Dallas - Law Preview (2023)

COVID-19 Related Questions

I’ve been accepted to law school for this year, but am considering a deferral until Fall 2022. What should I do if I still want to take Law Preview?

We can appreciate the uncertainty that a lot of students may feel about starting law school right now. So, if you’re unsure whether you’ll be heading to law school this fall, or waiting until 2022, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. If you take Law Preview this summer, but ultimately defer law school until 2022, just provide us with a letter of deferral from your school and we’ll allow you to re-take the class next summer at no additional cost.

If that’s your situation, you can actually get two chances to experience the best law school prep course in the country – once this summer as a practice run (to learn what it’ll take to crush your 1L year), and once next summer (when it really matters).

Why did you cancel the 6-day Live Classroom sessions in July and August – couldn’t the COVID-19 crisis be over by then?

It certainly could, and hopefully is. However, after consulting with the law schools that host Law Preview over the summer, it became clear that many felt hesitant to have classrooms with 100+ students given all current warnings.

We also felt that the last thing entering law students needed the summer before law school was any stress and/or uncertainty accompanying their participation in Live Classroom sessions that may subsequently get canceled on short notice (e.g., travel and lodging accommodations, lack of adequate time to prepare for 1L, etc.).

So, in an effort to better manage everyone’s expectations, we thought it prudent to only offer the On-Demand class this summer.

Okay, I understand the need to cancel the Live Classroom programs, but why’d you have to cancel the 6-day Live Stream program as well?

Our Live Stream programs are video streams of Live Classroom programs in progress. If we cancel one, and we’re forced to cancel the other.

How come you guys just didn’t run the entire Law Preview program as a 6-day live class on Zoom?

We wrestled with that – truly we did. Given the typical class size (100+ students), the length of our lectures (4- to 6-hours), and that there is usually quite a bit of class participation during the program, we were concerned that we couldn’t provide a meaning learning experience with Zoom. But trust us, the On-Demand class receives rave reviews every summer!

What exactly is the On-Demand Law Preview course and how does it differ from the Live Classroom or Live Stream class you’ve offered in the past?

It’s basically the same thing. Our On-Demand program is a recording of last summer’s Law Preview Live Stream from the University of Southern California School of Law. On-Demand students receive access to all six days of lecture during that session in a self-paced, on-demand format.

The only other noticeable difference between the Live Classroom and the On-Demand program is that the camera seems to add 10lbs to some of the lecturers – at least that’s what we tell ourselves!

Wait, it’s a recording? What if I have a question?

Most questions were asked and answered by students who participated in last summer’s Live Classroom / Live Stream program. However, if you have a question, or seek clarification on a point we cover, we will host live (virtual) office hours via Zoom the last two weeks of July 2021 with all the instructors from the On-Demand session.

How long will I have access to the On-Demand Course?

The On-Demand class will be available to registered students between May 1 and August 31, 2021.

Is there homework? Do you have a schedule for the On-Demand Law Preview course I can see?

Yes. Just like Law School, you’ll have pre-assigned readings you’ll have to complete before beginning each lecture. You can download the On-Demand syllabus by clicking here.

I see that I get 1L Mastery as part of the On-Demand Law Preview course, what’s the difference?

BARBRI 1L Masteryis a set of study aids developed forcurrentlaw students who seek clarity and practice as they grapple with black-letter law they learn during the semester. The BARBRI 1L Mastery Package gives 1L’s access to detailed outlines, final exam review lectures and practice questions for all 1L subjects.

By contrast,BARBRI Law Previewis a one-week law school prep course offered the summer before 1L. The program readiesenteringstudents for the rigors of law school and teaches the skills needed for academic excellence. Professors from top law schools provide an overview of the core first-year courses, including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts. Beyond substantive doctrine, with the help of Law Preview’s faculty, students also develop resources, techniques, and strategies for academic success.

So, unlike 1L Mastery, Law Preview isnota study aid; rather, it’s a carefully calculated program that prepares and positions serious incoming students to excel in law school, and ultimately, to flourish as lawyers.

Law Preview students will get access to BARBRI 1L Mastery as soon as the new edition is released in September 2021.

If I take the On-Demand course, do I still get the free downloadable study aids from Wolters Kluwer?

C’mon, did you really think we’d skimp on the free study aids? Of course, Wolters Kluwer will send you those in August!

General Questions

Why should I take Law Preview?

Law Preview builds better law students. If you are planning to enter law school, the grades you earn during the 1L year will largely determine whether you will see a meaningful return on the investment you’re making in a legal education.

Law Preview is a carefully designed program that positions serious students to excel during the all-important 1L year by providing overviews of the core first-year subjects as well as proven study and exam-taking tactics.

Mathematically, a law student’s first semester grades will largely determine their overall first-year GPA and class rank. Given the cost of a legal education, walking into your 1L without a proven plan for finishing at the top of your class is a profoundly flawed strategy.

