Student Testimonials

Our Students Thrive

Since 1998, BARBRI Law Preview has been helping students find success in law schools across the country. 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 had a significant impact on my success in my first quarter at Stanford Law School. The program armed me with the key concepts of the first year curriculum and taught me how to prepare for class efficiently and effectively. If law school were karate, Don Macaulay would be the Mr. Miyagi of the legal community.”

Daniel K., Stanford 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.”

Anonymous, Columbia Univ. Law School

“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.”

Sophia O., Suffolk Univ. School of Law (transferred to Boston Univ. School of Law)

“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.”

Valencia B., Howard University School of Law

“Looking back after the conclusion of my 1L, I owe much, if not most, of my success to the skills and strategies I learned during Law Preview. The learning curve in law school is very steep, and Law Preview allowed me to enter school immediately prepared; knowing what I had to do to succeed. Following Law Preview’s steps throughout the year, I finished in the top 5% of my class, was admitted to my school’s Law Review and landed a summer associate position at one of the world’s most prestigious law firms. I can’t thank Law Preview enough and think it is an invaluable experience every incoming law student should take part in.”

Terrence O., Boston College Law School

“Law Preview had an amazing impact on my education and social life – I felt prepared from 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.”

Linda Q., Northwestern Univ. School of Law

“Law Preview provided an opportunity to get a helpful “sneak peak” of the substantive issues that were covered throughout the semester. The background information helped get me into the mindset of the topic areas in a way that I would not have gotten without the instruction. Additionally, I used the organizational strategies offered in the course to varying degrees throughout the semester. I particularly liked that the advice was still flexible enough that I could adapt it to my own method of working and studying.”

Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2022

“Here is a quick update from my first semester. I got my grades back, and they turned out really well! I fortunately got all Honors and Dean’s Scholar grades (school-specific grading system that translates to 4.0+). I think it was in no small part due to the headstart I got with attending Law Preview. The tip to start outlining really early on saved me because I had to travel a bit for a wedding abroad during study period, but I was already on top of it thanks to that great advice. It was amazing how many times throughout the semester I had already read the cases discussed in class during Law Preview. I only wish that I could go back and sit in on the corresponding classes for this semester fresh now. Also, the 1L Mastery videos on topics like Conspiracy in CrimLaw or Personal Jurisdiction in CivPro really helped clarify concepts that could be boiled down simply but are often taught in complicated ways. Anyway, I am hoping to replicate the success of last semester now, so wish me luck!”

Anonymous, Harvard Law School, Class of 2022

“The course allowed me to enter the semester with greater confidence in my preparation than I would have had otherwise.”

Homer L., Georgetown University Law Center

“Law Preview was super helpful for me in getting a sense of large doctrinal concepts that will be covered in law school. It provided a great launchpad for me and I ended up scoring in the top 15% of my section after my 1L fall.”

Anonymous, Georgetown University Law Center

“I am a 1L at UCI Law, I was a student in Law Preview for the online session last year. Guess what? First-semester 1L grades finally posted, and I got a 3.93!!! I really think my time in the Law Preview course was integral to my success. Thanks again for creating such a unique program!”

Patrick R., University of California, Irvine, School of Law

“Law Preview provided me with invaluable insight and helpful tools for tackling the rigors of 1L. The program gave me a level of confidence which allowed me to hit the ground running as I embarked on my law school experience. There is no doubt in my mind that Law Preview was instrumental in enabling me to finish my 1L year in the top 10% of my class and being invited to join the Law Review. Don, thank you for an outstanding course!”

Paul G., Boston College Law School

“Last summer I was fortunate to receive a Law Preview Scholarship. The experience was particularly useful to me as a first generation law student. The class introduced me not only to doctrinal material from the first-year curriculum but it also exposed me to the law school nuances no one had told me about, like the Socratic method, briefing cases, and accessing prior exams as study aids. The benefits of being a Law Preview alum are numerous. I am still in contact with some of the students I met during the class. I also have access to Barbri webinars, which provide information on useful skills for the first year of law school and beyond, and the Job Network, which grants access to many of the law firm partners Barbi has.”

Carla L., Harvard Law School

“Going in as a 1L who had no lawyers in my family to ask about what to expect, Law Preview was essential to my success. It taught me a lot about the foreign world of law school which made it less scary from Day 1. It also gave me a schedule to follow during finals, which helped organize a pretty hectic time. At the end of 1L, I was super satisfied with my grades and working for a great law firm. In the marathon of law school, a week up really made all the difference.”

Brandi D., Brooklyn Law School

“A year after completing the Law Preview program I am an articles-editor on my school’s Law Review, an extern with the enforcement branch of a federal agency, and sitting pretty with a GPA I’m too polite to share. I am confident that I wouldn’t have accomplished all of those things if it wasn’t for the instruction I received during my week of Law Preview.”

Raimund S., American University, Washington College of Law

“Law Preview was a great opportunity for me to be able to get a taste of what law school was going to be like! I had the opportunity to learn how to brief and know what to expect. It was a captivating class and certainly gave me pieces of advice I kept close. I am finishing the semester with straight A’s”

Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law

“Law Preview gave me the techniques that have allowed me to be successful my first year. [3.95 GPA after 1L year].”

Anonymous, SMU-Dedman School of Law

“I went into law school knowing what to expect. When everyone didn’t know how to write a case brief, I did. I went in knowing when to start outlining and how to prepare for class from day one.”

Anonymous, Rutgers University School of Law

“I strongly believe my Law Preview experience allowed me to go into law school feeling familiar with the central topics of each doctrinal class. Having this feeling of familiarity, it allowed me to not stress. Not only that, I was able to manage my time extremely well due to the tips we learned during Law Preview. I took on other responsibilities during the first semester, but because I was able to balance them all in addition to school, I was able to finish the semester with Honors in all three of the fall doctrinal classes. Thank you, Law Preview!”

Anonymous, Northeastern University School of Law

“Law Preview allowed me to get a head start during my first year of law school. It was extremely helpful during midterms and finals. All of the available study aids helped me get a better understanding of each course. [3.93 GPA after first semester].”

Anonymous, Touro Law School

“Great experience with Law Preview. Support material (online videos) after the course and continual study tips helped reinforce the material taught in the classroom. Highly recommend. Felt prepared for class discussions and received A-s in the two courses that were introduced in-depth at Law Preview.”

Anonymous, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

“I think Law Preview prepared me for what law school would look and feel like. The interactive mock classes with professors gave me a baseline foundation of terms and information, but the setting allowed me to ascertain what being in a law classroom would be like.”

Lexi W., University of Michigan School of Law

“Law Preview really gave me a head start on the subject matter as well as some helpful advice on how to navigate law school. Being not only a first-generation law student, but also a first-generation college student, I have often had to figure out higher education on my own. Having the Law Preview experience before beginning my first semester gave me peace of mind and showed me what to look out for in my 1L year and what things I needed to prioritize. This definitely got me off on the right foot and led me to achieve a 4.0 GPA my first semester.”

