Saturday, July 7, 2018

Do you have your summer reading list yet?

Tia Gibbs, the new ASP Professor at St. Thomas in Miami, placed a request on the listserv this past spring asking ASP'ers to recommend books and articles for a summer reading list. Many ASP'ers responded, and Tia kindly shared the suggested reading list with the listserv. In case you missed her posting and are considering your own summer reading, here is the list that she shared:

Suggested Reading Material for ASP Professionals


  1. Expert Learning for Law Students by Michael Hunter Schwartz
  2. How to Raise an Adult  by Julie Lynthcott-Haims
  3. Excellent Sheep –The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Wait to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz
  4. Reading Like  a Lawyer by Ruth Ann Mckinney
  5. Bridging the Gap from College to Law School by by Ruta K. StropusCharlotte D. Taylor
  6. Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades. By by Alex Schimel
  7. Bridging the Gap by Charlotte Taylor
  8. Reading Like  a Lawyer by Ruth Ann Mckinney
  9. Succeeding in Law School by Herb Ramy
  10. First Year Law School Success: The Ultimate and Essential Guide for Every 1L by Ira L. Shafiroff
  11. The Companion Text to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student (for families and significant others) by Andrew McClurg
  12. Juris Types: Learning Law through Self-Understanding (based on MBTI types) by Marty and Don Peters
  13. "Why Don't Students Like School" by Daniel Willingham
  14. Critical Reading for Success in Law School and Beyond by Jane Grise
  15. “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III & Mark A. McDaniel
  16. Small Teaching by James M. Lang
  17. Teaching with Your Mouth Shut by Donald Finkel
  18. Pass the Bar: A Practical Guide to Achieving Academic & Professional Goals by Sara Berman
  19. A Short & Happy Guide to Being a Law Student by Paula A. Franzese
  20. A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student by Alex Ruskell
  21. Off the Charts Law Summaries: An All-in-One Graphic Outline of the 1L Law School Courses by Julie Schechter
  22. Teaching Law by Design by Michael Hunter Schwartz by Sophie M. Sparrow,Gerald F. Hess
  23. Learning Outside the Box: A Handbook for Law Students Who Learn Differently by Leah M. Christensen 
  24. Mastering the Law School Exam (Career Guides) by Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus  (Author)
  25. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose 
  26. Exam First Aid by Jennifer Kamita, Christopher Hawthorne, Sascha Bernsinger (help identifying mistakes with multiple choice/ teaching multiple choice)
  27. A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student by Alex Ruskell (extremely helpful for those students that let time slip away quickly during their first year)

Law Review Article

  1. The Art and Science of Academic Support by Kris Knaplund
  2. Mary Ann Becker, Understanding the Tethered Generation: Net Gens Come to Law School, available at
  3. Louis N. Schulze, Using Science to Build Better Leaners…, available
  4. Helicopter Professors by Emily Grant  available at

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