge off, which helped a great deal.”
How Does Start Law School Right Work?
Start Law School Right combines a variety of components — which you can access at any time, from any location — into one structured, integrated experience with plenty of opportunities for personal feedback. It’s all ready when you are — you can start right now and immediately begin preparing for law school success!
Keep reading to learn more about what’s included:
How Does the Course Work?
As soon as you register for Start Law School Right, you’ll get access to the full course, so you can get started right away. You’ll also have a special Trello board to track your assignments and get feedback from your personal tutor.
We know you’re busy, so we’ve kept things streamlined and easy to use! You can even mark each page complete when you’ve finished it, so you always know where you’re at and can easily pick up where you left off.
Ten Carefully Designed Modules with Videos and Assignments
The course is structured into ten modules, which contain videos (with transcripts), assignments, and more. These are the topics included:
Together, the modules cover every important aspect of law school, in an easy-to-follow manner. Complete them all, and you’ll be ready to go by Orientation!
The modules contain videos, video transcripts, examples, assignments, and other materials to introduce the skills necessary for success in law school and to give you the opportunity to practice (on your own and with feedback).
Here’s a typical module:
And a typical topic within the Module:
Here’s a sample video on the basics of legal analysis, to give you an idea of what the video content is like:
If you have any questions on how the course works or what is included, please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask!
Opportunities for Practice and Feedback
What’s the best way to learn anything? Practice and get feedback from someone who knows how to do it.
Unfortunately, law school isn’t structured to provide much individual feedback. But Start Law School Right is!
In most modules, you’ll be given a targeted assignment (writing a case brief, making an outline, drafting an exam answer, etc.) to ensure you’re practicing the skills you need to succeed in law school.
These carefully structured assignments are truly the heart of the course. Anyone can listen to a lecture and nod along — but can you really do the work? How will you know, unless you try it? (And far better to find out before you get your first grades back, right?)
The instructor feedback is constructive, but direct. We respect our students enough to tell them what’s going well, but also to point out what’s not working. Luckily we’re not grading you! We’re just here to help.
Want to see a sample assignment with feedback? If you’re curious about what the the assignments are like (and what sort of feedback you’ll get), click below for two samples (a subject matter outline on the left and an essay answer on the right):
Substantive 1L Subject-Matter Videos
You’ll also receive access to a series of substantive law videos, covering the basics of the standard 1L courses in an easy-to-follow format. Click below for a preview:
Ongoing Support Throughout Your Law School Journey
When the Start Law School Right course is over, we don’t abandon you! You’ll get regular updates on what you need to be working on as the semester progresses. We’re also happy to answer questions via email throughout the semester, when you realize you have no idea what’s going on in a class or just need to ask a “stupid” question.
Finally, for those Start Law School Right students who’d like to work closely with us throughout the year, we’re pleased to offer a 10% discounted tutoring rate, for more intensive ongoing one-on-one work.
Ready to register? Click here to get started.
You can begin today! As soon as you join Start Law School Right, you’ll have immediate access to all of the course materials, and you can work at your own pace. The course is designed to take 3-4 weeks, working about 5 hours a week (less in the beginning and a bit more at the end, when the assignments become more complex). It’s designed to be flexible, so you can fit it in around other commitments. A motivated student with sufficient time can also speed things up, working more hours in a shorter period of time. Overall, the average time commitment is typically 15-20 hours.
Typically, you can expect feedback on every assignment you submit within three business days.
If you have any questions, please get in touch!
What Past Participants Had to Say
Curious to know how former students liked Start Law School Right? Here are a few comments from our students:
“You ladies were fabulous! I love the honest advice — all very useful. I have just finished orientation and there were some questions being asked that I just felt like been there, done that, because we’ve already discussed it. I think I would have been WAY more overwhelmed with the nitty-gritty if I haven’t taken this course.
We learned how to brief this week, but it was nowhere near what you guys taught us. I honestly feel bad for those who don’t know how to brief. They are SO confused! Not saying that I have it all figured out — because I’m far from it, but I feel so much better about things that everyone else just began to ask about.”
