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    1. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel
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    3. Kaplan LSAT 180, 2005-2006 (Kaplan
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    4. Kaplan LSAT 2005 with CD-ROM (Kaplan
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    1. Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
    by Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul, Jeremy R. Paul
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    Asin: 0890897603
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Sales Rank: 42417
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers," and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such perplexing situations.

    But the authors don't stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage.

    In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book on law school test taking and legal thinking
    What most surprised me about this book was that I found it fascinating reading. It is doubtless extremely helpful for anyone facing a law school exam, particularly in the first year, but it is equally valuable, perhaps more valuable, for anyone CONSIDERING GOING TO LAW SCHOOL. I would be surprised if anyone reading this book didn't gain both an advantage on their law school exams and a better understanding of what the legal system is all about. I learned a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for All Law Students!!
    Getting to Maybe should be required reading on every law student's list! The authors take the mystery out of writing great law school exams. They tell you what the professor wants, and how to deliver that message. I wish I had had this book in law school. I spent the better part of 3 years wondering which coins the professors flipped to give grades. This book also is helpful for anyone taking a bar examination. The investment of $19.95 is a great deal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The way to pass the law school exam.
    This book saved my law school carreer. law school tests are notoriously ambigous. There are no right answers. Unfortunatly, there seems to be no help for students. One of the proscribed methods is the IRAC method (when you get to school you will learn this and this is not the time to write about it). This book gives you a different way of acheving success in the test. The book does criticize IRAC and offers its own way of handling the testing questions. "Getting To Maybe" is written by law professors and who would know more about passing their tests as well as how a professor thinks? The book is a well written philosophy on the test and the mistakes. The authors spend a great deal of time explaining their philosophy and it is helpfull for the second half of the book. The book shows the common test question mistakes and how to fix them. The book also provides sample tests with sample answers and explanations of why they are good answers. This is the best part of the book, a side by side comparison of good and bad answers which makes this book invaluable. Highly reccommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Blessing
    Who better to get advice on law exams from than two law professors, who also graduated at the top of Harvard Law's class? My grades have gone up and up since reading (and re-reading) this book. Anyone who goes to law school, especially where competition for grades is tight will benefit. The more you read it, the more you grasp the strategy. So don't get discouraged if you're a bit confused the first time. I'd recommend reading through this before you enter law school and at least once (maybe twice) a semester as you can squeeze in a few extra minutes. I've looked at every book about legal reasoning and taking law exams that I've been able to get my hands on and this book has the best system by far. It might not be the easiest system to understand (after all the easy road isn't always the best road in law school), but once you grasp it you'll be thankful.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe may not be enough
    I gave this book two stars for its discussion on addressing policy issues on the exam--this was helpful, indeed. It also gives good tips and provides answers to frequently asked questions on how to prepare--but this is standard advice you'll hear in any law school. Does this book provide a concrete strategy on handling a law school exam? No. In sum, it describes what is wanted on an exam, but doesn't come close to adequately showing students how to get to this "maybe." You are on your own... ... Read more


    2. CLA Review Manual: A Practical Guide to CLA Exam Preparation
    by Virginia Koerselman
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    Asin: 0314206213
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-22)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 370675
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This manual is a comprehensive study tool for the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. The manual thoroughly covers each section of the exam with extensive outlines, examples, facts, and charts for review. Sample tests are included at the end of each chapter. Tips for studying and successful completion of the exam are also provided. The new edition has been completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the law and the CLA Examination. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great review manual and reference book
    This book was my primary source when I was preparing for the CLA exam. Coherent, organized and thoughtful, it is a "must buy" for CLA candidates. Until my book was borrowed (and not returned) by another legal assistant, the manual served as a handy reference manual in my practice. ... Read more


    3. Kaplan LSAT 180, 2005-2006 (Kaplan Lsat 180)
    by Kaplan
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    Asin: 0743265297
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 2138157
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    4. Kaplan LSAT 2005 with CD-ROM (Kaplan Lsat)
    by Kaplan
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    Asin: 0743251733
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Kaplan
    Sales Rank: 10318
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    Are you ready for the LSAT? You will be.

    Kaplan's LSAT 2004 comes complete with a comprehensive review of all the material on the exam, plus Kaplan's test-taking strategies to maximize your score. This powerful combination is a highly effective way for you to score higher on the LSAT and make yourself competitive for law school admissions.

    Succeed on the Writing Sample with Kaplan's expert strategies for constructing clear, concise, and high-scoring essays.

    Prepare with hundreds of practice questions for Logic Games, Logical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension.

    Practice with 3 full-length LSATs, complete with explanations for every answer and detailed score analysis.

    Score Higher with effective strategies and advice from Kaplan's top instructors.

    Even more practice online! ... Read more


    5. Law School Confidential : A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience
    by Robert H. Miller
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    Asin: 031224309X
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-14)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
    Sales Rank: 11667
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    I wish I knew then what I know now!

    Don't get to the end of your law school career muttering these words to yourself!Take the first step toward building a productive, successful, and perhaps even pleasant law school experience...read this book!

    Written for students about to embark on this three year odyssey, by students who have successfully survived law school.Law School Confidential demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect.Law School Confidential arms students with a thorough overview of the contemporary law school experience. This isn't the advice of graying professors or battle-scarred practitioners decades removed from the law school. Fresh out of University of Pennsylvania Law School, Robert Miller has assembled a panel of recent law school graduates all of whom are perfectly positioned to shed light on what law school is like today.Law School Confidential invites you to walk in their steps to success and to learn from their mistakes.From taking the LSAT, to securing financial aid, to navigating the notorious first semester, to exam-taking strategies, to applying for summer internships, to getting on the law review, to tackling the bar and beyond...Law School Confidential explains it all.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A helpful guide to any prospective law school student
    I first picked up Law School Confidential in the summer before my senior year of college to get advice about the dreadful law school application process. Being the first in my family to go to law school, and without personally knowing any professionals in the law world, I was quite anxious about what to stress in my personal statement, what impresses admissions committees, and how choose which schools to apply to. I found straightforward and helpful suggestions in this book. By the time I was done applying to schools, my copy of the text was filled with sticky notes marking off bits of advice I thought were especially helpful. I even used Miller's outline of a good personal statement to jumpstart my own essay.

    More than that, however, Law School Confidential has followed me through my law school experience. After completing my applications, I revisited the book in order to get some advice on where I should actually enroll. Miller presents the reader with an enlightening method of sorting out what school provides one with a best fit, along with realistic accounts of a law school student's debts.

    In addition, as a future IL, I also had concerns about what to expect in school in September. Once again I consulted Law School Confidential. Along with taking me through the application process, Miller's book reveals what to expect in the first, second, and third years at law school. Among the many topics discussed are classroom subjects, how to secure internships, and ways to study that have worked well for previous students. I plan to be attending a competitive law school in the fall, and reading Miller's book has made me feel much more confident about what to expect, how to react, and how I will succeed in my schooling and future career.

    This book truly is a complete guide to the law school experience. While those simply considering law school will learn from this book whether or not this route is for them, I highly recommend Law School Confidential to all serious pre-law students. Even if you're at the end of the application process, Miller's offers great advise for how to survive the three years you'll spend in law school. However, if you're lucky enough to discover this title before you start applying, read through to find invaluable advise on the application process and give yourself the best possible chance to get into the school of your choice.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice broad overview...not too much substance
    First I have to say I have not yet been to law school so my comments must be taken with that in mind. By saying that, I have no basis to make absolute comments about the tips noted in the book, however, I can compare the book with others I have read.

