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Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold [Kindle Edition]

Thane Messinger
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Nearly all law school books steer students in the wrong directions: ubiquitous case briefs, extensive notes, "color coding," cramming, and bad behavior against other students. None of that is good, and none of that will work.

Law School presents six major topics in the first year alone, each with dozens of cases and hundreds of additional sources. For most law students, understanding the meaning of even the most simple of legal concepts results in confusion, frustration, and even failure. Law students are smart, but unfamiliar with the terminology and reasoning of the law, as well as the framework of how each subject fits into a broader legal framework. Law schools operate on an inductive basis, while most students rely on informal, deductive learning.

Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold bridges the gap between the two. Further, it instructs law students how to learn the law on a deeper level of understanding - but with less unproductive and even wasted effort. In short: how to learn the law in less time and with better retention, comprehension, and genuine understanding.

Pre-law students are presented with a number of law school titles, ranging from personal history (Turow's One L) to exhaustive (Planet Law School II). No other book offers a method to study law, well, in less time, with a focused, realistic approach. Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold builds upon rather than competes with these other titles, and is written by an attorney and educator with decades' experience in learning law concisely. It is this approach that will be so beneficial to law students.

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Law School Getting In Getting Good Getting The Gold is not your ordinary law school guide book. Yes, it has all the typical guide book information: tips about getting into law school, How to "Get Good" (doing well) and "Getting the Gold" (a good job).

Significantly, however, this book is a bit different from other guide books and contains something more. That something is practical real world advice. For example, Mr. Messinger starts off his book by explaining what it means to "think like a lawyer." That is a critically important concept that is often missing from these types of books. He also appears to know what is going on in legal education in most American law schools.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone considering law school or in their first year of law school.

-Mitchell H. Rubinstein --Adjunct Law Prof Blog

From the Publisher

Law students are presented with a number of law school titles, ranging from personal history (Turow's One L) to exhaustive (Planet Law School II). No other book offers a method to study law, well, in less time, with a focused, realistic approach. This book, which builds upon rather than competes with these other titles, is written by an attorney and educator with decades' experience in learning law concisely, and it is this approach that will be so beneficial to law students.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game Changer!! January 27, 2011
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When I first looked into purchasing this book I had just gotten my grades back from fall semester. Needless to say I wasn't very pleased with my results. I (just like you) read all of the other positive reviews about the book so I decided to order it myself. I figured what did I have to lose. Most of the reviews did seem to have more to do with students getting into law school but hopefully it would help me out too.

Since I am already in law school when the book arrived I went straight to the section that pertained to me (Getting Good). Immediately I was drawn in. I could not put this book down. It has been A LONG TIME since I have read a book that I have actually enjoyed reading and the best thing about it is that I was learning SO MUCH while doing so. Thane Messinger teaches so much in this book and it all makes so much sense after you read it you want to just kick yourself for doing everything the way you have been doing it for so long.

If you are a current law student, BUY THIS BOOK. I am a 2L that needed a change. My grades and performance needed a boost. I guarantee the methods that I have learned after reading this book will be what was needed to make those changes. Thane, I cannot thank you enough!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ for every prospective law student December 13, 2010
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If there is one book people should read before beginning the law school application process, it is this one. Extremely thorough and complete. The difference between the other books and this one (I've read them all, or if not all, most of them) is how the author does not bombard the reader with information in every line, but rather, takes his time explaining things thoroughly, which ultimately benefits the reader. I walked away from this book remembering what I had read, something that I had not been able to do with other books. Yes, information is great, and it certainly provided in this book, but when that information isn't properly explained and repeated a time or two, it doesn't stick.

The author is also an "out of the box" thinker. The advice in this book is different from every other book I've read- and guess what, it makes more sense than any of the other books. I plan to follow this book through law school and beyond.

