Law Preview reviews

Our alums explain how Law Preview has helped thousands of incoming 1Ls become top law students

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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.

"The Law Preview course was extremely helpful in introducing the legal terminology that we learned during many of our first year courses. Therefore, having heard the terms once before I felt a familiarity with them and many of the cases that we studied as well which made the overall study of the course easier. Thanks Law Preview!"
Anonymous, Albany Law School of Union University, Class of 2010
"I felt that Law Preview was a real asset as far as informing us on how much work is required to do well. I know a lot of fellow students studied the same as they did in college and they did not do as well. Also, the classes were very helpful in giving us a taste of what we were about to get into. I know that I was far more prepared than most on the first day due to the fact that I had some exposure to the course material during the Law Preview class. I know that I would not have done as well if it were not for Law Preview. It really informed me about what was required and how to manage my time."
Caroline S., Albany Law School of Union University, Class of 2009
"I can’t tell you how much I appreciated Law Preview. I was only accepted to Albany off the waitlist in early June 2009, 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."
Joseph B., Albany Law School of Union University, Class of 2012 (transferred to George Washington University Law School)
"It improved my preparation and gave me more overall understanding as a first-generation lawyer/student."
Aaron Y., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2022
"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 of Union University, 2021
"Law Preview did all it advertised it would: introduced the basic foundations of not only the different law disciplines, but the foundations for thinking like a law student. The faculty were excellent."
Ricardo G., Albany Law School of Union University, Class of 2009
"Law Preview let me know what to realistically expect from law school. It was shocking to hear the amount of time required to excel in law school. But after hearing from many professors during law preview, I knew what to expect from day 1 which helped me stay ahead and prevent me from getting behind."
Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, 2022
"It certainly worked well for my GPA! [3.72 GPA after the first semester]"
Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, 2023
"Law Preview helped me get good perspective on the road ahead. Law Preview helped explain and set out what I needed to do to do well in law school. Some 1L students undoubtedly worked very hard but did not get the best results. Law Preview gave me a five foot head start on the rest of my 1L class. There is no doubt in my mind many of my peers had superior intelligence to mine and but I was always on top of my classwork, reading and scheduling for exams. Law Preview helps one keep the end in sight all the way from week one to week 15. With hard work and the head start Law Preview provides I was able to end my first year in the top 10% of my class."
Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2009
"I dont know my class rank, but it was a 3.7 I liked that we went over actual cases [during Law Preview]. So when they came up the second time around, it was like a nice break and I felt like a pro."
Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2011
"I felt more confident starting in the fall and had a better understanding of the material as I progressed through the year. [Ranked top 10% after 1L year]."
Anonymous, American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2013
"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
"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. 2019
"Law Preview (LP) affected my experience profoundly. I followed LP’s dictates with religious fervor. I believe it worked. Without it, I would not have started outlining as early, structured my time as rigorously, or put so much time into studying."
Jeremiah L., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2011
"The calendar was incredibly helpful and disturbingly accurate. The study schedule was useful in that it was an extreme to shoot for that kept me the right amount of ahead on my work. Reading some of the major cases before starting the class got me in the perfect mindset for reading. It was a head start that was greatly appreciated. The different perspectives on those cases provided by the professors also gave me some insightful ideas that I totally passed off as my own thoughts in class."
John O., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2022
"We do not rank until the end of the first year, but my GPA is 3.82 (around top 5%). Law Preview was a great warm up for my courses. It familiarized me with much of the legal terminology . . . and I found the test taking tips from professors especially helpful. However, the biggest advantaged derived from the course is probably confidence. There is no time to waste in law school wavering on study strategies, and I felt I went in with a winning strategy in hand."
Mark B., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2010
"Law Preview impacted my study schedule and the daily hours I committed to each day – this was the biggest impact. I understood the dedication I needed to give and held myself to that high standard. Additionally, my GPA was the highest I ever achieved in a single undergrad semester, I attribute this to Law Preview’s frank and direct teaching on how to dedicate myself to achieve success."
Mary M., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2023
"Law Preview helped me to start out law school a step ahead. I knew what to expect, I knew how I was going to approach the semester, and I felt more at ease because I knew the Law Preview approach had proven to be effective. The strategy sessions were of most help to me, and I also really appreciated the helpful updates throughout the year."
Michael P., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2010
"Law Preview’s 1L calendar was integral to my success during the Fall semester. The schedule helped me stay on top of assignments and review, so that I could adequately prepare for my finals during the reading period. Thanks to Law Preview, I ended the Fall semester with a GPA in the top 10% of my class!"
Miranda C., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2023
"I did not come straight from undergrad. I spent the past 5.5 years as an Army Officer. Although school was a major adjustment, Law Preview’s introduction to the subject matter and tips for success were instrumental for me in developing a structure and study plan that led to success."
Patrick C., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2021
"Law Preview prepared me to hit the ground running on Day 1 of law school and score in the top 10% of my class for the first semester. I am thankful that my school secured vouchers for 1L students, and I think every school should do the same."
Patrick R., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2023
"Provided a honest assessment of the work required to succeed. Made it easier to acclimate to law school. Calendar helped provide structure. Learned how to read and brief quicker. Courses were more familiar and easier to understand."
Paul T., American University, Washington College of Law, Class of 2023
"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, 2022
"Law Preview gave me both an introduction and an overview of all my first year courses that proved a strong foundation for the success I achieved."
David P., Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Class of 2021
"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, 2022
"After first semester, I ranked: 1 out of 64 in Contracts; 10 out of 63 in Property; 21 out of 64 in Civil Procedure; 25 out of 63 in Torts; and 10 out 34 in Research, Writing, Advocacy. Law Preview was a great introduction to studying law. The tips for success were helpful and kept me focused. I especially enjoyed the instruction and advice from the professors. After being out of school for 10 years, I was nervous about diving into law school. Law Preview was perfect for getting my feet wet before the real plunge."
Anonymous, Ave Maria University School of Law, Class of 2010
"First and foremost, the law preview course gave me confidence. I followed the advise and schedule that was provided to the best of my ability, and I feel that it was the defining factor is my success. I received the highest grade on the memo that we wrote for the Research, Writing and Advocacy class, and the second highest grade in that class overall. I got all A’s and B’s in all of my classes. I used my notes from the Law Preview course on multiple occasions for clarification on various topics that we covered during the first semester. On that note, I feel that the instructors were amazing in their ability to convey so much information in such a concise and understandable way."
Anonymous, Ave Maria University School of Law, Class of 2012
"I’d say that the part of Law Preview’s course that made the biggest difference in my grades was the clear idea of how much work it takes to do well in law school. While I came in thinking I’d get a head start on understanding principles that would be brought up in class I quickly learned in the first week of school that the study schedule/calendar was the serious roadmap to success and that instructors weren’t kidding when they talked about the endless string of 12-hour days. In the end it paid off not because I’m smarter than everybody else, but because I had the right perspective on what it takes to succeed. When others got caught in the typical traps of first year, I received enough warning to stay the course and find high marks."
James D., Ave Maria University School of Law, Class of 2011
"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, 2019
"Law Preview helped me to get a jump start on my courses, and in mapping out a strategy to succeed in law school. I definitely appreciated the week of boot camp over the summer, and the weekend exam prep workshop during the year. They helped me to feel more confident in classes and exams, and played a big part in getting me onto law review. Thanks Law Preview!"
Anonymous, Boston College Law School, Class of 2008

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