Since 1998, BARBRI Law Preview has been helping students find success in law schools across the country. From Harvard Law to prestigious state universities, Law Preview students excel in their first year and throughout their careers. Consistently, they attribute their law school success to Law Preview and the important difference it made for them during their first year and beyond.
Law Preview was great! I learned so much, and having a crash course of law school in 5 days really gave me a good idea of how different law school is. I started out the semester with a much better understanding of what I needed to do in order to succeed – and I did!
BARBRI’s Law Preview course was an amazing program! It was great to have an overview of each of the courses and major cases before classes started. I was terrified before starting law school that I wouldn’t do well, and I ended up ranking 1st in my section, 2nd in my class, and I transferred to Boston University School of Law! This program is definitely worth taking, the professors are amazing, and the exam preparation is extremely helpful! I recommended this course to everyone I knew starting law school.
Law Preview helped prepare me for law school by providing me with realistic and straight forward expectations of 1L year. I had a unique and distinct advantage over my peers and a strong foundation of what to expect. Specifically, I did not have to waste time learning how to effectively brief and smoothly jumped into 1L year working on my study habits and setting myself up for success. Law Preview provided strong guidance on how to plan and execute for a successful year. Additionally, the honest and helpful hints from my Law Preview instructor ensured I did not make common mistakes and pitfalls. Law Preview was vital in helping me ‘go the extra mile’ in 1L year.
Law Preview gave me the tools and confidence I needed to face 1L head on. I was able to hit the ground running and felt prepared to outline and study for exams effectively. I was extremely pleased with my grades at the end of 1L and am happy to report I will be working at my top-choice firm next summer!
Law Preview thoroughly introduced me to what law school would be all about, so that once I started, I could spend more time learning, and less time figuring out the basics. I was a little skeptical about how one-week would help me do better in law school, but Law Preview truly lived up to its reputation. The professors really did a great job of laying the foundation of what the courses would cover, and this gave me great confidence once I actually started classes (especially in Civil Procedure). I also found the advice on time-management skills, outlining, and briefing to be extremely valuable, because when I got overwhelmed, particularly in the first semester, I had something concrete to rely on. The greatest thing about Law Preview is that the relationship doesn’t end after the course does- all throughout my first year I was comforted with the e-mails that sent useful advice at different points throughout the year, and invitations to keep in touch. As I made my way through 1L year, LP was right there with me.
I just want to thank you personally for creating such an incredible program. I have followed the steps all year that I learned during your class this past summer in NYC and it was absolutely invaluable for the learning curve at the beginning, and I am pretty confident I am going to finish in the top 10% of my class here at BC. I feel like a quick thank you doesn’t suffice for what the class did for me, but I just wanted to let you know how great of a program Law Preview is.
Law Preview had an amazing impact on my education and social life — I felt prepared at the very beginning of the year and met my best friends during the week-long class. It covered every aspect of how law school is structured, how to strategically approach classes and exams, and how the legal job process works. While other new students were trying to figure out how to study and how to balance their time, I was already in a comfortable routine after Law Preview. As a true testament to the program’s efficacy, my friends and I (all former Law Preview students) obtained summer associate positions with various big law firms after our 1L year. This is usually very rare for first year law students, but Law Preview enabled us to start strong and plan ahead for opportunities that other students didn’t even know about. I’m so glad I took Law Preview’s class.
Law preview is the only class I would voluntarily wake up at 5AM for during my summer! The preparation I received during the class has vastly contributed to my first semester success. After religiously following the advice and schedule provided to us, I received a 3.7 GPA! I even landed an interview for a 1L position with one of the most prestigious law firms. I couldn’t have done any of this without the knowledge Law Preview provided me with. Totally worth it!
Law preview helped take away the discomfort of tackling new material. Many of my peers struggled to adjust to the challenges of starting law school because of having no experience with legal education prior to starting law school. Coming in day one with comfort allows you to hit the ground running to focus on success in learning. Mixed with the baseline levels needed to understand material from day one and a calendar geared towards building on your learning to succeed in finals. I was able to use the calendar around to meet my schedule, but had a great lighthouse guiding me to make sure I would have the grades I wanted at the end of the semester.
