Library Highlights: Law School Success

Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience

Albert J. Moore and David A. Binder

KF283 .M66 2010

From the Publisher: Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience provides law students with explicit frameworks for reading and analyzing court opinions in all first year courses. Using hypothetical classroom dialogues, the book explains how these frameworks will help student understand and participate in classroom discussions, answer questions on exams, and use the skills learned in the first year when representing clients in practice. Written by top scholars drawing on their experience as authors and educators, Demystifying the First Year of Law School: A Guide to the 1L Experience, gives the benefit of experience to the uninitiated. It’s ideal as a companion to any first year course, as a text in a legal methods or academic support course, or as background for a law school orientation program.

Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review

Eugene Volokh

KF250 .V65 2010

From the Publisher: Designed to help law students write and publish articles, this text provides detailed instructions for every aspect of the law school writing, research, and publication process. Topics covered include law review articles and student notes, seminar term papers, how to shift from research to writing, citation-checking others’ work, publishing, and publicizing written works. This edition adds examples drawn from successful student notes, coupled with detailed explanations of what makes the examples effective and how they could have been made still more effective. It also elaborates on how one can research a topic more comprehensively than is usually done.

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success

Ruta K. Stropus & Charlotte D. Taylor

KF283 .S77 2009

From the Publisher: This popular book helps students make the transition from their undergraduate experience to law school learning. Unlike other “introduction to law school” texts, Bridging the Gap offers a different approach because it: Explains the “why” of law, providing students with the context necessary to understand why law school is taught in a certain manner, explains the “how” of the law, setting out a step-by-step process that will help students adapt to the law school setting and explains the “what” of the law, giving students the opportunity to practice the problem-solving process by providing numerous exercises in a variety of subject matter areas. Rather than giving only general advice, or black letter law and some practice problems for a specific subject, Bridging the Gap provides the context, the process, and the problems. Written by two former law school professors who used these techniques with thousands of students, Bridging the Gap is a guide to what really works in law school.

1L of a Ride: A Well-traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School

Andrew J. McClurg

KF287 .M38 2009

From the Publisher: This book provides a candid step-by-step road map to both academic and emotional success in law school’s critical first year. Topics covered include top student fears, the first-year curriculum, effective class participation, types of law students and professors, case briefing, note-taking, outlining, legal research and writing, exam preparation, exam-taking, and stress management. This text shows rather than tells using dozens of anecdotes and comments from real 1Ls, as well as authentic samples of Socratic dialogue, exam questions, and student case briefs and class notes. The author is an award-winning professor and noted legal humorist with experience teaching at several law schools.

Movie Therapy for Law Students: Are you Ready for Law School??: Prepare for Law School, Final Exams, and the Bar Exam by Watching Movies!!

Sonia J. Buck

PN1995.9.J8 B83 2009

From the Publisher: *Packed with black letter law, dozens of exam study tips, useful Internet links and other valuable resources for law students, legal movie trivia and other interesting nuggets. *Geared toward law students, but entertaining and straightforward enough for anyone

Mindfulness for Law Students: Using the Power of Mindful Awareness to Achieve Balance and Success in Law School

Scott L. Rogers

KF287 .R64 2009

From the Publisher: Mindfulness for Law Students is a one-of-a-kind book that is specifically designed to introduce law students to fundamental contemplative practices as well as the cutting-edge research that shows how incorporating mindfulness techniques can alter the physical structure and function of the brain to reflect decreased levels of stress, increased levels of productivity and improved mental health. This book is based on the Jurisight® program – which uses legal terms and concepts to teach lawyers what they need to know about mindfulness and neuroscience to lead more balanced and effective lives – and written with input from law students, law professors and recent law school graduates to ensure that the lessons are accessible to law students and can be easily integrated into their busy schedules.

Law School Labyrinth: A Guide to Making the Most of your Legal Education

Steven R. Sedberry

KF283 .S43 2009

From the Publisher: Law school can be an expensive, time-consuming, and frequently exhausting experience. Students must “hit the ground running.” Law School Labyrinth acts as a road map to the entire law school experience—from admissions to graduation and beyond. Steven Sedberry examines popular law student misconceptions and helps readers understand the primary objectives of law school. Following his “been there, done that” advice, students will learn how to read legal opinions, participate in Socratic dialogue, and assimilate and retain information necessary to succeed on law school exams. Going beyond the classroom, the book provides information on summer clerkships and career advice. Law School Labyrinth is the consummate blueprint for all three years of law school.

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