“It seemed like in orientation, we were told several times that “this method won’t work for everyone, so you have to find what works for you” but they never gave us any other methods. They showed (and required) us to do and turn in paper briefs and never even mentioned book briefing. Also, it was nice to actually work through an exam answer and get feed back; same with the outlining. While we did have to outline in orientation, no one read them or gave suggestions for improvements.
And, the action-plan idea! I feel like that is going to be instrumental to my success on exams and that was not something that was talked about in orientation. I also feel a lot of comfort in the fact that if two weeks down the road I feel like what I’m doing is not working, I can go back and review all of the lessons on SLSR and reevaluate what I’m doing and what my objective should be.”
“All throughout orientation I felt a peace of mind knowing that I’d practiced briefing already and knew the importance of outlining. Even though we do end up doing a brief and outline in orientation, you don’t get the personal feedback needed to know if you’re actually doing it right or not. That aspect is instrumental to getting off on the right foot starting with the first day of classes. It is also nice to know about the court system structure and ‘where the law comes from.'”
“Alison and Lee have created a program that is a great introduction to law school. From how to take notes in class, to outlines, to exams, the course hit all the big things I was most curious and concerned about when it came to starting law school
From day one in school I was using the tools I gained from the course. Also, Alison and Lee are incredibly responsive and provide a great pipeline of support. Throughout the course and even beyond I feel like they are genuinely invested in my success.
“I feel like I’m already a step above my peers. And it’s also nice to know that I have a resource and help from a real person (not just reading tips from a book). While the school definitely has resources available to us, its nice to have someone that graduated from school fairly recently and specializes in tutoring people in how to succeed in law school.”
Money is tight starting law school, but I am so glad I invested in Start Law School Right. I feel like I more than got my money’s worth in confidence and a variety of tools I use in note-taking and outlining (many that my classmates are still trying to figure out!). I highly recommend Start Law School Right.”
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Frequently Asked Questions about Start Law School Right
If your question isn’t answered below, feel free to email us.
- Does it matter where I’ll be starting law school? No, we work with students at all different types of law schools (from Harvard to schools you’ve probably never heard of). We get the same questions from all our students! The 1L curriculum is remarkably consistent across different law schools. The techniques we’ll teach you in Start Law School Right will help you excel at any law school in the United States. For example, we’ve recently worked with law students at: American University, Baylor University, Berkeley/Boalt, Birmingham School of Law, Boston University, California Western School of Law, Charlotte School of Law, Columbia, Concord University, DePaul, Drake, Faulkner, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Georgia State, Golden Gate University School of Law, Harvard, John Marshall, McGeorge, Northwestern California School of Law, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers-Camden, San Francisco Law School, Santa Clara, Seton Hall, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Tulane, University of Alabama, University of Baltimore, University of California at Hastings, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Indiana, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, University of Montana, University of Nebraska, University of Pittsburgh, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Texas, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Windsor, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Western New England, and William and Mary.
- I’m Canadian. Can I sign up for Start Law School Right? If you want to, but we wouldn’t recommend it. We’re both graduates of U.S. law schools, and that’s the curriculum we’re familiar with. While many of the techniques are broadly applicable (who doesn’t want to think and write clearly?), we really have no idea if this course will help if you’re a non-U.S. law student. Try it and see, if you like.
- Can I get my money back? Yes, if you participate fully in the course (or don’t do anything). If you never submit any work for feedback, you’re eligible for a refund until March 1, 2017. Once you’ve submitted your first assignment for feedback, you’re eligible for a refund if you participate fully in the course. This means you have to complete and submit at least 75% of the assignments, and your submissions must include the final exam answer. If you do that and don’t find the course helpful, you’re eligible for a refund until March 1, 2017. (Please read our full Refund Policy for details.)
- When does the course start? You can get started right now! As soon as you register, you’ll have access to all of the course materials and you can move at your own pace. Typically, students can complete the coursework in 3-4 weeks, working several hours a week.