    It seems that Mr. Miller and his fellow writers have attempted to fit the entire law school process in one book. This is not easy to do. I felt that coverage of specific classes, briefing cases, and exams were left behind. They do not go in depth into these areas. However, if you are looking for a book that will describe the general atmosphere, notetaking, the job search, and the admissions criteria, this book does a more than adequate job of hitting these points.

    I was especially fond of the processes to attain associateships. I do not know if these tactics will work, but he went more in depth on these subjects than any other author. He also does a good job of scaring the reader into taking law school seriously. maybe some do not like the war analogy. I , however, would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared and this book kind of helped me to think of law school as different than undergrad. In many ways, this was the kind of push I needed.

    In conclusion, if you want a book with substantive resources about classes and outlining, I would recommend to keep looking. If you want an easy to read book that will give a broad overview of the entire law school experience, then this book is for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better law school prep books...
    I have bought way too many of law school preparation guides. Most of them are in a pile on my floor, but this is the one I keep picking up over and over. The advice is straighforward and doesn't try to sugarcoat issues about getting in and all three years of law school, it tells it like it is. The panel is an interesting representation of all types of students from all types of schools.
    All in all highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but to be more persuasive, see Keith Evans' book
    Miller's book is good for describing law school. But if you want to learn how a great trial lawyer thinks, anyone who wants to be an excellent advocate should also read Keith Evan's "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers."

    Mr. Evans tried hundreds of jury trials as a trial lawyer in California for many years, after a decade as a barrister in England. He also taught as an adjunct law professor and gave many presentations to American Inns of Court.

    More information about Evans' book is available on its web site: RulesOfAdvocacy.com or search Amazon for ISBN 1587330059

    If you want to be a excellent advocate, you should buy "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers." If you want to know what law school is about, buy "Law School Confidential". If you know you're going to law school, be prepared and get both.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly expansive and helpful.
    I purchased this book after reading dozens of reviews on LSC and the other popular law school prep books. I have been completely satisfied with my choice.
    This book begins with presenting the common reasons for going to law school and continues through the entire process, including the job interviews. I have found the sections describing what to do the summer before law school begins and what each of the first year classes is basically about very helpful as I prepare to begin law school this fall. While I had already received answers from law schools by the time I began reading this book, I found the interview with a law school dean helpful because it encouraged me to keep in contact with those schools that had placed me on their waiting list.
    Overall, this book has covered every aspect of law school I had wanted to know about, and many more that I hadn't even considered. I gave this book to a good friend who's beginning law school with me this fall, and encouraged others to read it as well. ... Read more


    6. Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests
    by Law School Admission Council
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    Asin: 0942639898
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
    Publisher: Law School Admission Council.
    Sales Rank: 5113
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    7. 10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests (LSAT Series)
    by Law School Admission Council
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    Asin: 0942639804
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
    Publisher: Law School Admission Council.
    Sales Rank: 2170
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Contains actual, previously administered LSAT's. For pure practice at an unbelievable price, you can't beat 10 PrepTests. Each test includes an answer key, writing sample, and score conversion table. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Book
    In training for the LSAT, I used only official preptests sold by LSAC. Many past reviewers recommended studying multiple books, like those available by Kaplan or Princeton Review. I have found that Kaplan and other study aides add to the confusion many test takers experience, and Kaplan even admits that its study guides do not help 40% of those who buy the books.

    If you want to do well on the LSAT, this is the way to study:

    Your first purchase should the 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests. The PrepTest book will give several of real LSATs to take, though without question analysis. All of the answers are given, but they are not explained. I find this to be a bonus, because I believe that a test taker can learn more from figuring out why the answer is what is, instead of just going by the problematical answers Kaplan gives. Kaplan's answers have a tendency to be too long and lack an accurate answer. It is similar to when a person is talking but they are not really saying anything.

    Just getting used to taking the test is the most important part of the preparation process. If you finish all ten tests, get the older 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests.

    DO NOT buy Kaplan's LSAT 180. It is full of the toughest questions that KAPLAN could MAKE UP. These questions are so bogus that they lowered everyone in my study group's score: we all had scores over 170 before this book. On one page, Kaplan gave two complete different explanations for two questions that were the exact same type of question. Kaplan's answers to MADE UP questions are lacking judgment. Kaplan is simply too lazy to buy official questions.

    Also, both www.LSAC.org and Amazon have individual PrepTests available for $8 each. Get the latest tests: these aren't a good buy like the books of ten, but seeing the most up to date material - even if it's just 1 or 2 tests - is worth it. If you are not in a hurry, you can get the tests free of shipping from LSAC, and they have the MOST RECENT tests, while Amazon tends to lack the two most recent tests.

    Specifically, get the June 2000 (PrepTest 31) exam. This contains the notorious "CD Game," the second game, which is commonly considered the most complicated LSAT logic game ever.

    BUT...

    If you REALLY want to, go ahead and pay in the thousands for a LSAT class prep course, like those offered by Kaplan and Princeton Review. I do not suggest doing that, but confidence is essential for acing the LSAT. If you feel that taking an over-priced prep course will boast your self-assurance, feel free to do so.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential, If Not Complete
    "10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests" is absolutely essential to studying for the big exam. I've been working with Arco and Kaplan's books, which both feature sample tests and some exercises. However, they're inadequate in preparing you for the nature of the real test questions. "10 More...Preptests," being actual LSATs, actually do give you a feel for the test's real questions.
    The only complaint I have is that there is no explanation key but it's a minor complaint, since I have had to look over my answers and figure out for myself why my answers were wrong. Of course, this helps, as it forces you to examine the questions more thoroughly than you normally would.
    My recommendation is to use this book in conjunction with a study guide (Kaplan has a good one). Study the test-taking techniques and do the exercises in the study guide, THEN test your skills with this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Using timed, full-length diagnostics is the key.
    This book contains the actual administrations of the LSAT (Tests 19-28, inclusive); very useful for timed, full-length mock tests to conduct on your own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars getting ready for the LSAT
    This book was the single most helpful tool in preparing for the LSAT. I began with Kaplan's LSAT prep book, which was a good introduction to how to approach the test. However, the Kaplan sample tests were not good representations of the actual tests, since they contained some mistakes and poorly formulated questions, they were in some ways more difficult. I used the 10 More Actual LSAT tests along with the most recently released tests (which you can buy individually).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book But Next Edition Out in Summer
    As no shortage of other reviewers have noted, this book is a must-have for LSAT study. The only negatives are: 1- No explanations. 2 - The tests are getting to be a bit dated.

    The tests included in this volume are PrepTests 19-28. But, you can also get your hands on the more recent PrepTests 29-40, but must pay a higher cost per test, as you must purchase each individually. I contacted the folks at lsac.org and asked when the next edition of 10 real LSATs would come out. They informed me that it would be next summer (2004). As such, if you're not taking the LSAT for some time, you may want to wait and pick up the more recent tests instead (or, get all three volumes and do 30 former LSATs -- the more, the better).

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    8. The LSAT Advantage with Professor Dave
    by David Scalise
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    Asin: 0970175612
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Fairfax Lectern Inc
    Sales Rank: 35013
    Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled in LSAT Preparation!
    I admit it. The LSAT scared me. After countless hours studying Kaplan's LSAT book, I cannot express how relieved I was to discover "The LSAT Advantage." I quickly forgot the headache and heartache of the previous three weeks as Professor Dave demystified the infamous LSAT. His questions and explanations were thorough, yet concise. With a warmhearted tone and in a clever, refreshing style, Professor Dave tackled the LSAT one "day" at a time. "The LSAT Advantage" approaches the LSAT akin to a weekend crash-course, which, in itself, makes this book worthwhile.

