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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: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

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.


More About the Author

Derrick Hibbard currently lives in Massachusetts. He is the author of the Fast Track Series, about establishing good habits in law school and college that lead to success as a student. He is also the author of the novels "This Side of Eden," "The Double Stroller Hand Grenade," and "Impish."

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This book tells you exactly how to do that.
Cici22
One of his habits for success is to set short term attainable goals, as well as, long-term goals.
The Economical Lawyer
This book is about the habits that are absolutely essential for success in law school.
simeon

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cici22 on October 3, 2010
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By simeon on August 12, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2012
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I read several books the summer prior to my first semester of law school. I'm a month into class now and have found I am actually using the tips given in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Economical Lawyer on January 27, 2011
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I recently had a chance to read Law School Fast Track: Essential Habits for Law School Success by Derrick Hubbard. Derrick is a current law student and somehow managed to write a book while doing fairly well in law school. His book is full of 14 habits for success in law school. I wish I read a book like this when I was in law school. Actually he recommends reading it before you start law school so you can be prepared for the rigorous studying you will need to do well. He writes what you should do the very first week to establish successful habits. The book emphasizes that surviving law school and succeeding in law school are not the same things and that you will need to develop good habits early on. The book includes his tips on how to more efficiently brief cases, (Chapter 4) how to outline (Chapter 6), and even includes an example of a typical law school exam and his approach to tackling it. (Chapter 9). One of his habits for success is to set short term attainable goals, as well as, long-term goals. This habit is important in law school and in the workforce. Additionally your short-term goals should help you achieve your long-term goal. Your goals will help you stay focused and on track (pg 13). Derrick's suggestion for how to read cases is also very helpful. When reading your cases, he suggests asking yourself, "Why am I reading this case and how does it fit in?" You aren't reading cases just to read them, but you build your understanding in an area of law. Each case adds to your understanding of a new element of the law. I wish I had briefed cases the way he suggests, rather than what I did in law school. (pages 31-32).Read more ›
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