Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

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ScottRiqui
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Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby ScottRiqui » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:16 pm

I guess Barbri has a "before law school" six-day training program called "Law Preview". I hadn't heard of it before, and for $1100, I'm not too excited about it. But, law firms are sponsoring scholarships to the program at the school where I'm attending. If I got one of the scholarships and attended the training, the only impact to my life (other than possibly wasted time) would be that I'd have to move to my school's city about three weeks earlier, so no big deal.

Anyone have experience with Law Preview? Would it be worthwhile to go for free, or is it just a huge time-suck?

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby bobtyme » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:19 pm

Yes, I think it's great for free. Gives you a nice background on what to expect your 1L year. I wouldn't pay for it again though-very expensive.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby shazi » Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:07 pm

Not only is Law Preview worth it for free, its worth the money.

Pretty much every case you read in Law Preview, you'll read again during 1L so its a pretty big leg up.
Also, you get taught pretty much all the major concepts from every 1L core course you take, by actual law professors who teach that subject. Even if you don't understand most of the concepts, initial exposure to the material makes the material much easier to grasp a second time around. If nothing else, it gives you exposure to the dynamics of actual law school lectures. It also lets you test your courage, if you choose to participate in lecture, making it much easier to raise your hand when class actually begins.

Law Preview is also generally great for strategic advice on how to attack 1L and how to take exams.

They also give you a bunch of free supplements and they send you emails throughout the year on how far along you should be in your studies, and how to attack each portion of the semester.

It's only a time-suck if your unwilling to learn during the summer/too bored to pay attention... In which case it should hint that law school is not right for you.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby cookiejar1 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:01 am

My sponsoring firm also had a reception for their law preview scholars which was pretty cool.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby ScottRiqui » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:03 pm

Thanks for the replies - I'll definitely put in an application for the scholarship, and might even look into footing the bill myself if that doesn't work out.

Also, I didn't mean to give the impression that I'm "anti-prep", or unwilling to do work during the summer before law school - sorry if I came across that way. I've just been hearing bad things about LSAT prep courses/seminars for so long that I guess I'm spring-loaded to be skeptical, and was suspicious that Law Preview was just marketing to 0Ls who are either gunners, or are terrified because they have no idea what they're getting into.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby TheSpanishMain » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Yeah, I'd heard it was a waste of money too. If it's actually worthwhile, I'd probably spring for it.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby Nelson » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:33 pm

These programs are worse scams than actual law school. They prey on insecurity to sell you something of no actual value. Don't be a sucker.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:43 pm

For free, go if moving early isn't a big deal.

Don't pay for it.

I went to Law Preview on one of the scholarships. It was a LONG week of solid lecturing. You read a few cases that you'll read again later, and you learn how to brief a case. It makes the first two weeks of class pretty easy but any advantage evens out after that. Like cookiejar above, the firm sponsoring mine (we're at the same school, different years) held a reception that was actually pretty cool. I'd been out of school for a long time, so I appreciated the chance to practice taking notes on a laptop (laptops were not common and nobody had them in class when I was in UG).

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby Attax » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:12 pm

Glad to see this since I'll be applying for the scholarship too.

Hope this isn't derailment, but if you were paying for Law Preview vs. LEEWS which would you go for if any?

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:28 pm

Attax wrote:Glad to see this since I'll be applying for the scholarship too.

Hope this isn't derailment, but if you were paying for Law Preview vs. LEEWS which would you go for if any?

I flat-out wouldn't pay for Law Preview, period. LEEWS I've heard decent things about, it's much cheaper, and you can probably find a used copy.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby Nova » Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:32 pm

Ive had friends who have done both the LEEWS class and the LEEWS recordings, and they basically said just reading the primer is sufficient.

primer is like 50 dollars on amazon.

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Re: Is "Law Preview" worthwhile for free?

Postby shazi » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:12 am

rinkrat19 wrote:For free, go if moving early isn't a big deal.

Don't pay for it.

I went to Law Preview on one of the scholarships. It was a LONG week of solid lecturing. You read a few cases that you'll read again later, and you learn how to brief a case. It makes the first two weeks of class pretty easy but any advantage evens out after that. Like cookiejar above, the firm sponsoring mine (we're at the same school, different years) held a reception that was actually pretty cool. I'd been out of school for a long time, so I appreciated the chance to practice taking notes on a laptop (laptops were not common and nobody had them in class when I was in UG).



This definitely seems to be the prevailing view of Law Preview.

Lectures are definitely LONG. But... If you can make it through a Law Preview lecture you can make it through any law school lecture you will ever have. It really is excellent stamina training for actual class.

If you show up to all/most of the days and generally put in the work and try to pay attention, at WORST you will be 2 weeks ahead of everyone when school starts.

However, if you choose to go above and beyond by diligently preparing for LP, not missing a day, paying full attention during lecture, and review and study the material after the week of instruction, you will be much more than 2 weeks ahead.

It really depends on how much work you're willing to put into it. Just like an LSAT prep course.

Since most people weren't nearly as motivated as I was when I took LP and didn't put in nearly the amount of work as I did, most people would disagree with me about LP's effectiveness.




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