How do I know if Law Preview is right for me?

Whether you are entering a T14 law school on a full-ride, or just got in off the waitlist at a lower-ranked school, you applied to law school to provide yourself with more options upon graduation.

While almost all students in your class will make the same investment of time and money for a law degree, first-year students in the top 10% simply have more options than their classmates in the bottom 90%. This is because top 1L grades open doors while even average grades close them.

Walking into law school with a solid game plan yields more options upon graduation.

Are there prerequisites for enrollment?

There are no prerequisites to attend Law Preview. Most of our students take our program after they have been admitted to law school, during the summer before they begin classes.

However, a growing number of students are taking Law Preview even before they apply to law school to better understand the subject matter and workload before making such an important decision.

What challenges will Law Preview prepare me for?

In addition to mastering case law analysis, case briefing, outlining and exam-writing, our students walk into law school with a foundational understanding of their core 1L classes taught by some of the best legal minds in the country.

Law Preview not only provides serious students with the knowledge and skills they will need to excel during the 1L year, it also helps them avoid many pitfalls and missteps encountered by their smart but unprepared classmates.

By walking into law school with a carefully crafted plan for the 1L year, Law Preview students have a concrete understanding of what is expected of them if they intend to receive an invitation onto Law Review the following June.

Why should I prepare for law school, I didn’t need a prep course for college?

Would you run a marathon without any training? Just because someone offers you a bib to join the race, it’s probably ill-advised line up for the start without building up your endurance.

In the end, even if you are able to limp across the finish line, it’s highly unlikely that you would place among the elite runners who approach the race with discipline, strategy and a plan to win.

Law school is no different than a marathon, except that it is significantly more competitive (and expensive) and only a select few at the top of the class cross the finish line realizing a meaningful return on their investment. Walking into such an environment without preparation, but expecting success, is an incredibly risky move.

Is there homework?

Yes. There are about 35-40 pages of reading per class which generally takes students about 3-1/2 hours to complete.

We recommend that you read ahead through Wednesday on the syllabus so you do not find yourself overwhelmed with work during the week.

Do I really need to brief all my cases?

Yes. Using the format outlined in the Case Briefing chapter of our book, attempt to brief the cases for at least the first two days.

We will review the case briefing process on the first day, and at the conclusion of each professor’s substantive lecture, you will be able to download model case briefs so that you can compare them to yours and gauge your progress.

How seriously should I take the reading assignments?

Pretty seriously. We recommend that you read through Wednesday before you arrive. We cover a lot of material during the week and the professors are going to expect you to have read in advance. To review the reading assignments for your session, download them from your account.

If I sign up for a Live Classroom class and can’t make it, what’s the refund policy?

If you cancel your seat two weeks before the start date of your session, you will lose a $400 seat reservation deposit; thereafter, no refunds shall be given. If you decide to defer enrollment in law school for a year, your tuition will be applied to a Law Preview class the following summer.

How do I know if a Live Classroom still has space available?

If you are able to register online, we have open seats at the live venue. If a session is filled, we will provide plenty of notice that you are enrolling for a spot on the waitlist.

If I end up on the waitlist for a Live Classroom session, what are my options?

Our Live Classroom sessions do fill up and, when they do, we need to put students on a waitlist. If that happens to you, you have the option to switch to another Live Classroom session in that city or switch to the Live Stream or Online Course options. If none of those options are attractive alternatives for you, we'll issue a full refund.

I am visually or hearing impaired. Will Law Preview make reasonable accommodations?

Absolutely. For students who are visually impaired, we make our written materials available in a digital format that might make them easier to read. For students who are hearing impaired, we will provide closed captions for our online (on-demand) course option so that it is easy to go back and review. Please email us before May 1st to learn more about our accommodations for the hearing impaired.

Course Materials

Are there book fees for course materials?

There are no book fees.

Will I receive a hard copy of the materials for my Live Stream Course?

Yes. Materials will be shipped to your home. A PDF version is also available for immediate download in your user account.

Will I receive a hard copy of the materials for my Online Course?

Online students can immediately download their course materials from their BARBRI user accounts. If you'd like us to send you a hardcopy, just email admin@lawpreview.com and we'll be happy to accommodate you.

When should I expect to receive the live course materials?

We ship our course materials by UPS Ground Delivery so they arrive at least 2-3 weeks before your session’s start date. Legal Research and Writing Workshop materials can be picked up on Saturday morning.

If you’re signing up late (the weekend before the course), you can simply complete the reading assignments using the downloadable PDF we provide and pick up a hard copy of any course materials the first day of the class — we always have extras on site!

We do not ship to P.O. boxes.

If I sign up late, can I have my course materials overnighted to me?

For students who sign up at the last minute, we provide you with a downloadable PDF of the course book so you can complete your assignments for the first day. We have a few extra books on hand at the session for those students who register at the last minute and need a hardcopy of the book.

