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Overview

This text will give you a first-day law-school orientation at your own pace. It will thoroughly introduce you to the study and practice of law. It will teach you how to read with sufficient closeness; take exams; cope with the first-year pressures; effectively research, write and argue law; see how a typical case is investigated, plead and tried; and see how to select courses in the second and third years and think about career choices. The text provides the scope and highlights you need to excel in understanding this field. This will enable you to answer exam questions more quickly and accurately, and enhance your skills as an attorney.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314247155
  • Publisher: West Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Nutshell Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 429
  • Product dimensions: 4.83 (w) x 7.31 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue: Law School: The best of schools, the worse of schools 1
Ch. 1 The Second Case in the World 7
Ch. 2 Legal Analysis Made Simple 18
Ch. 3 Thoughts on Stare Decisis, Relative Value and Ethics 40
Ch. 4 Studying Law: Looking Busy is Not Enough 56
Ch. 5 Reading Cases 63
Ch. 6 Briefing Cases 77
Ch. 7 General Study Tips 97
Ch. 8 Writing Law Exams: The Only Skill Worth Having 112
Ch. 9 More Stuff on Exams 139
Ch. 10 Fear and Loathing in the First Year 150
Ch. 11 The Pretrial Process 172
Ch. 12 Trials 198
Ch. 13 Legal Argument (Moot Court) 221
Ch. 14 Mechanics of Oral Argument 236
Ch. 15 Legal Research: High Drama in Dull Places 250
Ch. 16 Legal Writing 267
Ch. 17 Second and Third Years 294
Ch. 18 Career Choices 319
Ch. 19 Lawyers talk about what they do 343
Index 391
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