Why is a law school prep course helpful?
Many new law students do not know that the most important semester in law school is the first semester. If you excel academically during the first semester of law school, you are much more likely to have a variety of opportunities later. These opportunities include internships over the summer and extracurricular opportunities (e.g., law review, moot court) during your subsequent years of law school. Further, if you “get it” your first semester of law school, you are also likely to succeed your second semester academically and beyond, including on the bar exam.
Excelling your first semester of law school is not easy for a few reasons. First, law schools have a strict grading curve for first-year students, and, as a result, many students do not get As in their first year of law school. Second, students are not often taught how to succeed once in law school. Typically, first-year law students are not told how to outline or learn the law. Frequently, professors do not emphasize the importance of practicing exams ahead of the final exam. And students may not be taught the IRAC (issue, rule, analysis, conclusion) exam method or how to track their progress throughout the semester. Consequently, hardworking students often find themselves with grades that do not reflect their effort.
Unfortunately, it frequently takes a semester or two of lower-than-hoped-for grades for students to realize they are not studying correctly. And students who do not have a network of attorneys to consult before or during law school are most prone to studying incorrectly. For these reasons, JD Advising made its law school prep course free. Students looking for success have the strategies they need at their fingertips! After completing the course, they will understand the importance of working hard in law school and how to work efficiently and maximize their effort.
What does the JD Advising Law School Prep Course cover?
The JD Advising Law School Prep Course covers the following:
- First, it goes over the basics of law school, how it is different from college, common legal vocabulary terms to be aware of, and the general strategy to succeed in law school.
- Second, it covers essential law school skills. These include how to outline, read and brief cases efficiently, take notes in class, learn the law, take exams using the IRAC method, track your progress over the semester, and how to make a study schedule. It also teaches legal writing and research skills. Further, you not only learn these skills but also have the opportunity to practice all of these skills throughout the course (and actually brief cases, make an outline, take exams, cite cases using The Bluebook, make a study schedule, etc.).
- Third, the course covers an overview of the substantive law for each of the core first-year classes (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts). This includes lectures, law school one-sheets, and flashcards and quizzes where you can test your knowledge of the law.
The course also has helpful Q&As. For example, in the course, there are interviews with:
- The authors of Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
- The authors of Law School Done Right: Proven Tips for Success from Recent Grads who Killed It
- TikToker and Harvard Law School graduate Nicholle Patricia
The JD Advising Law School Prep Course is on-demand, meaning you can complete it when and where you choose. Occasionally live panels or events are also hosted in conjunction with the course.
The course takes about 40 hours to complete if you watch all the lectures and do the assignments. Email reminders can be set up so you can complete the course in a week, two weeks, one month, or three months.
You can sign up for the JD Advising Law School Prep Course completely free of charge!
What if I have not applied to law school yet?
The JD Advising Law School Prep Course is geared toward students planning to begin law school in the fall. However, many students take the course early because it also has great resources for prelaw students still in college! These include LSAT tips, application tips, and more.
It is not too early to sign up for the course if you want a head start on your law school journey. You can sign up for the free JD Advising Law School Prep Course here!