27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
useful, yet flawed,
This review is from: Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience (Paperback)
LSC does a good job of hammering home the seriousness of law school, however much of the information is neither insightful nor refreshing. First, the emphasis the book places on the "right" schools is off the mark. Miller would make it appear that if you do not get into a top five law school, you are unemployable. This is false. There are many attorneys and not all went to a top five school [scroll through a law firm's roster online if you think I am lying].
Second, Miller's briefing method may be as harmful as it is helpful. Briefing is a very personal process. Miller's method may spare you some embarrassment, but it may not be the most effective way to grasp the material. Moreover, excessive highlighter bleeds through the pages. A better method is to highlight sparingly [maybe just the court's rule] and jot simple notes in the margins ["f" for facts, "h" for holding, etc.] Reciting facts will not help you on a law school exam, you have to know the material [specifically the applicable rule of law]. Furthermore, most law professors appear to appreciate a simple "I do not know" rather than wasted class time as a student searches for a highlighted section. Spend your time learning the law and spend your money on a hornbook or a treatise.
Of course not all aspects of the book are fruitless. If you could not follow some of the terms in my second paragraph, such as "hornbook" or "treatise," then maybe LSC will help you wade through the terminology. However, this information is readily available from a 2 or 3L for free in first few weeks of school. If must buy a book, buy a Civil Action [it is great preparation for Civil Procedure] or Law 101 [which gives an overview of all courses]. Or better yet, when you arrive at law school, learn from the class ahead of you. It is the cheapest, most effective way to learn how to succeed at your law school.