Customer Reviews: Starting Off Right in Law School
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on April 30, 1999
This book offers a wonderful base of knowledge for someone who is considering lawschool who has little to no pre-law experience (e.g. someone with an English or History degree). It gives the reader a good sense of understanding of the legal system with easy to understand definitions and examples. Through the use of one particular legal issue, and the help of several different case examples, the author enables the reader to see the legal process as it goes forward and backwards through the court system.You finish this book with a much clearer understanding of what to expect from law school, from casebooks to exams, and what you may be able to expect in professional lawyer/client setting. It even recommends and illustrates helpful ways to study and make it through that difficult first year. For such a tiny book it covers and enormous distance from start to finish. I highly recommend it.
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on July 15, 2002
This is a book, along with _Bramble Bush_, by Karl Llewellyn, and _Introduction to Legal Reasoning_, by Edward Levi, that all prospective law students ought to read. Ms Nygren's method is to introduce the prospective law student to the concept and strategy of legal thinking and legal study.
In her introduction, she cites two reasons for having written the book: (1) to provide information about the legal system, and (2) to provide information about the study skills necessary for success.
These two themes are repeatedly addressed in this book. It is very tightly focused and dry, but if you push yourself through the book you will learn a lot. Ms Nygren starts the book with a hypothetical situation--in which you, the reader, are a lawyer, and a client comes in with a complaint about a restaurant's food--and then she takes you through the process of identifying the legal issues in the case, how to advocate for your client, et cetera. Though she addresses only very small portion of "the law"--the liability faced by a restaurant--the detailed and close manner in which she takes the reader through this portion of the law is of obvious relevance to the rest of the law.
Ms Nygren provides a very comprehensive introduction to the structure of legal reasoning, and the kind of thinking needed by law students who wish to excel in their studies.
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on April 9, 2001
This short book is clear, helpful and on target. I read it most of it before starting law school last year. The book accurately describes the legal learning process, the process of the law, and the experience of law school. This book is a must read for anyone heading to law school.
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on July 11, 2006
This is the best little book I have found for those wanting just a basic starter in the law. It is concise and clear, a good overview for the summer before law school or those considering applying.
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on July 18, 2011
This would be better titled something like--A Taste What You Can Expect in a Very Limited Way From Law School. Respectably done, but slight. And compared with the personable narrative voices of other law prep books, notably, 1 L of a Ride, Law School Confidential, and Getting to Maybe, Ms. Nygren's style is quite dry.
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on June 20, 2014
I needed to read this before starting school (summer reading) and I really, really liked it. The book puts law concepts in to clear language and uses one law through out the book to illustrate the different processes of law. It also gives exam examples and case brief examples and lets you do your own. I highly recommend this one!
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on December 11, 2010
It is a great introduction to some important aspects of law school, but it is no way prepares you for the actual study of law. For that I would recommend something more substantive than this book like Law School Confidential. For a REALLY good preparatory course of instruction I would recommend In fairness, this book does all you could honestly expect a 110 page $13 book to do. It is not a waste of money.
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on June 18, 2008
This is an easy, informative read. Whether it will help me in law school remains to be seen as I have not started yet. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting better knowledge of legal terms whether they are a student or not. Also, the cases in the book were fun to read and consider. All in all, it is a great book.
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on June 28, 2014
This text is great to get your feet wet reading cases and thinking about a single legal concept. I would recommend it. Not a waste of money.
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on August 4, 2013
If you use it in classroom, buy a paperback. This one has wrong page number. Great content. Amazon, why you ask me to write so much?!
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