I believe Law Preview taught me everything I needed to know to be top 10% in my class. During the semester, I constantly felt overwhelmed and behind but now that I am through with the first semester I am able to see that everything Law Preview told me to do was correct. The semester was long and exhausting, but I now understand all that is required to be top in my class. Law Preview did not exagherate in the amount of work and hours necessary to achieve optimal results. I believe the calendars we were given really helped me stay focused and on task throughout the semester.
It made me take this semester more seriously and more meticulously. I had a plan, and I was always cognizant of every minute that I went off that plan. But ultimately, knowing that if I try my best I will not have any regrets no matter the grade, I appreciated the support Law Preview gave us from the start. While it might have been generic for some people to hear that we must do our best and stay focused, or even that ultimately we can only give it our all, I appreciated those inspirational goals LP helped me set for myself.
Law Preview tremendously helped my law school experience. I thoroughly believe that I would not be in the top 10% without attending Law Preview. Several students learned the hard way about starting outlines very early. While they know now that they should’ve started early, it’s too late. First-year grades are critical, and there’s really no room for error.
We haven’t been ranked yet, but I pulled a 3.585, made dean’s list and am very happy with my grades. The class was astounding, and I feel it was worth every penny. Its a cheap price to pay to get ahead. I knew what was going on before I even landed at school and I understood what was expected to succeed. I drank the kool-aid and it worked.
Northwestern does not provide rankings; however, I was one of the few first year students to receive multiple As during the first semester and Law Preview greatly assisted my performance by showing me how to prepare for class and when to start prepping for exams; thus, I was able to prevent myself from becoming overwhelmed. I was able to balance enjoying my law school experience with positive results on my finals. For that I am grateful.
I finished my first semester at Howard Law very strong! We do not receive a class rank the first semester, but I received a 93.02 average (95 in Torts, 95 in Civil Procedure, and an 86 in a Legal Methods class). Law Preview truly gave me the foundation to hit the ground running, and stay focused. I used the methods of Law preview to conquer my classes, my understanding of the law, and my study habits.
Law Preview was truly an invaluable experience. Each part of the program from the intro classes to the sample schedule helped me make the most of my experience in law school. One of the most helpful parts of Law Preview was learning the most effective way to write exam answers. This is something your classmates are not thinking about and it will help you to distinguish yourself and earn a higher grade! If you follow Law Preview’s guidelines you will excel!
I felt much more prepared going into law school as a result of Law Preview. I came straight from undergrad and did not have a background in law, so gaining exposure to the topics each course would cover, as well as practice reading and briefing cases, made me feel much more comfortable starting classes. The first semester of law school is going to be very challenging no matter what, so anything you can do to get a leg up right away will benefit you hugely in the long run, and Law Preview definitely helped to do that. The emphasis on scheduling and front-loading the semester as much as possible was also very valuable – I tackled my outlining early and studied throughout the semester, which paid off come finals time and in my GPA.
Law Preview provided me an outstanding overview of my 1L curriculum and allowed me to grasp the big picture of each course far earlier than I would have otherwise. The professors were really helpful and covered some of the most fundamental and hard to grasp topics in 1L courses, which I really appreciated when they came up the second time around and I was already well-prepared to deal with them. Thanks to Law Preview’s overview, from the moment that classes started I knew how to manage my time, which proved invaluable when reading period began and I was ready to invoke Law Preview’s exam preparation strategies right on schedule. By having a firm background on the basics, I was also able to make time to get a head start on the 1L summer job hunt, which allowed me to secure a position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, my first choice job. I would definitely recommend this class to any incoming law student! Thank you for an outstanding class.
Law Preview gave me a solid foundation, a great study program and a concrete approach to law school. I never felt lost or overwhelmed because the approach and attitude that Law Preview champions was my guiding star. I finished up the year with a 4.04 average and was offered admission to Columbia Law School as a transfer. Now I have to decide whether to stay or go, but it’s a great choice to have!
I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to give you another Law Preview success story. I took Law Preview last summer in DC before my 1L year. Upon starting law school, I felt very prepared and confident, largely in part to the preparation I received in Law Preview. I “booked” a class, and finished in the Spring in with all A’s. I started at a tier 4 law school, Florida Coastal School of Law, and have made huge leaps in the law school rankings through my transfer acceptances at American and George Washington University School of Law. I just wanted to shoot you a quick email to thank you for the program and share some success.