Jared G., American University, Washington College of Law

“I was often asked during the first few weeks where I’d worked in the law previously. I had literally no legal experience before BarBri Law Preview other than having read a couple of cases, not the ones we’d studied. But the Law Preview course both set me on the right footing for the year and gave me an overview of how the coursework would fit together. Finally, the practice outlining was invaluable.”

Peter S., Northwestern University School of Law

“Law Preview helped me feel confident in class, and sure that I knew what I was in for. I do not think I could have achieved an A+ in my contracts class without the help of law preview. Because I knew how to prepare and study for law school before I arrived I was well prepared to take the final that was 100% of my grade.”

Anonyomous, University of New Hampshire School of Law

“I am a 1L at UCI Law, I was a student in Law Preview for the online session last year. Guess what? First-semester 1L grades finally posted, and I got a 3.93!!! I really think my time in the Law Preview course was integral to my success. Thanks again for creating such a unique program!”

Patrick R., University of California, Irvine School of Law

“Law Preview took away the learning curve of the first few weeks of law school. When other classmates were struggling to adjust to learning via cases and figuring out what details in a case were important to the class itself, I had already gained these skills through my week of Law Preview. Law school doesn’t teach you how to learn the material, but Law Preview did.”

Lewis S., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

“If I hadn’t taken this course I would have been absolutely railroaded by my classes.”

Matt E., Stanford Law School

“Law Preview familiarized gave me an edge in class when we would discuss the same topics and cases that I had reviewed this summer. This was especially so in property when we went over estates. Law Preview also helped me keep on track with the task calendars. I wrapped up the fall semester with a 3.82 GPA and top 7% in my class.”

Anonymous, Florida State University School of Law

“Law Preview provided me with an overview of how 1st year grades impact future employment and suggested strategies and techniques that helped me perform at my individual best. The substantive overview of 1st year courses provided invaluable context on what to expect prior to arriving in class. I referenced my notes from Law Preview frequently to remind myself of “big picture” concepts.”

Josh H., Belmont University School of Law

“I ended up ranked 3rd out of 209 students after my first semester 1L year. I am certain my class standing is due to Barbri’s Law Preview and 1L Mastery Materials. Ask anyone and they will tell you that first semester grades are crucial, and they are right. My grades have opened up so many job opportunities for me, and I could not have done it without Barbri.”

Gabi E., University of Houston Law Center

“Law Preview got me ready to hit the ground running. Prior to taking Law Preview, I did not know how to do law school. In the course, I learned the methods I need to use everyday to be successful. I heard many people say they wasted time doing useless things first semester, thanks to Law Preview I avoided this.”

Madison L., Arizona State University—Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

“I thank Law Preview for setting me up for success! It gave me the perfect “preview” for what my schedule would be, in terms of reading, briefing, etc. for the semester and prepared me to my best! I went in knowing how to brief which was my greatest asset! I ranked number 7 out of my class of 271 with a 3.93 GPA and made Dean’s List. None of that would have been possible without my week of Law Preview!”

Anonymous, UIC - John Marshall Law School

“Law Preview gave me the confidence to know that hard work could pay off in law school. During the first semester, law students often hear the cliche, “Study smarter, not harder.” Unfortunately, nobody really tells us what that means. Law Preview gave an actual playbook to success. If a student follows Don’s schedule and stays consistent during their first semester, they will succeed. The first semester of law school will test your abilities as a student both mentally and emotionally. Therefore, gaining the knowledge and confidence to know what success in law school requires makes taking the class worth it.”

John C., University of Southern California School of Law

“I was able to crush my first semester of law school having knowledge of cases already discussed during the course. I felt confident and established myself early on.”

Anonymous, Howard University School of Law

“I really feel that Law Preview equipped me with everything I needed to succeed in law school. I used Law Preview’s schedule and study aids extensively and I feel that is what led to my success!”

Joshua V., University of Texas School of Law

“Law preview helped me hit the ground running with regards to my study schedule and outlining. It also gave me an edge on what to look for when reading a case. I finished my first semester with a 3.628 and an A in our 4 credit Torts class!”

Anonymous, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law

“I finished my first semester with a 3.74 GPA and near the top of my class, and I wholeheartedly believe that Law Preview provided the foundation which I continued to rely and build on over the entire semester. I highly recommend the course to anyone contemplating attending law school!”

Daniel B., University of Massachusetts School of Law—Dartmouth

“I felt comfortable with the course material and had a good idea about what the semester workload would look like thanks to the Barbri Law Preview.”

Christina O., University of Texas Law School

“Law Preview has given me a firm foundation as to how I should approach my classes to do well. After attending LP, I was able to formulate an attack plan for law school such that when school actually started, I felt better prepared.”

Anonymous, University of Chicago Law School

“I thought I came in with substantially less nerves about case briefing than many of my classmates. This made the adjustment to law school far easier than I anticipated [3.77 GPA after fall semester].”

Anonymous, Vanderbilt University School of Law

“Law Preview on demand was a great choice for me as an evening law student working full time. I wasn’t able to take off for a week of in-person Law Preview, but I could fit On-Demand into my schedule. Law Preview helped me go into my first year of law school with confidence by teaching the basics of the core 1L subjects, case briefing, and what to expect from my professors. I even spoke with Don Macaulay over the phone and he helped me figure out how to structure my study schedule around work and other commitments for the first semester. All of this preparation helped me come out of my first semester with an A average. Overall, I couldn’t be happier that I decided on Law Preview!”

Samantha K., University of Maryland School of Law

“I went into law school prepared and felt ahead of the curve when it came to jumping into the swing of 1L. I felt comfortable while everyone was still learning how to balance the readings and learn to brief. Without Law Preview I don’t believe I could have achieved my 4.0 GPA.”

Anonymous, University of Florida School of Law

“Law Preview did a great job in preparing me for what each course was going to entail. They gave me some insight into what contracts really was, what a tort is, and how legal writing would be part of the curriculum. Attending Law Preview so close to the start of classes also got me mentally prepared to go back to an academic setting and be ready for readings and classrooms again. The materials from the case brief skeleton to the online multiple-choice to the year-long calendar were impactful for maintaining a good pace, briefing cases with speed, and preparing for finals.”

Tai K., University of Southern California School of Law

“Using the tools provided by the Law Preview course, I was able to attain a ranking in the top 25 students of my 145 student class. With the first semester under my belt, I hope to use what this summer course provided me with a more efficient way to climb to rank among the top 10 students in my class.”

Jack H., University of Richmond School of Law

“Law Preview helped introduce me to the subjects that I later encountered during my 1L Fall. The transition to law school was much easier because I had that early exposure to the material.”

Anonymous, Yale Law School

“I was able to begin law school with a basic familiarity of many topics and of the particular vernacular used in law school. Unfortunately for many of my classmates they were tossed into the deep end and told to swim.”

Anonymous, University of Pennsylvania Law School

“As I have just gotten back my last grade from my fall exams, I wanted to share with you my deep appreciation for Law Preview. I succeeded this past semester even more then I could have ever imagined: A+ in Torts, A in Crim, A+ on my Property midterm, A+ on my Civ Pro midterm, and an A on both my Legal Writing memos. I remember you mentioned in one of the sessions that we should reach out to you halfway through the year with success stories, so I wanted to do that and to say a HUGE thank you to you and to this awesome program you’ve put together! I can confidently say that I would not have been in this position without seeing the forest through Law Preview. It was such a helpful tool for me that I know put me several steps ahead of my classmates. So thank you so much, and I only hope to continue my success this upcoming semester as well!”

