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You are a law student or are studying for the Bar Exam. Most of our clients are 1Ls but we do have some 2Ls. Most of our 3Ls contact us in relation to studying for the Bar Exam, which usually means the summer after they graduate law school.
More importantly, you are likely a smart, hard-working person who sees the benefits of getting help. On this point, we are not interested - in any way - to convince those on the fence about getting tutoring. We help those who want to be helped.
Simple and straightforward. You tell us how you need help. Daryl Capuano - that's me - or one of Law School Tutoring’s attorney tutors will be matched with you based on your needs. You schedule either hour to hour or we create a discounted package. Rates vary based on the attorney-tutor. The "plan" is discussed below under "How do you help law students?"
I will likely be your tutor. This is a mission-based niche tutoring site based on my desire to help law students. There are other law tutors on staff for specialized areas. Each is highly experienced. On this point, be wary about organizations where you will be assigned a tutor. The founder usually is the best. Those hired vary in ability
As would be expected, our busiest time revolves around law school finals. Most often we prepare our clients for law school exams by running issue-spotting hypotheticals and showing how to excel in such exams.
We also help law students throughout the semester with writing assignments and with preparing for class. Some law students simply hire us through the semester. In that role, while we mostly tutor/train/teach, we seem to also serve as “coaches” to help deal with all aspects of law school life.
While this site focuses squarely on law school tutoring, our expertise related to career counseling is often employed as law students scramble to secure 1L and 2L internships and/or full time jobs.
We also help law school graduates prepare for the Bar Exam.
Our main focus is on 1L subject areas. I have deep expertise in Criminal Law, Torts, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, and Civil Procedure. Others on our team have expertise in other law school subjects but we do not claim to be experts in tax, corporations, secured transactions, property, or trusts and estates.
I graduated Penn Law in 1992. I practiced as an Assistant Distrct Attorney in Philadelphia, a federal prosecutor in Washington DC, for a few years in private practice at large law firms, and in-house at small education tech start-ups.
I started The Learning Consultants in 2002. Through that work, I have tutored thousands of students in a variety of areas. Due to my unusual background as a lawyer-tutor, I have probably worked with as many law students as most any law school tutor.
I also realize that I have not updated my picture in 10 years since it is one of the few that I have liked. If we work together, I will look more "professorial", my new favorite word for "aged."
I live in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Even pre-pandemic, almost all of my law school tutoring was virtual (remember Skype?). Yale Law is the closest law school to where I live and it turns out that those students do not need much tutoring!
Given my years of practicing law elsewhere, other law school tutors on our team are in the New Jersey-New York, Philadelphia and the Washington, DC area. Our clients are from all over the United States. Indeed, while we have many clients in the Boston-New York axis, we might tutor more law students from those attending law schools in California than anywhere else.
As someone who likes to help, I do cringe when responding: "nope." I understand that from the vantage point of someone who found us on the internet, you want a sample. But from our vantage point, we are a very busy restaurant with a long line outside. Moreover, consider market forces. Those who have time to work for free.... well... they are either starting out and thus desperate to get business in which case you are part of their learning phase. Or they are simply not good enough to generate demand.
With that said, if we were were not helpful, you do not have to pay. This hasn't happened yet but do know we take integrity seriously. We would not accept money if we were not helpful.
I have run The Learning Consultants and Legal Writing Mastery for many years. In my larger entity, I have interviewed and managed hundreds of tutors for all subject areas. Your tutoring experience is entirely dependant upon the teacher. We have several tutors on staff who are so good that they have metaphorical cult followings. I mention because most law school tutors - and I know because of Legal Writing Mastery - are not very good. Lawyers are not natural teachers. Most of our students will tell us that they have a far more positive experience with us becuase they felt that other lawyer tutors were just lecturing them to show how smart they were rather than teaching them so they became better law students.
Getting a job! The whole point of doing well in law school is to secure your first job. My work for the last twenty years has been in the tutoring and counseling spaces. In relation to the latter, my last two books related to career counseling. As a generality, law schools are good at the "career placement" part of the Career Placement and Planning office. Most are able to get legal employers to come to campus to interview. That's wonderful. But most do very little in providing career guidance. There are vast differences in practice areas and making judgments on what are of law to practice - basically your entire work life - based on a class or two provides part of the reason why so many lawyers are unhappy.
We can help you figure out what areas of practice are most suited to your psychological blueprint, goals, interests, and personality.