Law Preview helped very much! I was much better prepared on day one to begin learning the cases, as my classmates were still figuring out terminology and how to brief. Additionally, I already had begun my outlines using the tips I learned at Law Preview, (once I had the books), and it was a lot easier to stay ahead then how most of my classmates were disadvantaged and thus playing catchup. It was absolutely essential to my success and I do not think I would have done nearly as well without it! I would recommend it to anybody, especially if you don’t have the good fortune of a scholarship – it might cost money, but if you are going to pay $100,000 for law school on your own tab – this is the absolute BEST $1000+ I have spent, and the most cost effective means of helping me accelerate to the top of my class.
I attended the Law Preview session last summer in Atlanta. I remember you saying follow the Law Preview plan, work hard, and you will succeed. I did well first semester so I knew something was working. I continued to follow your blue print second semester and I could not be happier. I finished my first year at Chicago-Kent with a 3.92 GPA, which puts me #1 in my class of 315. Law Preview really helped me hit the ground running on day one and keep the momentum throughout the year. Thanks for your help.
I think that Law Preview helped be to really develop the basics that are absolutely essential to succeeding in the first year of law school. I found advice regarding when to start your outlines, planning ahead and time management to be extremely valuable. Law school is all about staying on top of everything and I think that Law Preview teaches you how to accomplish that.
I attended the Law Preview session in Austin. I was just writing to let you know how I did the first semester. I attend the University of Houston Law Center, and I received all A’s my first semester and am ranked #1 out of 266 students. Law Preview gave me the right mindset entering into law school, and I feel the class was a big part of my success. Not only did it help me succeed grades wise, but the class also gave me a sense of excitement to attend U of H, as there were 3 professors from the school who lectured at Law Preview, and I enjoyed all three!
I’m sorry that I have not responded to any of your surveys/emails. I was selfishly scanning them for the helpful tips/faq’s and not taking the time to fill them out. I am particularly sorry because of how great of an experience Law Preview was for me. I attended a session in the summer of 2010 at Duke Law, which you hosted. To be honest, I was at first skeptical about spending the money on a preparatory program, but my parents/girlfriend convinced me it was the right idea. In the 2010-2011 school year, I attended Boston College and finished well within the top 10% of my class. I had a great time in school and made some really good connections with my peers/professors. In addition, I wrote onto the Law Review. This past summer, I applied to transfer to NYU, partially in order to be closer to my fiance who is attending NYU social work school. I was accepted on August 8th, and have been in the midst of interviews since them. I have recently received callback interviews at a dozen firms and wrote on to an NYU journal as well. I can’t help but think your course helped make a lot of these opportunities possible. Thank you so much, and again, sorry for the lack of communication.
When I entered my first year of law school at The University of Florida School of Law, I was very happy with that opportunity. Although I was an ‘average’ student going in, I ended up doing very well — finishing in the top 2% of my 1L class. The success I enjoyed as a 1L at Florida allowed me to transfer to Harvard Law School, and that’s something that was certainly not an option I had prior to starting school. I definitely think that Law Preview was one of the reasons I did so well my first year. . . . Learning how to take a law school exam and walk through Law Preview’s exam-taking strategies with a law professor from a top law school was a great opportunity and something that I truly appreciated; I was able to use these strategies many times throughout the first year of law school. I would recommend the Law Preview program to anyone — whether you are planning to go to a small regional school or a large national one. No matter what law school you attend, how well you do during your first year is going to dictate the job opportunities you’ll have in the end, which is why I think this program is really for anybody.
The materials on exam writing are absolutely invaluable. Law Preview is the difference between drowning and succeeding your first semester.
The exam-taking strategies and advice from the professors were especially helpful. It’s like I knew what it took to get an ‘A”. Thank you [ranked #15 out of 166 after first semester].
The exam taking tips were very helpful. They helped me organize my exam preparation materials and manage my time while taking the exams. My school provides written evaluations rather than grades but I got the equivalent of A- in three of my four classes. In the fourth, I got the equivalent of an A. Based on my performance, I have already been hired by a judge for the summer!
