Law School Confidential

Law School Confidential

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by Robert H. Miller

ISBN-10: 0312318812

ISBN-13: 9780312318819

Pub. Date: 01/17/2004

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview of the


Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview of the contemporary law school experience. This isn't the advice of graying professors or battle-scarred practitioners decades removed from law school. Miller has assembled a panel of recent graduates to act as "mentors", all of whom are perfectly positioned to shed light on what law school is like today. From taking the LSAT, to securing financial aid, to navigating the notorious first semester, to taking exams, to applying for summer internships, to getting on the law review, to tackling the bar and beyond...this book explains it all.

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Table of Contents


Author's Note,
Part One: So You Wanna Be a Lawyer ...,
How to Use This Book,
Chapter 1: Thinking About Law School? Think Again ...,
Chapter 2: Your Five Most Critical Hours: How to Beat the LSAT,
Chapter 3: Applying to Law School: Bait the Hooks Carefully and Cast the Nets Wide,
Chapter 4: Choose Your School Wisely,
Chapter 5: An Investment in Your Future: Funding Your Legal Education,
Part Two: The First Year, They Scare You to Death,
Chapter 6: The Ten Things You Must Do Before Classes Begin,
Chapter 7: So What Is a Tort Anyway? A Brief Overview of the First-Year Curriculum,
Chapter 8: Getting Out of the Gate — Applying the Lessons of Futures Past,
Chapter 9: The Unspoken Code of Law School Etiquette,
Chapter 10: The T-Minus One Month Checkpoint: How to Arrive Ahead of the Competition,
Chapter 11: Making Your Summer Plans: How to Win the 1L Recruiting Lottery,
Chapter 12: Your First Semester Endgame,
Chapter 13: Looking Behind and Looking Ahead: Assessing the Damage and Charting the Course for Your Second Semester,
Chapter 14: First-Year Endgame: Succeeding in Exams and the Law Review,
Chapter 15: Working for Free or Working for Pay, Your First Summer Paves the Way,
Part Three: The Second Year, They Work You to Death,
Chapter 16: Charting a Course for Your Upper Years,
Chapter 17: Your Survival Guide to Recruiting Season,
Chapter 18: Everything You Need to Know About Callback Interviews,
Chapter 19: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Law Firm Hiring: An Interview with Douglas H. Meal of Ropes & Gray and David W. McGrath of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green,
Chapter 20: The Future Is Now: Using the "Relevance Calculus" to Choose a Firm,
Chapter 21: Back on the Chain Gang: Advice About Journal Membership,
Chapter 22: Restoring Balance: Moot Court, Public Service, and How to Reclaim the Life You've Lost,
Chapter 23: Keys to Ascension: Turning 2L Summer Employment into a Permanent Offer,
Part Four: ... and the Third Year, They Bore You to Death ...,
Chapter 24: Demystifying Judicial Clerkships: Hie Thee to the Chambers,
Chapter 25: Opportunity Knocks Again ... A Second Chance at Recruiting,
Chapter 26: Last Semester Cross-Checks,
Chapter 27 The Final Hurdle — Strategies for the Bar Examination,
Chapter 28: Parting Thoughts,
About the Author,

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good primer for students entering law school, but also severely outdated since it was written before computers became mainstream. Law school is actually a lot easier than it once was, a testament to the prevalence of laptops and availability and speed of the internet.