Thane is not only a brilliant writer, but also a very personable guy. I happened to notice his postings on a law school message board and contacted him to tell him how much I enjoyed his book. He immediately replied and asked if I had any comments or suggestions regarding his book (something I'm completely unqualified to do, but it was nice that he asked)

I recommend this book to ANYONE considering law school. Please do yourself a favor and read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is a tome, and its value is going to be greatest for those contemplating entering law school.

However, it covers a great deal of information and I don't see how it could be condensed much without being like a textbook.

It is broken into three sections that deal with getting into law school ("getting in") doing well in law school ("getting good") and getting a great job afterwards ("getting the gold").

"Getting In"

In the grand tradition that things were always better in the past, it is probably true that for law school students, things actually were better in the past. It was easier to get into law school. It didn't cost as much.

Now, stakes are pretty high. Admissions are very competitive. The cost is astronomical. Perhaps most important: a large number of people in law school will never really get good jobs. Moreso than at any other time, a bunch of folks will really regret having attended law school, because they made a lot of bad decisions along the way.

A large part of the reason it took me this long to go to Law School is that I really didn't know what I was doing. I didn't understand how things really worked. Some of the guidance I got was actually wrong.

In a way, I feel like this book came to me 20 years too late. There's a lot of advice out there about Law School, and a lot of it isn't very good. There are a lot of misconceptions.

Some kids are lucky. There's a reason why Ken Griffey Jr and Sandy Alomar Jr. were major leaguers. There's a lot of genetic lottery luck in there. However, they also happened to grow up in the households of Ken Griffey and Sandy Alomar, respectively.

They didn't have to guess what to do or how to do it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Before THINKING About Law School March 21, 2009
I didn't, because it wasn't published yet, but I think the Getting In part would have served me very well (though I did eventually get in to a good school). The Getting the Gold part has served me well.

Law school, like boot camp, is not something that should be approached with a lackadaisical attitude. It must be attacked, and an effective attack requires a plan based on accurate information. The plan laid out in this book is quite comprehensive, but not so complex that it can't reasonably be followed. It also cuts through a lot of hype and maintains a clear focus. For the vast majority of students, especially in a lousy job market, getting good grades and a good job are the only reason to go to law school. The reality is that from the LSAT, to selecting a school, to taking first year exams, and all the way through interviews, a student only gets one chance to do it right the first time. Blowing it at any point along the way closes doors, and without proper information and guidance, being smart just isn't enough because there's no room for error. You could rely on luck, or read this book cover to cover before jumping in.

It's also a very entertaining read with funny war stories and amusing diversions scattered throughout. This book is well worth many times the price considering what's at stake for one considering law school, or even for one already in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Good book! Easy to read and it really makes sure to question your going to law school for the right reason.
Published 5 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I read this book after I read Planet Law School and I highly recommend them both. Great advice for law school.
Published 12 months ago by Julie M Reiter
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading
If you go to law school without reading this book, you will: not get into the right school and/or do poorly. You've been warned.
Published on April 20, 2013 by Amazon Spender
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must Buy Book For Those Considering Law School, The Advice...
I have read a few books on getting into Law School GGG is by far the best. Mr. Messinger does not pull any punches and tells it like it is. Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by raul valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Advice
Messinger does a great job explaining the whole law school process and pre-legal career. I wish I would have read this book two years ago. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by M. Weeks
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to 1L!
"Getting In" provides an accurate introduction to the 1L experience and some valuable advice focused on that year. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Alex33026
3.0 out of 5 stars repetitive, but has good advice
The author is very repetitive. If you have been paying attention to the news, you already know those that go to the best schools will get the best job opportunities. Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by pink
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!!!!!
I was once told that in order to ascertain the meaning of a text (or indeed anything else) one must read it in the proper context. Mr. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Mr. Joseph28
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype!
Bought this book about a week and a half ago and I've already gone through it. An invaluable resource. The author cuts straight to the chase and he does not hold any blows. Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by 0L
5.0 out of 5 stars One-Stop Shopping
There are few people who understand law school better than Thane Messinger. In this book, Mr. Messinger draws upon his extensive knowledge to take the reader through each phase of... Read more
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