I ended the year with a 3.68 GPA, which means I’m in the top few percent (I’m guessing top 2-3%, since there are only around 10 students out of a class of about 450 with a 3.7 or above). One of my professors emailed to tell me I wrote the best exam in her class this spring… I do think that the exam-taking strategies class was extremely helpful — this is how I approached law school exams and I ended up doing very well. Now that the first year is over, I’m waiting to hear about journals in a few weeks (fingers crossed), and as a result of my GPA, I will have my pick of firms.
You guys are the best! Here is an update for you: After first semester, my GPA is 3.67, and I am ranked #17 out of 314 (top 5.5%) at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Not only that, but my Torts professor selected one of my finals essays to put on file in the school library (anonymously, of course) as an example of a good student answer. So I’m officially a published writer, if only anonymously! Thanks a million!
My GPA was 3.54, which is just shy of 10%(3.55). The exam practice and strategy session gave me good insight into what kind of personal and mental organization is required for high marks. The most tangible benefit was a greater sense of calm at the outset, a notion that I knew what was coming and what I would have to do in order to meet my goals.
GWU does not do a ranking, but I was placed in the 1%-15% bracket of 1L students, which is the highest reserved honors that GWU gives. Additionally, I received a High Pass (top 25%) in the Research Writing class, and have since made Mock Trial Executive board, had assistantships with two GW professors, and been invited to join the George Washington University Law Review… The Law Preview class on Exam Taking helped me to not only recognize exactly what my professors wanted to read, but helped me go into the course from day one with that mindset (something most students don’t begin to realize until they begin to outline).
Law Preview provided me with a distinct advantage in the fall semester as I had a general knowledge of all the 1L courses, and was able to put the cases we read into a meaningful context. In addition, because GMU doesn’t teach Civil Procedure until the Spring I had a significant advantage over my peers due to the background provided by Law Preview. While I would have excelled even without the Law Preview Course, I suspect the course helped me place first in my class. Due to my stellar 1L performance, I will be completing my J.D. at Yale Law School.
Law Preview is a must for anyone who wants to excel in law school. The legal market is in bad shape and students going to a lower tier school need to place near the top in order to stand out to future employers. Law Preview gives you the tools you need to excel. I was able to come into first year with a plan. While everyone else got hit by the Mac truck that is first year, I was cruising in the HOV lane to success. In fact, I did so well that I was able to transfer from a T3 school to a T1 Top 20 school. I could not have done it with out Law Preview. Having a clear plan of attack is the key to success in Law School. The informational sessions on how to budget time, when to outline, and how to succeed on exams were helpful throughout the year. Thanks Law Preview!
I can honestly say that I do not think I would be where I’m at without Law Preview’s help. Not only did I have an opportunity to begin learning about basic law school concepts months before my other classmates, but I learned these concepts from highly-regarded professors from across the country. Law Preview further helped me shift my brain to “law school mode.” With the cost of tuition on the rise, Law Preview served as an “insurance policy” to make sure I was heading off to law school well-prepared. I think Law Preview really helped me have a confident mindset before the semester even began; instead of drowning in a sea of homework and confusion, I have been able to navigate through the rigors of law school from Day One. I feel that I could not have done this without Law Preview. [Ranked #13 after 1L year.]
I wanted to follow up with you about a phone conversation we had a few months ago about my transfer options from Michigan State Law. I’ve been accepted at Tulane and William and Mary, and waitlisted at Georgetown–my final GPA from 1L was 3.8. I’m leaning toward William and Mary, and I wanted to thank you for the invaluable advice and confidence you gave me. I hardly anticipated the personal attention I received, but I am very grateful for it! Please feel free to include this as a testimonial in any of your company’s promotional materials: Law Preview rocks!
Of the three people I know who took Law Preview at Emory: one is in the top 10%, one is in the top 5% and I am right outside the top 5%. Law Preview made it possible for me to understand the overall layout of all of the substantive first year courses. Almost all of the cases that I read in Law Preview were foundational cases, so when I read them again during the semester, I had an advantage in that I was reading them for the second or third time. I now have any and all doors available to me and it is largely due to Law Preview giving me a strategic way to handle the stress and enigma that is your first year of law school. The investment for that week of classes puts you many steps ahead of the competition, which will pay dividends in the form of your first job, or, in my case, transferring to my dream school.
