Law Preview courses are built to teach incoming law students the skills and tools they need to get to the top of the class. By taking a Law Preview course this summer, students will learn:
- Core 1L material (Torts, Contracts, Property, and More)
- Case briefing and case law analysis
- Exam-taking strategies
- Legal writing and research 101
- And more
University of Houston Law Center
Summer 2021 faculty displayed, time and professors are subject to change.
Course Dates: July 20-25, 2020
University of Houston Law Center
George Butler Research Professor of Law
SMU Dedman School of Law
Professor of Law
South Texas College of Law
Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Professor of Law
University of North Carolina School of Law
Associate Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Associate Professor of Law
Preview the course syllabus
The Law Preview Course has been optimized to allow our students to digest instructor content while moving at a quick pace. The sample syllabus demonstrates how our courses are typically structured.
Sessions are taught by multiple law school professors throughout the day and include question and answer time at the end of each session. (Question and answer time is not included in the Online Course option.)
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Frequently asked questions
We can appreciate the uncertainty that a lot of students may feel about starting law school right now. So, if you’re unsure whether you’ll be heading to law school this fall, or waiting until 2022, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. If you take Law Preview this summer, but ultimately defer law school until 2022, just provide us with a letter of deferral from your school and we’ll allow you to re-take the class next summer at no additional cost.
If that’s your situation, you can actually get two chances to experience the best law school prep course in the country – once this summer as a practice run (to learn what it’ll take to crush your 1L year), and once next summer (when it really matters).
It certainly could, and hopefully is. However, after consulting with the law schools that host Law Preview over the summer, it became clear that many felt hesitant to have classrooms with 100+ students given all current warnings.
We also felt that the last thing entering law students needed the summer before law school was any stress and/or uncertainty accompanying their participation in Live Classroom sessions that may subsequently get canceled on short notice (e.g., travel and lodging accommodations, lack of adequate time to prepare for 1L, etc.).
So, in an effort to better manage everyone’s expectations, we thought it prudent to only offer the On-Demand class this summer.
Our Live Stream programs are video streams of Live Classroom programs in progress. If we cancel one, and we’re forced to cancel the other.
We wrestled with that – truly we did. Given the typical class size (100+ students), the length of our lectures (4- to 6-hours), and that there is usually quite a bit of class participation during the program, we were concerned that we couldn’t provide a meaning learning experience with Zoom. But trust us, the On-Demand class receives rave reviews every summer!
It’s basically the same thing. Our On-Demand program is a recording of last summer’s Law Preview Live Stream from the University of Southern California School of Law. On-Demand students receive access to all six days of lecture during that session in a self-paced, on-demand format.
The only other noticeable difference between the Live Classroom and the On-Demand program is that the camera seems to add 10lbs to some of the lecturers – at least that’s what we tell ourselves!
Most questions were asked and answered by students who participated in last summer’s Live Classroom / Live Stream program. However, if you have a question, or seek clarification on a point we cover, we will host live (virtual) office hours via Zoom the last two weeks of July 2021 with all the instructors from the On-Demand session.
The On-Demand class will be available to registered students between May 1 and August 31, 2021.
Yes. Just like Law School, you’ll have pre-assigned readings you’ll have to complete before beginning each lecture. You can download the On-Demand syllabus by clicking here.
BARBRI 1L Mastery is a set of study aids developed for current law students who seek clarity and practice as they grapple with black-letter law they learn during the semester. The BARBRI 1L Mastery Package gives 1L’s access to detailed outlines, final exam review lectures and practice questions for all 1L subjects.
By contrast, BARBRI Law Preview is a one-week law school prep course offered the summer before 1L. The program readies entering students for the rigors of law school and teaches the skills needed for academic excellence. Professors from top law schools provide an overview of the core first-year courses, including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts. Beyond substantive doctrine, with the help of Law Preview’s faculty, students also develop resources, techniques, and strategies for academic success.
So, unlike 1L Mastery, Law Preview is not a study aid; rather, it’s a carefully calculated program that prepares and positions serious incoming students to excel in law school, and ultimately, to flourish as lawyers.
Law Preview students will get access to BARBRI 1L Mastery as soon as the new edition is released in September 2021.
C’mon, did you really think we’d skimp on the free study aids? Of course, Wolters Kluwer will send you those in August!
Law Preview builds better law students. If you are planning to enter law school, the grades you earn during the 1L year will largely determine whether you will see a meaningful return on the investment you’re making in a legal education.
Law Preview is a carefully designed program that positions serious students to excel during the all-important 1L year by providing overviews of the core first-year subjects as well as proven study and exam-taking tactics.
Mathematically, a law student’s first semester grades will largely determine their overall first-year GPA and class rank. Given the cost of a legal education, walking into your 1L without a proven plan for finishing at the top of your class is a profoundly flawed strategy.
Whether you are entering a T14 law school on a full-ride, or just got in off the waitlist at a lower-ranked school, you applied to law school to provide yourself with more options upon graduation.
While almost all students in your class will make the same investment of time and money for a law degree, first-year students in the top 10% simply have more options than their classmates in the bottom 90%. This is because top 1L grades open doors while even average grades close them.
Walking into law school with a solid game plan yields more options upon graduation.
There are no prerequisites to attend Law Preview. Most of our students take our program after they have been admitted to law school, during the summer before they begin classes.
