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Law School Insider: The Comprehensive 21st Century Guide to Success in Admissions, Classes, Law Review, Bar Exams and Job Searches, For Prospective Students and Their Loved Ones

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One book answers every important question faced by today’s new law students and their families: Law School Insider is an easy-to-read, step-by-step law school guide from applying to graduating and beyond.

Discover modern legal careers and learn how to win jobs with top law firms and judges. Take an inside look at modern family, gender, racial, and other key issues for today’s students. Find out how to take classes in Europe and Asia for credit in United States law schools. ...

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Overview

One book answers every important question faced by today’s new law students and their families: Law School Insider is an easy-to-read, step-by-step law school guide from applying to graduating and beyond.

Discover modern legal careers and learn how to win jobs with top law firms and judges. Take an inside look at modern family, gender, racial, and other key issues for today’s students. Find out how to take classes in Europe and Asia for credit in United States law schools. Conquer the nation’s toughest bar exams and learn which have the highest pass rates. Learn all about law reviews, their secret elections, and how to become an editor.

"I even found myself reading it in class. I know, shame on me!" says Alice Milrud, First-Year Law Student at Hofstra Law School, Successful Transfer Student to UCLA School of Law.

Written by Jeremy B. Horwitz, who graduated from Cornell Law School cum laude in 2001 and served as Internet Editor of the Cornell Law Review. He has passed the notoriously difficult California Bar Examination and worked for two international law firms. His work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous other national publications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972376600
  • Publisher: Lion Group of America LLC
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Law School Insider Table of Contents:

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
A. The First Cycle
B. Important Notes on My Method
C. Sidebar: Where I’m Coming From
D. Who Are America’s Law Students Today?
E. The Big Picture

CHAPTER 2: PREPARING FOR LAW SCHOOL
A. Before You Come to Law School: the Realities and Misconceptions
B. A Special Set of Misconceptions – Pop Culture and the Law
C. Reading Materials
D. Choosing a Good Law School
E. An Aside On the Longstanding Debate Over Law School Rankings
F. Choosing the Right Degree
G. The LSAT
H. Application Season
I. Visiting Schools
J. Writing the Application
K. Choosing Your Recommenders
L. Waiting and Making Choices
M. Mental States: What Does Acceptance Mean, and What Should I Be Thinking Right Now?

CHAPTER 3: THE FIRST YEAR BEGINS
A. Ithaca: A Typical College Town
B. The First Semester Begins
C. Mandatory Courses
D. People and Personalities
E. A "Happy" Hour: The Rumor Mill Begins
F. The Glass Case
G. Our Professors
H. The First Day of Classes and the Socratic Method
I. Beating the Socratic Method: An Impossible Mission?
J. Pressures of Learning and the Day of Epiphany
K. The Fun of It
L. An Apolitical Environment
M. Legal Methods
N. The Daily Routine – a Jealous Mistress
O. What of Love and Families?
P. Extracurricular Activities
Q. Preparing for First Year, First Semester Exams: Outlines and the Close of Classes
R. Exam Days and Cheating Scandals
S. Just a Matter of Time: Waiting
T. Putting the Semester in Perspective

CHAPTER 4: A WINTER “BREAK”
A. The Forge
B. Social Realities of the Budding Lawyer
C. The Winter Chill: When First-Years Return Early

CHAPTER 5: SEMESTER TWO
A. Law Reviews and Journals
B. Grades: The End of the Wait
C. The Social and Emotional Impact of Grades
D. Burn-Outs and Drop-Outs
E. New Classes, Old Classes, and the Prospect of Electives
F. The Fear Factor
G. An Aside: Lexis and Westlaw
H. One Necessary Distraction: Making Your Summer Plans
I. A Gasp of Fresh Air and A Return to the Rumor Mill
J. Second Semester Exams: Has Anything Changed?
K. Journal Writing Competitions: Whether, How, and Grading

CHAPTER 6: MEMORABLE FIRST-YEAR SUMMERS
A. Summer Study Programs
B. Labor and Research
C. Law Review and Journal Announcements
D. The "What Sort of Lawyer Do I Want to Be?" Question, Revisited