Tal E., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

“Law Preview helped because I went into law school familiar with reading cases and writing briefs. I felt well prepared for my classes. Please note that my law school does not rank until the end of the year. My first semester GPA was a 3.8.”

Marisa P., Brooklyn Law School

“I was a Boston Law Preview student and go to BU now. I got my grades back for last semester and they are great. 4.06 GPA! The summer program definitely gave me a lot of much-needed skills and advice.”

P.T., Boston University School of Law

“I attended your Law Preview course in San Francisco over the summer. I just wanted to write you to thank you for helping me so much my first semester. I am convinced that if it had not been for your program, I would not have done so well on my finals (3.93 here at Cornell). And your tip about bringing in little things that excited the professor helped me to net an A+ in Torts, which additionally helped me to get a summer job researching for that professor. If you ever needed a testimonial or someone to speak volumes of your program, I’m your man.”

Aaron S., Cornell Law School

“I really can’t thank you guys enough. Coming into law school, I had no idea what to expect, but Law Preview gave me the tools I needed to get a running start and keep up the pace for the entire year. I finished up my first year in the top 5% of my class, and I know that would not have been possible without the guidance and motivation I received at Law Preview.”

Alexander C., DePaul University College of Law

“Although the material in the brief lectures were helpful in providing a broader perspective on the courses I was taking, the greatest asset I took from Law Preview was the state of mind it put me in: I was ready to hit the ground running and attack my first semester. For most of the semester, I felt that I was surrounded by people much smarter than myself and who were much more eloquent when speaking in class. However, when it came down to it, I walked out of the first semester with a 3.82, finishing in the top 15% at a very competitive law school.”

Sam C., George Washington University

“I was ranked in the top 15% of my first-year section. I found the last two days of the Law Preview course most helpful. Specifically, the classes taught by Prof. Harrison, Exam Taking and Legal Research and Writing. Although I was cursing myself at the time for spending Saturday learning about mysterious things called Shephardizing and Corpus Juris Secundum, I still referred to the notes I took in that class during my LR and W class last year and during my internship this summer. I also found the e-mail updates during the year helpful. Great program.”

Anonymous, Georgetown University Law

“Law Preview was an invaluable learning tool prior to entering law school. It prepared me mentally beginning day 1 for what I was about to experience, which I believe gave me a distinct advantage over my classmates. I used or referred to the briefing, studying, scheduling and writing techniques I learned from Law Preview throughout the year and plan to continue to utilize those skills because they worked! I got multiple A’s as a 1L. I would highly recommend the Law Preview class for anyone entering law school.”

Anonymous, Hofstra University School of Law

“Law Preview helped me adjust my expectations of law school. Before the first class, I was far better prepared than other students. While my classmates were adjusting to new schedules and strategies, I was already committed to a study schedule, I knew how to effectively brief a case, and I was already introduced to each of my first year subjects. Other students were convinced that I had attended law school previously! Law Preview undoubtedly contributed to my success in my first year. I finished in the top ten of my class, and I clerked for a Court of Appeals judge this summer. I am so convinced of the effectiveness of Law Preview, I’m taking a week off work this summer to act as a student assistant for Law Preview. Thanks, Don, for your commitment to helping law students become better students, and better lawyers!”

Donald T., North Carolina Central University School of Law

“I feel that Law Preview set me apart from the rest of the class because I knew what to expect before I even started school. Many of the cases we read and briefed for class I had already an understanding of because we had gone over them in Law Preview. It also helped me with time management and balancing all the work that is expected during first year. I felt more comfortable starting law school because I knew what I was about to encounter. I am in the top 1% of first year class and I strongly believe it was due in part to the skills I learned through Law Preview [ranked #3 out of 317 after first semester]. I would high recommend law preview to anyone entering law school.”

Anonymous, Nova Southeastern University Law Center

“It was so useful, even though the learning curve was still steep during the first semester I knew where it was going and what my goals should be. I gave it 200% and I was proud of my first semester grades and I look forward to doing even better this semester!”

Jeannine C., Pace University School of Law

“I’m writing to thank you for the Law Preview course I took last summer. I was barely admitted into the school via waitlist, and I had absolutely no studying skills before I attended Law Preview. Law Preview gave me an outstanding overview which helped me formed my study plans, so I knew exactly what to do, when to do them, and how to do them. What helped me the most was your lecture on the right attitude to go into law school with; I was able to maintain positive the entire semester even though at times it was frustrating and many things seemed to go wrong. Now I have an above 4.0 GPA: 2xA+,2xA, 1xA- after first semester, which puts me at about top 1-2%. Thanks again, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Anonymous, South Texas College of Law - Houston

“Law Preview was invaluable. I was hoping to be in the top 20%. I am in the top 8%. LP gave me a road map to law school. While fellow classmates were ‘freaking out’ and overwhelmed at orientation, I felt like I had been there before. When others were struggling with the concept of briefing a case, I had all my briefs completed. Without Law Preview I would have been just another average student. Instead, I’m on the Dean’s List. Thanks Law Preview!”

Mark F., Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law)

“Law Preview completely made my first semester experience. I came in with a game plan instead of struggling the first few months to figure out what I was trying to accomplish. I knew exactly what my courses were going to cover, and most importantly, what I needed to do to get the best handle on the material. I scored in the highest 10% of all my first semester classes and I attribute a lot of this to the preparation I received in Law Preview – especially the exam-taking, outlining, and time management advice.”

Anonymous, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

“While I do not know my class rank because UVa does not release such data, I do have a 3.73 (3 As and a B because I was sick and totally bombed 1 question)– at UVa only 10% of each class can have an A or A- so I am confident that I am in the top 10% of my class. Law Preview taught me three important things that I largely credit my success to. First, to continue my pattern of hard and consistent work throughout the semester. I never missed a class or did not brief a case. I was always caught up (if not ahead) in the reading. By staying a little ahead, I was able to start studying during Thanksgiving Break, which brings me to my second Law Preview lesson: practice exams! I got in touch with students from other schools and also tapped UVa’s old exam database. I took at least 10 practice exams in each subject. This is a step that my friends did not do– or if they did look at practice exams, that was all they did (literally just LOOK at them!) — and their grades show that they failed to adequately prepare. Finally, Law Preview’s outlining strategy made getting ready for finals so easy because I had already been editing and digesting my notes throughout the whole semester. While I had excellent study habits coming into law school, Law Preview reminded me to keep them up and gave me the tools to start using my habits from day one, without having to wait to figure out the mundane details of law school.”

Anonymous, University of Virginia School of Law

“The professors and staff were truly dedicated to making sure that I entered law school armed with a strategy for success . . . I can honestly say that the exam-writing lecture alone was worth the price of admission.”

