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Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold Paperback – October 10, 2008
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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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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!
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.
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").
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.Read more ›
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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I am currently preparing for the LSAT and gathering resources to allow me to make informed decisions throughout the application process. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MX877
Good book! Easy to read and it really makes sure to question your going to law school for the right reason.Published 20 months ago by Kat
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If you go to law school without reading this book, you will: not get into the right school and/or do poorly. You've been warned.Published on April 20, 2013 by Prime Lover
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Messinger does a great job explaining the whole law school process and pre-legal career. I wish I would have read this book two years ago. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by M. Weeks
"Getting In" provides an accurate introduction to the 1L experience and some valuable advice focused on that year. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Alex33026
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