- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Revised edition (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312318812
- ISBN-13: 978-0312318819
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 206 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Law School Confidential (Revised Edition): A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, for Students Paperback – January 1, 2004
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The Law School Confidential mentors have attended law schools across the country, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, and Boston College.
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This is a comprehensive, all-inclusive 1L experience book - and an entertaining, and highly informative read.
I have read many and varied law school preparation books. To be forward, of all the books I have read, I found this one to be the most overrated. It is indeed useful, particularly if this is your first book on law school and you are interested in a very general overview.
PERSONAL SUGGESTION (*warining* personal opinion)
My strongest suggestion for those interested in law school is this: take one or two years off prior to entering law school to 1) adequately prepare and 2) make a determination whether or not you *really* want to do it. Whether you enroll into a graduate program, work, relax, explore, or engage in charitable activities - give yourself some time to pursue your varied interests. If you ever wanted to start a company, see a particular part of the world, or just take some time to think .. I highly suggest you do that prior to entering law school. If you just completed or are about to complete an undergraduate or graduate program, you might not have this opportunity again. Purge those urges and pursue those interests now while you have a chance.
The book provides useful information regarding law school from financing your education to law school etiquette (share your class notes; do not boast about anything; avoid gossip; and never discuss grades). Furthermore, the author provides useful insights on applying for jobs to obtaining internships. Many topics are addressed in the book, and I appreciated the perspectives of former law students to hiring partners at variously sized firms. I do not necessarily agree with the author's suggestion on case briefing, however. I think it would be tedious and time-consuming to read cases using variously colored highlighters. It is better to use simply a pen and underline relevant material.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
The information in the book lacks depth but makes up for it for its vast breadth concerning prior to law school, while in law school (year 1, 2, and 3) and after law school. I am confident that most people who have an interest in possibly attending law school will find the book useful.