1000 Days to the Bar: But the Practice of Law Begins Now

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1000 Days to the Bar explains the relationship between the professional practice of law and the practice you need to perform each week to achieve your objectives. This unique guide is designed to empower first-year law students by presenting the components for academic success in a step-by-step format that lays out a practice-centered approach to legal studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780837737263
  • Publisher: William S. Hein & Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Part 1 The Practice of Law Begins on the First Day of Law School 1
Part 2 Components of Assessment-Targeted Study
Component 1 Read and Brief Every Case 29
Practicing Lawyers Read and Brief 29
Start Practicing Now: Read and Brief Every Case 30
About "Cases" 32
Nuts and Bolts: Briefing Cases 33
Reading and Briefing Every Case Effectively and Efficiently 37
Component 2 Actively Attend Every Class and Take Notes 40
Practicing lawyers never miss court 40
Start Practicing Law Now: Actively Attend Every Class and Take Notes 41
Lawyers Take Notes 50
Successful Law Students Become Expert Note Takers 50
Nuts & Bolts: Taking Notes in Law School: The POINTSystem of Note-Taking 50
Component 3 Transform Your Notes 54
Practicing Lawyers Transform Their Notes 54
Start Practicing Now: Transform Your Notes 55
Nuts and Bolts: Transforming Class Notes 56
Component 4 Prepare Course Summaries 59
Practicing Lawyers Prepare Trial Books 59
Start Practicing Now: Prepare Course Summaries 60
Nuts and Bolts: Preparing Course Summaries 64
Component 5 Prepare Flow Charts 72
Practicing Lawyers Use Flow Charts 72
Start Practicing Now: Prepare Flow Charts 74
Nuts and Bolts: Preparing Flow Charts 75
Component 6 Internalize 82
Practicing Lawyers Internalize Data 82
Start Practicing Now: Internalize 83
Nuts and Bolts: Internalizing 85
Component 7 Practice Answering Hypotheticals in Writing (Rehearse) 90
Practicing Lawyers Rehearse 90
Start Practicing Now: Rehearse Your Examination Experience by Answering Practice Hypotheticals 91
Nuts and Bolts: Answering Practice Hypotheticals 93
Part 3 Time Management and Resource Allocation
The Relationship of Time to Law Practice 109
Nuts and Bolts: Creation of Your FLEX-TRAC (Flexible Time Resource Allocation Chart) 112
Part 4 Hitting the Target--Scoring High on Law School Exams
The Relationship of Exams to Law Practice 127
Exam Answering: Strategies and Techniques 131
Part 5 Hitting the Ultimate Target--Bar Examination Preparation Begins on Day One
About Bar Exams 141
How to Prepare from Day One 144
Commercial Study Aids Descriptions 147
Powerful Study Groups 155
Creating Your Study Environment 161
Creating a Subject-Specific Wall Chart 165
Tips from the Pros 169
About the Author 179
Index 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Valuable resource, excellent investment

    Dennis Tonsing's book is a must have for law school students and for law school faculty and staff counseling students. I keep it on my desk and refer to it daily as it contains useful practical information to give to students. I also advise students to obtain a copy as many of the questions students have are answered in great detail in the book. Particularly useful were the sections on time management dynamics and the components of assessment targeted study. I could not recommend this book more highly. Dennis Tonsing's clear, excellent advice distinguishes this book from others in this genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    Essential elements to a legal education

    This book lays out all of the elements to the successful study of law in an accessible and entertaining way. As a practitioner of it¿s approach I can attest to it¿s effectiveness, and owe the success I have achieved in law school to the sound principles incorporated therein.

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