Berhard S., University of Minnesota School of Law

“Law Preview was an enormous help. I went in with a clear advantage over most other students since I already knew how to read and brief cases, the point of the Socratic method, how to take notes, how to outline, AND how to take exams. This saved me hours of time and was, I believe, instrumental in my first semester GPA of 3.86. That GPA placed me on the right track for the rest of my law school experience, which has included an internship on a Circuit Court of Appeals, Law Review, and several V10 firm offers. I could have done this without Law Preview, but it definitely would have been a lot harder.”

Anonymous, Vanderbilt University School of Law

“Law Preview stressed the importance of outlines, studying, and reviewing from the beginning, which gave me one step ahead of the rest of my class. They didn’t start reviewing/outlining until later, whereas I had continually updated my outline throughout the year.”

Anonymous, Washington Univeristy (St. Louis) School of Law

“I ended up with a 3.81 which would have been 4th in [last year’s] class (I won’t know my actual class rank until after second semester) I believe that Law Preview was a substantial factor in my success in law school.”

Joseph M., Villanova University School of Law

“Having just finished my first semester at William & Mary School of Law, the only thing that I can think to say is THANK YOU!!! I just received my grades and was completely shocked (and thrilled) to see a GPA of 3.93 with 3 As and 1 A-! I took your Law Preview course last summer in Los Angeles and all of the basics that you emphasized were tremendously helpful. Thanks for all of your help in preparing for my first semester of law school.”

Jenn K., William & Mary Law School

“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! Your class here last summer was one of the reasons for my success. Thanks a million!”

Bonny B., John Marshall Law School (Chicago)

“Thank you, Law Preview! I received 2 A minuses and a B+ for my first semester, amounting to a 3.55 GPA. Before taking the course, I felt intimidated about returning back to school. I had taken a few years off after college–2 years of which I spent in the Peace Corps, a very non-academic environment. Law Preview gave me the confidence and tips I needed to succeed. Law school is a totally different animal from college. What worked for you there might not work for you in law school. After taking the Law Preview course, I knew what to expect of law school. I came to school with a plan of action. I truly feel that I’ve received above average grades because of Law Preview. I whole-heartedly recommend it.”

Sharleen D., Georgetown University Law Center

“Grades are out for the year and I’m ranked in the top 10% (almost top 5% — 9/156), which amazes me considering how smart everyone in my class is. I really think the Law Preview advice helped me study smart and capitalize on every strategy to get that all important advantage on tests. I would recommend Law Preview to any student about to start law school, or even considering whether to go at all . . . [Law Preview] really helped calm my nerves and let me know what to expect in the first year of law school. I’ve been out of school for 10 years and was really worried about figuring out how to study again. I also have a young daughter and was not sure how I was going to be able to compete with all the young people with no responsibilities. Law Preview not only taught me how to study, but helped me to actually enjoy my first year of law school!”

Jenn B., George Mason University School of Law

“Fordham doesn’t publish class rank. My GPA was 3.54, which is just shy of 10%(3.55). It was helpful to learn some of the black letter law before beginning, and it certainly gave me something to hang my hat on coming into law school. The exam practice and strategy sessions 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.”

Adam M., Fordham University School of Law

“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 #1 in my class. Due to my stellar 1L performance, I will be completing my J.D. at Yale Law School.”

Jason C., George Mason University School of Law (transferred to Yale Law School).

“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!”

Robert M., Fordham University School of Law (transferred to Columbia Law School)

“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.”

Ashley M., Florida Coastal School of Law (transferred to George Washington University School of Law)

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciated Law Preview. I was only accepted to Albany off the waitlist in early June, and I wasn’t feeling too great about my prospects for success. Now, after having completed my 1L year, I’m proud to report that I ranked #19 out of 250 students. Beyond preparing me for the substantive classes, LP helped me gain confidence and avoid the potholes that challenge every 1L no matter where they go to school. I definitely feel that Law Preview also gave me a leg up on my classmates in a number of ways — whether it was briefing cases or putting together an effective study schedule — Law Preview removed a lot of the trial and error and I entered my first year with a plan of attack and that was without question a major factor in my success.”

Jospeh B., Albany Law School (transferred to George Washington University School of Law)

“Law Preview helped to eliminate some of the pressure and fear of the unknown when it came to the first year of law school. The professors are top notch and the founders of the company are always available to assist a student with any questions he or she may have throughout the semester. While the program provides background on each first year class along with tips pertaining to outlining, exams, briefing cases, etc., I feel that the true value of the program lies in its ability to mentally prepare an incoming law student, making him or her comfortable with the potential obstacles down the road. Law Preview proved to be an invaluable experience; I finished my first year ranked within the top 5% and am transferring to GWU Law in the fall!”

Anonymous, University of Baltimore School of Law (transferred to George Washington University School of Law)

“Law Preview expels the mystery that lies behind the first year of law school. The program revealed to me that success in law school depends greatly on your approach. The tips and tools that I gleaned through my time in the program were priceless in that they gave me a “how to navigate” the first-year of law school that many of my peers did not appear to have. I finished my 1L year ranked #1 out of 313 students and I owe a debt of gratitude to LP for partnering with me throughout my first-year and for their continued support. I firmly believe that anyone who utilizes the LP approach and puts in the time and effort will find themselves at the top of their class and perhaps most importantly, find the law school experience to be enjoyable and satisfying.”

Anonymous, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (transferred to University of Colorado School of Law)

“Law Preview was tremendous in helping me shoot out of the gate strong. From the first day I walked on campus I had a plan and a purpose thanks to LP. In addition to the organizational and structural advantages I had thanks to the schedule and preparation materials, I left LP with a sense of confidence. Law Preview really helped be “demystify” the law, in breaking it down into something practical and manageable. I also believe that the long hours during the program set my expectations for the amount of time and effort I needed to be successful, which led to a smooth and natural transition into the real thing. I would recommend this program to anyone who is entering law school, especially in this market where grades are EVERYTHING. [Ranked #5 out of 339].”

Anonymous, St. Mary's University School of Law (transferred to SMU-Dedman School of Law)

“I ended up finishing my first year in the top twenty students in my class. I attained my first year goal of transferring to a top tier law school. I am currently enrolled at American University-Washington College of Law and so far I have received two As and an A-. I do not believe I could have had such success without Law Preivew and your continued support.”

Parker T., Quinnipiac University School of Law (transferred to American University, Washington College of Law)

“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.”

Craig T., Chicago-Kent School of Law (transferred to Northwestern University School of Law)

“First, I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you, thank you, thank you. In the months leading up to the start of the law school journey, my nerves began to get the best of me as I had heard of the rigors of law school and was skeptical of my ability to withstand the pressure and the work. I enrolled in Law Preview’s late session in NYC and it was at that moment my life changed. Law Preview not only prepared me academically, but more importantly, it reinforced the notion that law school is manageable so long as it is approached in a certain way. It taught me to care about the little things and that those “little” things can make a big difference in the end. The people cared about helping me and the professors were extremely insightful. Now, I don’t believe that I am even close to the smartest person in school, but I feel that Law Preview gave me a head start. Because of Law Preview I knew what I should be doing and when, while others were forced to learn by fire. By the time finals had come around, I was ready and I knew what to expect while others were scrambling to get finished. In short, Law Preview is one of the primary reasons that I received a 4.13 GPA and am ranked 3rd out of 307. Had I not gone to Law Preview, I can promise you that I would not be where I am today. Thank you Law Preview!”