I can not emphasize enough how law preview changed my law school experience. I stepped into the door knowing exactly what to do, while others were struggling to figure out which of their undergraduate strategies worked. I know the requirements of Law Preview sound tough, but I am now in the top 5-7% of my class at Duke, and whenever I bid an OCI I get my top choices. I also have grades that put me into contention for a transfer into HYS. Besides when you keep seeing above 4.0s next to your name, you’ll barely remember how hard you worked.
Starting off law school on the right foot with Law Preview has paid dividends for me. Law Preview has helped me achieve top grades throughout 1L, excel throughout my school’s on-campus interview program, and land a summer associate offer at one of the most prestigious law firms in NYC. Law school is incredibly competitive and every small advantage, especially small advantages early on, snowballs into larger advantages throughout 1L. Law Preview arms you from day one with both the technical skills and the mindset to play the law school game and to win.
I attended your July session at NYU and just completed my first semester at NY Law School, I wanted to let you know that Law Preview provided me tools necessary to post a 4.11 (A+ in Contracts, A in Torts and A in Legal Practice) going to school part time and working full time. Your methods allowed me to do minimal “crunch time” studying for that midterm and post the highest grades on both assignments. Thank you from someone who has never held a 4.0 in his life!
Though class rankings are not yet released, my first year grades were 4 A- in (Legal Writing, Torts, Contracts, and Introduction to Lawyering), and 1 B+ (Criminal Law), making my GPA a 3.6 and comparing myself to previous years, I estimate that places me near the top 10% of my class. I owe a huge part of my success to Law Preview! Upon my first weeks into class, I had already read and case briefed a vast majority of my cases in Law Preview which I believe helped me understand the foundations of class.
Law Preview was the single most invaluable course I have ever taken. My colleagues were tossed into the dark, frigid waters of law school and told to swim for their lives. I, however, set sail in a beautiful catamaran, which was hand crafted by the skilled and knowledgeable instructors employed by Law Preview. I now sit among the top 5% of my class and am working to obtain a federal judicial clerkship this summer. [Ranked #10 out of 266 students after the first semester].
Because of Law Preview I was able to transfer to Harvard Law School. Each day at Law Preview I experienced what it was like to go to law school and be in an actual law class. This exposure to the law school environment combined with study and time management tips to give me a definite edge in my first year classes. Best of all, Law Preview did not stop providing guidance after the course ended. I received supportive emails throughout my first year and access to a host of helpful lectures and study guides from Barbri. Moreover, Law Preview helped me through the transfer processes and even put me into contact with lawyers at the firm I will be working at this summer. I would recommend Law Preview to every incoming law student. It gives you a real look into what one experiences in law school, lets you build your professional network, and, most importantly, provides you with an invaluable edge when it comes to performing in your first year. If you want to excel in law school, Law Preview is a must.
Law Preview was an invaluable experience and instilled a sense of confidence in me entering my first year of law school. I would recommend the program to anyone looking to gain an upper hand at their law school. After my first semester, I excelled far beyond my expectations. I finished my semester with a perfect 4.0 which places me at #1 out of my class of 334 students. The course overviews of my classes and exam taking tips at Law Preview were extremely beneficial and allowed me to hit the ground running from day one. The suggested schedule and tips on law school helped keep me on track throughout the semester. I would recommend Law Preview to anyone serious about succeeding in law school.
I was able to achieve a 3.9 GPA during my first semester, and I was even asked to serve as a TA by one of my professors. I believe that my Law Preview course definitely contributed to my academic success so far and I plan to continue applying Law Preview strategies for the rest of my law school career. I think the most important thing that helped me was being consistent about working hard throughout the semester. Law Preview’s email reminders and tips throughout the fall semester really helped keep me on track.
Law Preview truly helped me understand the amount of work I was supposed to be putting in each day with the daily schedule/calendar it provided me with. While I was studying for 12 hours a day my fellow classmates studied for 5, if that. Being diligent about staying on track with Law Preview’s schedule and knowing which days I could take off from studying (which were few, of course!) helped me stay on track, be efficient and helped me achieve a 4.0 GPA my fall quarter which put me at around the top 1% of my class. Law Preview is a fantastic tool particularly for your 1L when everyone is in the dark about what to expect. Thank you Law Preview!
