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The Insider's Guide to Your First Year of Law School: A Student-to-Student Handbook from a Law School Survivor Paperback – March 13, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598690841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598690842
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,563,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin Spizman just finished his third year of law school at Georgia State University School of Law. Throughout his first two years of law school, Spizman clerked for criminal defense and entertainment attorneys to gain legal experience and training. Even though Spizman survived his first year, he realized how much he wished he had known before it all began.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina AZ on June 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
While there is some useful information in this book, the editors did a poor job. There is a printing error in one of the chapters- an entire section of the text is missing between the end of one page and the beginning of the next. Also, there are many errors where words are missing or obviously should have been in a different order.

Another issue with the book is that Spizman can be overly repetitive to the point where one must question his writing ability. I think he did a bad job of writing to his audience as well. Law students should be bright enough to know most of what is in his book without being told explicitly. All in all I would say there is some useful information if you're willing to dig through this over-simplified, repetitious book but I'm sure there are better books for future law students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vijay Shanmugamani on March 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's like this book was an undergraduate writing assignment requiring at least 200 pages. Unfortunately, Spizman only had about 30 pages of worthwhile material. So he did what we all did as undergrads; he filled the rest of his book with gratuitous excerpts and common sense strategies. I mean, is it really necessary to tell people how to organize business cards after networking, or what to bring to a test (pens, paper, a sweater if it gets cold)? I found the book to be mostly fluff and somewhat redundant. I especially enjoyed Spizman's 6 pointers to legal writing. Point 1 was "be concise" and point 5 was "short points"; they both say the exact same thing, which is be "straightforward and concise." The funniest thing about his pointers is that point 6 was "avoid redundancy." Anyway, to be fair, there was some very helpful information for 1Ls, particularly his in-class anecdotes and his approach to answering test questions. I think people can definitely benefit from that information.......by reading 30 of his pages, not 200.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Donaldson on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you have half a brain and the slightest bit of common sense, you'll really have zero need for this book. The author makes such points as:

1. Create outlines regarding the course work.
2. Be polite to students and teachers.
3. Network
4. Don't fall behind on studying.

That's pretty much the scope of the book. Waste of money, you ask me.
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Format: Kindle Edition
After the first two chapters, there is really no new information. It's just repetitive information and filler. Look into another book. This one was a waste of money.
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Format: Paperback
This book is average advice for the average student. A lot of it is obvious, i.e. go to class, outline, make connections, etc. There is nothing in here you can't glean from law school forums.

Also, not to knock his school or performance, but he was a UT Austin undergrad in communications, and went to U of Georgia law. As far as I can tell from google and the book, he didn't make law review, so who knows what his grades were. In my opinion, a law school advice book should come from a top student at a top school as an example to the rest of us.

Don't buy it. If you do, get it used somewhere else for like 50 cents. I think the paper's worth more.
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