How does first year success
lead to career success?
Every student in your class did well on the LSAT and made good grades in college. However, when law school begins those achievements will not guarantee continued success because All Law Students Possess Comparable Abilities and Strong Determination.
Despite these facts, top grades in law school are difficult to achieve. In fact, the national law school G.P.A. is approximately 2.3. Grades in the very demanding first year set the foundation for your overall law school G.P.A., and determine law school honors such as Assistantships, Moot Court Team, and Law Review. The best law students typically get the best jobs. To be your best you need to do your best. Success in law school requires consistent application of proven strategies for success. Those strategies are all taught in our invaluable ‘Law School 101’ Course.
Why you need an action plan
for success in law school
Law School is a unique educational atmosphere. It is professional school not college. Law students are viewed as ‘lamps to be lit’ rather than ‘cups to be filled’, as is routine in college. New learning environments require new study skills; so your ‘recipe for success’ in college cannot guarantee success in law school. Moreover, law school is very demanding and competitive so you cannot afford to waste precious time with trial and error. You need to enter law school with a proven plan for success so you will be ahead of your class before classes even begin.
We will teach you the new study skills that you will need to succeed. We will also teach you how to manage your time, how to brief a case, how to outline your courses, and how to do your best on law school exams. As a result, you will be provided with our proven ‘Keys to Success’ so that you can do your best. Taking everything our course offers into consideration, it is not surprising that 80% of our graduates rank in the top 20% of their law school class.
Why you need first year course overviews
Law Professors use the ‘Socratic’ method of instruction, meaning this: They assign a significant number of cases that must be read and briefed before each class. Professors do not lecture on these cases. Instead, students are called on and questioned about their understanding of assigned cases. By the end of the semester students are expected to demonstrate, on lengthy essay exams, that they understand all of the important concepts exemplified by hundreds of cases, and how those concepts relate to each other. However, because cases are presented in isolation, students are often unable to understand all of the critical concepts and how they relate to each other by exam time.
Law course overviews explain key concepts and their relationship to each other. In short, course overviews provide a road map so that you know where you are going before you get there. When you know what you are expected to learn ahead of time, the assigned cases enhance your understanding of course concepts rather than confuse you. Thus, the essential course concepts will ‘gel’ by exam time. Our program and the accompanying materials, provide you with a clear understanding of what you need to know before you ever step into a law school classroom.