CHAPTER 7: TWO-L
A. Thinning Out Their Numbers
B. The First Law School Party of the Year
C. Journal Obligations
D. On Falling in Love, and Cycles Thereof
E. Beginning the Second-Year Lifestyle: Strategic Class and Interview Juggling
F. Is the Bar a Factor?
G. The Second-Year Class Experience
H. Professional Responsibility – the New Ethics
I. Reconsidering Student Organizations
J. Dating Update: the Age Gap Narrows for Second- and Third-Years
K. Getting Back in Touch with the World Outside
L. Do You Have Any Passion Left for the Law?
M. A Second Year's Second Semester
N. Residual Demands of the Second Semester, Including Exams

CHAPTER 8: JOURNAL ELECTIONS AND INTRIGUE
A. Reflections of a Law Review Associate
B. Early Politicking
C. Positions and Hierarchies
D. Compromising Your Chances
E. Electing Your Replacements
F. On Negativity and Applicability to Other Journals
G. General Editors and Appointments
H. The Immediate Aftermath
I. Long-Term Electoral Impact

CHAPTER 9: SECOND-YEAR SUMMERS
A. Interviews
B. Splitting the Summer: I Did, But Should You?
C. NALP and Non-NALP Employment
D. The Quest for “the Offer”
E. Real-Life Summer Experiences
F. A Quiet Minority
G. Waiting for the Offers

CHAPTER 10: THE THIRD AND FINAL YEAR
A. Boring or Beneficial: You Make the Call
B. Re-Interviewing for ‘Permanent’ Employment
C. Externships and Studying Away
D. A Third-Year’s Workload
E. Beyond the Classroom
F. The Specter of the Bar
G. Clerkships
H. On Graduation and Options Beyond Immediate Employment

CHAPTER 11: THE BAR EXAM
A. Why Your Bar Experience Cannot Be Any Worse Than California’s
B. Two Long Months of Labor: Insights and Axioms
C. Day-to-Day: How You Might, or Might Not Prepare
D. Reckoning Day: The Bar Exam Cometh
E. One Last Wait

CHAPTER 12: A REPRISE, A DISAPPOINTMENT, AND A CELEBRATION
A. Sunlight in a College Town
B. The Bar Trip
C. Our Waits End, One-by-One

POSTSCRIPT

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF LAW SCHOOL TERMS
APPENDIX B: THE BAR EXAM TABLES 2002
APPENDIX C: SAMPLE WRITING COMPETITION SUBMISSION
APPENDIX D: SAMPLE CLASS OUTLINE EXCERPTS

INDEX

Table 2-1 The Large List of Modern Law-Related Career Options
Table 5-1 Law Review and Journal Admissions Statistics
Table 5-2 First-Year Course Schedules Across the Nation
Table 6-1 The Large List of Modern Law School Elective Specializations
Table B-1 State Bar Exam Subject Matter Coverage and MPRE Requirements
Table B-2 State Bar Exam First-Time Passage Rates, Ranked Highest to Lowest
Table B-3 State Bar Exam Winter First-Time Passage Rates, 1996-2001
Table B-4 State Bar Exam Summer First-Time Passage Rates, 1996-2001
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    One of the most comprehensive and detailed books I have read about the law school experience. This book goes into every detail of the first, second, and third years of law school, including summers. The author attended Cornell Law but he's very careful not to generalize his experiences. I do wonder how much relevance his advise has in today's awful job market (he finished writing the book in the summer of 2001).

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    Posted December 18, 2002

    Inside "Law School Insider"

    Prospective law students are invariably eager for insight into the admissions process and the law school experience itself. 1Ls wonder about the mysteries of Law Review and what to do with their summer. 2Ls and 3Ls fret about getting "the offer" and how to prepare adequately for the bar exam. "Law School Insider" satisfies all these needs through its comprehensive approach. It's informative and well written. As long as you're not in my law school class, I'd recommend it highly.

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