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Friday, October 31, 2008

Book Review Highlight Law School Getting In Getting Good Getting Gold

By Adjunct LawProfs

                 

        Law School Getting In Getting Good Getting The Gold by Thane Messinger (Fine Press 2008)($16.95 list price)(order information available here), is not your ordinary law school guide book. Yeah, it has all the typical guide book information; tips about getting into law school, How to "Get Good" (doing well) and "Getting the Gold" (a good job).

Significantly, however this book is a bit different from other guide books and contains something more.  That something is practical real world advice. For example, Mr. Messinger starts off his book by explaining what it means to "think like a lawyer." That is a critically important concept that is often missing from these types of books. 

He also appears to know what is going on in legal education in most American Law Schools. However, some of the information which he exposes may go over the head of many of the books intended readers (college seniors applying to law school and first year law students). For example, he states that most professors know that the job market is so tight for full time professors today that most would not be hired today by their schools.

Mr. Messinger closes his book with a chapter he calls "Obiter Dicta." That chapter is basically a criticism of legal education today. For example, he calls for the rejection of what he calls "legal apartheid" which places the teaching of the law distinct from and superior to the practice of law. He believes that new faculty should have at least 10 years of practice experience, that the curricula should be redesigned and their should more clinical and legal research and writing classes. These are all interesting to someone like me who is an adjunct in academicia, but I do not believe that it belongs in this type of book geared towards students.

With that said, overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone considering law school or in their first year of law school.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein   

(Mitchell H. Rubinstein Adjunct LawProfs)

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Law students are presented with a number of law school titles, ranging from personal history (Turow's One L) to exhaustive (Planet Law School II). No other book offers a method to study law, well, in less time, with a focused, realistic approach. This book, which builds upon rather than competes with these other titles, is written by an attorney and educator with decades' experience in learning law concisely, and it is this approach that will be so beneficial to law students.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Fine Print Press, Ltd. (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888960809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888960808
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I first looked into purchasing this book I had just gotten my grades back from fall semester. Needless to say I wasn't very pleased with my results. I (just like you) read all of the other positive reviews about the book so I decided to order it myself. I figured what did I have to lose. Most of the reviews did seem to have more to do with students getting into law school but hopefully it would help me out too.

Since I am already in law school when the book arrived I went straight to the section that pertained to me (Getting Good). Immediately I was drawn in. I could not put this book down. It has been A LONG TIME since I have read a book that I have actually enjoyed reading and the best thing about it is that I was learning SO MUCH while doing so. Thane Messinger teaches so much in this book and it all makes so much sense after you read it you want to just kick yourself for doing everything the way you have been doing it for so long.

If you are a current law student, BUY THIS BOOK. I am a 2L that needed a change. My grades and performance needed a boost. I guarantee the methods that I have learned after reading this book will be what was needed to make those changes. Thane, I cannot thank you enough!
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If there is one book people should read before beginning the law school application process, it is this one. Extremely thorough and complete. The difference between the other books and this one (I've read them all, or if not all, most of them) is how the author does not bombard the reader with information in every line, but rather, takes his time explaining things thoroughly, which ultimately benefits the reader. I walked away from this book remembering what I had read, something that I had not been able to do with other books. Yes, information is great, and it certainly provided in this book, but when that information isn't properly explained and repeated a time or two, it doesn't stick.

The author is also an "out of the box" thinker. The advice in this book is different from every other book I've read- and guess what, it makes more sense than any of the other books. I plan to follow this book through law school and beyond.

Thane is not only a brilliant writer, but also a very personable guy. I happened to notice his postings on a law school message board and contacted him to tell him how much I enjoyed his book. He immediately replied and asked if I had any comments or suggestions regarding his book (something I'm completely unqualified to do, but it was nice that he asked)

I recommend this book to ANYONE considering law school. Please do yourself a favor and read it.
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This book is a tome, and its value is going to be greatest for those contemplating entering law school.

However, it covers a great deal of information and I don't see how it could be condensed much without being like a textbook.

It is broken into three sections that deal with getting into law school ("getting in") doing well in law school ("getting good") and getting a great job afterwards ("getting the gold").

"Getting In"

In the grand tradition that things were always better in the past, it is probably true that for law school students, things actually were better in the past. It was easier to get into law school. It didn't cost as much.

Now, stakes are pretty high. Admissions are very competitive. The cost is astronomical. Perhaps most important: a large number of people in law school will never really get good jobs. Moreso than at any other time, a bunch of folks will really regret having attended law school, because they made a lot of bad decisions along the way.

A large part of the reason it took me this long to go to Law School is that I really didn't know what I was doing. I didn't understand how things really worked. Some of the guidance I got was actually wrong.

In a way, I feel like this book came to me 20 years too late. There's a lot of advice out there about Law School, and a lot of it isn't very good. There are a lot of misconceptions.

Some kids are lucky. There's a reason why Ken Griffey Jr and Sandy Alomar Jr. were major leaguers. There's a lot of genetic lottery luck in there. However, they also happened to grow up in the households of Ken Griffey and Sandy Alomar, respectively.

They didn't have to guess what to do or how to do it.
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I was skeptical of all of those five-star reviews at first, but when I read this book, I was blown away but how much useful information was packed into its pages (bytes?) and the implications of Messinger's advice. I am an undergraduate student who has been considering applying to law school for the past decade and a half, and have heard a deluge of "advice" from many sources in the past, ranging from family and friends to New York Times articles and pre-professional advisers at school - and I must admit that this book taught me things I did not know before. Although it has not yet cemented my decision to attend law school quite yet, it has given me all of the tools I would need to both get in and subsequently succeed.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has been considering entering the legal profession and is looking for a reliable source of further information.
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