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Law School Undercover: A Veteran Law Professor Tells The Truth About Admissions, Classes, Cases, Exams, Kindle Edition

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There are numerous prelaw books. Some are written by former students; a few are written by professors. This book is written, pseudonymously, by a 20-year veteran law professor with behind-the-scenes knowledge of admissions. Law School Undercover offers students the straight truth they will get nowhere else -- not in books and not even in direct conversations with law professors and deans. How? Because this is written pseudonymously, after Professor "X" realized his advice to his own daughter departed radically from his advice to students over a 20-year period. This book is his apology. All new future law students will benefit from his inside, "undercover" advice.

About the Author

"Professor X" is a law professor with 20 years' experience. He is a graduate of a national law school, where he was a member of the law review. Before starting his academic career, he clerked for a federal court and practiced law for a national law firm. As a law professor, he has written extensively in his field and taught at three law schools, in which he won numerous teaching awards. He estimates he has personally instructed at least 2,000 law students.

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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Fine Print Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZS97AM
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Format: Paperback
Professor "X" does a great job of letting you know exactly what to expect in law school. I just wish I had read this book before I actually started law school! I made the mistake of starting law school thinking it would be similar to undergrad. I showed up to orientation in which they expected us to participate and actually gave us an assignment. Then on the first day of class we were supposed to have already read 50-100 pages for each class. I was not ready for this. The thing is, most of the other students were not ready for it either. However, some were.

Law School Undercover gets you ready for law school. It prepares you for the LSAT and the best ways to actually get into the schools you want to attend. I did not spend much time reading the "preparation for law school sections" since I am already in law school, but they are there to help you get ready. Professor X does a great job giving you enough information to let you make an informed decision on whether you REALLY want to even go to law school or not. I can tell you, if several of my classmates had read this book before attending class, they would not have wasted thousands of dollars and be in the debt they are in now.

It lets you know what to expect before you get to law school. This book helps you better prepare for class. It helps you take better notes without wasting precious time. The book goes into detail about classes like legal writing and how to do this, and how to do that...It helps you prepare for exams and the dreaded essay questions. There is an art to taking law school exams and Professor "X" shares some of his knowledge to help make this easier for the student. This book also goes into what to expect when you get out of school and different types of careers and what to do while in school to help get those jobs. This is a definite must read in my opinion. I just wish I had it 2 years ago!
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"Professor X" masks his identify in order to share candid thoughts and advice covering the full range of student concerns, from pre-application self-analysis to career selection pointers. Law school, with all that entails (applying, learning, getting a job) remains fresh in my mind - I'm a 2011 graduate - and Professor X seems spot on in this readable book. Perhaps of greatest value is his extensive Q & A section aimed at those still wondering whether to go to law school in the first place. Given the state of our economy and the many other potential careers in our society, law should not be seen as a default (barring independent funding); Professor X makes this abunduntly clear. I only take exception to his specific study guidance: studying is such an individual activity that what works for one person may not work for the next. Granted, Professor X acknowledges that his study plan should be tailored to the particular student, but his studying section nonetheless takes up too much space in an otherwise concise book. He might consider amplifying the job search portion of his book in future editions. He has important things to say but is brief to a fault especially regarding searching for jobs, choosing instead to include an extraneous (because inapplicable to most) chapter on the professoriate as a career. Overall, this book is a worthwhile tool for those who wonder about law school and those yet to start, not the least for its glimpse into a professor's own mind.
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Law School Undercover, by "Professor X", is by far the most unique law school guide I have ever encountered. In a good way. Simply browsing the catalog of available law school guides reveals countless volumes written primarily by fairly-recent law school graduates. Most of those books are average at best - a fact to which I can attest from having read the vast majority. Some are bad, and a handful stand out as being superior; I have happily reviewed the better ones on to explain exactly why they are worth buying. But few truly step outside the boundaries of what a law school guide can be. One notable exception, or rather, three notable exceptions, are the "Jagged Rocks" guides written by Morten Lund, which, by virtue of his original approach to the genre, are wonderful books. And now, with the publication of Law School Undercover, we have another highly original law school guide that deserves attention.

I find it hard to write a review these days without referring to Lund's work, as you've no doubt already discovered in the preceding paragraph. But the things that make Lund's work good are apparent in Law School Undercover: an expert author explaining to, rather than just telling, law students and new lawyers how to navigate through the system. Professor X has much in common with Lund, in that to be perfectly blunt, they both "matter" as authors. Without sounding insulting, most law school guide authors don't actually matter. They're "just" law grads, products of the system, explaining what worked and what didn't work while they were going through the system. My own book, "Later in Life Lawyers", suffers from the same inescapable fault in that I was "just" a law grad at the time of writing.
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Okay--So I've read several law school guides throughout law school, always looking to improve and become a better student. I had the opportunity to read this book during my 3L year and I have to say that it was well worth the read--even if I could only apply the tips during my last semester. The book has it all, great advice on getting in to school, about studying, how to have effective class time, and how to prepare for exams.
One of my favorite parts of the book, and the reason why this book should be read BEFORE LAW SCHOOL, was the section on whether you should go to law school in the first place. It highlights some good points that should be thought about in some serious depth before making the leap.
Perhaps my favorite part of the book was the last few chapters that discussed preparing for your career while in law school--it's a dog-eat-dog world out there and you want to be sure to start preparing now. "Law School Undercover" conveniently addresses several career paths, from being a law professor and working toward that end, to being a practicing attorney. These are things that everyone should be thinking about and preparing for during school, so that it is a seamless transition from graduation to work.
All in all, this was a great book to be read any time during the whole law school experience. I like the perspective too, coming from a law professor--you never can tell what those people are thinking! I highly recommend this book!
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