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Learn from the Best
We’ve culled the ranks of respected law schools to find the world’s best legal thinkers and top teachers.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom. Let the stars of legal education come to you.
Daniel Hemel is a professor of Law at University of Chicago Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received an MPhil with distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He then earned his JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Before joining the University of Chicago Law School faculty, he was a law clerk to Associate Justice Elena Kagan on the US Supreme Court. He also clerked for Judge Michael Boudin on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Sri Srinivasan on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and served as visiting counsel at the Joint Committee on Taxation. He has held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School.
His academic work has appeared in the California Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Journal of Legal Analysis, National Tax Journal, NYU Law Review, Supreme Court Review, Tax Law Review, Texas Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, and has been cited by the US Supreme Court as well as the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. His op-eds and other writing have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, Politico, Slate, TIME Magazine, and Vox. He also has provided on-air legal analysis for CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Neil S. Siegel is the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School, where he also serves as director of the DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy. Professor Siegel’s research and teaching fall primarily in the areas of U.S. constitutional law, constitutional politics, and constitutional theory.
Professor Siegel teaches Duke Law students, undergraduates in Duke University’s Trinity College and in Duke Law School’s DC Summer Institute, and judges in Duke’s Master of Judicial Studies Program. Throughout the year, he offers U.S. Supreme Court updates and other talks at judicial conferences and law firms around the country.
In 1994, Professor Siegel received his BA (Economics and Political Science), summa cum laude, from Duke University. In 1995, he received his M.A. (Economics) from Duke University. He graduated in 2001 with joint degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, receiving his JD from Berkeley Law and a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. While at Berkeley Law, he served as the Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review.
Jennifer Fisher brings a practitioner’s eye to the Civil Procedure course. After earning a BA in English, summa cum laude, from Washington & Lee University, she completed her JD at Yale Law School, where she served as Notes Editor and Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. Her legal career has included stints in private practice and in public service, and she has represented a wide range of clients through every stage of the litigation process. Jennifer has fought slumlords before county magistrates on behalf of indigent tenants, defended 30(b)(6) depositions for a multinational corporation in an antitrust suit, and briefed race and national-origin discrimination claims before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. While she has always loved arguing her clients’ positions in the courtroom, her most rewarding experience has been mentoring law students and young associates in civil procedure and legal writing, helping them translate their legal educations to real-world disputes.
Rick Su is a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he teaches Property, State and Local Government Law, and Immigration. Su received his BA from Dartmouth College in 2001 and his JD from Harvard Law School in 2004. After graduating from law school, he clerked for The Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty in 2019, Su taught at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he won the faculty teaching award in 2009 and 2015. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2015 and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018.
Prof. Daniel Epps is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Professor Epps received his AB summa cum laude with highest distinction in Philosophy from Duke University and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review and won the John M. Olin Law & Economics prize. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.
His research concerns the intersection of criminal justice, constitutional law, and federal courts. His scholarship has been published in the nation’s leading law journals, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He’s also a leading expert on the Supreme Court who is regularly quoted in the national media. His writing for popular audiences has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, and The Atlantic. His proposal to reform the Supreme Court (developed with Ganesh Sitaraman) was endorsed by presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and was widely discussed in the media.
Prof. Lupo has been a member of the Northwestern Law faculty since 2003. He teaches courses in Contract Law, Remedies, and Business Torts as well as seminars in Law and Rhetoric and Law and Literature. His area of scholarly interest is in the exploration of law as a humanistic, cultural discourse, and the role of persuasion, argument, and creativity in shaping jurisprudential thinking.
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We’ve broken down the basics of the typical 1L curriculum into fun, focused lessons so you can succeed from the start.
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You’re about to spend three years of your life and six semesters of tuition on a JD. Shouldn’t you give yourself every chance to succeed?
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You’re doing this for the first time. We’ve been there and back. Let us show you the way.
Legal Education for the Digital Age
Traditional prelaw courses are full of talking heads. They take a series of classroom lectures, plop them on a webpage, and hope for the best.
We took a different approach. Our audio lessons are short and easily absorbed, so you can walk through contract law while you walk the dog. We use videos to illustrate, explicate, and emphasize the main points.
Goodbye, talking heads. Hello, custom animations.
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Crystal Clear Explanations
Law school professors use something called the Socratic Method. Instead of just explaining the law, they ask you to deduce it from a series of leading questions.
We gave our professors one instruction: just explain it. With apologies to Socrates, we like our way better.
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All Subjects is the best value and includes all the individual subjects at a significant discount. It covers the seven core 1L courses so you can develop a strong foundation for law school.
Individual Subjects like Property, Torts, and Crim may be good choices if you only want assistance with one or two 1L courses and don't expect you will want assistance with any others.
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The most successful students that we knew in law school tended to supplement their classes with outside resources. One of our favorite Harvard Law alums put it this way: “Learning the law in law school is like learning how to fix your car from engineering treatises.”
We hope that Law School Explained is more like learning how to fix your car from YouTube videos. Whether you start doing that now or after you matriculate is immaterial.
Test Your Knowledge Now
Here’s a short quiz so you can see where you stand.
- Mens rea means…
- Male rage
- Guilty mind
- Narrow scope
- A fast-wicking material used in raincoats
Criminal statutes typically involve an actus reus, or “guilty act,” and a mens rea, or “guilty mind.” In other words, criminality isn’t just about what you do. It’s about your mental state when you do it.
Learn more in Criminal Law Class 3. (This lesson and the lessons that follow may be behind a paywall.)
- Which of the following situations is most likely to qualify as nuisance?
- A mouth-breathing census taker rings your doorbell when the baby is asleep.
- A scorpion breeder lives in the adjacent duplex, making you fear unreasonable harm to your person.
- A dog breeder lives next door; the dogs disturb your enjoyment of your yard.
- Pirates attack your cruise ship.
Nuisance is defined under property law as an unreasonable harm to the use and enjoyment of land. A substantial harm to the ordinary enjoyment of one’s yard would satisfy that definition.
See why the other answer choices probably don’t constitute nuisance in Property Law Class 4.
- What’s a servitude?
- A religious act or figure
- An event in which someone is served official papers
- A burden on land
- A relationship in which one party exhibits significant power over the other
Say you give your neighbor an easement to use your driveway. Say a homeowners’ association prohibits dogs. These are both examples of servitudes, or obligations that run with the land. (The first example constitutes an obligation on your land.)
Servitudes provide legal mechanisms to subtract a right or add a duty to someone’s property.
Learn more in Property Law Class 5.
- What exactly is tort law about?
- Chocolate cakes
- Real estate
- Crimes that aren’t eligible for capital punishment
- Wrongs that aren’t crimes
Tort law doesn’t concern itself with chocolate torts, éclairs, bear claws, petit fours, or any other pastry, but because it is concerned with what happens when things go awry, you can still call it a guilty pleasure.
- What’s the difference between the common law and civil law?
- The common law was created by judges; civil law was created by legislatures.
- The common law is based on the golden rule: do unto others as you would do unto yourself; civil law is not.
- The common law is a body of law shared by all states; civil law is unique to each state.
- The common law concerns most people; the civil law concerns heads of state.
Here’s what’s so interesting about the law: it’s a momentous application of abstract subjects—especially history and moral philosophy—to real people’s lives.
The common law, for example, is a living history of case law. For hundreds of years, judges in English cities and villages looked at the cases before them, consulted the decisions of other judges in similar circumstances, and ruled as they thought best. The framework of principles that emerged from this process is a major source of our laws today.