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1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides) Paperback – November 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0314194831 ISBN-10: 0314194835 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314194835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314194831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew J. McClurg is a nationally and internationally recognized law professor in the area of tort law. He currently holds the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis School of Law. From 2002-06, he was a member of the founding faculty at the Florida International University College of Law. Previously, he was the Nadine H. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and also has taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Colorado, and Golden Gate University.

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Professor Andrew McClurg is a nationally and internationally recognized law professor. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis law school. From 2002-06 he was a member of the founding faculty at the Florida International University College of Law. Previously, he was the Nadine H. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and also has taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Colorado, and Golden Gate University.

McClurg has received numerous university and law school awards for both research and teaching.

He's the author/editor of six books, including his popular law school prep book, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (West 2d ed. 2013), assigned as required or recommended reading at law schools throughout the country. His most recent book, The "Companion Text" to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student (West 2012), a follow-up to 1L of a Ride, is the only book written to prepare the loved ones of law students for law school.

McClurg's many scholarly articles have been cited and quoted in more than 500 books and scholarly journals and by dozens of courts. McClurg is also the Editor of The Contextual Approach to Comparative Law Series published by Carolina Academic Press.

In addition to his scholarly writings, McClurg is the editor of Lawhaha.com, an academically oriented legal humor blog, and for four years wrote a monthly humor column for the American Bar Association Journal, the magazine of the U.S. legal profession. His first book, The Law School Trip (2001), is the quintessential satire of legal education.

McClurg has been interviewed and quoted as a legal expert by National Public Radio, Time, U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and a long list of other media sources.

In his spare time, McClurg sings and plays guitar in Memphis rock bands.

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If you truly want to know what to expect --read this book.
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I highly recommend this book for those interested in law school, those already in law school, or even parents of students in law school.
Jordan Russell
I found it distinctive from other books of this sort in that it's written with very practical real advice, in a witty engaging style.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Russell on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Speaking as a 1L who can vividly recall all my questions and anxieties swirling in my head the summer before the first semester, 1L of a Ride really provided a security blanket that allowed me to enter the semester with eased tensions. There have been many times in which I would be sitting in class thinking "McClurg warned about this in his book!", and then I knew how to deal with the situation. The book is not only great for upcoming law students (or even those merely entertaining the idea of going to law school), it has served as a very helpful reference throughout my semester. If I have a question about how to brief, outline, or stabilize my stress, I simply reread the chapters and remind myself that I am not alone! I highly recommend this book for those interested in law school, those already in law school, or even parents of students in law school. I know my mom would love to have an idea of what I have gotten myself into so that she can offer her support in a more informed way. I'm not sure there is another book comparable in its comprehensive nature or its accuracy in depicting the life and struggles of a 1L. The reader really gets a sense that professors are not out to ruin your law school experience; rather, they are often the best resources and tools to get you through your 1L year.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mary P. Treuthart on June 17, 2009
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The book is touted as "a candid step-by-step roadmap to both academic and emotional success in law school's crucial first year" and delivers on that promise. One thing is clear from the beginning: McClurg has a unique passion for teaching and learning. He's certainly done it enough. McClurg, the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, has taught at six different law schools, garnering a number of teaching awards over his two-decade career. Thousands of law students from coast-to-coast have taken his first year Torts course. McClurg's keen powers of observation have allowed him to assess what works for students and teachers both in and out of the classroom.

McClurg is considered by many to be the foremost legal humorist in the United States. Author for several years of the Harmless Error column in the A.B.A. Journal, McClurg entertained readers with his wacky take on legal practice and legal education. His website [...] follows in the same vein. Thus, it's no surprise that 1L of a Ride is penned in a witty and easy-to-read style. At the same time, it incorporates the strengths of McClurg's scholarly work: it's meticulously researched, provocative, and creative. Written mostly in the first person, 1L of a Ride is full of anecdotes and insightful suggestions based on empirical studies of educational theory and practice.

Certainly, the book is ideal for its target audience of incoming law students who want to make the most of their law school experience. But friends and family members of future lawyers might benefit just as much from McClurg's inside look at the 1L experience. I highly recommend this book!

Professor Mary Pat Treuthart
Gonzaga University School of Law
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Christensen on August 21, 2009
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I read this book at the end of my 1L year, and was amazed at how thorough and dead-on accurate it is. It's fun to read, addresses nearly every aspect of your 1L year, and offers clear, practical advice. I read other Law School Prep Books before starting school, and this one beats them all, hands down. I only wish it had been available at the beginning of my 1L year.

Whether you're just considering law school or have already started your first year, do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Salwa Bahhur on May 29, 2010
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After getting accepted into law school and attending open house, I was so overwhelmed, and I felt as if I might have made the wrong decision in attending law school. My friend suggested I purchase and read 1L of a Ride. I never thought that a 400 page book would make or break my decision in attending law school, but it definitely did. I was lost and confused and had absolutely no idea what law school entailed. I can honestly, and confidently, say that law school is the right decision, and I am fully prepared for the good and the bad. McClurg answered every one of my questions that I had in a very detailed and easy to read manner. From the summer before law school to orientation to the first day of class to the end of the first year is ALL detailed with incredible tips to ensure you have a successful first year. Most prep books just have a list of do's and don'ts, but 1L of a Ride is full of do's and don'ts, along with student and professor entries and many more. Professor McClurg has taught at many law schools, so he definitely knows what he's talking about!!! The book is full of humor that made me not want to put it down. If you are looking for the PERFECT prep book to help you decide if law school is for you, or if you are starting law school soon, or even a professor at a law school, you should purchase this book! I plan to keep this book on my book shelf throughout my 3 years of law school as my guideline to success!!!! 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides)
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