    The real winner here, however, is the CD-ROM. Whereas other books provide CD-ROMs consisting solely of additional questions, "The LSAT Advantage" CD-ROM contains practical knowledge of the test, law school, and the law itself, through entertaining voice tracks.

    Although other LSAT prep books provide tips and tricks, "The LSAT Advantage" provides genuine understanding. So, to anyone who considers purchasing an LSAT preparation book, even if you have another, pick up "The LSAT Advantage." Make a weekend out of it. You won't be disappointed; in fact, you might even find yourself having fun!

    UPDATE: "The LSAT Advantage" not only helped me, but it helped two of my friends improve their scores over 10 points after I recommended it to them! I'm finishing up my first year at USC in Los Angeles, and I wouldn't have been here without Professor Dave. Thanks for the great book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Professor Dave!
    Taking the LSAT was a breeze, with Professor Dave's LSAT Advantage. This book gave me a clear understanding of the flow of the test, the types of questions that would be asked, but most importantly, the STRATEGY to use in answering the questions. The practice tests and questions paralleled the LSAT in an uncanny way. I used only Professor Dave's book, and read through it only once, and got a full 5 points higher than my goal!! Thank you Professor Dave!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The materials matched the exam perfectly
    This book has a comfortable, casual style despite the strong academic aproach to the exam.
    The tips for the Reading Comprehention section were most helpful to me because I was having trouble finishing thre section.
    I had looked at several other books my friends were carrying around, and none compares to The LSAT Advantage.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 15 Point Gain
    THE LSAT Advantage helped me in numerous ways... The "Logical Reasoning" materials were most helpful for me. The detailed strategies, helpful exercises, and numerous practice sets allowed me to fully understand these questions; which are important because "Logical Reasoning" is half the test. Also, the "Reading Comprehension" section provided me with the material and instruction/strategy to tackle these tedious passages. In addition to this, the "Logic Games" section of the book helped map out multiple approaches to each type of game. The LSAT Advantage. It helped ME a ton (rasied my score 15 points), and made me feel very comfortable on test day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST LSAT REVIEW BOOK ON THE MARKET!!!
    I would like to THANK YOU for your review materials. I recently took the LSAT exam, and I studied using materials from other companies. My preparation was lacking and I had to cancel my score. After the exam, I was thinking of signing up for a live course, however with a full-time job, a wife, two sons, and finishing my Masters in Taxation, it is quite difficult
    to find time for a live course. However, since I am determined to continue my pursuit in becoming a tax attorney I decided to buy your book. Within just a couple of weeks, I feel so much more confident for the upcoming December LSAT exam. Thank you. ... Read more


    9. The Complete Law School Companion : How to Excel at America's Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum
    by JeffDeaver
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    Asin: 047155491X
    Catlog: Book (1992-03)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 50381
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Offers complete, accessible information on every topic of concern to law students ranging from the LSAT, the Bar Exam, Law Review, computerized research and videotape study aids to obtaining that important clerkship or job. Includes recent data on demographics of law school applicants, current salaries for a variety of legal careers, nontraditional courses, legal clinics, detailed discussions regarding the latest law trends such as deregulation and insider trading. Will appeal to law students at all stages of their education. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Introductory Guide to Law School
    I picked up Jeff Deaver's guide shortly before I started law school as a One L (first year law student for the uninitiated). Largely, I was looking for information on how to 'brief' a case, which is essential to surviving the case study method Socratic technique that most law schools employeed. The chapter on briefing was concise and easy to read. It was a good starting point. That is also a good way to describe this book: 'a good starting point.'

    Deaver attempts to describe everything from why you might want to become a lawyer, taking the LSAT, studying in school, taking a law exam, and finding employment. It is a great overview. On top of that, Deaver doesn't sugar coat anything. When discussing motives for going to school, he discusses the potential wealth to be gained from the profession without reservation or apology. He makes sure to mention the work involved as well, and warns that law school is not the place for the uncommitted.

    Anyone who reads this book will probably realize that Deaver has laid out a comprehensive plan for studying and getting through classes. As some other reviewers have mentioned, the method is a bit out dated with advent and rise of computers, but his methods can easily be adapted. After having have completed a couple of weeks of my first year, I have found his ideas to be helpful. However, I have had to manipulate his method to suit my studying method, which I am sure he would approve of.

    I would recommend this book for anyone thinking of going to school. It provides plenty of things to think about and other things to research before making the commitment. For the studend that has already been accepted, this is a decent primer for the upcoming school year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Law School Students
    I can see why this book is still in print so long after it was first published, because it's advice is invaluable. This book is not just another "what law school is really like" type of thing (although some of that is in there), but focuses mainly on helping you understand those elements of law school which are vital to excelling.

    I found four things to be extremely useful. First, this book explains clearly and simply how to write a coherent brief. It gives you a basic outline to follow and tells you how to identify the relevant information in a given case. Second, this book gives a strategy for outlining class notes, textbook material, and other sources in such a way that if you follow the author's advice, you will always be on top of your classwork and will have a huge advantage come crunch time. Third, this book shows how to do well on exams using the outline mentioned above. And fourth, this book gives some good advice on writing papers.

    In addition to this, the beginning of the book is a pretty good introduction to preparing for law school, and the end of the book has some good stuff for law school students. I don't regret having bought this book, because now I feel I have a sound strategy for entering law school which I think will help me hit the ground running.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - 3Ls should see Common Sense Rules of Advocacy
    Deaver's book is excellent. But if you want to learn how a persuasive lawyer thinks, you should also read Keith Evan's "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers."

    Mr. Evans tried hundreds of jury trials as a trial lawyer in California for many years, after a decade as a barrister in England. He also taught as an adjunct law professor and gave many presentations to American Inns of Court.

    More information about Evans' book is available on its web site: RulesOfAdvocacy.com or search Amazon for ISBN 1587330059

    If you want to know what law school is about, buy "The Complete Law School Companion". When you are a 3L, or after law school, get "Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Powerful, Like a Fine Deodorant
    Granted, I haven't had the opportunity yet to implement Jeff Deaver's LCM (Legal Concept Management) system, but I am very impressed by its rigor and comprehensiveness, and am confident that it will be an indispensable asset in my quest for success in the study of law.

    In short, I strongly recommend this book for any one considering going to law school.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad But Don't Even Think About It If...
    You haven't read "Law School Confidential" - LSC is far and away better all comparable aspects plus contains plenty that this book does not. LSC also draws on the experiences and advice of many fresh perspectives rather than just one. Also consider that 1992 is rapidly becoming outdated. Don't go with this one unless you have to. ... Read more


    10. Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System
    by Jay M. Feinman
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    Thanks to TV cop shows, most Americans can probably recite the Miranda warnings, but do they know when the warnings do--and do not--apply? Tort reformers cite the $2.7 million in punitive damages a jury awarded a little old lady in Albuquerque when the cup of coffee she had set between her legs spilled and scalded her. These crusaders against "excessive" damage awards do not usually note that the trial judge reduced the award to $480,000, or that the coffee was 20 degrees hotter than competitors' coffee.

