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Going to Law School? Bad news: being smart
...and neither is just working hard.

Did you know that depending on the institution, between 5-20% of the 1L class won't make it past the first year of law school?
Yep--you just read that correctly. Every year, up to twenty percent of intelligent and motivated first-year law students FAIL OUT or perform much worse than they ever did in college -- even the ones whose high GPAs and great LSAT scores got them into top-tier schools.

And year after year, nobody believes that it can happen to them, until it does: they're $40,000 in debt, with a year of education wasted, and no degree.
Is it because they’re lazy? NO. Is it because they’re not smart enough?’s because they have 16 years of schooling under their belts that didn’t properly get them ready for law school.
The major reason why smart students struggle in law school is a collection of academic deficits called the preparedness gap. There's always been a learning curve for the jump from undergrad to law school, but the difficulty has grown exponentially for students who were in elementary school during the year 2001 or later.

Thanks to the preparedness gap, through no fault of their own, a number of high-achieving students who were successful in undergrad will still falter in law school. And on top of all that, additional challenges await if you’re a first-generation law student, a student of color, or a student with ADHD.
Many students won't realize this until after first semester or even the entire school year has already elapsed--and by that point, for some of them, it's too late. I don't want that to happen to you, and that's why I'm here. I've seen too many smart and talented students flunk out...but you don't have to be one of them.
For lots of people, law school is a confusing game where no one tells you the rules up front. But there's good news: I have the playbook.

Get guidance that really from a J.D. who worked as an administrator in a university law school.

Kristin DiBiase, J.D.

Founder,<br>Your Law School Coach

Your Law School Coach

Academic Coach | Life Coach | Executive Coach

I’ve been empowering students in higher education for over 15 years. While earning my J.D. with a concentration in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Valparaiso University, I led the law school student body as president of the Student Bar Association and vice president of the Black Law Students Association.
After passing the bar, I worked in academic and membership affairs for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for more than a decade, analyzing student academic progress, developing learning strategies and educational programming, and advocating for students with ADHD and learning disabilities. My love of working with students led me to join the Indiana University McKinney School of Law as the program’s Associate Director of Academic and Bar Success.
After synthesizing my expertise from those experiences, I founded Your Law School Coach, an academic consulting service where I use my insider knowledge to help law students bypass the common mistakes that even smart and high-achieving students will still make, so they can supercharge their law school performance without wasting time on methods that don’t work. To support your quest for excellence, I combine learning science and academic coaching to lead you to classroom and bar exam success.
As part of my mission and values, I want to help level the academic playing field for students of color, first-generation law students, and students with ADHD in their pursuit of the legal profession. To that end, I am a professional member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE), ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). I also specialize in professional coaching for attorneys with ADHD and executive function disorders.
Outside of my work with students, I’m a classically trained singer, an avid moviegoer and a major Disney fan. My husband and I are the proud pet parents of a normal-size cat and a gigantic dog.

Your Law School Coach is than other law school prep and tutoring services

I'm The Real Deal, and I'm On Your Side

I live and breathe for helping students. I was doing it before I went to law school, I did it during law school, and I’ve done it every day since–for my entire career. And one of the things I pride myself on the most is being real.

Instead of the same old cookie-cutter approach that many law prep services use, I teach you ACADEMIC SUCCESS METHODOLOGYa multidisciplinary process that applies proven methods from learning science and cognitive behavioral research to your law school learning, explaining to you along the way exactly how and why they work. But I don’t stop there.

A lot of people out there will tell you they can help you because they went to law school and they were successful…but I didn’t just go to law school–I worked for a law school.

I know exactly what it takes for you to succeed because I’ve seen the business of legal education from the inside, warts and all. I take that exclusive insider knowledge and give it to you straight, including critical information that you deserve to know, but law schools will never tell you–because knowledge is power.  

Coaching, Not Tutoring

A lot of students who are struggling in law school will think about getting a tutor, but often, tutoring isn’t actually what they need.

Tutoring works best when it is on objective subject matter–where there’s a definite right answer. That’s why it isn’t as effective for law school, which is all about subjective analysis.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t understand how I got the grade I did–I studied so hard and I knew that material cold”? Most law students know the material; that isn’t the problem. It’s taking that material and using it that is the challenge. That’s because when it comes to legal education, how you show what you know is equally as important as the information you are studying. 

Where tutoring services typically focus on trying to teach you the law itself, I use the law to coach you in the most effective way to learn, retain, use and apply what you’re being taught in law school instead. Learning science methods pay dividends because you don’t just succeed in class: you also remember more of what you learned in law school as you head into bar review and as you practice as a lawyer. 

I Struggled at First, Too--So I Get It (and YOU)

I wasn’t a rockstar 1L. I didn’t get *horrible* grades my first semester of law school, but they definitely weren’t what I was used to getting and I wasn’t at the top of the class. Back when I was in law school, we didn’t have someone like me working to help students, so I had to pick myself up, dust myself off, and get to work figuring things out all on my own–so I know how that feels

Now that I’m on the other side of the equation, I use what I’ve learned professionally, pair it with my own personal experiences as a student and the experiences of countless students I’ve helped, and put it to work for you.

I walk you through what to do and how to do it in a practical way that is easy to follow, understand, and apply. I teach the students who work with me how to learn more efficiently, study more impactfully, write more effectively, and supercharge their exam performance.

There’s nothing more satisfying for me than seeing students who take my advice improve and excel. I love to watch you sail right past all my old mistakes or successfully execute a plan to turn things around.

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Hyperfocused on Your Success™

Don’t just survive: thrive in law school and your career. As a law school academic coach, I use academic success methodology to teach you to:
• Read, distill and synthesize case law like a pro
• Take class notes in “3D”
• Study effectively so you get deep learning and retention

• Move from memorization to analysis

• Create, revise and use your course outlines to maximum effect

• Monitor your progress and evaluate your understanding of your classes

• Master different legal arguments and determine when each is best used

• Structure and execute a systematic exam-taking approach

I’ll also help you:

• Use your time more efficiently

• Stay organized and on task

• Keep up without drowning

• Run your schedule instead of letting your schedule run you

• Create and adhere to your own accountability framework

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In her capacity as Your Law School Coach, Kristin DiBiase is not a representative, agent or affiliate of Indiana University. Use of Your Law School Coach products and services does not create a contractual relationship between you and Indiana University and will not improve your chances of admission to Indiana University McKinney School of Law (IU McKinney) or Indiana University Maurer School of Law.