Does the cost of the online course include any books?

There are no book fees. All of the supplemental content for each module will be available as a PDF download. The course does include the 1L Outline Book, which is also in PDF format. It may be mailed to the student at their request.

Live Course

Where can I download my reading assignments, schedule, or directions to the law school?

After course materials have been mailed, you can download all the information you need to prepare for Law Preview by logging into your account using the following URL: https://esc.barbri.com/login.html.

When are the classes held?

Generally, classes run Monday – Friday from 7:45AM to 5:00PM; our Saturday classes run from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. For the exact times of your Law Preview session, you can download a course schedule by logging into your account.

What is the dress code?

Come as casual as you like. T-shirts, sandals, and shorts are fine; however, we do recommend that you bring a sweatshirt or light jacket with you since many of the schools that host Law Preview keep their facilities pretty cool during the summer months.

Do I need to bring a laptop?

While most students bring a laptop, it's not necessary. Whatever method of notetaking that works best for you is what we recommend.

What if I'm a Sabbath observer, or have a wedding and can't attend the Saturday class.

No worries, we've got you covered. If you're unable to attend the Saturday class for any reason, just let us know and we'll provide you with the Online Course access to that session.

Are there regular breaks?

The professors generally break about once an hour to give students a chance to stretch their legs or grab a cup of coffee. Additionally, there is a one-hour lunch break each day to allow students to visit restaurants and delis on or around campus.

Live Stream & Online Course

What kind of computer or computer programs do I need to be able to view the Live Stream Course?

The preferred browser is Google Chrome and we recommend a hard-wired internet connection with sufficient bandwidth for streaming video.

Will I be able to ask questions during the Live Stream Course sessions?

Yes. You can submit questions during the session through an online chat window – an on-site student instructor will ask your question and the professor will respond via the live session.

When will I get my email containing my login instructions for the Live Stream Course?

The online access information will be sent at least one week before the live session.

When does the live stream course take place?

Every summer we broadcast our Live Stream from one Live Classroom session. Check out our locations and dates to find out which session we'll be streaming this summer.

What’s the difference between Live Stream and Online Law Preview Programs?

Students who enroll in the Live Stream program will watch a LIVE broadcast of the Law Preview Live Classroom class and will have the opportunity to ask questions of professors through a moderated chat feature.

In case Live Stream participants miss a day or need to supplement their notes, we also provide them with on-demand access that allows them to pause/rewind/play; On-Demand access is available on a 24-hour delay. So, Live Stream participants get the best of both online options.

What is the duration of each live stream session?

The Live Stream is typically broadcast from a west coast session. Classes typically run from 7:30AM to 5PM (PST). If that sounds like a long day, it is — but don't worry, we make it fun and provide plenty of breaks!

What if I miss a live stream lecture?

Live Stream participants typically cannot fit Live/Live Stream attendance into their summer work schedule. For that reason, Live Stream students are able to pause/rewind/fast forward during the lectures.

Is the Online Course self-paced or do I join a virtual classroom?

The modules are self-paced.

Do I have the ability to pause and play the Live Stream course at my leisure?

No. You will only have the ability to view the course live or watch the recordings afterward.

Can I view the Live Stream Course on a tablet or smartphone?

Yes. If using a tablet or smartphone, simply utilize the web browser to navigate to the online course portal.

Can I record the classes to listen to at a later time?

Because of obvious copyright issues, we do not allow students to record Law Preview lectures.

Payment Plan

What is the Payment Plan Option?

We know that law school can be expensive and that Law Preview’s prep course, although an indispensable way of protecting your educational investment, is not within every student’s summer budget. That’s why we created a no-interest payment plan that allows students to pay their Law Preview tuition over time.

Here's how it works:

  • Payment #1 - Immediate on day of enrollment
    Pay for 1/3 of your tuition, including a $10.95 materials shipping and handling fee.
  • Payment #2 - 30 days after 1st payment
    You will be automatically charged 1/3 of your tuition, 30 days after your first payment.
  • Payment #3 - 30 days after 2nd payment
    You will be automatically charged the remaining balance of your owed tuition 30 days after your second payment.
How do I apply using the Payment Plan Option?

You can register for Law Preview and attend any Law Preview course using the Payment Plan Option simply by indicating your desire to do so during our online registration process.

What recourse does Law Preview have if I default on my unpaid balance?

Law Preview reserves the right to turn your entire account over to a collection agency. In addition, we also reserve the right to report any non-payment to the registrar at your law school for inclusion in your Character and Fitness file, which could negatively affect your admission to the Bar.

Thankfully, in 20 years we never had to resort to either option — please don't be our first!

Am I eligible to take advantage of all applicable discounts when using the payment plan option?

Yes. If your enrollment qualifies for an early enrollment discount and/or a discount from one of our partner schools or organizations, you will still be able to deduct those amounts from your overall Law Preview tuition.

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