    The law is all around. People continually invoke their rights, and every year millions of Americans are involved in formal legal proceedings. Yet most people are ignorant of even the basic concepts and organizing principles of U.S. law. Into the breach comes Jay Feinman's engrossing book Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About the American Legal System. Akin to a crash course in the first year of law school, Law 101 is a clearly written, eminently readable guide to the tenets of our legal system. It is structured around basic questions such as "If a contract is unfair, can a court refuse to enforce it?" and replete with clarifying examples--real and hypothetical. In explaining battery, Feinman writes: "If someone consents to a certain bodily invasion, he does not necessarily consent to any bodily invasion, however. When Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are in a boxing match, Holyfield has consented to Tyson punching him in the nose ... but he has not consented to Tyson biting off a piece of his ear." Much clearer.

    Law 101 won't instruct you on how to write your will or get divorced, but it will educate you at a more systematic level. It is also a great read. --J.R. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Every American should read this book
    I heard about this book on a web page about good books to read prior to law school. I just finished reading it yesterday, and I am very impressed. The author writes in such a way that any reader can acquire a basic understanding of our legal system. He explores the foundational areas of our body of laws, and he describes both sides of hotly debated issues such as abortion and the death penalty. Most of all, the author emphasizes that the law is not something that ordinary people cannot understand. It is not just for lawyers, judges, and politicians. Rather, the law is determined by the way we shape our society, and it starts from the ground up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Intro to the Basics - and a fun read!
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the basics of law but does not want to read through tedious, mind-numbing text. This book covers a lot of ground (basically all of the main doctrines of US law) and is entertaining at the same time due to the author's clear / concise narrative and numerous examples.

    From the beginning, Feinman explains that "law is not in the law books" but that law "lives in conduct; it exists in the interactions of judges, lawyers and ordinary citizens". Law is how we interpret it to be at a given time - it is in and of the people. From this and other insights, Feinman has helped me gain a greater appreciation for the US legal system as well as making me a more legal savvy citizen. In this day and age this is important - at one time or another we will all have to consult a lawyer for something.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Understand the law, but not how to write a will
    Although I do not regret my decision, after deferring entry to law school for three years, to finally choose another vocation, I maintain a strong interest in legal philosophy and history, and comparative and international law. For me, Jay Feinman's book was an especially delightful find on the law section of a general bookstore. Few jurists, other than those like Alan Dershowitz and Richard Posner, seem to communicate clearly and effectively in non-specialist books which can satisfy curiosity outside of immediate needs such as writing wills or understanding consumer rights.

    The claim of this book to provide "everything" you need to know about American law is undoubtedly exagerrated. This being said, Feinman provides a clear, thoughtful, and insightful coverage of the essentials of all that is covered in the first-year curriculum of a first-year U.S. law school program without the pain of wading through extensive case material - contracts, criminal law, torts, property, constitutional law, and legal procedure.

    The strength of this book lies in its emphasis on the open nature of many legal issues -- where there are no straightforward answers. I especially enjoyed, in the section on constitutional law, the superb discussion of the scope of the justiciability doctrine which eshews intrusion of courts into the authority of other branches of government. But what exactly constitues a nonjusticiable political question which the courts should not decide?

    An extract from the author's section on civil procedure underscores his invitation to the reader to avoid thinking about the law as cut and dried subject matter and process: "The lesson from all of this is that clear, rigid legal rules are often not what they appear to be. They either produce injustice as they are applied in varying fact situations, or they demand interpretations and exceptions - yet interpretations and exceptions cause complexity and uncertainty. Broad, flexible legal rules, on the other hand, give the courts great discretion, and discretion produces conflicting decisions and uncertain rules, which is another form of complexity and injustice."

    The last one and a half pages are a tour de force in clarity and simplicity for those seeking to appreciate legal reasoning. It identifies a limited set of questions which can be applied to any layman's encounter with legal issues in newspapers or eleswhere, and give him some sense of what lawyers and judges have to do.

    Readers show be aware that this book, while a good introduction to the frame of mind of a U.S. jurist, is not intended to be a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. legal system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Pre-law student must
    I was advised to read this book before I enter law school in the fall, and I'm glad I did. I knew little about torts, contracts, and all other aspects of introductory law before this book (I still know little, but know more than before). Feinman writes well and easy to understand. He explains the concepts and theories behind the law and fills almost every page with real life examples from previous cases. This is an excellent read even for those not going to law school. The laws and theories governing our everyday lives are contained in simple format here in this book. You can't afford not to read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to the law
    I'm not an attorney, nor do I plan to attend law school. Nevertheless, this book is a sophisticated, but highly readable introduction to the law. Executives from all industries who need a legal primer should start here. ... Read more


    11. CLA Study Guide andMock Exam
    by National Association of Legal Assistants
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    Designed as a self-study tool, NALA's Study Guide and Mock Examination will help sharpen test-taking skills. This study guide offers detail and tips for taking the CLA exam, as well as a series of self-tests for each exam category. The end of the book contains a CLA mock exam with an answer key. Material is organized for a nine week period of study. ... Read more


    12. Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell (Nutshell)
    by Kenney F. Hegland
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    If you are about to start law school or are in your first year, this book would be a good companion.Now in the fourth edition, this text has helped thousand of folks become better law students and down the road, better lawyers.

    Like other introductory books, it covers the basics: reading and briefing cases; preparing for class; outlining and study groups;taking exams.There are exercises so you can apply what you have learned. In addition to these essentials, the book focuses of what is often quite elusive: legal analysis; Why do courts follow precedent?; How are cases applied and distinguished?; How is ambiguous language interpreted?Legal analysis is the hidden ball of the first year, and with this book you will be well on your way.

    There are chapters on legal writing (not necessarily boring or highfalutin') and on oral argument (not necessarily terrifying).These chapters will help in first year writing and Moot Court Programs. And, for those of you who aren't sure, there are chapters revealing the wide array of careers that will be open to you.

    The book reads fast, well, and is often funny.That said, drawing on the work of philosophers, psychologists, and novelists, it takes you and your calling quite seriously, but never (not even once) pompously. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Real insight into the "operative facts" of law school
    I've bought several books purporting to be insiders' guides to law school (and beyond), but this book is the most perceptive and
    elegantly expressed of the lot. It's actually written by an experienced lawyer and law school professor, as opposed to someone out of law school for just a couple years, so each sentence sparkles with insight and knowledge, wittily expressed. The real advantage of this book is its focus on the "operative facts" of law school -- other books tend to range over all the possible minutiae of the law school experience, and do much more bemusing than amusing in the process. This book, on the other hand, dispenses kernels of wisdom right and left -- as well as fascinating allusions to historical figures scientific, literary, and jurisprudential -- while offering a rigorous examination of the bases of most law school curricula. Highly readable and highly informative: a rare combination indeed in this often turgid genre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My first year security blanket
    I spent a good bit of time with this little book before and during my first year in law school. I read it very carefully, and even wrote out answers to the questions. The effort was well worth it. If you're scared to death, don't know what to expect, and want to do well, this book won't let you down. Hegland begins the process of teaching a law student how to think, and helps one keep the big picture in mind. This book also started my profitable relationship with the nutshell series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding
    A must read for any current or future law student

