Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who leads the seminars?
A: Seminars are led by Drew Thornley, a former law lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Drew received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Drew’s dynamic teaching style regularly earned him some of the highest student-teacher evaluations in the School of Business.
Q: What topics are covered in a seminar?
A: Seminars cover a wide array of topics. From creating a study schedule to briefing cases to outlining to preparing for exams, we aim to expose you to all of the major (and many of the minor) aspects of law school. Moreover, we address issues beyond your studies, including options for the summer after each of your first two years of law school and post-graduate opportunities. Seminars will include panels of current law students. Each session will conclude with a Q&A period between you and the panel.
Q: Does Law School Savvy teach the black-letter law that I need to know for my 1L exams?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT! In our research, which included surveys of large numbers of students who attended other law school prep programs, we found that attempts to teach black-letter law in a one-week seminar is pointless. Students in programs that attempted to teach black-letter law regularly cited those parts of their law school prep programs as “useless.” You want to learn the law from same law professor who will grade your law exams. Our philosophy: “We teach you how law school works, so you can focus your valuable time in law school on learning the law.”
Q: Will seminars teach us different types of law?
A: Not really. Seminars are not heavy on “black-letter law.” We are not here to make you an expert on property or criminal law. Rather, our focus is on what to expect during law school, how to handle the demands of law school, and how to give yourself the best chance to succeed in law school and beyond. That said, we devote a seminar session to learning some basic legal terminology, as well as some fundamental legal knowledge that will serve you well in all of your law-school courses.
Q: To attend a seminar, do I have to be entering law school?
A: No! Though the seminar is ideal for a student about to begin law school, seminars are open to anyone.
Q: How long are the seminars?
A: Seminars last approximately 8 hours on Friday, 8 hours on Saturday, and 6 hours on Sunday, including an hour each day for a lunch break.
Q: Where are the seminars?
A: Seminars are held on the campus of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Q: Why choose Law School Savvy over other law-school prep programs?
A: Maybe you shouldn’t. Maybe you should. We encourage you to do what is best for YOU. We offer a program that is focused on arming you with practical knowledge for success in law school. We strive to give our students something of value, something worth every minute and every dollar. We built our program with extensive feedback from current and former law students and will continue to adapt to the feedback we receive.
Q: How do I register?
A: Check out our registration page. We accept payment via PayPal (linked on the registration page) or check. If you would like to arrange for payment via check, email us.