With that said, it does give some good tips for briefing cases that I still use to this day. Just work hard and you will do well; it is as simple as that, even if one thinks I am oversimplyifying the experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in my final year of law school and made the mistake of not only reading this book the summer before I started law school, but actually religiously followed this guy's advice for the first year. The author, regardless of his intentions (which are probably pure), cashes in on the fear of first-year law students by scaring readers into using his tricks and angles to beat the law school system. He recommends an intricate method of combining study aids and assigned readings to get an edge on the competition. He lays out a study plan for you every step of the way. This appealed to me because I wanted to do well, of course. There are two main problems with his advice: (1) The author never actually applied this system to his own first year studies because he, admittedly, developed them after three years of trial and error. Thus, it is an untested approach that he foolishly swears by and, (2) His advice is to actually do double the reading (text plus study aids) when all it takes to finish in the top is to read what is assigned and study hard. Once I switched to this more traditional approach, my grades went up. Unfortunately, I dug too deep a hole using this garbage method to really get ahead later in school. This book is really a collection of random strategies that could theoretically work if put all together. Also, the career advice is inapplicable to most law students as most law students don't attend top-10 schools like Penn (e.g., the book's brief discussion of 'fly-back' interviews overseas). Save your money and work hard. I wish I had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was depressing. I didn't like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Was not helpful. Gives you the basics, especially in regards to the LSAT. Find a better book, and you will be better off.
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Sparrow12 More than 1 year ago
This is a great guide for law school. It gives practical tips for your first year. I would definitely recommend it to any entering 1L.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are considering law school or gearing up to start a law school career this book is perfect and a must read. I bought it before I began law school and it helped immensely in picturing what the next three years would be like. You can read it all at once and then follow-up based on what chapter/year in law school you are. I am now a third year law student in California and looking back can say that this book provides some useful insight and paints an accurate picture of law school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best of the law school 'how to succeed' guides, filled with advice that is detailed, practical, current, easy to read, and intended to take you all the way through the bar exam. Just one example of how this book can enhance your law school experience: the advice on color-coded highlighting alone is worth the price of the book. Though no substitute for writing up your own case briefs (as noted in another review), the method is invaluable in the classroom when the professor wants your answer to come word-for-word from the casebook. In the pressure of the moment, while all eyes focus on you and all ears wait for your answer, I guarantee you will be unable to read your own handwriting or typing, if you even included the exact phrasing in your brief. But if you can quickly skip to the correct language in your casebook--and you can, thanks to the color-coded highlighting--you can deliver the answer. With this book as your guide, you will work hard and also work smart as you start your law career. That combination equals success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have probably bought every book available to prepare for my first year of law school, but this is the one I keep picking up over and over again. The advice given is straightforward and sensible. The interview with an admissions office from Cornell was also helpful. All in all, one of the best books to buy for a beginning law student.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definitely would recommend this book, not just for people like me who have already been accepted to law school, but also for people who who are just thinking about going. This book guides the reader through the entire process. It starts prior to taking the LSAT, and concludes with tips for passing the bar exam, and all three years of law school are covered. This book was on a list of recommended readings from the law school that I will be attending, and for good reason. There is one caveat, however, to consider. The shortcut that they suggest for breifing cases was advised against in something else I read for getting ready for law school. This does make me wonder if there are other things in this book that other experts would not recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over the course of a couple of days because it is such an easy read, and I really enjoyed it. I will be attending law school in the fall, and it gave great explanations as to the importance of a lot of the things most coveted in law school, i.e. judicial clerkships, law review. Also, having exerpts of other lawyers' opinions on subjects was helpful too. If they made mistakes, they let you know it. This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone considering law school or is getting ready to attend law school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am dead set on going to law school and even if you are just thinking about law school, this book is great. The way it is written is straightfoward and to the point. I thought I knew a lot about law school and what to expect and this book gave me tons more information. If I am fortunate enough to get into law school, this book was a tremendous investment. If you are lucky enough to be on your way to law school DO NOT leave without having read this book. I can't say it enough. This book will prepare like no one else can!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a Friday...and by Sunday I was done. I think this is the most eyeopening book I have read thus far, and I couldn't have bought it at a better time. After being rejected from all the law schools I applied to, I saw this book in the bookstore a while ago and something told me to buy it. I am so glad I did. After reading it, I discovered so many of the things I did wrong during the law school application process...things I can just kick myself in the you-know-where for doing. Not only that, but I learned so many things about the law school experience in general. I loved how the book was so specific, and pinpointed just about every aspect of the law school and pre-law school process that one experiences, from applying to law school to passing the bar exam. I also enjoyed how the book included insights from so many 'mentors' from different walks of life. With them all being recent law school graduates, I felt like I was getting information and tips from people who truly knew what they were talking about. I now feel like I have a leg up on my peers who still have questions or are intimidated by what law school might be like. After reading this book, I have a better idea about what to expect, and hopefully I can prepare in the proper fashion for it. I intend on applying to law school again, and now that I have read this insightful book, I feel like I'm a lot smarter and am in a position to make wiser choices. This book is wonderful!