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent source for 1L's.
    This book gave me something that I wanted to hear for a long time, it gave me encouragement. It made me realized that the first year of law school will be a difficult one, but you can get through it. It was insightful, informative and filled with great humor. I think all 1L's feel intimitated during their first year of law school. This book provided everything that the first year student should know during that first year. The humor was the refreshing part, I never knew lawyers had a sense of humor, but this author will surely make you laugh. He gave excellent advice on what to expect the first couple of weeks. This is book is great for students who are scared to death of the first year. This book wil help you realize that you are not the dumbest person in the class if you don't understand the material. I feel I can make it through the first year of law school without having a nervous breakdown.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a good book, good beggining law student book
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    13. Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class
    by Shana Connell Noyes, Henry S. Noyes
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    Asin: 0837709121
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
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    Most first-year law students waste a tremendous amount of time learning piles of information they don't need to know, because they have no one to guide them.This text, in ten easy-to read chapters, is the guide for students entering or contemplating law school.After reading the ten chapters, set up as lessons, student will know how to study the law. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Prelude to Success
    Shana and Henry Noyes capture the essence of the difficulties that face a first year law student. They've managed to boil down what can be an incredibly intimidating experience into ten easy to read chapters. Students beginning law school should not underestimate the value of being well prepared for their first day of class. High grades received in the first year can catapult a student to a prestigious judicial clerkship or a summer associate position at a well respected law firm. Students who read this book will have a tremendous advantage over others who are not so fortunate. This is a must read for all first years!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Acing is sound, effective and simple advice
    Having read many of the law school primers, I can say that this book is the simplest, most practical advice if you want to get good grades in your first year of law school. It tells you what to do and what not to waste your time on. Unlike some other books, the authors claim to have graduated near the top of their classes in law school so they seem to speak from experience (Plus they claim to know Julia Roberts!). Having read this, I am confident that I know how and when to outline for exams and how to write a great exam answer. I would recommend this to other first years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
    This book gives you a great overview of the very basics of what law students will need to learn quickly and will not be taught. Get this book to have an understanding of what type of things you will be studying, how to write briefs, and how to outline and study for exams. Also gives you the basics of citations, what you need to know, and what not to worry about... A must read for new law students who want to ease their anxiety!

    5-0 out of 5 stars What to study and what to skip
    This book teaches you what you need to focus on in your first year of law school, but even better, it points out all the things you should ignore. For example, the author recommends using electronic databases to cross-reference topics for legal research and warns how counter-productive it is to wander through a legal library without first using the databases to narrow your search. The subjects are thoroughly covered and at the end of each chapter there is a "Dicta" column that sums up all the things that rookies waste time trying to learn.
    It's a heck of a value and a good guide for your first year preparations.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and a quick read
    I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down. It is a really helpful book for pre-one L's, and for one L's. It contains great explanations about course work and tests in law school ,that are not typically taught by Law Professors. I am so much more aware of what to expect during my first year. ... Read more


    14. Cracking the LSAT with Sample Tests on CD-ROM, 2005 Edition (Cracking the Lsat With Sample Tests on CD-Rom)
    by Adam Robinson, Kevin Blemel
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    Catlog: Book (2004-06-15)
    Publisher: Princeton Review
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not at all helpful
    I bought this book with the idea that it would improve my performance on the LSAT. I have to say that the structure of the book is really poor. It tells you to skip test questions, which does not seem to be a very intelligent concept. It also tells you to guess on anything and everything you get stuck on, because you can come back to it.

    I think that this is bad advice. The whole idea of taking the LSAT is to test what you know, not a guessing game. I will stick to practicing on the "real" tests like the "10 More Actual, Official LSAT Preptests" provided by LSAC. This book is boring and lacks helpful information, unless you think guessing is fun. And if so, go ahead brainiac, waste your hard earned dollar. ... Read more


    15. Starting Off Right in Law School
    by Carolyn J. Nygren
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    The result of eight years of Nygren's work with first-semester students in five different law schools, this book melds information about the legal system usually found in legal methods books with information about study skills usually found in books with a "how to succeed in law school" focus.

    The book uses one area of law — the implied warranty of merchantability as it applies to food — to illustrate various legal issues and the skills needed to master them. It introduces basic legal concepts and vocabulary in the context of one hypothetical case, and then focuses on the structure of cases and types of reasoning courts use. When finished with the book, readers will have the background they need in order to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of legal materials.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on the study of law
    This is a book, along with _Bramble Bush_, by Karl Llewellyn, and _Introduction to Legal Reasoning_, by Edward Levi, that all prospective law students ought to read. Ms Nygren's method is to introduce the prospective law student to the concept and strategy of legal thinking and legal study.

    In her introduction, she cites two reasons for having written the book: (1) to provide information about the legal system, and (2) to provide information about the study skills necessary for success.

    These two themes are repeatedly addressed in this book. It is very tightly focused and dry, but if you push yourself through the book you will learn a lot. Ms Nygren starts the book with a hypothetical situation--in which you, the reader, are a lawyer, and a client comes in with a complaint about a restaurant's food--and then she takes you through the process of identifying the legal issues in the case, how to advocate for your client, et cetera. Though she addresses only very small portion of "the law"--the liability faced by a restaurant--the detailed and close manner in which she takes the reader through this portion of the law is of obvious relevance to the rest of the law.

    Ms Nygren provides a very comprehensive introduction to the structure of legal reasoning, and the kind of thinking needed by law students who wish to excel in their studies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Necessary and sufficient
    This short book is clear, helpful and on target. I read it most of it before starting law school last year. The book accurately describes the legal learning process, the process of the law, and the experience of law school. This book is a must read for anyone heading to law school.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great place to start when considering law school!
    This book offers a wonderful base of knowledge for someone who is considering lawschool who has little to no pre-law experience (e.g. someone with an English or History degree). It gives the reader a good sense of understanding of the legal system with easy to understand definitions and examples. Through the use of one particular legal issue, and the help of several different case examples, the author enables the reader to see the legal process as it goes forward and backwards through the court system.You finish this book with a much clearer understanding of what to expect from law school, from casebooks to exams, and what you may be able to expect in professional lawyer/client setting. It even recommends and illustrates helpful ways to study and make it through that difficult first year. For such a tiny book it covers and enormous distance from start to finish. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    16. LSAT Official Tripleprep Plus
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    Asin: 0942639758
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
    Publisher: Law School Admission Council.
    Sales Rank: 226381
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    TriplePrep Plus provides explanations for all three LSAT-item types. This book also contains 50 previously administered writing sample prompts in adition to three complete PrepTests. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Source You'll Find
    So I bought a few of the Kaplan-type books, and while they offer strategies, I tend to just want the real deal and work on my own. For all the future LSAT-takers out there, the best study method I can prescribe is getting old tests and taking as many as possible. Everyone does things differently, and this is the best way. The book shows a few answers for each type of question and describes how they arrived there, and supplies a few ***real*** LSATs. Buy this book, as well as many old tests as you can get your hands on and use those. It's plenty, trust me (I got into schools I thought I had no chance at).

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Book's Title is Very Misleading!!!
    "Explanations for all three LSAT-item types" not all 3 tests!

    The title on the cover of this book is "LSAT The Official Tripleprep Plus With Explanations." However, this book essentially contains 3 preptests with basic answers -- the only explanations given are for only ONE test, which really doesn't cover the whole test but only 10 questions for the reading, arguments, and games section. Please click on the picture of the book and look at its table of contents . . . you'll notice this fact.

