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Hofstra Law

Edge Ahead

1L Advantage Program

Get a head start, and ace your first year of law school.

July 5-28, 2022

Edge Ahead is open to anyone planning to attend law school in 2022 or 2023. This four-week program allows you to gain exposure to three important first-year courses — Contracts, Torts, and Legal Writing — and to develop the skills you need to succeed in law school, such as case briefing, note-taking, and outlining. You will also learn exam-preparation strategies for both multiple-choice and essay questions.

The program is taught by accomplished and dedicated full-time professors who will support you during your introduction to the law school experience.

Register Online

Students can attend in-person or online. We offer both a synchronous option to Zoom into the live classes, and an asynchronous option for those who prefer to review the class recordings on their own schedule.

For more information, contact Professor Miriam Lyman, Director of Edge Ahead, at Miriam.R.Lyman@hofstra.edu.

Program Agenda

Classes will be held on Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., starting July 5, 2022, and ending July 28, 2022. Legal Writing will meet daily for 90 minutes; Contracts will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for two hours each day; Torts will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 hours each day.

Our lunch breaks will feature guest speakers from the Law School community and from the local bench and bar.

Registration and Program Fee

This program is open to anyone planning to attend law school in 2022 or 2023. Class sizes are limited to ensure maximum feedback and personal attention.

The program fee is $2,500. Please note that for any student matriculating at Hofstra Law and successfully completing the program, $1,000 of the fee will be refunded to your credit card in October of your first year of law school.

Register Online

Students can attend in-person or online. We offer both a synchronous option to Zoom into the live classes, and an asynchronous option for those who prefer to review the class recordings on their own schedule.

For more information, contact Professor Miriam Lyman, Director of Edge Ahead, at Miriam.R.Lyman@hofstra.edu.

Housing

On campus housing is available to Edge Ahead participants.

Guest Accommodations Form

Coursework

Your professors will grade your weekly assignments and return them with extensive comments to show ways to improve. The Contracts and Torts classes will each have a final assessment consisting of both multiple-choice and essay questions. These assessments will provide you the invaluable opportunity to become comfortable with the law school testing experience and to hone your skills in the summer, so that when the fall semester exams arrive you are in the best position to succeed. Your coursework will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

In Legal Writing, you will be provided a fact pattern and a closed universe of law, which you will use to analyze a legal problem and draft your first legal office memorandum. You will receive substantial individualized feedback on your work product and will have the opportunity to revise your work to incorporate the comments.

Our Faculty

Miriam R. Albert

Miriam R. Lyman
Professor of Skills, Faculty Advisor for Joint Programs and Faculty Director of Summer Skills Programs

Allison Caffarone

Allison Caffarone
Visiting Associate Professor of Law

Kevin McElroy

Kevin McElroy
Professor of Legal Writing