M.B., Seton Hall University School of Law (transferred to New York University School of Law)

“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. 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. I attended Boston College and finished well within the top 10% of my 1L 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 then. 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.”

Matt R., Boston College Law School (transferred to New York University School of Law)

“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. Law Preview gave me a process to follow and an understanding about how to study and absorb the material I’d be learning. In addition, the law professors who teach with Law Preview provided me with an overview of each of my 1L classes, so I had a good understanding about the material I’d cover throughout the year. Finally, 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.”

Mike P., University of Florida School of Law (transferred to Havard Law School)

“Most students come to law school with no clue of what to expect, or what they’ve gotten themselves into. As a result, many spend the first month or so learning not only the legal subjects they came ready to learn, but also an entire new set of study methods. The value of Law Preview is presenting all the study tools and methods before you are expected to use them, giving students the opportunity to get used to them and learn how best to use them to their advantage. I can’t tell you how thankful I was (not to mention how much time I saved) that I knew how to brief before coming to law school! Don’t expect to learn all of 1L year during the program. That’s both not the point and impossible. But when you see subjects in class (this is especially true for future interests) the mystery is gone and you can get right down to understanding it, instead of spending precious time just trying to wrap your brain around it. I’m well above the median in my class and very confident going into 2L on-campus recruiting. I owe that in part to you, Don. A million thanks!!”

Anonymous, University of Pennslyvania Law School

“The Law Preview Program armed me with the tools to hit the ground running in the very first week of classes. I followed the schedule and was a leg up on my classmates in preparing my outlines, preparing for midterms and keeping ahead with my weekly reading. The first year was a tough year because it does take a lot of discipline to really put in the hours necessary to succeed, but Law Preview prepared me for the challenge and gave me confidence that I was not only staying on track but going above and beyond to get in the top 3% of my class.”

Emily L., University of Wisconsin School of Law

“Well, your system worked. My first grades are a 3.8. While there is no class rank, they award a CALI award in each doctrinal class — it represents the best exam for the class in that subject out of 352 students — and I won that in Torts. What a great program!”

John C., Mitchell Hamline School of Law

“I ended up in the top 5% of my 1L class after my first semester. I am certain my class standing is due to Barbri’s Law Preview and 1L Mastery Materials. Ask anyone and they will tell you that first semester grades are crucial, and they are right. My grades have opened up so many job opportunities for me, and I could not have done it without Law Preview.”

Gabi E., University of Houston Law Center

“I was terrified about going to law school. Talking to lawyers and current law students just made it worse. I knew I needed something to give me some confidence and teach me how to survive in what I’d been told was an incredibly harsh environment. I found Law Preview. After the session was over I was still nervous, but I wasn’t in the dark. What I discovered was that Law Preview gave me such a huge advantage over my peers that I almost felt bad for them. Almost. A year later, I’m one of the Top 15 students in my class and on Law Review. I am very, very grateful to Law Preview and its faculty.”

S.B., Wake Forest University School of Law

“My week spent at Law Preview was instrumental to success in my first year. Having a basic familiarity with new terms and a big-picture conception of the structure of each course was an invaluable tool. I still use my notes as a reference and have drawn upon the explanations of the Law Preview instructor’s time and time again. Having a basic introduction to the big topics I faced as a first year gave me a huge advantage over my classmates who were seeing topics for the first time. Law school often comes down to the little things that set you apart from a classmate on the curve, and Law Preview has given me a helpful edge to compete at a higher level. I highly recommend a Law Preview course to anyone entering law school. It’s a chance to develop practical skills and absorb the material before heading into one of the most academically rigorous years of a student’s career! Thanks for making such a difference in my first year!”

Jaimie F., University of Texas School of Law

“My first semester at the University of Tennessee went quite well. I followed the plan and when grades were posted last week, I found I made a 3.72 GPA. As far as individual courses go, it was A+ in Contracts, A in Criminal Law, A- in Torts, B+ in Legal Writing, and B+ in Civil Procedure. Class ranks officially don’t come out until the end of January, but the Career Services office approximates I will be in the top 5% of my class, with a ranking of anywhere between 4 and 7 in a class of 156. This semester was challenging, to say the least. But I never felt myself getting overwhelmed, especially at exam time. Studying for exams wasn’t stressful at all, and your test-taking tips really helped me (apparently, especially in Contracts)!”

Jason S., University of Tennessee College of Law

“I just wanted to let you know that my first semester went very well here at USC. I received grades that put me in the top 10% of the class. I attribute that to getting started on the right foot with your class, among other things. I have used the exam writing materials extensively, which has helped me significantly. . . . The Law Preview course has been very helpful so far, and I’m sure it will continue to be so in the future. Thanks again.”

Marcus R., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

“I am a single mother with custody of 3 elementary-aged children. Law Preview helped alleviate my nervousness about re-entering the classroom after being out for 10 years. It also gave me a chance to focus on the type of material I would be studying and it gave me a game plan for the first year. Without the tips and confidence Law Preview gave me, I don’t know if I would have made it through the first year. I highly recommend this program to anyone, but especially to those going back to law school after being out of school for a while.”

Elizabeth S., University of South Carolina School of Law

“Law Preview paved the way for my success in law school. I earned a spot on Law Review, and I clerked for a Federal District Court Judge my 1L summer. Now that I have finished fall recruiting and have accepted an offer to work for a firm next summer, I realize even more how crucial my success was during the first year. Thanks, Law Preview!”

William E., John Marshall Law School (Chicago)

“Hi Don, I just wanted to let you know we got our first semester grades and my GPA is a 3.85! Law Preview gave me a lot of the study skills I needed to succeed long before anyone else in school figured it out. If I can do that well, anyone can. You just have to know how to go about it, and that’s where Law Preview comes in. Thanks for getting me off to a great start.”

Pamela B., University of Richmond School of Law

“Most students come to law school with no clue of what to expect, or what they’ve gotten themselves into. As a result, many spend the first month or so learning not only the legal subjects they came ready to learn, but also an entire new set of study methods. The value of Law Preview is presenting all the study tools and methods before you are expected to use them, giving students the opportunity to get used to them and learn how best to use them to their advantage. I can’t tell you how thankful I was (not to mention how much time I saved) that I knew how to brief before coming to law school! Don’t expect to learn all of 1L year during the program. That’s both not the point and impossible. But when you see subjects in class (this is especially true for property interests) the mystery is gone and you can get right down to understanding it, instead of spending precious time just trying to wrap your brain around it. I’m well above the median in my class and very confident going into 2L on-campus recruiting. I owe that in part to you, Don. A million thanks!!”

Anonymous, University of Pennslyvania Law School

“The dust has finally settled. After a month of waiting and a week of pushed back releases, grades are out. I did very well, and I wanted to write to thank you and the program’s professors for getting me started on the right track. All in all, I received A’s in both Property and Contracts, and A-‘s in Civ Pro and Torts. I was so happy, I was useless the rest of the day. Thanks again, and best wishes for the program this upcoming summer.”