    At its current price, you are much better getting the "10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests." (If you need explanations and strategies, get "Master the LSAT" by Nova or "The Official LSAT Prep Test with Explanations" which contains FULL explanations for one test.) ... Read more


    17. The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree, Updated and Revised
    by Hindi Greenberg
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    Asin: 0380795728
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
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    There Are More Than One Million Lawyers in America

    A law degree is not necessarily a ticket to succes, wealth and happiness. Perhaps it's dissatisfaction with the hours, the firm, or the work itself, but every year, more and more lawyers want out. Now there's a real-world primer that can help virtually anyone in this position. Wheather you're merely considering a change or firmly committed to one, The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook provides all the tools and information you need. A surprising number of lawyers in this country have discovered that a law degree is not necessarily a ticket to wealth, success and happiness, and now they want out.

    Hindi Greenberg -- founder and president of Lawyers in Transition -- has written an indispensable quidebook for those in that position. Chock full of helpful advice, exercises, listings of resources and real-life stories, The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook provides all the tools needed to help the unsatisfied many who are either considering a new career or actively pursuing one.

    This one-of-a-kind volume can help legal professionals identify, target, and get new jobs that best suit their abilities, background, personality and interests, while offering them ways to cope with the inevitable stress of changing fields. And those who wish to remain in the law world will discover invaluable methods for creating more satisfaction in their current fields, for exploring other areas of the law that they may not have previously considered, and for determining if a solo or small practice is the right way to go.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Great Information
    As a psychologist who works with lawyers, I have found this book to be an invaluable resource for my clients. It addresses the full range of issues that confront someone questioning whether to leave a legal career altogether or to switch to a different legal environment. No book should give clients the "answer" to their dilemma, and this one does not pretend to. I have found it extremely helpful in how it poses important questions to consider, offers wise advice, and provides in-depth help with resources and information. My clients have found it reassuring, encouraging and informative. It's an inexpensive resource that every lawyer or law student considering a shift in career direction should review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for anyone interested in a law career.
    I found this to be an excellent book which contains a wealth of information and references, excellent resources and lists of relevant Web sites, books, organizations & other sources for career guidance, job placement & assistance. I've been a lawyer for 20 years. I'd been trying to work through self-assessment in the traditional way together with others who are not lawyers, and was making some progress, but somehow not getting as much out of it as I would have liked. Then I discovered Hindi Greenberg's book - and the whole self-assessment process came alive for me! I felt like Hindi had written the book for ME. I really connected with it, and began recommending it to colleagues & others in the profession. I've just purchased a second copy to send to my niece who is considering going to law school. The book is up-to-date and well researched - concise, stays on point, is easy to read, & is not cumbersome - a great tool for lawyers pondering what to do next with their careers or how to improve satisfaction within the practice of law, or for people considering law school or entering law as a profession. This book is a career management guide geared particularly toward lawyers, either seasoned lawyers wanting to explore options for a second or different career or different area of emphasis, or new lawyers just starting out and wondering what direction they would like to pursue within a legal career. The book is complete, takes a thorough look at the entire career development process, recommends that you start with self-assessment to discover your personal skills, values, interests, and personality traits so that you are equipped to choose an area or specialty within the law that most fits with your personal preferences, temperament and skills. Then it shows you how to conduct self-assessment and guides you through the complete self-assessment process by providing a comprehensive set of exercises to help you discover your interests, assess your skills, think through the changes you want to make and to set about achieving those changes in your career. It provides MORE than other general books regarding traditional career management because it is directed specifically toward lawyers and people considering a legal career. This book is for anyone who wants to manage, or take charge of, their legal career, and it provides excellent guidance in self-assessment to lawyers and non-lawyers, alike. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering a legal career, and to lawyers considering a career change.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Repetitive Rehash
    This is a book like the dozens of other career change ones out there - you can find this information in publications from years ago, and with much better advice. No new information, and would only help lawyers who would lack the imagination to think of "legal publishing" or "in-house counsel" as career options. Truly unhelpul.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Resource That WIll Make You Think
    When I picked up this book I knew that I had always had an interest in law, but was unsure if I wanted to work for a law firm. Before going to law school I wanted an idea of exactly what my options might be after school.

    This book helped me a lot. I have not made a final decision, but I am definitely closer than when I picked up the book. The two most helpful sections to me were the assessment exercises that helped me think about what skills I have and the last 2 sections on actual jobs available.

    If you just want someone to tell you what job is right for you then don't choose this book. If you want/need to think about yourself, your life, your skills, and what you want your job and your life to be then this book is a tool that will help you on your journey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book can be a LIFECHANGER!
    I read 'The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook,' and found Ms. Greenberg's ideas and advice extremely useful. I found the self-assessment exercises, which most of us lawyers try to avoid, extremely helpful in clarifying why my previous work was unsatisfying and in what direction I needed to move in order to find work that would better fit my needs. The job ideas, extensive resource listings, and insightful comments by Ms. Greenberg also greatly benefited me in deciding upon my next career incarnation. The final assist was when I consulted individually with Ms. Greenberg. She gave me creative guidance, solid advice and wonderful support to pursue my current work. ... She is an insightful, generous human being. ... Read more


    18. 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
    by Law School Admission Council Inc
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    Asin: 0942639634
    Catlog: Book (1999-03)
    Publisher: Law School Admission Council.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have material in preparing for the LSAT
    There is no substitute for taking real, timed, practice LSATs. It is simply the best way to prepare for the real thing. My study plan was two part: First, I paid the big bucks for an LSAT class. Second, I studied real tests every day out of this and its companion book. While the class was great, I found that simply studing all of the material on the real test was by far the most useful thing I did (not to mention that it cost a lot less). These books are simply a must have to prepare well and I recomend them to everyone. In my case, they helped me score in the mid 170s.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The real deal
    No tips, no hints, just 10 actual tests. The hardest thing about the LSAT is not the questions, but the short amount of time you are given to solve them. By taking these 10 tests under simulated test conditions you can figure out strategies that work for you (as opposed those that work for 3 out of 5 Kaplan students). Where most books only include 3 or 4 tests this one gives you over twice that and the tests are authentic. The price is right and after taking all ten of these you will have no surprises come test day. My final score on the LSAT was right where I expected it to be thanks to this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Using timed, full-length diagnostics is the key.
    This book contains the actual administrations of the LSAT (Tests 7, 9-16 inclusive, and 16); very useful for timed, full-length mock tests to conduct on your own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Book
    In training for the LSAT, I used only official preptests sold by LSAC. Many past reviewers recommended studying multiple books, like those available by Kaplan or Princeton Review. I have found that Kaplan and other study aides add to the confusion many test takers experience, and Kaplan even admits that its study guides do not help 40% of those who buy the books.

    If you want to do well on the LSAT, this is the way to study:

    Your first purchase should the 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests. This book includes two 1993 tests, four tests from 1994, and four tests from 1995. The last test has a typo and says that, even though it is test 18, it is from December 1992. This typo is the only one in the book, and does not harm the tests in any way.

    The PrepTest book will give several of real LSATs to take, though without question analysis. All of the answers are given, but they are not explained. I find this to be a bonus, because I believe that a test taker can learn more from figuring out why the answer is what is, instead of just going by the problematical answers Kaplan gives. Kaplan's answers have a tendency to be too long and lack an accurate answer. It is similar to when a person is talking but they are not really saying anything.

    Just getting used to taking the test is the most important part of the preparation process. If you finish all ten tests, get the newer 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests.

    DO NOT buy Kaplan's LSAT 180. It is full of the toughest questions that KAPLAN could MAKE UP. These questions are so bogus that they lowered everyone in my study group's score: we all had scores over 170 before this book. On one page, Kaplan gave two complete different explanations for two questions that were the exact same type of question. Kaplan's answers to MADE UP questions are lacking judgment. Kaplan is simply too lazy to buy official questions.

