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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recommended E&Es?
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:37:20 AM »
After I finish all four, I'm going to buy the LEEWS method and "getting to maybe".  Are there any other books you'd recommend?

I just read "Law School Fast Track"  and it is really good--definitely recommend.  "Getting to maybe" is good, as are others.  "Planet law school" is a little long, but it has some great lists of supplemental materials. 

That said, be careful with reading supplemental materials--especially as a 0L or 1L--they will word things in the supplemental materials that will make sense after you've been studying the topics for awhile, but the way some things are worded or explained can be VERY misleading--only because you have no frame of reference.  The book I mention above (Law school fast track) is good because it helps you get the most out of your reading assignments, so you really don't need supplements.  The other problem with supplements is that they kind of waste your time--you should really only be learning and studying what your professor wants you to learn.  (which is usually only a fraction of the entire subject covered by supplemental materials)--remember, you professor writes the exam--learn what he or she wants you to know really well, and then if you specialize in a certain area of the law, then you can focus on the entire picture.  Time is a valuable commodity in law school and you need to fill it with the best possible resources in order to pass your exams (usually that is exactly what your professor assigns.)

Incoming 1Ls / The Best Law School Guide That I've Read
« on: April 04, 2011, 10:18:16 AM »
Law School Fast Track by Derrick Hibbard

So I picked up a copy of this book at the end of last semester (my first semester of my first year in law school). I read through the parts on taking exams and I found the information extremely useful--but the rest of the advice is really about changing your habits to be a better student, so I wanted to wait until I had a chance to really implement the habits before I wrote a review about my opinion of this book.

All through this last semester, I've done my best to do what the author suggests are the essential habits to succeed. I can honestly tell you that this book saved my life as a law student. The habits are not hard, and if you follow the advice in this book, you are actually saving time in your studies and your studying is more effective. I can't even begin to imagine what my life would have become if I hadn't started doing the things in this book. (I've heard horror stories about the time vacuum that is the second year of law school--but I'm okay with it now. I think I can manage). All of my friends are pulling out their hair because they "say" that they don't have time. I feel confident in my understanding--I feel like, that because I've been studying better, I'm actually picking this stuff up more easily. No joke!

The best thing about this book, I think, besides the great advice *that really is essential* is the fact that the book does not waste your time. It is short, to the point, and really highlights what you need to know to succeed.  It is seriously the best book I've read on how to do well in law school.

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