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Law School For Dummies 1st Edition

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"The advice in this book helps you make the most of your law school experience."
—Sarah C. Zearfoss, The University of Michigan Law School

Covers crucial study skills, test-taking, and job hunting

Choose your courses, stay sane, and survive your exams!

Looking to get into – and graduate from – law school? Written from the student’s point of view, this friendly guide gives you the inside track on everything from finding the right school and acing the LSAT to surviving the Socratic Method, choosing a practice area, preparing for the bar exam, and much more.

Praise for Law School For Dummies

"Anyone who enters law school without having first read this essential ‘instruction manual’ will be at a competitive disadvantage."
– Jef Richards, JD, PhD, Professor of Advertising, The University of Texas at Austin

"A comprehensive guide that explodes the myths surrounding law school and enables you to chart a successful career path."
– Donna Gerson, author of Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market

About the Author

Rebecca Greene, JD, is a May 2003 graduate of Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington. A contributor to the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer magazine, she also wrote for Peterson’s Law Schools.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764525484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764525483
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Allan H. 1L on December 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just finished my 1L semester, and my grades are starting to trickle in. So far, not so good. But I'm vowing to do better next semester, and I felt this book was very helpful in helping me see what exactly my mistakes were this semester. I bought this book a few days ago, on the recommendation of some 1Ls in my class, because unlike some of these other reviewers, my school's professors do not take the time to explain how to succeed in law school or how to study. Nor am I very friendly with any 2 or 3Ls who could provide me with this information. The reason I picked up this book is because I wanted a thorough and well-spelled out discussion of what exactly law school is all about, since I didn't do much reading on the topic before I started school in the fall. I've read other Dummies books, and felt this one was overall better organized and more thorough than those I've read in the past. I'm making up for lost time now on my winter break by learning more about how to be a better 1L, and I was very satisfied and pleased with this book. I strongly feel I'll be a better student because of it.

I recommend this book highly because I got a great overview of what I need to do better next semester in order to boost my law school GPA (which right now is hovering close to a 2.7). The chapter on "Making the Most of Your Study Time" helped me realize what really should go in an outline and what should not--after reading this chapter I realized I went about my outline all wrong--again, because no one really took the time to sit down with me and explain it all.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Law Prof on October 1, 2003
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You'd probably think that the last person you'd find reading a book called "Law School for Dummies" would be an actual law professor. I saw this book at the bookstore while looking for a law school guidebook for my pre-law niece and was immediately intrigued. I bought it, read the whole thing in a week, and have to say that it earns my seal of approval (then I passed it along to my niece). Everything Greene says in this book is 100% on target. I think the fact that this book is written by a recent law graduate makes it the most valuable. All the info is fresh and up-to-date, and it's written in a way that current law students will really identify with. I appreciated how Greene honestly and candidly discussed topics such as finding summer jobs and doing extracurriculars (like the law review), and went into detail about the pros and cons of each. I'd recommend this book to any law student who comes into my office--in fact, I already have several times this week.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott on July 17, 2003
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Law School for Dummies is the six law school guidebook I've read so far in preparing to start my 1L career. And let me tell you it's by far the best. The chapter on "Thinking Like a Lawyer" was worth the price of the book alone. It really took an abstract concept--what "thinking like a lawyer" really means in law school--and boiled it down in a really understandable and memorable way. I also appreciated the helpful advice in the "Not a Moot Point: Getting Involved in Law School" chapter. Before I read this chapter I had been planning to just do every law school extracurricular I could but Greene helped me see that it's the quality of your involvement, not the quantity, that's important. Her discussion of law journals and exactly how much work they involve was eye-opening and very informative.
All in all--if you're only going to buy one law school guidebook--get this one. The subheadings make it very easy to find exactly what you're looking for.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. on February 10, 2004
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Have you been dreaming about making it through law school but don't quite have a "handle" on how to play the game yet? This book will tell you everything you need to know. Realistic, down to earth, and extremely practical, this book is, in my humble opinion, spades better than pretty much all the other law school books you'll find out there. Written by someone who's recently been in law school (the author is a May, 2003 graduate--not a professor or a lawyer who is far removed from what the current generation of law students is like--), I found pretty much everything the author says to be totally on the mark. I'm a third year myself, and I picked up this book earlier in the year because I still felt like I didn't really have a good handle on how this whole law school thing works. It's not really something that's "spelled out for you" like it is in undergraduate school.
In law school, for instance, you're never really told things like how to really study for law school exams or what the essence of being a good lawyer is. You're never really told how to even find a lawyer yourself (if you ever need one) or why small firms and non-profits are great job options (beyond the huge firms that everyone seems to gravitate to.) I think these are things you just have to "figure out on your own" if you're lucky. Greene's book helps facilitate that process. I especially enjoyed learning little-known tidbits of information (good things to share at your weekend law school parties) such as when you can officially call yourself a "lawyer"--it's not at graduation from law school, as most people would tend to think. Check out the book to find out more.
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