Tom O., University of Pennsylvania Law School

“The week I spent at the Chicago Law Preview was long and challenging, BUT I cannot emphasize enough how much better I felt while at 1L Orientation for my school. While everyone was losing years off their lives trying to learn how to brief a case in addition to worrying about the subject matter, requirements, and hours of dedication needed for each course, I breezed through Orientation and the first few weeks of school with significantly less stress than I would have suffered had I not gone to Law Preview. Moreover, Don’s talks in particular, prepared me to deal with the mind games played by professors and students. While I was unable to spend the recommended 8 hours/day of studying, I was satisfied with my first-semester performance. Most importantly, however, I credit Law Preview with giving me the overarching perspective needed to keep each first-year course in perspective. If you have the time and the means, I highly recommend doing Law Preview – it can only help you!”

AJ L., University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

“Law Preview was an invaluable experience to me. I highly recommend the class, especially if you’ve been out of school for a couple of years and need to get back in the swing of things. This program got me into a focused academic mindset, prepared me for law school’s massive workload, and gave me the confidence that I could handle everything my professors might throw at me. . . . I just completed interviews for my 2L summer and received offers from eight big DC law firms, including Cleary Gottlieb, Hogan & Hartson, and WilmerHale. I could not be more thrilled and I know the vast majority of my success is due to my GPA (4.06 after 2 semesters at Maryland Law), which I credit in part to the Law Preview program. Thanks for preparing me to excel in law school!”

N.S., University of Maryland School of Law

“After first semester I was ranked 10th in my class and I wanted to write to tell you how Law Preview contributed to my success. As a non-traditional student who left the workforce to return to law school, Law Preview enabled me to start using my time productively from the very beginning of law school. Law schools are full of brilliant and hard-working students. But Law Preview enabled me to start playing the game from the first day. For many of my classmates, it seemed to take at least a month for them to know enough about the law to understand the reading and class materials. Law Preview provided the foundation that enabled me to start building right away. Also, for many students who didn’t have the advantage of Law Preview, it seemed to take until mid-terms to understand this was not like any other college or even post-graduate experience they’d ever had. And if you don’t kick it into gear until mid-terms, you feel like you’re playing catch-up, which eats away at your confidence when you need it the most. I would recommend Law Preview to any incoming 1-L’s. It provides you with confidence, skills, and realistic expectations which will put you a step above many of your classmates. And as law schools operate on a competitive basis, that step up is invaluable.”

Mary M., University of Kentucky School of Law

“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!”

Shaun C., University of Houston Law Center

“I am very happy that I invested in the law preview program. I am happy to say that at the end of my first year of law school I ranked in the top 14% of my class. The first semester of law school you will find that you are surrounded by extremely strong personalities. You will be stressed and you will be surrounded by other stressed people sharing their haphazard strategies for doing well. Your first year of law school feels like a hurricane (you are overwhelmed by the stress of achievement, the standards, the Socratic method, etc). I would say that law preview was my safe haven. Above all else, the Law Preview program allowed me to glide into my first year of law school with a sense of ease. Peace of mind is a very crucial thing. In addition to peace of mind, the law preview program gave me strategies and made me more focused. It allowed me to save time, concentrate better, and ultimately achieve my results. I highly recommend the program to any first-year student It was the best decision I made coming into law school!”

Anonymous, University of Denver College of Law

“I would gladly recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn the secret of success in law school. As I began to prepare myself for the first year, I began to panic. I had been out of school, in the work world for five years. I had taken the LSATs a few years ago and really felt as though I had NO idea what I was getting into. I was right. Without Law Preview I would have been lost. While many of my classmates were panicking, I arrived with the perspective and the head start I needed to survive this first year. I have used my Law Preview notes to review concepts in each of my courses and also to study for exams. I have also stayed in touch with my Law Preview professors and sought their assistance during the academic year. . . . The in-class instruction and the follow-up support cannot be beaten! Thanks again.”

Janna L., Duke University Law School

“My school does not rank students, so I don’t know my percentile. But I am very pleased with my grades–almost all As. I know that Law Preview was particularly helpful in getting me into the right mindset from the very beginning. I already had a framework for each course, and it made it easier for me to see the big picture from day 1. This is where I feel I excelled past my classmates–my ability to understand the material thematically. I did not spend my first weeks struggling over minute, unnecessary details, or teaching myself the components of a brief, as others did.”

Anonymous, University of Pennsylvania Law School

“I had been out of school for a couple of years, so I was nervous about starting law school. I attended Law Preview, and the Exam-Taking Strategies seminar in the fall, and not only did they help me feel confident, I did great! After the first semester, I am in the top 5% of my class and have secured a judicial internship for the summer. Thanks, Law Preview!”

Matt B., Univerity of Oklahoma School of Law (transferred to George Washington University Law School)

“I really took to heart the message: brief every case, pre-planned outlining schedule, pre-planned daily task list for the entire semester, and the importance of figuring out how to translate the semester’s materials into usable exam strategies. When I got to school, I was shocked that many of my classmates routinely didn’t fully prepare for class, stayed in the library until the wee hours in the morning, and didn’t pay attention during class. Our class rank isn’t released, but I land well above the top 5% historical mark. Notably, I’ve always struggled with reading comprehension; I think my classmates and professors would be shocked at my grades given my performance in class. I was never stressed out or rushing to get through the material using the Law Preview plan. Most importantly, I knew I could disregard all the unsolicited advice from upperclassmen about how to do well because I already had my plan! The time and money I dedicated to taking Law Preview paid off ten-fold. You can take back a lot of things in life, but first year grades aren’t one of them. Law Preview teaches students how to manage that pressure and live a healthy lifestyle.”

Anonymous, University of North Carolina School of Law

“Law Preview was worth every penny. The lectures get you thinking about the important concepts, expose you to new terminology, and cover some of the cases you are likely to see in your 1L courses. It gave me a lot of confidence to have all this knowledge before classes even began. Thanks in part to my week at Law Preview, I did well enough my 1L year to transfer to Yale and to get a summer job and an offer of permanent employment from a law firm in Manhattan.”

Anonymous, University of Michigan School of Law (tranferred to Yale Law School)

“Law Preview made me much more prepared for law school. The specific subject lessons were nice, but it was the overall lessons about preparedness and what to expect that helped me to not be blindsided when I got here. I can definitely say that the program paid off because after my first year I am ranked #15 out of 500 students in my class.”

