May 21, 2011
Suggested books for 1L law students
I would suggest the following books written by academic success professionals or law professors. These books can be very helpful in understanding what law school will be like and how to succeed academically and personally.
Read one or two of these books before you arrive for your first semester. When you come to the point in the semester where you need a skill (examples: reading and briefing cases, outlines and graphics, exams), re-read that chapter because it will remind you of techniques when you most need them. Finally, re-read the books after your first semester to review the information and implement strategies and techniques that you missed or did not fully understand the importance of previously.
Andrew J. McClurg, 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School, Thomson West, 2009.
Ruth Ann McKinney, Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert, Carolina Academic Press, 2005.
Herbert N. Ramy, Succeeding in Law School, Carolina Academic Press, Second Edition, 2010.
Michael Hunter Schwartz, Expert Learning for Law Students (workbook available also), Carolina Academic Press, Second Edition, 2008.
Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success, Carolina Academic Press, Second Edition, 2009.
Dennis J. Tonsing, 1000 Days to the Bar: But the Practice of Law Begins Now!, William S. Hein & Co., Second Edition, 2010.
These are only a few of the books by academic success professionals or law professors. There are a number of others from which you can select. Have a productive summer reading! (Amy Jarmon)
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