- Who are you and why are you doing this? Lee and Alison are experienced law school and bar exam tutors who were very successful in law school. We’ve helped tons of law students find success — whether that means landing at the top of the class or getting off academic probation. We’ll meet you where you are — with powerful strategies that are easy to understand and apply. Our philosophy is pretty simple: If you’re smart enough to get into law school, you’re smart enough to be a successful law student. We want you to work hard, but — more importantly — we want you to work smart. Do both of those things, and you can do well, without driving yourself completely bonkers.
- How do I know you’re any good? Trust us! Just kidding, feel free to check out what some of our prior students had to say. They love us!
- I’m really lazy. Will this course work for me? Probably not. If you’re not willing to put in some time and effort, we’d prefer not to have you as a student. Sorry if that sounds harsh…but there’s no “secret bullet” that will make law school easy. Even if you’re super smart, it’s still a lot of work.
- I’m not even sure I want to go to law school. Should I take this course? Sure! If you’re feeling uncertain about starting law school, Start Law School Right might just save you hundreds of thousands of dollars and three years of your life. We’ll be reading cases and learning how to apply them to new fact patterns. If you hate the course material, you’re probably going to hate law school (and being a lawyer). Better to find that out now. On the other hand, if you enjoy the course material and the exercises, you can feel more confident and prepared as classes progress.
- Can you guarantee I’ll get all As? Nope. We can teach you what your law professors are looking for, but we can’t take your exams for you. Lots of random stuff can happen on exam day, and odds are we wouldn’t even get straight As in all of your classes, thanks to the curve. Law school grading isn’t entirely random (as some would argue), but it’s definitely not entirely predictable, either. Your mileage may vary.
- I’m not very tech-savvy. Will I be able to participate? Yes, it’s super easy. You just need an internet connection and a web browser.
- Am I violating the Honor Code if I get outside help? Almost certainly not in this scenario. Generally, law students aren’t allowed to get help on specific assignments, but there’s nothing to prohibit you from learning general techniques from helpful experts, especially before classes start.
- How much does Start Law School Right cost? It depends on how much personal attention you’d like. Please see below for all the pricing details and let us know if you have any questions.
- Why should I choose Start Law School Right over LEEWS, Law Preview, or some other similar course? You shouldn’t necessarily. You know yourself best, and you know how you learn. If you’d prefer to sit in a classroom for a week taking make-believe law classes (and you can afford it), go for it. The advantages of Start Law School Right include: lifetime access to the online course materials whenever you want and as often as you want; structured exercises and feedback to reinforce what you’re learning; affordable pricing; ongoing support from your instructors; substantive law videos; and a detailed, holistic approach to law school exam taking. If you can get that as conveniently elsewhere, don’t let us stop you!
- Why should I choose Start Law School Right over a book? Reading a book about how to succeed in law school is step one. For certain people, that’s enough. But a book can’t give you personal feedback and answer questions for you. Most new law students benefit from structured skill development in a supportive environment. That’s what Start Law School Right provides.
- Won’t my school teach me this stuff? Ha! Yeah, probably not. Law school pedagogy is rather odd, and what you do in class bears little resemblance to what you’re tested on. You probably won’t get any real feedback until after you take the final exam (if then), and by then, it’s too late. Odds are, most — if not all — of your grade will based on one anonymously graded 3-4 hour exam at the end of the semester. By the time you realize you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s too late. Better to have a plan from the beginning, so you’re not left wondering what happened at the end.
- I’m a 2L who got bad grades. Can I take this course? No, but feel free to contact us about private tutoring. We’ve worked with many law students in your situation and even a few sessions can help us diagnose the problem and start to fix it.
- Say I take Start Law School Right and then I find I want law school tutoring. Is there a discount? We’re delighted to offer Start Law School Right students a 10% discount off of any future tutoring package.
- How does the Platinum package one-on-one feedback work? If you select the Platinum package, you’ll work one-on-one with a Law School Toolbox tutor as you go through the course. At four specific points in the course, you’ll have a 30-minute call with your tutor to discuss your progress and answer any questions. (Of course, you’ll also get written feedback, just like any other Start Law School Right student.) Basically, you’ll have a personal guide and resource to consult to ensure you’re on track.
- I have a question that you haven’t answered. Where can I find an answer? Just email us.
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