Michael S., University of Miami School of Law

“First, a note about my rank: University of Michigan does not rank its students. I do know, however, that our classes are curved around a mean of 3.19, which means that 50% of students get higher than that GPA overall. Also, I’ve heard that a 3.4 represents the lower limit of the 25th percentile. After my first year at UM Law, I have a 3.75 GPA. I went in with an LSAT that put me in the lowest quartile, and now I have a GPA that puts me maybe in the top 10% of the class! At the beginning of the year, my goal was to get a 3.2, and I have exceeded that by far. I believe that part of the reason for my success was indeed the Law Preview program. By taking Law Preview, I was able to get a solid base for all the substantive material that I was to learn in class. In at least every one of my first year courses, I read cases that I read in Law Preview. For example, in Torts during my first semester at law school, I think the first 3 cases we read I had read in Law Preview. That gave me a huge advantage in class because while doing my reading, I knew what to look for and what nuances were important. Also, I was able to participate confidently in those classes. Also, procedurally, Law Preview helped me tremendously. I knew how to brief cases before the first day of class so when I was engaging in my reading, I could really focus on the material. My classmates at this time were still struggling with their case briefs. Also, I closely followed the suggested schedule that Law Preview gave us and kicked into high gear at the appropriate moments. I was able to finish my outlines by the last day of class and was able to use our entire study period brushing up on material, using my study aids, and taking practice tests. Again, at this time my classmates were barely finishing their outlines and maybe taking one practice test. I believe both the substantive and procedural information I learned from Law Preview was monumental to my success in my first year of law school and enabled me to achieve much more than I had expected. Thank you!”

Anonymous, University of Michigan School of Law

“Law Preview was crucial to my success in the 1L year. First, it demystified the whole “law school experience”. Close interaction with professors and staff enables us to see what professors will really be getting at in class – and what they will really be looking for come exam time! Second, Law Preview provides a strong foundation for how to approach legal study. In addition to introducing the subject areas that a 1L is bound to encounter, they also focus on things like study skills, how to conduct legal research, and how to work with an eye towards exams – all crucial skills! Finally, Law Preview is not just a class, but a continuing relationship. The e-mails and advice throughout the year help to provide encouragement and keep you on track when you’re in the thick of it all. All in all, there is no way I would have begun law school without the benefit of Law Preview!”

Anonymous, University of Miami School of Law

“I ended up going to the University of Iowa Law School (Boyd Hall), and the first semester has gone exceptionally well. So, thank you for setting up such a helpful program. The people at the law school are extraordinarily bright, and after exams, I thought I was doomed. Yet I managed to scrape by with a 3.85, and was the number one scorer in both Legal Writing and Contracts; I was the tied as the number three scorer in Torts, and the number 12 scorer (out of 90) in Property (A-). I could not have asked for much better last semester, though I’m keeping nose to the grindstone and continuing to follow your ‘plan’ for this semester.”

Arca C., University of Iowa College of Law (transferred to Columbia Law School)

“The best thing I got out of Law Preview was the practical advice. Part of being successful in any situation is strategy – learning how to maneuver within the circumstances. Law Preview was a great strategy resource. Law School is a foreign world, and knowing what to expect before you ever get there is a huge asset. Most people are totally baffled and have no idea what to do, but I felt a little more confident and had a game plan when I went in. I also really appreciated having some idea of how to approach my exams during the first semester. I got A’s in all my substantive classes, including the high grade in Contracts that was 15% above the second-highest score. Thanks for everything! [Ranked #5 out of 266 after first semester].”

Anonymous, University of Houston Law Center

“As a 40-year old, returning to law school after having been in the working world for 19 years, I was seriously concerned with how I would adapt to academic life. Law Preview built on some of the books that I had previously read and provided additional insight. I feel that I entered the classroom with insight into what was going to happen. I was not surprised by anything they threw at me. I took the directions about studying to heart, used the recommendations about time allotment, and found that I graded on to Law Review at the end of the year. Top 10% in my section. Law Preview is not a magic bullet and will not ‘get you on Law Review’. But, it kept me from spinning my wheels on the irrelevant things and the email reminders made sure that I was focused on time-sensitive issues long before my colleagues caught on. The Law Preview experience is a great tool to have in the toolkit when you start, but it will not solve anything without consistent hard work implementing the suggestions.”

Mark D., University of Houston Law Center

“My grades were as follows: Contracts A+, Property A-, Civ Pro B+. I haven’t received my legal research and legal writing grade yet, but it should be okay . . . . All of my exams this semester are closed book essays, so I’m confident that my preparation and training paid dividends. In terms of work, I ended up getting a 1L job (pre-grades offer) with a big firm, based in large part on my work exp. I’m going to do research for a prof for the second half of the summer. Law Preview was an invaluable orientation to law school. Before I arrived at school, I had practiced reading and briefing cases and had a solid plan of attack. By diligently staying ahead with my reading and by keeping on schedule, I was able to pay better attention in class and to focus on my professors’ personal views. When “crunch time” came around at the end of the semester, many of my classmates had difficulty figuring out how to outline effectively, while I had already begun weeks earlier and was ready to focus on practice exams. Also, because I was well organized, I had plenty of time to prepare cover letters and resume for the Dec. 1 mailing date. Overall, Law Preview gave me confidence that I could conquer law school, and I wasn’t disappointed.”

Anonymous, University of Texas Law School

“Law Preview completely made my first-semester experience. I came in with a game plan instead of struggling the first few months to figure out what I was trying to accomplish. I knew exactly what my courses were going to cover, and most importantly, what I needed to do to get the best handle on the material. I scored in the highest 10% of all my first semester classes and I attribute a lot of this to the preparation I received in Law Preview – especially the exam-taking, outlining, and time management advice.”

Anonymous, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

“I had been out of school for 4 years when I decided to go to law school, and I was at 5 years out when school actually started. Aside from the LSAT I had not really studied or used my brain in an academic setting since undergrad. At first, I was skeptical when I received info in the mail form Law Preview. After all, I was an excellent student so how much help could I really need. The more I thought about it, however, the more I realized that I could use a refresher. As it turned out, Law Preview was the best thing I could have done to prepare for law school. I was a biology major in undergrad, and law school is a whole other world. Maybe there are some undergrad majors that can make the switch to the thought/writing/study style and requirements easily, but I doubt it. There are some books out there that attempt to give you an overview of what to expect, but I can attest that they do not do the job that Law Preview does. I KNOW that I had an advantage over my peers, and it was money well spent.”

John S., Lewis & Clark Law School

“I highly recommend Law Preview to anyone preparing to enter the first year of law school, whatever your personal circumstances may be. If you are just graduating from under-grad, Law Preview will help you to quickly see that Law School will be nothing like undergrad and will provide you with tips on how to hit the ground running. If you are like me and have been out of school for a few (or many!) years, Law Preview is a great way to get your feet wet again and to help build up your confidence before the school year begins. In addition, Law Preview is such a fantastic experience because you can truly see what your first year is going to be like in 6 short days. The professors are extraordinary and you will learn in one week the basics of everything you need to know to excel in your first year . . . I really enjoyed the week I spent with Law Preview but it was not until school started that I realized just how valuable an experience it was for me and it further hit home when I ended the first semester with a 3.9 GPA and ranked #1 in my class! I couldn’t have done it without Law Preview!”

