« on: January 15, 2005, 08:05:07 AM »
I recommend One-L. Yes, it is a little dated; however, for twenty-eight years it has been the primer for entering law school students. So many students, lawyers, and professors have read it, One-L is the book most people in the legal profession can discuss. The big picture concepts in the book still ring true. Almost everyone remembers his description of the night before his first exam--Torts.
"At one-thirty, wild now with drugs and frustration, I rolled out and began to flail at the mattress: I was trying to destoy myself, I shouted; I was insuring failure... . At around six-thirty Annette came in to dress for school and I woke to her stirrings. She kissed me good-bye and wished me good luck and then I got up. I felt horrible. I'd had about three hours' sleep and now the sedatives had taken hold. I was cloudy and numb. My eyes ached and itched as if I'd tucked brambles under each lid. I poured five or six cups of coffee into myself, then, at eight, set off for school... I thought vaguely that I was doomed." Scott Turow, One-L, 174-75 (Warner Books 1988)(1977).