    Also, both www.LSAC.org and Amazon have individual PrepTests available for $8 each. Get the latest tests: these aren't a good buy like the books of ten, but seeing the most up to date material - even if it's just 1 or 2 tests - is worth it. If you are not in a hurry, you can get the tests free of shipping from LSAC, and they have the MOST RECENT tests, while Amazon tends to lack the two most recent tests.

    Specifically, get the June 2000 (PrepTest 31) exam. This contains the notorious "CD Game," the second game, which is commonly considered the most complicated LSAT logic game ever.

    BUT...

    If you REALLY want to, go ahead and pay in the thousands for a LSAT class prep course, like those offered by Kaplan and Princeton Review. I do not suggest doing that, but confidence is essential for acing the LSAT. If you feel that taking an over-priced prep course will boast your self-assurance, feel free to do so.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but 10 More is better
    In preparing for the LSAT, I have used a wide variety of study guides--10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests, 10 More Actual Official PrepTests, Kaplan's LSAT 2004, Kaplan's LSAT 180, Princeton Review's Cracking the LSAT 2004, and REA's Best Test Prep. The only one that was bad was REA's--stay away from it. As for this book, it should be a secondary purchase. Start with 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests--the tests are more recent, and thus, better reflect the way the real test is today. But, if you burn through all of those, the ones in this book are fine for additional study, as long as you remember what to espect from the actual test. If you want to do well on the LSAT, this is the way to study:

    Your first two purchases should be Kaplan's (or Princeton's, if you prefer) most current LSAT guide and 10 More Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests. Kaplan's book will give you a good intro to the test, along with 3 full tests with a detailed analysis for each question. The PrepTest book will give you plenty of real, recently-administered LSATs to take, though without question analysis. Just getting used to taking the test is the most important part of the preparation process, and between the two books, 13 full tests should be plenty.

    If, after 4 or 5 tests, you're noticing your scores plateau around 165, and you want to bump them up, get Kaplan's LSAT 180. It is full of the toughest questions that Kaplan's crew could come up with (along with a few nasty ones you might see adapted from real questions on LSAC's PrepTests), and strategies on how to approach them. The regular, yearly guides are a great way to start studying, but they will only take you so far. LSAT 180 can take you the rest of the way, as its name implies. You should be warned beforehand though--these are THE TOUGHEST questions you will find anywhere. If you can handle these, most of the actual test will seem like cake.

    If you burn through all of Kaplan's Tests--including the free online one--and all 10 Actual tests (Like I did), you can always get the older 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests. It's still good prep; the only difference is that the tests are older--December '92 is the oldest; September '95 is the most recent. Some minor things have changed: the older tests are a little harder, which means a lower raw score here translates into a higher scaled score; the wording of questions is different; and some of the types of logic games that are on the newer tests aren't on these. However, if you've taken all the tests in the more recent book, and you know what to expect to see on the actual test, taking the PrepTests in this book is a good way to keep your practice going.

    Also, both LSAC.org and Amazon have individual PrepTests available for $8 apiece. You can get all the most recent tests--sometimes right up to the one most recently administered. These aren't as good a deal as the books of 10, but seeing the most recent material--even if it's just 1 or 2 tests--is worth it. Though I haven't taken it, I've heard that PrepTest 31 (June 2000) has the most difficult Logic Game ever on it... that might be worth checking out.

    Anyway, that's about it. If you want to prepare for the LSAT as thoroughly and effectively as possible, this is the way to do it. ... Read more


    19. One L : The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School
    by Scott Turow
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    Asin: 0446673781
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 9257
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school introduces and a best-seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it brings alive the anxiety and competiveness--with others and, even more, with oneself--that set the tone in this crucible of character building. Turow's multidimensional delving into his protagonists' psyches and his marvelous gift for suspense prefigure the achievements of his celebrated first novel, Presumed Innocent, one of the best-selling and most talked about books of 1987.

    Each September, a new crop of students enter Harvard Law School to begin an intense, often grueling, sometimes harrowing year of introduction to the law. Turow's group of One Ls are fresh, bright, ambitious, and more than a little daunting. Even more impressive are the faculty: Perini, the dazzling, combative professor of contracts, who presents himself as the students' antagonist in their struggle to master his subject; Zechman, the reserved professor of torts who seems so indecisive the students fear he cannot teach; and Nicky Morris, a young, appealing man who stressed the humanistic aspects of law.

    Will the One Ls survive? Will they excel? Will they make the Law Review, the outward and visible sign of success in this ultra-conservative microcosm? With remarkable insight into both his fellows and himself, Turow leads us through the ups and downs, the small triumphs and tragedies of the year, in an absorbing and throught-provoking narrative that teaches the reader not only about law school and the law but about the human beings who make them what they are.

    In the new afterword for this edition of One L, the author looks back on law school from the perspective of ten years' work as a lawyer and offers some suggestions for reforming legal education.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated and melodramatic
    As fiction, Turow's book is a decent read. As a portrait of Harvard Law School today, it's a dud. I haven't experienced a moment of the backstabbing competition Turow claims to have found everywhere 30 years ago. I have never heard anyone discussing his or her grades. The class is not ranked. Study aids are freely shared. Turow was simply going to a different law school than the one that exists now.

    Bear in mind that Turow arrived at HLS with a contract to write this book. Drama, conflict, and agony are necessary ingredients of any good expose, and he provides them in abundance. My happy One-L year would have made the world's most boring book.

    Read it for your own entertainment. It isn't bad literature. But don't let it scare you away from law school, or from Harvard.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good recount of the first year
    I thought this book was an interesting portrayal of an Ivy League law school - I read it the summer before I began law school at a Jesuit law school on the West Coast.

    Many of the 1L experiences will be the same no matter where one attends - the stress from competition, for example - I liked to characterize it as "the thrill of victory" (to get a cherished A) or the "agony of defeat" (to make an idiot out of yourself in class, which, I am sorry to say, I did on more than one occasion!)

    My advice to prospective (and current) law students would be to buy the book, and read it with a grain of salt. I believe that each person has the ability to create their own destiny, and there's a hell of a lot more to learning the law, and succeeding in your chosen profession, than being in the top 5% and on law review - make friends, have fun, and most of all, use your knowledge to help more less fortunate than you, no matter if you went to Harvard or number #176 on U.S. News's list of 177 law schools. That's the key to success as an attorney, and in life, for that matter. Just my $.02!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential read for pre-laws; still a good read for others.
    This is a great book. If you are thinking about Law School, you HAVE to read it. Understand, though, that the Law School experience--and the HLS experience, in specific--has changed a lot since the time this book was written. Still, nothing can give you a better idea of what law school will be like than this book. Today, hundreds of law students keep blogs of their experience--this phenomenon was clearly inspired by this book, which is written like (and, in fact adapted from) Turow's journal.

    Even if you're not Law School bound, this is an exciting, engaging book that tells a great story. Turow is, of course, a successful author and an established writer. This book stands on its own as a good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars IT HAS A SPOOKY ATTRACTION
    I'm a Brit and I'm not a lawyer, I left University 22 years ago. I have kids and a dog (and a wife). I have never been to the USA and know virtually nothing about Harvard.

    So why have i read this book FIVE TIMES !!?

    It must be VOODOO because the whole thing about struggling through law school inspired me. Not only have I read it 5 times outright, I find myself even now dipping into it to catch a quick fix.

