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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I am definitely not going to follow everything that Spizman suggests, but many of the tips are very helpful. Overall, I think the book is very useful as a general overview of the first year of law school, and has helped me feel a little bit more prepared and have a better idea of what my schedule will be like. I would recommend it simply because I think the book is very well done. It is also nicely laid out. Law school takes order and this book gave me an outline for the order that I'll need to be successful in this educational endeavor. My undergraduate studies were 4 years of fractured study with the reward of a degree at the end for a major study in a certain area. Law school is a 3 year concentration in a single area with a comprehensive exam at the end (bar exam) to determine your fitness to practice your trade.
The book surely has lots of good information. It's fairly up to do date, good in-site and some great hints on the first year... do's and do nots ... I like that part the most. The most amazing thing to me is that people I know who are starting law school this fall haven't read any books on this subject nor they intend to... and are going blindly into law school on a prayer! I guess it takes all kinds. I mean for $15 bucks and a few hours of any EZ read... how much of a sacrifice is that? Isn't law school a $100K investment and another $150K minimum loss of income during that time? Makes you wonder who's headed off to law school... anyhow!
Spend the $15 smacks. Don't cheat yourself!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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:
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After going through the law school experience myself, I can honestly say that this book covers it all. Read morePublished on May 4, 2007 by J. Cohen
Thank goodness someone took the time to write a fresh, innovative, and actually useful piece of literature for law students. Read morePublished on April 11, 2007 by Stacey L. Hornsby