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Law School Fast Track: Essential Habits for Law School Success Paperback – November 30, 2010

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Many law students are unprepared for law school. Once law school begins, however, the reading load is enormous, and any "extra-curricular" reading is unappealing. Law School Fast Track is a concise, inexpensive, and easy-to-read guide written in an approachable, peer tone. In focusing on the first week of law school, this book emphasizes the importance of establishing and maintaining good habits, thus giving the reader simple tools to excel in law school.

From the Author

I wrote Law School Fast Track because there was nothing like it when I started law school. I had read several of the typically recommended law school guides and found that I had to slog through hundreds of pages of details that I already knew (and didn't need to read again), or that simply didn't matter to me. And when I was actually in law school, I realized that I had missed many of the basic points that would have helped tremendously. In addition to a mass of details, these books contained a jumble of opinions with no clear answers. Law School Fast Track cuts through the fluff, isn't afraid to be concise, and answers those essential questions.

I assume that those reading this book are smart, and don't need self-explanatory advice. The advice is this book is a culmination of real experience, boiled down to the essential tips and habits that will help you, reducing stress and maximizing results in law school. By focusing on these key habits you need for law school, Law School Fast Track quickly gives you the tools you need for that essential edge, and nothing more.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Print Press (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888960248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888960242
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start off by saying that I am currently a 2L in law school. Like many students, I read a few books before my first year such as Law School Confidential and Succeeding in Law School. After reading them and before starting school, I thought that I was going to do great and that I had "the secret" to succeeding in law school. I soon realized that wasn't going to happen. I ended up falling behind in classes because I couldn't keep up with all the reading as a result of spending so much time briefing cases. The problem with these books is that they're unrealistic. In law school, you will not have the time to do all they say. For those of you considering going to law school or in your first year of law school, you will not know how to succeed until you finish your first year. As a 2L, I have a better idea of what I need to do and how to be effective. So I picked up this book. The book talks about exactly the things I felt that I needed to do my second year to succeed and even more. It has great tips on "briefing" cases and studying. Law school is not rocket science. Succeeding in law school is about having self discipline and smart, effective study skills. This book tells you exactly how to do that. I highly recommend it. Please, do not waste your time with Law School Confidential and the others. This book is all you need. Plus, the author wrote it while he was in law school! I find that amazing, the fact that he had the time to write a book and do well in school. It must be his effective study habits. That's really what made me read this book. My studying is more focused now, and I am able to keep up with my reading and can follow the lectures in class.
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I started reading this book (on Kindle) with a lot of anxiety as far as my starting law school this coming fall. After just about 1/3 of the book those anxieties started to melt away, and I became so much more confident.
Thank you for this great book, my nerves thank you too.
Jacob
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This was full of helpful tips for starting law school, and I'm sure I'll be returning to it every now and then. Because of its relatively short length, I wouldn't spend the money for a hard copy. The kindle was perfect for reading on the go.
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This book is one of a kind! For those who are shopping, it is important that you recognize what this book will and will not provide you. Law School Fast Track is not about interview techniques or the best study aids or the pros and cons between study groups and individual study or what law review and moot court entail and whether they are worthwhile or the average law school graduate salary or the myriad of other topics typically covered in law school guides. This book is about the habits that are absolutely essential for success in law school. It might as well be called 14 Habits of Highly Effective Law Students. As a law student I was a law review board member and editor and well connected to all of the top-ranked students. I can verify that almost (yes, there are some exceptions) everyone at the top of the class developed these 14 habits early in their law school experience. Most, like the author, developed their good habits through trial and error. This book will save you the trial and error and you will be several steps ahead of the pack.
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Derrick Hibbard shares his advice on the habits that are essential for law students to develop, preferably earlier rather than later in their law school experiences.

The book comes in at just under 90 pages, which may seem slight, but this is packed with information. As Hibbard notes, he has taken all of the usual law school advice and condensed it to the bare essentials -- those habits that you must develop early on in your law career if you want to succeed.

Habits discussed include but are not limited to the following:

* Make Your Study Efficient and Effective
* Make a Plan and Stick To It
* Set Goals and Follow Up
* Read Effectively
* Brief Every Case, But Be Brief
* Don't Worry (Too Much). Be Happy.

Hibbard's advice is all solid and sound, and his writing makes you feel like you're getting tips from a friend who just went through 1L. There are lots of specifics on developing the habits discussed, which is impressive for a book this size. Moreover, it's written in a clear, concise way -- there's no hiding the ball here from page one, which will be refreshing for current law students.

I give Hibbards's book five stars and highly recommend it to anyone headed to law school or who is already there but looking to improve grades and/or study habits. This book is a solid, easy to follow guide for success in law school from the beginning of the 1L year up through exams.
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There's plenty of law school "how to succeed" guides on the market, but Hibbard's "Law School Fast Track" stands out from the crowd by following its own advice: identifying things that waste time and not doing them, and identifying and doing more of the things that are effective and efficient uses of your time. LSFT is a remarkably concise, yet thorough and practical guide to perhaps the most important part of law school - the first week (or the first few weeks). It's common knowledge that the grades you earn as a first year student often determine the kind of employment you'll end up with coming out of law school - firms interviewing for coveted summer positions between 2L and 3L have only your 1L grades to use to distinguish you from the other law students on paper, and I've seen many a great but slow-starting law student passed over for interviews based on an employer's GPA "initial cut", while lucky, smart or hardworking law students with decent 1L grades get the interviews. The importance of hitting the ground running cannot be overstated.

Which is where LSFT comes into play. By narrowing the reader's attention to the important, efficient, effective and proven ways to immediately fit into law school in an academic sense, the reader will be able to walk into law school during that first week and make some sense of what's going on. Other guides - mine included (Later in Life Lawyers) - are perhaps guilty of overreaching and trying and do too much to soon. For the average incoming 1L, knowing about stuff that happens in the second and third years isn't as important as making sure he or she is fully understanding the stuff that is happening right now.

I picked up a copy of LSFT and looked at its 90 or so pages, thinking, "Isn't this a little light?" But no, it's not.
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