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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, July 23, 2007

A Good Idea from Sarah Ricks

Sarah Ricks sent the blog a good idea for using Ruth Ann McKinney's Reading Like a Lawyer:  Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert (Carolina Academic Press).  Below is her suggestion.

"Last fall, I required all of my One L students to buy Ruth Ann McKinney's book, which I learned about at an Academic Support AALS meeting. 

"I tacked on an additional two classes at the outset of the semester to function as a substantive orientation to legal reading.  We spent two classes walking through much of the book, and I later assigned portions of it to introduce specific types of legal material such as 'how to read statutes.'

"It is an excellent book - unpretentious, accessible, and interesting.  If anyone would like the handouts I created to use in those first two classes, just drop me an e-mail and I'd be glad to share."

Sarah Ricks, Rutgers-Camden

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