Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Reality TV - Episode 2 - MPRE Study Aids

I just went over to the Tulane Bookstore, intending when I left to buy nothing more than a couple three-ring notebooks for my class notes for next semester's classes.  The bookstore is rearranging Tulaneitself for the next book rush, and had completely cleaned itself out of what I wanted.

But I strolled over to the law book section, thinking maybe by chance I would find a used copy of J.W. Harris' Law & Legal Science (yeah, right), which you cannot even find on the Internet used book market.  Instead, I found myself staring at the commercial supplements for law courses, all of which I bar from my otherwise open book exams.  And I considered the gauntlet thrown down by co-editor Childress.  I pulled out and flipped through Professional Responsibility:  Examples and Explanations by my friend and legal ethics guru, Brad Wendel (Cornell) of Legal Ethics Forum fame, and thought "this is way more than I need."  But I was stopped in my tracks by Professor Wendel's warning:  "The new test is not a blow-off."  Indeed, I was heartened by the following statement:  "If you understand the discussion in the book, you will be well-prepared for the MPRE, but in addition you will understand the law of professional responsibility at a deeper level, rather than having simply memorized a bunch of rules."  So into the shopping cart it went.

But I didn't stop there.  The Emanuel series publishes Strategies and Tactics for the MPRE, advertised as "A quick, easy-to-use guide that tells you exactly what you need to pass the MPRE!"  Now this looked more like test-taking strategy than substance, but what the hay?  The forearmed is the, well, whatever.  Cha-ching!

[Jeff Lipshaw]

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