“Professor Lawrence—the 'cranky, cantankerous' law professor who serves as this book's guide to law school and beyond—offers the kind of blunt advice and criticism that law students often fear but, alas, rarely receive. Whether you are new to law school or a law professor seeking the kinds of tips your students need to hear, you will find much in this book that deserves careful attention, all of it presented in a clear and entertaining fashion. Its advice will help you avoid the pitfalls of law school and get the most out of your legal education and the beginning of your professional life as a lawyer.” — Prof. Paul Horwitz, University of Alabama School of Law“Hard-Nosed Advice from a Cranky Law Professor delivers the type of practical, helpful, no-nonsense guidance that law students navigating the first year would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This is serious advice provided in an utterly refreshing and truly funny way.” — Prof. Lillian Aponte Miranda, Florida International University School of Law“First-year law students often have no solid information about what they ought to be doing to succeed; instead, they rely on popular culture, hearsay and rumors from upper division students, and their own undergraduate experiences, none of which is very useful. Parrish and Knolton's book provides that guidance—bluntly, but sympathetically and humorously. Parrish and Knolton have done first-year law students a great favor by explaining what law professors expect from them, even though we usually never take the time to tell them.” — Prof. William D. Araiza, Brooklyn Law School“Finally, a book that gets to the point of law school, grabs your attention, and is entertaining at the same time!” — Prof. Elizabeth Trujillo, Suffolk University Law School
From the Back Cover
If students wish to survive and excel in law school, they must approach it correctly. Students also need to understand what professors expect of them, or they will be left behind. Hard-Nosed Advice from a Cranky Professor explains some of the correct ways to approach law school and provides insight into professor expectations. This book is designed for new law students who would like to improve their chances of doing well in law school. Written from the perspective of a cranky, cantankerous professor, the book side-steps pleasantries to provide no-nonsense, sometimes hard-nosed advice that is intended to instruct students on what they must do to succeed. While blunt, the practical advice is provided in a light-hearted, humorous way. The books aim is to give concise answers to questions that most students have when they begin law school. The books user-friendly style is one of its greatest assets. In tight, to-the-point chapters, the book addresses those tasks that students commonly face in law school: from reading and briefing cases, to outlining, to preparing and taking exams, to being called on in class. The book also provides advice on success outside the classroom, including preparing for the bar exam. In many ways, through the professors grumblings, the book promotes professionalism and common sense. At the back of the book are sample case briefs, outlines, and exam answers.