How to Get into Law School

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Whether you?re is a college junior facing the LSATs, a senior sitting with disappointing test scores, or someone who has always dreamed of a career in the law, there is too much at stake not to ask the hard questions about what lies ahead. How to Get into Law School will tell you all you need to know about:

Choosing and applying to law school The law school admission test (LSAT) and law school applications Getting into law school Suceeding as a...

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Overview

Whether you’re is a college junior facing the LSATs, a senior sitting with disappointing test scores, or someone who has always dreamed of a career in the law, there is too much at stake not to ask the hard questions about what lies ahead. How to Get into Law School will tell you all you need to know about:

Choosing and applying to law school The law school admission test (LSAT) and law school applications Getting into law school Suceeding as a student Finding career fulfillment

In How to Get Into Law School, Susan Estrich lends her unique point of view and far-ranging experience-as ace law student, tenured professor, renowned legal scholar and analyst-to the life and career questions applicants will face, and answers them in the frank, no-nonsense manner that is her trademark. Featuring anecdotes from admissions directors, professors, veteran attorneys, and adventurous students alike, How to Get Into Law School lays out the facts on:

Applications Essays Getting Scholarships Community service The Rigors of Studying Surviving Interviews Finding Employment
 
If you’re considering going to law school, this is your indispensable how-to guide.

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“The smartest book about getting in and going to law school.” –Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School

“Brilliant.” –Christopher F. Edley, Dean, Boalt Hall Law School

“If anyone can remind you why you once loved the law, and still might, Susan Estrich will.” –Kathleen M. Sullivan, Dean and Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594480355
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/31/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 640,219
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

The first woman president of the Harvard Law Review, the first woman to run a presidential campaign, Susan Estrich is the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California, a nationally syndicated columnist, a contributor to USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, a legal and political analyst who appears frequently on national television, and the author of four books.

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Table of Contents

How to Get Into Law School Foreword by Kathleen M. Sullivan and Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Introduction

Book One: Getting In
1. Getting Ready
2. Should You Take Time Off Before Law School?
3. Are You Commited?
4. The LSAT
5. Making the Case for Yourself
6. The Personal Statement
7. How to Get Great Recommendations
8. How to Get Personal Interviews at Schools That Don't Interview
9. The Critical Importance of Follow-Through
10. How to Target Your Applications to the Right Schools for You
11. How You Should Define "Best" for Yourself
12. Financing Your Legal Education

Book Two: What You Need to Learn
13. What You Need to Know Before You Begin
14. To Brief or Not Brief? That is the Question
15. Surviving the Socratic Method
16. Mastering the Fine Art of Examsmanship
17. How to Make Facluty Members Like You
18. "Hitting the Wall" Is Part of the Law School Experience
19. How to Get the Most from Your Legal Education
20. Facing the Job Market
21. Unhappy Lawyers and How to Avoid Becoming One
22. Work That Matters; Professionalism; Defining It for Yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    A great how-to guide without the pretension

    Ms. Estrich's book has been my bible for the last 10 months of my law school application journey. Her advice is clear, to the point, and correct. By following her advice on what adcomms want and what sends them away crying, I put together a great package to several area schools. Despite a GPA that puts me below the 25th percentile at my schools of choice, I have been admitted to the class of 2011 at one of them so far. This feat would not have happened without the guidance in this book. What I loved most is that this high-ranking legal mind did not talk down to those of us not bound for a T14 school, but gave practical, realistic advice for students in every tier. I have read it a dozen times by now and will likely continue to do so until my 1st day of law school this august. Well worth the time and money...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    the best book on the market

    I bought this book shortly after I finished college, and used it as my Bible. I followed all the advice, and as a direct result will be attending one of the top schools in the country on a $60k scholarship. Meanwhile, friends of mine with better grades and better LSAT scores will be attending lesser institutions. I cannot recommend this book enough. It changed my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Great law school guide!

    This book is excellent for people that are just starting to consider law school or that are still in the process of applying to a law school of their choice. It flows like a conversation between you and Ms. Estrich - the author of the book - and even though most of the information here is her personal opinion, it is full of valuable guidance and it's very easy to understand and follow. Ms. Estrich gives detailed information about the experiences most people go through 'including her personal experiences' and how not to make mistakes when you go through them. It really opened my eyes to many possibilities, including, applying to a top law school - which she never sees as something 'unreachable' when you know what to do 'and she tells you what to do'.

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