Law Preview was an invaluable experience going into my first semester in law school. Having a crash course in each subject by professors from top law schools was a great introduction to the study of law and was a foundation for what to expect in class. The Academic Success lectures gave a realistic road map on how to do well your first semester and the confidence that if you put in the time you can get great results. My GPA for the fall was a 3.961. I got a B+ in LSP, an A in Torts and an A+ in Crim Law. My Contracts and Civ Pro courses are year long but I got an A and A- on the two midterms.
My notes from the law preview session were basically a broad outline of all my courses for 1L year. As I progressed through the year, other student were bewildered and trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together-I found that by referring back to my notes I was able to track what we were learning and see how the concepts worked together and why we were learning them in the order we did. It gets easy during the school year to get bogged down in the minutia of specific rules and doctrines, yet when you come to exam time you discover that it takes a working understanding of how the subject as a whole operates, having a system for which issues trigger other issues that professors are looking for helps to rack up the point son exams-law preview provided that framework to see the big picture. The ~$1000 I spent on law preview was well worth the cost. My school has a 40% class rank requirement for retaining your scholarship, I know a number of students whose scholarships were reduced or eliminated for not making that cut, in my mind, Law Preview basically saved me $36,000 per year by assuring me I would have the foundation necessary for academic success and to retain my scholarship.
My grades came out very strong: B-, A-, A-, A-, A, A, A, B+. With these I earned a ranking in the top 19% and a 3.60 GPA overall. I truly believe that Law Preview helped me learn to study appropriately and gave me the tools to focus in the weeks prior to 1L year so that I could hit the ground running from day one. After such a great year, my grades were strong enough to apply to transfer schools and I was accepted to Georgetown University Law Center! I will likely be transferring there for my 2L year. The Law Preview monthly updates throughout the year were both informative and encouraging. I attribute much of my success to having a strong foundation and a great support system thanks to Law Preview. I cannot thank you enough for your time and your effort this past year, but most of all, THANK YOU LAW PREVIEW!
Law Preview set me up perfectly for success. The experience demystified law school – I came from a science/technical background and had no idea what to expect. After Law Preview, I knew exactly what to expect in class and prepared accordingly. I got the highest honors award available (George Washington Scholar, awarded to the top 1%-15% of the class) for both my fall and spring semesters. I received multiple interviews and job offers for this summer and law firms are already reaching out to me for the summer of 2016!
Berkeley doesn’t have rankings, so I’m not sure how I was ranked. However, I did get great grades! The schedule that Law Preview set out at the beginning works beautifully and set the tone for the rest of the semester.
Law Preview made my law school experience more enjoyable because I knew what to expect. Some of the other students in my class thought I was crazy when I started outlining about six weeks into the semester, but I think outlining early helped me the most. Without Law Preview, I am convinced that I wouldn’t have ended the semester near the top of my class. From reading and briefing cases to writing an exam answer, Law Preview will prepare you for every aspect of law school.
I was in the New York Law Preview class last year, and I just wanted to say thank you. I received grades and my rank [#1] within the last month, and I am 100% sure that it was the methods and reassurance that I received from the program that helped me so significantly throughout the school year. Not only did I do extremely well in my first year, I also earned an opportunity to be a summer associate at King & Spalding — the firm that offered me a full tuition scholarship for the program. I will forever sing the praises of this program.
I just wanted to thank you for all the help, I have just received my first semester grades from the University of Cincinnati and Law Preview was certainly a huge part of why they were so high. I received a 3.65, which is not only a great GPA, but the highest GPA I have ever received.
I’m just writing to let you know that my first semester grades from Brooklyn Law School were released… I GOT STRAIGHT A’S! I really feel like Law Preview gave me a significant advantage. I followed the exam format you taught and it clearly worked. So, thank you!
Thank you so much. I just got my fall term grades back and was thrilled with 2 A’s and an A-. I thought adjusting to school after working for several years would be difficult. Law Preview not only alleviated my stress about the adjustment, but also helped me hit the ground running. Thanks for all your help.