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COST: $135 (includes book), if payment made by Wednesday prior to date of program [actually prior to 9 a.m. EST start of business on Thursday]. $150 afterwards and at door.*
As noted, the cost of the live, one-day (7 hour) program, including the Primer, is $135, if you register by or on the Wednesday prior to the program. The cost thereafter, and at the door, providing space is available, is $150. You can register online with a credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX, DISC.), through the mail (form below) with check, money order, or credit card, or over the phone with a credit card (1-800-765-8246). All forms of payment, including cash, are accepted at the door. Note that you can join a group (see requirements below) at any time PRIOR to 7:30 a.m. the day of the program and receive the group rate. No one may join a group after 7:30 a.m.
* $40.00 of any registration payment is non-refundable, unless you advise of inability to attend by the Thursday prior to program. Then a $25.00 processing/cancellation fee will be assessed.
GROUP RATES (include book): $120.00 — 3-6; $115.00 — 7-12; $110 — 13 or more, or free course to organizer of group (and $115/per). No deadline, but groups must form prior to program. (See below.)
As noted above, if you register as part of a group of 3-6 persons, the individual cost is $120; 7-12 = $115 per; and 13 or more = $110 per. There is no deadline for obtaining the group rate. However, the group must form in advance of the program. This means
Payment may be made in advance or at the door, individually, or as part of a group. But we must have the name of groups and group members on our class list. Individuals may be added to a group at any time prior to 7:30 a.m. the day of the program. Should additions to or deletions from a group trigger a different rate, appropriate adjustments to each individual cost may be made, at the discretion of the presenter and LEEWS, if necessary on the day of the program. (E.g., a $5 deduction in a large group rate triggered by a day of payment or addition will normally not be awarded.)
How to form a group — If you know of friends or others planning to attend LEEWS, simply say, "Let's go as a group." Give the group a name (your last name, for example — i.e., "Smith group"), and give the group name and its anticipated size when registering. An easy way to form a group, especially a large group, is to make an announcement like the following in class, then post a signup sheet:
"The LEEWS exam writing program is coming on (date). It will be at the (hotel location). If you are interested, we should go as a group and get the group discount. A signup sheet will be posted (location). Or see me. The group will be called [make up a name]. Call or mail in your registration. Give the group name when doing so."
Another easy option is to post such an announcement by e-mail. So long as a person calling gives the group name, we will collect the registrants into a group and charge the applicable rate, making adjustments if necessary as the group grows. The organizing person(s) may call periodically to find out how large the group is.
NOTE: We at LEEWS will tell you whether a group exists, its approximate size, the year of its members, and whether it is evening or day division. However, WE WILL NOT TELL YOU THE NAME OF THE GROUP OR THE NAME OF A GROUP MEMBER. The quid pro quo for getting the group rate is the hope that you will talk to others about the possibility of attending LEEWS. Therefore, it is your responsibility to form a group or seek out an existing group.
Will I automatically be grouped with others from my school? — "No." Students are grouped by school on class lists, but no group can form under the school name alone — e.g., "Harvard group." Too much confusion would ensue. (E.g., "Hey, I'm from Harvard, too. Why can't I be in the group?") You MAY form a group under your school name and class year — e.g., "Harvard '13." School and class or school and section (e.g., "Harvard '13, Section A") is an excellent way to encourage participation. Even better is school mascot names — e.g., "Blue Devils," "Blue Devils '13," "Fighting Irish," etc. However, students wishing to join such a group must give the exact name — e.g., "Harvard eleven " or "Harvard class of eleven" — when registering (or provide the name of someone else in the group).
Because space in fall programs is sometimes limited, groups should try to form and advise us of their existence by the Wednesday prior to the program.
Should a group equal or exceed 20 in number, a free course will automatically be extended to the organizer of that group, providing such individual is apparent (i.e., that person is known to us — because we have talked to him/her — as having started or organized the group). The organizer of a group of 12+ may also claim a free course, providing all members of the group pay the 7-12 rate ($115). If you plan to organize a group of over 12, but less than 20 for the purpose of claiming a free course, it should be made clear to those joining that they will pay $115, not $110. Most won't mind, as they will still get a substantial discount.
If a registrant cancels by the Thursday prior to a live program, the full amount paid minus a $25 fee is refundable. After that the full amount minus a $40 fee will be refunded.
Cancellation (or no-show) by registrant
In the event a registrant does not appear at the program, what the registrant paid, minus a $40 no-show fee, will be refunded. However, the registrant must contact LEEWS! At which time he or she will be offered the option of a) applying the full amount toward purchase of the audio program; b) transferring to another program for a $25 fee; c) obtaining the Primer (book) only, in which event $50 will be deducted from the amount paid.
