Frequently Asked Questions
Have some questions before you buy? Here are some FAQ’s
We charge a small processing fee to help us cover the administrative costs associated with running the Payment Plan Program.
We ask that you submit a copy of your driver’s license when you return the Payment Plan Authorization form because we typically service students right before they change their physical address and your driver’s license can help us locate you at a later date. As for the copy of the front and back of your credit card, our credit card processing provider requires that we have this on file any time we are charging a credit card for services that have already been rendered.
After course materials have been mailed, you can download all the information you need to prepare for Law Preview by logging into your account using the following URL: http://www.lawpreview.com/login.php.
We ship our course materials by UPS Ground Delivery so they arrive at least 2-3 weeks before your session’s start date. All students who sign up for the Legal Research and Writing Workshop can pick up those books on Saturday morning. If you’re signing up late (the weekend before the course), you can simply complete the reading assignments using the downloadable PDF we provide and pick up a hard copy of any course materials the first day of the class — we always have extras on site!
Generally, classes run Monday – Friday from 7:45AM to 5:00PM; our Saturday classes usually start at 9:00AM and end at 6:00PM. For the exact times of your Law Preview session, you can download a course schedule by logging into your account.
The form must be returned within 5 business days. Returning the Payment Plan Authorization form by fax (248-624-3939) is probably the fastest and most secure way to return it to us. If you’d like to mail it, you may send it to: Law Preview, c/o Payment Plan, 46555 Humboldt Dr., Suite 103, Novi, MI 48377. Since the Payment Plan Authorization form contains credit card information, we do not recommend you scan/email it back to us, unless you save the form as an encrypted, password protected PDF — if you choose this option, remember to give us a call with the password so we can open the file!
Law Preview reserves the right to turn your entire account over to a collection agency. In addition, we also reserve the right to report any non-payment to the registrar at your law school for inclusion in your character and fitness file, which could negatively affect your admission to the Bar.
Our Payment Plan Option allows students to reserve a seat and attend any 5- or 6-day Law Preview class simply by paying a $400 seat deposit and a $50 processing fee. Then, the balance of any unpaid tuition will be billed in two equal installments on September 15th and November 15th.
BARBRI Law Preview is a highly effective way to anticipate and prepare for the rigorous expectations of law school. The live course is a 5-day overview of core 1L subjects including legal fundamentals, academic strategies and test-taking tips, plus a 1-day Legal Research & Writing Workshop. Our newest, time-flexible course allows you to prep, self-paced, on your schedule by providing you access to five online modules that teach proven academic success strategies including Case Briefing & Case Law Analysis, 12 Steps to Academic Success, Outlining and Exam Prep, Exam Taking Strategies and Legal Research sponsored by LexisNexis.
Come as casual as you like. T-shirts, sandals and shorts are fine; however, we do recommend that you bring a sweatshirt or light jacket with you since many of the schools that host Law Preview keep their facilities pretty cool during the summer months.
During the summer we offer four different course options that allow enough flexibility to fit within every student’s schedule and budget.
LIVE PROGRAMMING (Available July – August)
- 1-Day Lexis-Nexis Legal Research & Writing Workshop is held on the last day (Saturday) of each session. This program is sponsored by LexisNexis and covers techniques for effective legal writing, proper citation of legal authority, drafting legal memoranda, analyzing legal authority, and strategies for online legal research.
- 5-Day Live Law School Prep Course is held Monday – Friday of each session. This class is designed to provide you with a roadmap for each of the core first-year classes, taught by some of the best legal faculty in the country. Before you enter law school you will learn the historical implications that gave rise to certain areas of law, and the fundamental doctrines, themes and policies seen over and over in each first-year class. This roadmap is critical to your success since, as the year progresses, you will have a conceptual framework in which to develop your understanding of the law.The 5-day program also teaches students proven academic success tactics. Academic skills covers approximately 10 hours of the week, delivered in four different lectures: Case-Briefing and Case Law Analysis, Law Preview’s 12 Steps to Academic Success, Outlining and Exam Preparation, and our 4-hour Exam-Taking Strategies and Strategies Workshop. These academic skills lectures are taught by Don Macaulay, Law Preview’s Founder, as well as by Law Preview alumni who not only experienced tremendous success in law school, but are now enjoying incredible careers as practicing attorneys. They will share the secrets that allowed them to finish at the top of their law school classes and gain employment at some of the country’s most prestigious law firms and courts.
- 6-Day Complete Live Law Preview Course runs Monday – Friday during each session and is simply a combination of the 5-day and 1-day programs. Students who register for the 6-day class save $100 off the combined price of both programs.
