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  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One stylistic note--this book is written in a very conversational style.
C. Manning
As any law student will tell you, your first year success is critical, and this book provides wonderful and practical ways to make the year a great one!
OWLDC
I think this book is a must for those undergraduates who are about to enter law school.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Fields on July 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Law School Breakthrough" is a must have for anyone getting ready for law school. Using an easy to understand, straightforward style Chris Yianilos shares his invaluable lessons and tips for performing well during the dreaded "1L" first year and beyond. From helping you to overcome the anxieties of law school, to teaching you to craft the perfect case brief and exam outline, this book will get you ready for law school and get you through to the top of your class.

The approach to success in law school outlined in the book is a simple formula that everyone can and should emulate, with emphasis placed on hard work and discipline. Yianilos doesn't sugarcoat the facts: law school is hard and the only way to excel is through focused, rigorous study. Based upon that premise, he offers successfully proven tips and advice on how to customize a program of study for your own law school experience, keeping in mind that there is more to life than just studying. Yianilos' balanced approach is one that if followed is sure to produce great results with a minimal amount of worry (if you work hard and know the material there's no need to stress about exams and grades - pretty simple!).

Yianilos also makes an important point throughout the course of the book: it's not enough anymore to simply graduate from law school...you have to do well. This book is for those people who aren't satisfied with simply showing up. It is for individuals who want to be the best. Law school is competitive and "The Law School Breakthrough" will ensure that you are ready to compete at your best.

This book will get you in the right frame of mind, and keep you there, as you work your way towards the ultimate goal: getting your JD and graduating at the top of your class. It is the best investment for success that I've come across and I highly recommend it.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ldy009 on October 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is a waste of time and money, especially if you have already started law school. I have already read about 120 pages, and the only advice I have gleaned from it is stuff your mother could tell you (even if she never went to law school): get enough sleep, exercise regularly, take time out to do something other than study, and--try not to crap your pants, cause this is the hum-dinger--believe in yourself and do your best. If you need to read a book to tell you these things, consider a career as coffee shop barista instead of spending $100,000 to go to law school. In light of that amount of debt, don't waste ten bucks on this book. Take your money, go down to the local Good Will and look for either an inspirational poster with a kitten cowering on a tree branch that says, "Hang In There!", or a coffee mug enscribed with the declaration, "World's Greatest Dad" and purchase them instead for a quarter. Either would be equally as invaluable as this book and will likely add even more to your law school survival skills. Plus, kittens are really cute, and you will surely need a mug.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Miller on November 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book the summer before I started law school and found it pretty helpful, especially for someone coming into law school pretty blindly. It was full of helpful ideas and insights into law school life. It was also a pretty quick read, and I was able to read through it in a weekend on the beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Law Student on January 21, 2010
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Like most incoming law students, I browsed the countless books on Amazon that claim to "show the way" in law school. I ended up buying and reading this book and Getting to Maybe. Both are quite helpful, but for different reasons. (Getting to Maybe is more exam focused; great book too, just a much more narrow focus).

I found this book quite helpful to read prior to staring class, as I was a student who really had no clue about how a class actually worked in law school, how to brief a case, how to outline etc. The author provided straightforward advice about how to do these things, and more importantly, why they are worth doing.

The author covers most of the basics needed to succeed in the first semester (and following semesters). Examples and stories abound from the author's own experience in law school, and give you an accurate preview of what you'll probably experience too (I know my experiences have been quite similar).

What I probably liked best is that the book is honest and realistic, yet also optimistic and looks beyond the law school universe. The author is honest that good grades are important and realistic that it will take hard work to get there. With that said, the author repeatably emphasizes that hard work, good grades and law school is not all there is to life. Life will go on if you get a bad grade, and 99% of the world (including most people you know) could care less about what goes on in law school. Its certainly easy to get caught up in the law school universe (and many do), but I think the author is on point in that it is easier to both succeed and enjoy life if you do not let it consume you.

I'd recommend this book to any incoming 1L - read it the summer before your first semester, and it will set you up well for success in and outside the classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OWLDC on July 6, 2009
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As second year law student, I highly recommend this book to all entering first year students. You will be leaps and bounds beyond by reading this book and have the potential to be at the top of your class if you implement the book's recommendations. Unlike other law school guides, this book is not full of hype, rather this book provides an excellent framework to how approach law school and succeed. Do not waste your money and time on other books. This book is the one book that will put you on the road to be at the top of your first year class. As any law student will tell you, your first year success is critical, and this book provides wonderful and practical ways to make the year a great one!
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