Cancellation by LEEWS
LEEWS has conducted well over 1,000 live programs(!!). Very rarely are programs cancelled. However, LEEWS reserves the discretion to cancel a program owing to illness, insufficient response, etc. If a decision to cancel is made, this will be posted at the website (Live Program Schedule) by the Thursday evening prior. Registrants as of that time will each be contacted, and will be offered the option of a) a full refund; b) the audio program in lieu of the live program at no additional cost; c) transfer to a different program with a $25 credit.
Orders will be filled immediately. They are shipped priority mail through the US postal service, and should be received 2-4 business days after being placed, sooner for express orders.
Two weeks (even days) is plenty of time to grasp and implement the LEEWS system for pulling apart and handling essay hypotheticals. However, respecting "loading the toolbox," course outlining and other preparation aspects, and especially building skill at analysis, be sure to get started on your program immediately. Immediately look at page 84 of the Primer ("What to Do When It's Late in the Game") for what you will want to accomplish between now and exams.
No more nervousness! Be comforted by the fact, proven
over many years, that students who take the early December live program in
NYC improve their exam performance greatly and typically outstrip their classmates.
There is simply that much law students need to know about this process and
NOTE: LEEWS CDs are like older music CDs. They are not DVR (no video). CDs can be downloaded to ipods/mp3 players much like music CDs (through an i-tune or j-tune type program on a computer).
AUDIO CD PROGRAM
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Unable to attend the live program owing to inconvenience or distance? The audio program is equally as effective. In addition to 8 CDs (approx. 70 min. each), you get the Primer, a set of 30 diagrams (corresponding to what is put on a blackboard or flipchart during a live program), packaging, shipping, and handling. Total cost is $175.
Additional copies of the Primer (book), $45 when ordered separately (incl. shipping), may be ordered together with the audio program at a cost of $40 per copy.
The program is sent priority mail via the post office. It will be mailed immediately upon receipt of your order, and should arrive at most destinations within 3-4 days. The package is approximately 13" x 17" x 1 1/2", and will not fit in most mailboxes. No signature is required. However, should no one be there to receive it and the normal practice of the postal carrier NOT be to leave packages, a note will typically be left to pick up the item. You should ascertain the normal postal practice regarding packages.
Someone who has been through the audio program should not need to attend the live program, and vice versa. However, some students wish to do both. If so, it is best to purchase the audio program first. You may then take advantage of the LEEWS repeater rate of $70 when subsequently attending a live program.
Repeater rate requirements
The repeater rate is only $60 if you sign up with a friend (who would pay whatever individual or group rate applies to him/her) or as part of a group. You may call to advise of a change in status and get the additional $10 discount at any time prior to 7:30 a.m. the day of the program (800.765.8246).
As suggested by the many titles/facets above, LEEWS is thoroughgoing and unique.
Lest you be daunted by the above (as much as intrigued), be assured of the BOTTOM LINE. You'll know (finally!) HOW TO ANALYZE "AS A LAWYER" (and thereby HOW to properly learn the law); you'll have a PROVEN SYSTEM for taking control of ANY essay exercise and breaking it down into manageable components (revealing relevant issues); you'll PRESENT ANALYSIS IN CONCISE PARAGRAPHS THAT IMPRESS (roughly one per issue); you'll BRIEF CASES IN 2-4 LINES, TAKE LESS THAN A PAGE OF CLASS NOTES PER HOUR, and PRODUCE 30-50 PAGE COURSE OUTLINES.
Perhaps most important, you'll both enjoy law school more and compete for the highest grades.
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The 8th edition of the 136 page Primer (depicted) is the most recently articulated and complete version of LEEWS. Copyright 2009, it is included in the cost of either the live or audio versions of LEEWS. The Primer alone may be ordered for $45, which includes priority mailing and handling. However, it is apparent from many years of experience that it is extremely difficult to pull LEEWS out of the book on your own.
It is not that the book is incomplete. To the contrary, after eight revisions it is the best effort yet to put LEEWS in print. However, the many facets of the approach, the newness and unfamiliarity of the constructs and process — it is unlikely that you will commit yourself to the effort required to grasp the approach from the book alone without more assurance that the effort is worth it. The purpose of the live and audio programs is to guide you through the system, provide an immediate sense of its effectiveness. Then the book is useful as a reference, a refresher.
Should you later decide to attend the live program, or purchase the audio program, a $20 credit for having the Primer will be given toward the cost of the live program, a $30 credit toward purchase of the audio program.
We offer both a secure online payment option for ordering products
and a partial online ordering option. The latter is for those who
would rather not leave credit/debit card information online. You may transfer
to this option when you click to the order form (whereby you complete your
order by phoning in your credit/debit card information to our 800 number [24/7]).
NOTE: The secure online ordering option is offered for your convenience. Should you have any problems with our secure online option, please click over to use the partial online ordering option. We apologize in advance should you encounter any inconvenience.