    It is a truly tremendous book, full of humanity, intellectual discussion and it evinces a real love of the law.

    It is probably one of, if not thee, best book old ST has written.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The book probably does not represent the typical HLS Student
    I'm not sure what to make of Turow's book. Here is a guy who goes to Harvard Law School, an institution which has existed in its present form for well over 200 years. As a first year law student, he has the nerve to have all these criticisms of the institution -- that it's hostile, that the law is not warm and fuzzy, that there are clear boundaries in the law, which seem to indicate that he has choosen the wrong field. He seemed to be quite selfish in that he wanted the school to change many of its most cheerished methods of teaching to satisfy one alienated, empty-headed student.

    All readers assume that one's first year at Harvard Law School is challenging. Ironically, it does seem as though Harvard may have listened to Mr. Turow's complaints since I have not heard of the difficulty of the institution from other students/graduates. It is possible that they have dumbed-down the curriculum to satisfy those who would prefer to complain than learn.

    At the same time, this book certainly opens our perspective in how the law school class is set up, including the Socratic method, to which I was already quite familiar with. I would urge readers not to think that Mr. Turow's experience is at all shared by most at Harvard -- or any other institution. Remember that Mr. Turow just happened to want to write about his experience, but many others who choose not to write probably had drastically different experiences. Maybe they choose to learn and excel rather than to criticize an institution ten times their age.

    Mr. Turow's analysis of the other students also appears rather superficial and shallow. The students are essentially grouped into the achievers, the complainers (who think of themselves as "intellectuals," but who, in reality, are no more intellectual than a kindergardener with a crayon), and the professors who "harass" the students. What about the exact types of questions one faces in law school. How are the questions different from undergraduate life? Is law school merely a tarriff to prevent competition in the legal professsion? Also, as with most people who advocate change, Mr. Turow is remarkably short on specifics on how he would change the law school experience. The lack of specifics is common for those who gripe about the present but are unable to explain an alternative system to which they aspire.

    This is certainly an interesting book, but I would hesitate to think that it is the Bible of the Law School experience. It is merely one story about one institution in a particular year. ... Read more


    20. Essays That Worked for Law Schools: 40 Essays from Successful Applications to the Nation's Top Law Schools
    by Boykin Curry, Emily Angel Baer
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    Publisher: Ballantine Books
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    “Law school applicants should consider this a guide to producing a competitive, superior essay. . . . These successful examples speak louder than any written how-to instructions could.” –The Book Watch

    Each year, thousands of people apply to the most prestigious law schools across the country, competing for an ever-smaller number of spaces. But each applicant gets one chance to distinguish himself or herself from the pack: the law school application essay. In the essay, you can spotlight the qualities you possess that transcripts and LSAT scores cannot reveal.

    Essays That Worked for Law Schools shows that winning essays come in a variety of styles and voices. One student writes about running a day-care center. Another tells a harrowing story about driving a cab in New York City. And a third gives an incredibly convincing argument for why the world needs one more good lawyer. From the thousands submitted each year, the essays in this book were considered some of the best by admissions officers at the nation’s top law schools.

    If you’re facing essay anxiety, this book will educate and inspire you–and most important of all, help you write an essay that will give you the best chance of getting into the law school of your choice.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Boring Essays
    The book has its helpful points, but the overwhelming majority of the essays in this book are boring and don't stand out in too many ways, in my opinion. I'm having a hard time seeing why the various admissions officers chose to submit the essays in this book--probably because most applicants write boring essays, as even the admissions officers in this book will tell you. I also guess it's because the title of the book is "Essays That Worked," not "Essays That Are Impressive." And I'll bet the essays mainly "worked" because everything else in their admissions files was stellar and they were written in a decent fashion.

    One of the essays I remember particularly well basically read like a laundry list of things that can easily be found ELSEWHERE in his application, which I specifically remember reading in just about every other book/advice about law school essays NOT to do. There don't seem to be many truly revealing essays (interesting life events), essays that grab at you or cultural essays--all of which, in my opinion, are the absolute best ones. The essays do tell you something about each person's character and most are well-written, which probably contributes to why they worked, but the way in which most of the authors acheived their ends is not exemplary. Their methods are plain, as if they are too scared to really open themselves up or talk about something very personal. I believe you can write much better essays than these.

    Perhaps the most exemplary and interesting essay in terms of writing style, topic and revelations about the author is the last one in the "Essays About Character" section where a young woman wrote about, what I will call, her conflicts with her mother. Her essay is an example of what I mean by very interesting life events that reveal something about the authors in a much deeper way than the average essay does.

    The most helpful parts of the book, for me, were the questions in the beginning about essays that were answered by admissions officers and the chart that shows how much estimated importance each of the top schools places on essays. It's truly eye-opening to see how much schools like Harvard and Yale value personal statements while schools like Duke and Boalt place the least amount of emphasis on it out of the top schools listed on the chart (I don't consider Indiana a top school, and their were rated as seeing essays the least important). I would, perhaps, buy the book just for this information and maybe to get an idea of how much better you can do on your essays...and also for the one stand-out essay I mentioned.

    Even if you're not a minority, I believe the best essays I've read are the ones in the upcoming book by Evangeline Mitchell entitled "Profiles and Essays," a book that is basically targeted at African Americans. Not all the essays are about being Black--in fact, most aren't--so you can still get some good ideas and see good, race-neutral essays. The book is likely officially coming out this fall, but you can probably order a rough copy of it now at hopespromisepublishing.com as I did. The essays I've read in other books are, more or less, boring as well...although Richard Montauk's "How To Get Into Top Law Schools" and Willie Epps's "How To Get Into Harvard Law School" present SOME good essays.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for applicants
    I am an educational counselor and received all four of the new "Essays That Worked" books recently. These newly revised editions are perfect for any applicant stumped by or anxious about writing a personal statement. The essays are inspiring, and the advice is frank and fresh. The authors did a great job of updating these classics, and I highly recommend them to anyone applying to college, law school, business school, or med school.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Completely out of date
    This book is completely out of date - but perhaps my oil the creative gears - no modern essayquestion addressed - the content on Essayedge.com is free & far better.. Author Ivy League lawyer doing things besides practicing law ..

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good and Not-So-Good
    This book has good and bad qualities. It segments various "types" of essays such that you will likely see examples of the type of essay you would like to write. This is helpful if you want to write, say, a "why I got bad grades" type of essay. Also, the authors give good tips about what to hit on, and what not to touch. So, in this regard, it's a helpful guide. However, I am an older student and I found the content of most essays to be very naive and difficult to relate to. It's hard to imagine many of these being considered "good" samples by admissions departments, especially by today's standards (some of the essays are from the 1980's). The tips are disappointing too. For example, they offer feedback from admissions officers, but it's very thin stuff; there's no depth on perceptions and perspectives of these individuals. For example, in "Law School Confidential" by Robert Miller, he conducted a candid interview with a Director of Admissions. This level of depth is missing in this book. You get the surfacy stuff that can spawn ideas for your own essays, but not a lot of perspective. So, it was helpful to me but it lacked the depth I hoped for.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this book is great and the title says it all
    This book was great!! While applying for law school, I found that there was very little information regarding essays (tons of stuff about the LSAT, but what about the essay??). These examples were extremely helpful. I enjoyed reading how successful students had approached the task of presenting themselves in a few short pages. After reading this book I felt that basically anything goes in terms of law school application essays. I was finally ready to tackle writing my own essay(yikes!). ... Read more


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