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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735594902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735594906
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Solace for 1Ls
As a crim law professor teaching first-semester 1Ls, it seems that a large part of my time is spent not just teaching the law, but advising, counseling, and hand-holding. All part of the territory, I know. But what to do when your students begin to ask you about study tips, or strategies for outlining, or asks your advice on job interviews? Usually I just mumble something about "be organized" and leave it at that. Not this year, though. No, this year I finally Have An Answer:
Nancy Rapoport and Jeffery Van Niel's Law School Survival Manual
This slim volume, published by Aspen, is truly a lifesaver not just for the confused or anxious student but also for any 1L professor hoping to impart useful advice. Best of all, it's funny--a wry tone which is a cross between Miss Manners and Dennis Miller. My personal favorite part is the chapter discussing "Some Universal Truths" about law school, which includes etiquette hints like "Don't Be an Insufferable Braggart" and provides answers to such eternal questions as: 1) Does it matter where I sit in class? 2)If I really, really have to go to the bathroom during class, is it ok if I get up and leave? 3)What harm is there in surfing the web in class or IM'ing my friends if I'm bored?
In fact, my only caveat about this book is that it gives too sharp of a look into the reality of law school and law teaching--do I really want my students to be reading about "Favorite Law Professor Games"? Probably not. But otherwise, this book would have been great to have when I was a student, both for the practical and intelligent advice and the gently humorous tone it uses to poke fun at most law school sacred cows.
I'll leave you with one last bit of advice from the authors:
"Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster . . . for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." --Friedrich Nietzche
Nietzche, Miss Manners for Law School, How to Outline....this book has it all. --Professor Laura I. Appleman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Anderson on March 7, 2013
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As a prospective law student, I bought and read this "survival manual". Now I am a successful law student, in no small part to the expectations and advice I garnered from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lawstudent2011 on April 27, 2011
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This book covers it all, from applying to law school, your first year experience, choosing upper level courses, and finally taking (and hopefully passing!) the bar exam. The book has all the basis covered and would be great for any student, but especially for those who are the first in their family heading off to law school or are feeling somewhat overwhelmed with how to approach the whole process. The book even goes into paper writing tips (noting words commonly misused in legal writing), example study schedules, and exam taking strategies. This book will tell you what to expect from the process and will add a sense of confidence as you approach law school!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 9, 2011
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Looking back as a graduating 3L, this book would have been an excellent read the summer before my 1L year. Where I was completely clueless and at a loss for what to expect, this book would have been helpful in filling in the gaps. Will most of the incoming 1Ls take its advice? Probably not. I don't think anyone is really prepared for law school until they are there. However, for those who like being informed, this book will provide you with the basics as to what to expect your 1L year. With this knowledge in mind, you can make the most out of your law school experience by knowing where to start in dealing with potential issues and confusion, should they arise. All in all, a good quick read. Don't expect it to actually help you "survive" law school, but it's a good reference guide.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luna Ville on December 18, 2013
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This book focuses less on how to be academically successful and more on creating new "cliches" about law students. The result is I have sat through a semester of classes where students are so reluctant to be categorized as "gunners", the professors have commented about "record low" participation and volunteer rates in class. If you go to Law School, understand this book will be of little actual help and go ahead and raise your hand. No one is going to hate you because you work hard and want to take a stab at answering the question posed.
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