You may also simply call the 800 number — 1.800.765.8246 — 9-5 pm eastern standard time (sometimes later) and order from a representative. (Best to leave all but credit/debit card information online, then call, in the event you do not reach a live person.)
You may also send a check through the mail with an order form (or the information requested). Click on the "mail order form" option below or at the top. Normal turnaround for mail orders is 7-10 days.
Completion of partial Online Registration — Complete your order or registration by calling our 800 number (800.765.8246) at any time to leave 1) your name, 2) your credit/debit card number [VISA/MC, AMEX, DISCOVERCARD], 3) your phone number. During non business hours, or should no one answer, leave the required information on the message tape. This information will be secure. No information you provide will be shared with a third party. Note that you are not registered for a live program until payment is made.
Confirmation of order/registration —
To avoid unnecessary communication, the immediate online confirmation you will receive of receipt of e-mailed registration/order information will be your only confirmation of registration or your order being processed. Secure online orders and registration will receive an additional e-mail confirmation once authorization is approved. You will receive no further communication or confirmation unless a) information is incomplete, b) a problem processing payment has been encountered, or c) there is a problem or change of information regarding the program for which you have registered, or the shipment of your order. Then you will be contacted by either e-mail or telephone. Otherwise, you may assume that you are duly registered and/or your order will be processed within one to two business days. Merely show up at the indicated program to check in (between 8:15 and the 8:45 a.m. start). If you placed an order, it should be received within a week, and usually 3-4 business days.
Within one to two working days of receipt of your online registration/order information and payment, your name will be entered on the class list for the live program indicated, and/or your order will be filled.
Note: Additional outside USA shipping cost. Your order cost normally includes packaging and priority mailing through the post office. However, if placing an order from outside the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii, anticipate an additional $25 US for the audio program ($15 Canada), and $15 US ($10 Canada) for the Primer alone to cover added shipping cost. Overnight express shipping through the post office is available for continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii for an additional $30.
(NOTE: After Thursday and just prior to a live program, YOU MUST REGISTER AT THE DOOR, NOT HERE. Come by 8:15-8:30. If you are part of a group, leave your name, school, the name of the group, or the name of someone in the group at the 800 number [800.765.8246].)
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Click here —> Order to order a product.
Click here —> Mail order form, if registering or ordering through the mail.
$40.00 of any registration payment is non-refundable, unless you advise of inability to attend by the Thursday prior to program. Then a $25.00 processing/cancellation fee will be assessed.
(Feb. '09 e-mail. Results with LEEWS CDs as a 2L.)
I received your message the other day about putting fliers in first year mailboxes and putting up some posters at Pepperdine. I would certainly be willing to do that for you.
I also want to thank you for the help that I received by way of the CD's I ordered. My GPA was about 2.49 after my first year, and I had seen more grades with the letter C than I care to enumerate. I listened to the program, utilized the strategy, and my grades this last semester were much better (A, A-, B+, B, B). Put simply, it worked.
— Joseph Moore, Pepperdine '10
(Feb. '09 e-mail. Results from live program in first term.)
I apologize for the delayed response. I would be happy to do some advertising aroung the law school for you. I think the [live] LEEWS program [taken in first term] was incredibly helpful to me, and I would definitely like to encourage others to take it. I really do believe it set me off on the right foot in law school... leading me to 19 A's so far, a position as Editor in Chief of the Law Review, and a job at a prominent Washington D.C. intellectual property law firm following graduation.
Just give me the materials, and I'll gladly pass them out.
— Justin Hendrix, U. Kansas '09
LEEWS is fantastic. It really explains how
to write law school exams better than IRAC by teaching the specifics of analysis.
It provides a surefire way to find most/all of the issues, and teaches students
everything they need to know to prepare. It's the best kept secret in our
— Kristin Ketelhut, U. Miami '08
I've already started recommending [LEEWS] to
people. I ended up at the top of my class last year, made law review, and
have interviews, callbacks, and offers from the best firms in the country.
Studying definitely played a large role, but the help from LEEWS was invaluable
in aiding that study. I came to Cornell from a school that was not top tier
undergrad. To do so well is a testament to LEEWS, and how it helps you sift
through the multitude of material and get to the meat professors want to see
on an exam. I fared far better than I expected. Thanks so much.
— Sean Akins, Cornell '07
I took LEEWS first semester. Since then I've received five A's and a B+, directly attributable to your methods. While others sweat and groan, I cooly write meaningful, organized answers. Thanks for the edge. The small amount you charge is one of the bargains of the century.
— Dr. Clifford Kraft, IIT - Kent (Chicago) law '96E
The lessons, tools, confidence, and insight was worth 10 times the cost! If my grades improve, it will have been worth even more.
— Barnett Walker, SMU '04
Wentworth Miller's LEEWS is a steal for what he charges.
— PLANET LAW SCHOOL (p.90)