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And out of that list, which were your favorites?
The Delaney books are very easy reads (~100 pages each) and do a wonderful job of walking you through legal analysis which is the crux of law school. You can have the BLL down cold, but if you can't apply it, you can pretty much forget about grading onto Law Preview. "Getting to Maybe" go more into depth about issue-spotting, but I recommend reading that later in the semester. As for now,a bird's eye view of the BLL is more than sufficient.
I have been attempted to buy a hornbook or two to learn about the underlying principles and polices behind each BLL, but I thought that was being way too OCD. I think I will wait until classes and let my profs enlighten me on the underlying policies and principles. Also, I've noticed that reading cases themselves is crucial to extracting principles/policies and determining whether a rule applies or not.
Contrary to some of the advice of seasoned Ls', I don't see how it behooves us to get a headstart on trying to understand/memorize the BLL. Like I said before, law school teaches you to "think, read, and read like a lawyer." They don't teach you the BLL. It's up to you , through outside independent study, to figure that on your own. So, I've been going through all the E&E's to try to familiarize myself with all the legal jargon and rules. By no means do I have a firm grasp of every rule and exception, but I understand enough to know how to approach most cases and hypos. But, I want to emphasize that although I know/understand the BLL, my legal reasoning is still very poor. No worries though - that is what law school is all about.
I also recommend "Law 101". It is another very easy (and entertaining) read, and it is written for "non-lawyers". The book walks you through the basic principles of all the courses you will be taking your first year.
Word of caution: Take my advice with a grain of salt. I am merely a 0L. I just know that all this prepping has made me a whole lot less anxious. Whether all this prepping will pay off is to be determined when I do/don't grade onto Law Review.
What does I.A.N stand for?
Anyways, I'm also on a summer prepping program. I've been applying Delaney's briefing technique to basic cases we will be encountering our first year. It's been very helpful. I want to get comfortable with briefing before school starts.
Books I've read: (Is it safe to say that I'm overly paranoid?)
1. Law School Confidential
2. Planet Law School II
3. Example & Explanations (Torts, K, Property, Civ Pro)
4. Learning Legal Reasoning by John Delaney
5. How to Do Your Best on Law School Exams by John Delaney
6. Introduction to Legal Reasoning by Edward Levi
7. Law 101 by Jay Feinman
8. JDJungle Guide to Law School
9. Turbulent Life of a 1L
10. Getting to Maybe
11. Acing Your First Year of Law School by Shana Connel Noyes
12. Slouching Towards Gomarrah by Robert Bork
13. Law Preview (a one week prep course) -www.lawpreview.com
14. LEEWS (Legal Essay Exam Writing System) www.leews.com
15. New American Bible (for motivation)
I just started a Yahoo Group for AMSOL's incoming class. I thought it would be a good idea to start a discussion board to make the transition into law school less daunting. To subscribe, send an e-mail to AMSOLclassof2008email@example.com. Let the posting begin! :-)