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1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides) 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0314194831
ISBN-10: 0314194835
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About the Author

Professor Andrew McClurg holds the Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis School of Law.  Previously he was a member of the founding faculty at the Florida International University College of Law and the Nadine H. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He's also taught at Wake Forest University, the University of Colorado, and Golden Gate University.
McClurg has received numerous awards for both teaching and research.
His seven books include 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (West 2d ed. 2013), assigned as required or recommended reading at many law schools, and The "Companion Text" to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student (West 2012), written to prepare the loved ones of law students for law school. McClurg is also the author of dozens of scholarly articles that have been cited in more than 600 books, law journals, and judicial opinions.
In a less serious vein, for four years he wrote a monthly humor column in the American Bar Association Journal, is the editor of Lawhaha.com, and author of The Law School Trip, a satire of legal education.
As a legal expert, McClurg has been interviewed quoted by National Public Radio, Time, U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other media outlets.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: West Academic Publishing; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314194835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314194831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jordan Russell on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Speaking as a 1L who can vividly recall all my questions and anxieties swirling in my head the summer before the first semester, 1L of a Ride really provided a security blanket that allowed me to enter the semester with eased tensions. There have been many times in which I would be sitting in class thinking "McClurg warned about this in his book!", and then I knew how to deal with the situation. The book is not only great for upcoming law students (or even those merely entertaining the idea of going to law school), it has served as a very helpful reference throughout my semester. If I have a question about how to brief, outline, or stabilize my stress, I simply reread the chapters and remind myself that I am not alone! I highly recommend this book for those interested in law school, those already in law school, or even parents of students in law school. I know my mom would love to have an idea of what I have gotten myself into so that she can offer her support in a more informed way. I'm not sure there is another book comparable in its comprehensive nature or its accuracy in depicting the life and struggles of a 1L. The reader really gets a sense that professors are not out to ruin your law school experience; rather, they are often the best resources and tools to get you through your 1L year.
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After getting accepted into law school and attending open house, I was so overwhelmed, and I felt as if I might have made the wrong decision in attending law school. My friend suggested I purchase and read 1L of a Ride. I never thought that a 400 page book would make or break my decision in attending law school, but it definitely did. I was lost and confused and had absolutely no idea what law school entailed. I can honestly, and confidently, say that law school is the right decision, and I am fully prepared for the good and the bad. McClurg answered every one of my questions that I had in a very detailed and easy to read manner. From the summer before law school to orientation to the first day of class to the end of the first year is ALL detailed with incredible tips to ensure you have a successful first year. Most prep books just have a list of do's and don'ts, but 1L of a Ride is full of do's and don'ts, along with student and professor entries and many more. Professor McClurg has taught at many law schools, so he definitely knows what he's talking about!!! The book is full of humor that made me not want to put it down. If you are looking for the PERFECT prep book to help you decide if law school is for you, or if you are starting law school soon, or even a professor at a law school, you should purchase this book! I plan to keep this book on my book shelf throughout my 3 years of law school as my guideline to success!!!! 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides)
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I read this book at the end of my 1L year, and was amazed at how thorough and dead-on accurate it is. It's fun to read, addresses nearly every aspect of your 1L year, and offers clear, practical advice. I read other Law School Prep Books before starting school, and this one beats them all, hands down. I only wish it had been available at the beginning of my 1L year.

Whether you're just considering law school or have already started your first year, do yourself a favor and buy this book!
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First I should point out that the negative review (the only negative review I saw in comparison to the astounding number of wonderful reviews, I might add) should be disregarded because unless a person is a freak of nature and a Sheldon Cooper-type genius, he or she will undoubtedly have questions and fears the first year of law school. Many brilliant people enter law school and they did not get there by being idiots, so if they had questions and fears, you will have them as well. It is absolutely normal. Moreover, law school is about being prepared for any and every situation, so it is never too early to start preparing. I should also point out how very important it is to pick up this book if you are about to begin your first year of law school. Having a reliable and easy-to-understand guide before law school is not a suggestion, it is a necessity. Those who have read this little jewel will know what to expect and will be prepared to take on the indescribable experience of being a 1L. If you are entering your first semester as a 1L, you will need some idea of what to expect in relation to the Socratic method, legal writing and all those things you will experience in your first year. If you go into law school without a clue how to write a law school essay exam, a legal memo, etc., or if you have never heard of IRAC, you will have serious struggles. Do yourself an enormous favor: purchase this book and read it from front to back cover and take some notes because I can promise you will need this information, and contrary to expectations, there will be little time spent on teaching you any of this once classes begin.

As a law student I have read several law school guides and have yet to find one that compares to 1L of a Ride.
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