Law School Rescue! (Information Needed)

In Temple’s coffee shop this morning I found an advertisement for “”, which promises to help students who feel like they are “drowning” by providing a “secret way to breeze through law school.”  As the website and flier describe, the course promises to help you:

  • “Turn the tables on your professors so they sound unprepared
  • Do a fraction of the work your classmates are doing — and get better grades
  • Find and use software that will give you the advantage
  • Make Law School even easier with a proven method to prepare yourself mentally
  • Study for the bar in a way your classmates can’t
  • Learn the secrets that exam writers don’t want you to know”

There’s tons to like here.  I would love to know the secret to taking an exam (which if I knew I wouldn’t want my students to know.  Is it coherence?  Proper weighting?  Bribes?) And who wouldn’t want to do less work and get better grades?  Of course, to get access to these secrets, there’s a small price: $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping, though the price is only available to the first 100 customers, “after which the price will increase.”  This sort of deterred me.  What if I had already missed the rush, and was the 101th customer?  What if the course cost more than I could pay, leaving me without the secret?  I’d feel very sad.

So I figured I throw it out there and ask you folks. Has anyone signed up for the course?  Can you tell me what my students can do to turn the tables on me, rarely work, get good grades, and feel good about law school?  What’s the secret sauce?

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7 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    I think the secret sauce is really lots of hard work. How can anyone advertise such baseless promises? And wouldn’t slipping into these habits put you in a bad position once you’ve passed the bar and begin working as an attorney?

  2. Bruce Boyden says:

    Keep in mind that 4/3 is a fraction.

  3. Logan says:

    The secret sauce is not to attend law school!

  4. Random 1L says:

    Strangely enough, I’ve found the best way to sound prepared in class and do well on exams is to prepare for class and study.

  5. Enrique says:

    You can start climbing a mountain and take days to get there. You have choice once you are en route. You can either decide to go back down, you can strive forward, or take the most popular approach…walk half a mile and rest….walk half a mile and rest.
    The appeal of these “programs” is, using the metaphor, that it looks like a helicopter that will pick us up and take us to the top. It is hard as a student to keep focused when the amount of work seems impossible. instead of focusing on keeping on track, we become distracted by the amount of work, and it becomes discouraging. It is very influencing to believe that someone else can show us to the top of the mountain without having to do any back breaking labor.

    In essence, just preparation does nothing without efficiency. And if any other law student is like me, we would love to know what that efficiency looks like. Then, we come across an ad that purport to show us just that, it is worth taking a glance at.

    Unfortunately, they do nothing else but tell the same thing that co-students tell each other. I find these programs very predatory and stupid. I know someone who bit the $30 bullet and bought the program. I think I will do better than him anyway. That is how effective those programs seem to be. Mr. Hoffman, you still have the leg up. That I can be certain of.

  6. I found your site while following up on such an ad in a local law school–it appears the actual site has been taken down. I can’t speak for their services in specific, but I can tell you I provide such a service for students at a law school in Florida. I do memory training with law students so they can remember more from their studies.

    The key here is that law professors know the law but–like most teachers–they don’t know how the brain works. The end result is the neurological equivalent of trying to fill a wine bottle from a wok: you have to repeat and repeat and repeat as most of the information doesn’t make it in each time.

    In an hour and a half, I had students reciting a one-page outline of one of the major essay topics, with additional instructions on how to commit the rest verbatim on their own time. Naturally, the ones who got the most out of my presentation were the ones who did that follow-up, whereas the rest were full of excuses. That’s the “trick”: it still takes work, just less of it.

    Again, I can’t speak for this company–the fact that their website is now defunct is suspicious–but I can and do make somewhat similar commitments to my clients. Those who make use of my techniques see that they get a lot more from their work; I’d estimate that they get about twice the results from half the work.

    I’d love to discuss this if this topic isn’t considered dead.