Would you mind explaining how the Westlaw system works? Do you have to pay for each case or is it a subscription? Also, would taking a prepclass (such as law preview) before starting be worthwhile? Ive heard mixed things. Thanks so much.
I'm not sure who this was addressed to, but I'll give what little help I can. As for Westlaw, I think they have several subscription options (i saw a subscription rate pdf somewhere on http://west.thomson.com
, but can't find it now). My understanding is that it's expensive as an individual no matter what option you choose. It's included as part of your registration fees/tuition for most schools. As far as prepclasses for law school, I can't see where they would be much help. My guess is that they'll all come down to two or three pieces of actual, concrete advise: learn to outline your classes, brief every case, and learn IRAC. The first and last are good pieces of advise, the second depends on your time availability and learning style. I don't see paying time or money into such a class as being very useful, unless, maybe, you're a returning student who hasn't been involved in academics for some time and "getting comfortable" with things before entering the classroom might be psychologically helpful.