However, a growing number of students are taking Law Preview even before they apply to law school to better understand the subject matter and workload before making such an important decision.
In addition to mastering case law analysis, case briefing, outlining and exam-writing, our students walk into law school with a foundational understanding of their core 1L classes taught by some of the best legal minds in the country.
Law Preview not only provides serious students with the knowledge and skills they will need to excel during the 1L year, it also helps them avoid many pitfalls and missteps encountered by their smart but unprepared classmates.
By walking into law school with a carefully crafted plan for the 1L year, Law Preview students have a concrete understanding of what is expected of them if they intend to receive an invitation onto Law Review the following June.
Would you run a marathon without any training? Just because someone offers you a bib to join the race, it’s probably ill-advised line up for the start without building up your endurance.
In the end, even if you are able to limp across the finish line, it’s highly unlikely that you would place among the elite runners who approach the race with discipline, strategy and a plan to win.
Law school is no different than a marathon, except that it is significantly more competitive (and expensive) and only a select few at the top of the class cross the finish line realizing a meaningful return on their investment. Walking into such an environment without preparation, but expecting success, is an incredibly risky move.
Yes. There are about 35-40 pages of reading per class which generally takes students about 3-1/2 hours to complete.
We recommend that you read ahead through Wednesday on the syllabus so you do not find yourself overwhelmed with work during the week.
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.
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. To review the reading assignments for your session, download them from your account.
If you cancel your seat two weeks before the start date of your session, you will lose a $400 seat reservation deposit; thereafter, no refunds shall be given. If you decide to defer enrollment in law school for a year, your tuition will be applied to a Law Preview class the following summer.
If you are able to register online, we have open seats at the live venue. If a session is filled, we will provide plenty of notice that you are enrolling for a spot on the waitlist.
Our Live Classroom sessions do fill up and, when they do, we need to put students on a waitlist. If that happens to you, you have the option to switch to another Live Classroom session in that city or switch to the Live Stream or Online Course options. If none of those options are attractive alternatives for you, we'll issue a full refund.
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 closed captions for our online (on-demand) course option so that it is easy to go back and review. Please email us before May 1st to learn more about our accommodations for the hearing impaired.
There are no book fees.
Yes. Materials will be shipped to your home. A PDF version is also available for immediate download in your user account.
Online students can immediately download their course materials from their BARBRI user accounts. If you'd like us to send you a hardcopy, just email email@example.com and we'll be happy to accommodate you.
We ship our course materials by UPS Ground Delivery so they arrive at least 2-3 weeks before your session’s start date. Legal Research and Writing Workshop materials can be picked up 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!
We do not ship to P.O. boxes.
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.
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.
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: https://esc.barbri.com/login.html.
Generally, classes run Monday – Friday from 7:45AM to 5:00PM; our Saturday classes run from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. For the exact times of your Law Preview session, you can download a course schedule by logging into your account.
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.
While most students bring a laptop, it's not necessary. Whatever method of notetaking that works best for you is what we recommend.
No worries, we've got you covered. If you're unable to attend the Saturday class for any reason, just let us know and we'll provide you with the Online Course access to that session.
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.
The preferred browser is Google Chrome and we recommend a hard-wired internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for streaming video.
Yes. You can submit questions during the session through an online chat window – an on-site student instructor will ask your question and the professor will respond via the live session.
The online access information will be sent at least one week before the live session.
Every summer we broadcast our Live Stream from one Live Classroom session. Check out our locations and dates to find out which session we'll be streaming this summer.
Students who enroll in the Live Stream program will watch a LIVE broadcast of the Law Preview Live Classroom class and will have the opportunity to ask questions of professors through a moderated chat feature.
In case Live Stream participants miss a day or need to supplement their notes, we also provide them with on-demand access that allows them to pause/rewind/play; On-Demand access is available on a 24-hour delay. So, Live Stream participants get the best of both online options.
The Live Stream is typically broadcast from a west coast session. Classes typically run from 7:30AM to 5PM (PST). If that sounds like a long day, it is — but don't worry, we make it fun and provide plenty of breaks!
Live Stream participants typically cannot fit Live/Live Stream attendance into their summer work schedule. For that reason, Live Stream students are able to pause/rewind/fast forward during the lectures.
The modules are self-paced.
No. You will only have the ability to view the course live or watch the recordings afterward.
Yes. If using a tablet or smartphone, simply utilize the web browser to navigate to the online course portal.
Because of obvious copyright issues, we do not allow students to record Law Preview lectures.
We know that law school can be expensive and that Law Preview’s prep course, although an indispensable way of protecting your educational investment, is not within every student’s summer budget. That’s why we created a no-interest payment plan that allows students to pay their Law Preview tuition over time.
Here's how it works:
- Payment #1 - Immediate on day of enrollment
Pay for 1/3 of your tuition, including a $10.95 materials shipping and handling fee.
- Payment #2 - 30 days after 1st payment
You will be automatically charged 1/3 of your tuition, 30 days after your first payment.
- Payment #3 - 30 days after 2nd payment
You will be automatically charged the remaining balance of your owed tuition 30 days after your second payment.
You can register for Law Preview and attend any Law Preview course using the Payment Plan Option simply by indicating your desire to do so during our online registration process.
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.
Thankfully, in 20 years we never had to resort to either option — please don't be our first!
Yes. 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.