By Don Macaulay, President and Founder of Law Preview, a BARBRI company
TRIAL-AND-ERROR IS NOT A STRATEGY
Given the staggering cost of a legal education, and a highly competitive legal hiring market, it is clear that adopting a trial-and-error approach as a 1L is a flawed strategy. This is why some of the most successful students choose to prepare for the 1L experience the summer before law school begins by attending a law school preparation course.
For example, the Law Preview one-week “boot camp” provides students with a roadmap for law school success. Through pointed lectures from the nation’s leading law professors, entering 1L students learn the fundamental doctrines, themes and policies seen over and over in each of their first year courses – before classes begin. Law Preview also teaches proven success tactics that show students how to navigate the law school experience efficiently and effectively.
A recent survey of students who attended Law Preview from 2005-2011 illustrates the importance of preparing for the all-important first year.
The median class rank of 2009-2011 Law Preview students was the top 16%.
39% of Law Preview students finished in the top 10% of their 1L class.
57% of Law Preview students finished in the top 20% of their 1L class.
60% of Law Preview students were invited to participate on a law review or journal during their 2L or 3L years.
60% of Law Preview students were invited to participate in a summer associate/clerkship program during the summer after their 2L year.
33% of Law Preview students served as teaching or research assistants to professors during law school.
- 95% of Law Preview students who took the bar exam passed in their jurisdiction.
- 76% of Law Preview students who graduated law school were offered employment in the legal services industry or a clerkship within nine months of graduation.
LAW PREVIEW HELPS STUDENTS LAND THE BEST JOBS
Preview alums regularly finish at the very top of their respective law school classes and go on to work at the world’s largest law firms. So when some of these firms began exploring ways to help improve the academic performance of entering law students, Law Preview’s loyal alums shared their positive experiences and suggested that these firms consider sponsoring students to attend the program. Today, many of the world’s most prestigious law firms fund scholarships for students to attend Law Preview.
The competition among law firms for top talent remains fierce and recruiting managers at firms that sponsored scholarships asked Law Preview to develop a way to make early connections with all its students, not just the students who they sponsored. Working closely with these recruiters, Law Preview created “First Look,” a first-of-its-kind service that helps match law students with the top law firms interested in recruiting them.
First Look is a free service exclusively for Law Preview alums. This pre-OCI (on-campus interviews) database provides every Law Preview student with an exclusive, early opportunity to connect with recruiters at sponsoring firms in December of the fall semester — months before the formal on-campus interview process begins. So, while the competition for top summer associate positions remains intense, Law Preview students can leverage its network of top legal employers and enjoy a significant head start in their search for meaningful employment.