E.K., Suffolk University School of Law (transferred to Boston College Law School)

“There were two great benefits from Law Preview. First, it gave me a sneak peek of all the core subject matters. I cannot stress how much that benefited me. It removed the intimidation factor and gave me a broad overview of each subject. Second, and more importantly, it gave me a plan in which to succeed. While other law students were flailing around and trying to figure out what to do, I had a clear plan that guided my actions. Law Preview told me precisely what was required to succeed (lots of hours and lots of outlining). It gave me a schedule to do those things. And this schedule was given to me by a Law Preview lawyer invitee who would not sugar-coat the demands (or rewards) of this work.”

Blake B., Stanford Law School

“Having worked for several years before applying to law schools, I was nervous about getting back into a school setting. I signed up for Law Preview, hoping that it would re-acclimate me to the classroom, the note-taking, and the concentration I would need to get by in law school. I was happy with the week I spent, feeling confident that at the very least, I would not be completely lost when classes began. After a week of school, however, I realized that I had received much much more from the week I spent with Law Preview. I knew how to read and understand cases, which reduced the stress of preparing for classes and gave me more time to outline and review my notes. I was able to prepare for finals throughout the semester, using the strategies Law Preview gave me to attack outlining, studying, and test-taking. Law school exams are hard, but Law Preview helps to maximize your potential by showing you how to focus your time and concentrate on the important issues. I ended my first year near the top of my class. I was invited to join Law Review and I interned for a federal judge in my first-year summer. Now, nearing the end of my second year, I am looking forward to a summer associate position at one of New York’s top law firms. I owe many thanks to Law Preview!”

Amanda U., St. John's University School of Law

“Law school was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I always worked hard, got good grades, and I did well on the LSAT. Suddenly I found myself surrounded by three hundred people just like me; all of them intelligent, resourceful and some with more extensive backgrounds than I could imagine. How do you succeed when you’re faced with such great competition? What is the only way to get to the top? The answer for me was Law Preview. . . . There was no time to figure things out once the semester started. While everyone was concerned with what to put in their briefs, I was reading ahead and getting started on my outlines. Law Preview gave me the edge I needed to stay ahead of the class and the skills I needed to succeed. As the semester went on, I referred back again and again to the exam strategies and I’m convinced it’s what got me the A’s, first on the midterm and then on my finals. Make no mistake; law school does not test how smart you are. Just working hard is not enough for an A. You need the tools that set you apart and ahead of everyone else. Thank you LawPreview for all the great advice and for helping me through my very scary first semester!!”

Angela K., Seton Hall Universit School of Law

“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!”

Anonymous, Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law (transferred to William & Mary Law School)

“Law Preview was critical in giving me the strategic advantages that allowed me to excel during the 1L year. Many of my colleagues did not realize the correct pacing and preparation schedule until it was far too late. I appreciated Don’s realistic and blunt advice about the difficulties you will face during the first year. Law school is about hard work and proper preparation, and Law Preview made this unambiguously clear through the Strategies for Academic Success sessions, as well as the experience of preparing for the mini-courses at Law Preview. . . . Last, and maybe most important, I left Law Preview excited to start school. When the year began I was able to step through the doors with the confidence of having an explicit and detailed plan about what was going to happen. Carrying through with the Law Preview schedule allowed me to go into exams confident, relatively stress-free, and somewhat rested. While this was not a particularly “fun” experience to go through finals, I know that my experience was far better than most. [Ranked top 1% after first year].”

Anonymous, University of Indiana-Bloomington School of Law

“At Howard, we do not know our class rank until the end of the year. However, I have received my first semester grades. I got 2 As and a B. Thus, I have an A average!! Law Preview should be required of all law students entering their first year of law school. Why it is not, I have no idea. I simply cannot imagine what I would have done without the formidable introduction to law school and support that Law Preview has given me. I think that law school is difficult even if you have the benefits of an introduction such as Law Preview. I have a pretty non-traditional background for a law student and future lawyer. I spent most of my life as a performing artist (actress and singer). Thus, I was really worried that I would be at a disadvantage in my first year. But Law Preview gave me the confidence and tools to be successful. My grades are evidence of that. Moreover, I would like to commend your ability to bring such an impressive roster of instructors to the program. I particularly enjoyed my Torts professor from Yale. He was marvelous. He left me with such a deep impression of the importance of keeping my moral compass in order as I navigate this profession. Thank you!!!”

Mia S., Howard University School of Law

“I filled out the [course] evaluation fairly completely. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my answers. One thing might be a bit misleading; my answer to your question ‘Did Law Preview meet your expectations?’. The best answer available was ‘Yes. completely’ which I selected. In reality, Law Preview exceeded my expectations. My expectation was that Law Preview would give me an overview of each 1st-year law class so I will be able to absorb each case knowing where the endpoint will be. While it certainly did that, I did not expect it to be so entertaining. The faculty last week were all extraordinary teachers. Several could have been stand up comedians… So, while there was no place to put it on the evaluation, Law Preview did more than just meet my expectations. My only complaint is that I am going to spend the next nine months frustrated since I know what great teaching is. Thanks for a great week.”

David A., Harvard Law School

“I’m ranked #1 in my class and I recommend Law Preview to anyone entering their first year of law school — especially if, like me, you have been out of school for a few years. Law Preview helped me approach my first year of law school with confidence. Unlike the rest of my class, I knew what law school classes were like, and more importantly, I knew what professors expected on exams. Law school requires a completely different type of studying than I expected from my undergraduate days. As a part-time night student, there is no way I could have spent the time to figure out the nuances of law school without Law Preview, which spells it all out for you. . . . Further, the professors who teach the Law Preview classes are excellent. In one week Law Preview teaches the basics of all the standard first-year classes. And trust me, the overview you will have makes studying them a lot easier in the school year. My performance is a living testimonial to Law Preview’s effectiveness. In my first year, I received grades of A or A+ in every subject, except my first semester writing course and I missed the Law Preview session on that!”

K.S., John Marshall Law School (Chicago)

“I just received my first semester grades back, and I received a 3.416. While that may not seem impressive, it is good enough for #2 in my part-time law school class. As a father, a husband, and someone who works full-time, making time for the session was difficult but well worth it. I feel that the knowledge and habits that I was exposed to were invaluable in allowing me to hit the ground running from the beginning of school. I didn’t have to worry about what it was going to be expected of me, I already knew.”

B.G., Stetson University School of Law

“Law Preview provided a distinct advantage going into our 1st-year classes. Having a general overview of each course enables students to grasp the topics more quickly. As a part-time evening student, working full time, this was a great assist in my first year.”

Mark M., Saint Louis University School of Law

“Thanks, Law Preview- I finished somewhere in the top 6-7% of my class for the first year. Because I am part-time, we are not officially ranked until the end of our second year, but my grades let me know where I stand. I definitely credit Law Preview in large measure for my success; in particular, the “approach to law school” tips are priceless and are what gave me the edge.”

Anonymous, Georgia State University School of Law

“I am happy to report that I just received my last grade and have an overall GPA of 4.15 at Albany Law! Better than I could have even dreamed of (and pretty good for having 2 small kids!). I just wanted to say thank you- the info I received in law preview was a huge part of knowing how to study and what to do to get where I wanted to be. I just wanted to say thank you- the info I received in law preview was a huge part of knowing how to study and what to do to get where I wanted to be.”

Paige F., Albany Law School

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