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Law School Undercover: A Veteran Law Professor Tells the Truth About Admissions, Classes, Cases, Exams, Law Review, Jobs, and More Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Law School Undercover | Book Excerpt
The following excerpt about life in law school is from Law School Undercover: A Veteran Law Professor Tells The Truth About Admissions, Classes, Cases, Exams, Law Review, Jobs, and More.
To Law School We Go
The hardest advice for students to accept should be the easiest: the goal in going to law school is to get a law degree. That is the only goal. The rest is just window dressing.(Steve Schwartz LSAT BLOG: ACE THE LSAT)
Law School Undercover: A Veteran Law Professor Tells The Truth… by Professor X
Plainly put, if you are only going to buy one book regarding law school preparation and success, Law School Undercover is the one.
As an integral player in the law school system, having even served on admissions committees, Professor “X” offers an invaluable and up til now unavailable-to-the-public point of view on law school.
Professor “X” covers just about every aspect of the law school experience from deciding whether you should apply all the way up through your career track. If you’ve read my reviews of the “Jagged Rocks” series of books by Morten Lund, this follows a similar trend of giving readers the hard, honest truth ― and there’s simply no other book on the market that gives this much dirt on the entire law school experience.
Topics covered range from whether law school is right for you to what you’ll receive at a top school that you wouldn’t get elsewhere. You’ll also read about “developing a law school mentality,” the right way to learn the law, and how you can start your legal career while still in law school.
I give this book five stars and would give it more if I could; this is an absolute must read for anyone considering or already attending law school.(Michelle Fabio http://personalstatementartist.com/about/)
From the Publisher
There are numerous prelaw books. Some are written by former students; a few are written by professors. This book is written, pseudonymously, by a 20-year veteran law professor with behind-the-scenes knowledge of admissions. Law School Undercover offers students the straight truth they will get nowhere else -- not in books and not even in direct conversations with law professors and deans. How? Because this is written pseudonymously, after Professor "X" realized his advice to his own daughter departed radically from his advice to students over a 20-year period. This book is his apology. All new future law students will benefit from his inside, "undercover" advice.
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Professor "X" covers just about every aspect of the law school experience from deciding whether you should apply all the way up through your career track. If you've read my reviews of the "Jagged Rocks" series of books by Morten Lund, this follows a similar trend of giving readers the hard, honest truth -- and there's simply no other book on the market that gives this much dirt on the entire law school experience.
Topics covered include the following:
Is Law School Right for Me?
Will Law School Pay Off?
What Will I Receive at a Top School that I Wouldn't Get Elsewhere?
The LSAT Without the "A"
The Real GPA
Developing a Law School Mentality
How to Learn the Law
Beginning Your Career in Law School
I gave this book five stars and would give it more if I could; this is an absolute must read for anyone considering or already attending law school.
Law School Undercover gets you ready for law school. It prepares you for the LSAT and the best ways to actually get into the schools you want to attend. I did not spend much time reading the "preparation for law school sections" since I am already in law school, but they are there to help you get ready. Professor X does a great job giving you enough information to let you make an informed decision on whether you REALLY want to even go to law school or not. I can tell you, if several of my classmates had read this book before attending class, they would not have wasted thousands of dollars and be in the debt they are in now.
It lets you know what to expect before you get to law school. This book helps you better prepare for class. It helps you take better notes without wasting precious time. The book goes into detail about classes like legal writing and how to do this, and how to do that...It helps you prepare for exams and the dreaded essay questions. There is an art to taking law school exams and Professor "X" shares some of his knowledge to help make this easier for the student. This book also goes into what to expect when you get out of school and different types of careers and what to do while in school to help get those jobs. This is a definite must read in my opinion. I just wish I had it 2 years ago!
One of my favorite parts of the book, and the reason why this book should be read BEFORE LAW SCHOOL, was the section on whether you should go to law school in the first place. It highlights some good points that should be thought about in some serious depth before making the leap.
Perhaps my favorite part of the book was the last few chapters that discussed preparing for your career while in law school--it's a dog-eat-dog world out there and you want to be sure to start preparing now. "Law School Undercover" conveniently addresses several career paths, from being a law professor and working toward that end, to being a practicing attorney. These are things that everyone should be thinking about and preparing for during school, so that it is a seamless transition from graduation to work.
All in all, this was a great book to be read any time during the whole law school experience. I like the perspective too, coming from a law professor--you never can tell what those people are thinking! I highly recommend this book!