ONLINE PROGRAMMING (Available Anytime)
- Law Preview’s Online Skills Program provides students with video lectures and written materials that track the academic skills components covered in the 5- or 6-day live Law Preview classes. Students gain access to academic skills modules that cover: Case-Briefing and Case Law Analysis, Law Preview’s 12 Steps to Academic Success, Outlining and Exam Preparation, Exam-Taking Strategies and Strategies for Online Legal Research presented by LexisNexis. The difference between the Online program and the Live 5- or 6-day class is that you do not get the benefit of the overview of each of the core first-year subjects taught by real law professors.
Yes. There is about 35-40 pages of reading per class which generally takes students about 3-1/2 hours to complete. Once again, we recommend that you read ahead through Wednesday on the syllabus so you do not find yourself overwhelmed with work during the week.
The modules are self-paced.
For students who sign up at the last minute, we provide you with a downloadable PDF of the course book so you can complete your assignments for the first day. We have a few extra books on hand at the session for those students who register at the last minute and need a hardcopy of the book.
Law Preview’s refund policy is as follows: 100% of fees paid (less a non-refundable, seat reservation charge) shall be refundable upon written notification received by Law Preview prior to June 1st; thereafter, no refunds will be made. The seat reservation charge for any 5- or 6-day Law Preview program is $400; the seat reservation charge for any 1-day Law Preview program is $75. If you are unable to make it to a particular Law Preview session, we will do our best to switch you to a session that might better fit into your summer schedule. At your election, any non-refundable funds paid may be allocated toward your enrollment in the Law Preview Online course.
Often, some of our most popular locations sell out by mid-June. If this is the case, the online registration system will not allow you to reserve a seat; however, you can call us directly and get placed on a waiting list for the session you desire. If a space does not become available, all fees paid (including the deposit) shall be refunded.
Unfortunately, we do not offer any live evening programs at the present time. Our new online program may be the best fit for you.
The free study aids supplied by Aspen Publishers are shipped directly to each course location. We usually distribute these study aids on Tuesday afternoon.
Returning the Payment Plan Authorization form by fax (508-746-4669) is probably the fastest and most secure way to return it to us. If you’d like to mail it, you may send it to: Law Preview, c/o Payment Plan, 10 Cordage Park Cir. Suite 122, Plymouth MA 02360. Since the Payment Plan Authorization form contains credit card information, we do not recommend you scan/email it back to us unless you save the form as an encrypted, password protected PDF — if you choose this option, remember to give us a call with the password so we can open the file!
Absolutely. For students who are visually impaired, we make our written materials available in a digital format that might make them easier to read. For students who are hearing impaired, we will provide transcription services during one session each summer in a designated city. Based on the level of interest, we will try to find a city that is convenient for the most people in need of this accommodation. Email us before May 1st to learn more about our accommodations for the hearing impaired.
Pretty seriously. We recommend that you read through Wednesday before you arrive. We cover a lot of material during the week and the professors are going to expect you to have read in advance. If you need the reading assignments for your class, you can download them by logging into your account.
You can register for Law Preview and attend any 5- or 6-day course using the Payment Plan Option simply by indicating your desire to do so during our online registration process. Once your registration and seat deposit have been received, a customer service representative will email you a Payment Plan Authorization Form, which you then must compete and return to us within 5 business days with a copy of your driver’s license and the front/back of the credit card you intend to use to charge the balance of your tuition.
There are no book fees. All of the supplemental content for each module will be available as a PDF download. The course does include the 1L Outline Book, which is also in PDF format. It may be mailed to the student at their request.
Unfortunately, at the present time we only offer programs during the summer. The Law Preview Online program may be your best option.
Yes. Using the format outlined in the Case Briefing chapter of our book, attempt to brief the cases for at least the first two days. We will review the case briefing process on the first day, and at the conclusion of each professor’s substantive lecture you will be able to download model case briefs so that you can compare them to yours and gauge your progress.
If you have a laptop, feel free to bring it with you, but do not feel compelled. Although most students type faster than they write, there are still plenty of students who take notes the old-fashioned way.
Because of obvious copyright issues, we do not allow students to record Law Preview lectures.
The professors generally break about once an hour to give students a chance to stretch their legs or grab a cup of coffee. Additionally, there is a one-hour lunch break each day to allow students to visit restaurants and delis on or around campus.
Yep. If your enrollment qualifies for an early enrollment discount and/or a discount from one of our partner schools or organizations, you will still be able to deduct those amounts from your overall Law Preview tuition.