Guidelines

These guidelines help you understand what to expect from the Summer Prelaw Intensive and what we expect from you. By signing up for SPI, you agree to these guidelines.

Students who meet the minimum requirements of the program earn a Certificate of Completion, which you can cite in your application.

Whether or not you have earned the Certificate is decided solely by your mentor, based on specific criteria, at the end of the program.

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Materials:

These guidelines help you understand what to expect from the Summer Prelaw Intensive and what we expect from you. By signing up for SPI, you agree to these guidelines.

Students who meet the minimum requirements of the program earn a Certificate of Completion, which you can cite in your application.

Whether or not you have earned the Certificate is decided solely by your mentor, based on specific criteria, at the end of the program.

  • SPI is based on the Barron’s LSAT Prep Book. If you don’t have a copy, you’ll need to buy one. It’s available through the SPI dashboard.
  • You’ll need to have at least two specific Law Services books of 10 tests. If you don’t have them, you can get them through the SPI dashboard. They are not included in the SPI fee.

Upgrading from STEPS to the LSAT to SPI:

If you are already enrolled in the STEPS to the LSAT program, you can pay the difference between what you paid for STEPS and the $225 SPI fee. If you paid $100 (plus the Paypal fee) for STEPS, you can use the “upgrade” button on our registration page. If you paid some other amount, contact us to upgrade.

The SPI program includes registration in STEPS to the LSAT.

Refunds:

We want you to feel you’ve gotten your money’s worth but on the other hand once you create your SPI account, you already have access to the SPI materials. To be fair to all of us, the following refund policy is in place:

  • If you have paid for SPI but have not filled out the form to create an account, you can request a full refund, less a $50 handling fee, at any time.
  • If you have filled out the form to create a SPI account, you have 48 hours to request a 50% refund, regardless of whether you’ve accessed the account or not. After the 48 hours, there are no refunds, but you can continue in the full SPI program for its 10 weeks and can continue to access the STEPS to the LSAT materials as long as you need.

Basic Requirements:

In order to earn your certificate and to get the most out of SPI, you are expected to complete certain tasks:

  • Pair up with a “buddy” in our Buddy system
  • Be in contact with your mentor every week
  • Complete a diagnostic test at the beginning
  • Have a copy of the Barron’s book, the two required Law Services books of 10 tests, and Test 64 at the beginning of the program
  • Get through the entire Barron’s book within the first three weeks of the program
  • Get through the assignments in the Student Study Manual in a consistent way
  • Find study partners that you are comfortable working with
  • Keep your record up to date on the SPI dashboard
  • To the best of your ability complete the tasks involving career research and the Personal Statement

Working with Your Mentor:

Your mentor is one of your most powerful resources. She or he will work with you up to 15 minutes every week.

You must be prepared to conscientiously:

  • Call your mentor back within 24 hours when they call, email, or text you to talk. You must work with them on the phone, not by email or chat.
  • Spend up to the full 15 minutes with them if they need that. Don’t call when you’re in the middle of something or are somewhere you can’t talk.
  • Talk honestly with your mentor about how you’re doing. Let them know if you’re discouraged or if you’re not getting around to studying. They are there to give you suggestions and help you find your way.
  • Be open to the mentor’s suggestions. The mentor may even require you to do certain things if they feel those things are critical.

There are some things that your mentor does not do.

  • The mentor does not tutor you on the LSAT
  • The mentor does not discuss LSAT questions or help you learn strategies
  • The mentor can give you 5 minutes feedback on a Personal Statement but does not provide longer coaching on it.
  • The mentor does not help you fill out forms or order materials.
  • The mentor does not spend more than 15 minutes with you in any week.

Help Beyond the SPI Program

Your mentor may suggest that you consider help beyond the scope of the SPI program. Many SPI students find that adding on a little paid hourly help can be critical for:

  • expert LSAT coaching
  • Personal Statement coaching
  • advanced mentoring support
  • advanced admissions support

You have no obligation to get hourly help even if the mentor suggests it. The mentor will not and cannot withhold a Certificate of Completion because you choose not to get extra help.

Please note that when you do get hourly help from one of the resources that the mentor can direct you to, the SPI program does not get any of that fee. It is between you and the coach.

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