Tuesday, May 10, 2011
A new batch of 1L students is being admitted for the fall. They are eager to learn how to manage law school. Law students are finishing their 1L year and are wondering what they can do to improve next year's grades.
Both of these sets of students should read Andrew J. McClurg's 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School. Professor McClurg gives a lot of sound advice in his book. He includes in it comments from his own 1L students and from legal writing professors. He makes reference throughout the book to research studies and other sources.
In addition to the expected chapters on law school study skills and exam-taking, Professor McClurg also includes chapters on planning before law school starts, law student worries, law student types, well-being, extracurricular activities, and study aids. The book is written in a readable style and packed with good information for law students.
It is obvious why I recommend the book to entering 1L students. Why do I recommend it to those completing 1L year? The reason is that they can use their new perspective on law school to gain from the strategies that they did not use during 1L year but realize would be helpful in future law school courses. (Amy Jarmon)