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Hofstra Law

Edge Ahead

1L Advantage Program

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

June 26, 2023 to July 20, 2023

Edge Ahead is open to anyone planning to attend law school in the next two years. 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.

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Students can attend in-person or online. For students who do not attend in person, 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 Susan Greene, Director of Edge Ahead, at

Program Agenda

Classes will be held on Monday-Thursday except the week of July 3, when classes meet Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Legal Writing will meet daily for one hour; Contracts and Torts will meet twice a week for two 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 the next two years. Class sizes are limited to ensure maximum feedback and personal attention.

The program fee is $1,950.

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For more information, contact Professor Susan Greene, Director of Edge Ahead, at


On campus housing is available to Edge Ahead participants, for an additional fee.

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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, your professor will provide 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.

Our Faculty

Susan Greene

Susan Greene
Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Faculty Director of Summer Skills Program

Miriam R. Albert

Miriam R. Lyman
Professor of Skills

Allison Caffarone

Allison Caffarone
Professor of Skills and Executive Director of the Perry Weitz Mass Tort Institute

Kevin McElroy

Kevin McElroy
Professor of Legal Writing