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  • ISBN-13: 9781593576165
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword x

Introduction 1

Part I Law School Prep 5

Chapter 1 You're Doing It-Important Questions to Consider Before You Go 7

Is Law School the Right Path for You? 7

How Do You Choose a Law School? 10

Should You Go Full-Time or Part-Time? 15

Should You Take Some Time Off Before You Go? 17

Should You Pick a School Based on a Particular Specialty? 18

Summation 20

Chapter 2 Financing Law School 21

What Should You Prepare Before Applying for Financial Aid? 21

What Types of Student Loans Are Available to Law Students? 23

What Kinds of Grants and Scholarships Are Available to Law Students? 25

What About Loan Repayment Assistance Programs? 27

How Can You Save on Living Expenses, Books, and Other Costs? 29

Summation 31

Chapter 3 Summer Strategies for Law School Success 33

What Academic Skills Do You Need to Sharpen? 35

Are Law School Preparatory Courses Worthwhile? 37

What's Important About Case Briefing, Outlining, and the IRAC Method? 39

What Should You Know About Legal Authority and the American Legal System? 42

How Can You Prepare for the Law School Grind? 43

Summation 44

Chapter 4 What to Expect During the First Year 47

What Courses Do All Law Students Take? 48

Will You Really Study for 80 Hours per Week? 52

What Skills Will You Need to Master the First Year? 53

How Do You Begin to Build Relationships with Other Lawyers? 54

What Resources Are Available to First-Year Law Students? 55

What Are Some Myths About Law School? 57

Summation 61

Part II Essential Skills 63

Chapter 5 Great Ways to Study Law 65

How Do You Maximize Limited Study Time? 65

Are Law School Study Groups Effective? 68

Why Isn't Memorization Alone Enough?70

What About Commercial Study Guides? 71

Why Doesn't Cramming Work in Law School? 72

Are Grades Really as Important as Everyone Says? 73

Summation 77

Chapter 6 All About Briefing and Outlining 79

Why Do Case Briefs Matter? 79

What Makes for a Great Case Brief? 80

Why Is It Important to Outline Regularly? 86

What Is the Most Effective and Efficient Way to Outline? 87

What Should You Do with Your Finished Outlines? 91

Summation 92

Chapter 7 Mastering Legal Research and Technology 95

What's in All Those Law Books, Anyway? 95

What Is the Best Way to Do Legal Research? 98

How Do You Conduct Legal Research Online? 99

How Do Law Schools Use Technology? 101

Summation 103

Chapter 8 Legal Writing: What to Expect and How to Improve 105

What Kind of Writing Is Assigned During the First Year of Law School? 105

What Upper-Level Writing Opportunities Are Available? 108

What Are Law Student Writing Competitions? 109

How Can You Improve Your Legal Writing? 110

Where Can You Get Help with Writing? 113

Summation 114

Chapter 9 Writing a Great Law School Exam 115

What Should You Do to Prepare for Exams? 115

How Do You Use the IRAC Method on Exams? 121

What Does a Good Exam Answer Look Like? 130

What Else Might Help You on an Exam? 135

Summation 136

Chapter 10 Bettering Your Oral Communication Skills 137

Why Are Oral Communication Skills Important to Law Student Success? 137

How Do You Brief a Case in Class? 138

How Can You Master Oral Arguments? 143

Are Debating Skills Important in Law School? 145

Summation 146

Chapter 11 Law Student Ethics And Interactions 147

Why Are Ethics So Important, and Why Are They Emphasized So Much in Law School? 147

What Are Some Ethical Tangles to Avoid During Law School? 148

How Can You Best Interact with Your Fellow Students? 151

What's the Deal with All the Competition? 154

Summation 158

Part III Options Worth Considering 159

Chapter 12 Joint Degrees and Advanced Law Degrees: Are They for You? 161

What Can You Expect If You Enroll in a Joint Degree Program? 162

What Are the Benefits of a JD/MBA? 163

What Other Types of Joint Degrees Are Available? 165

Is a Joint Degree Program Right for You? 167

What Are LLM Programs and What Benefits Do They Offer? 168

What Types of LLM Programs Are Offered at Various Schools? 170

Summation 173

Chapter 13 Law School Concentrations, Certificates, and Specialization 175

What Does It Mean to Specialize in Law School? 175

What Are Some Common Law School Certificates or Concentrations? 178

Do You Need to Specialize? 181

Can Specializing Help You in Your Job Search? 182

Can Specializing Help You on the Bar Exam? 183

What Should You Look for in a Concentration? 183

Summation 185

Chapter 14 Clinics and Internships/Externships 187

How Can You Gain Practical Skills as a Law Student? 187

How Can You Make the Most of a Law Student Clinic-and Why Should You? 189

What Types of Clinics Are There? 191

What Types of Externships/Internships Are Available to Law Students? 194

What Are Summer Associate Positions, and How Can You Land One? 197

How Do You Make the Most of a Summer Associate Position? 198

Summation 199

Chapter 15 International Legal Study 201

What Are the Benefits of Studying International Law? 201

What Kinds of International and Comparative Law Programs Do American Law Schools Offer? 203

What Can You Study Abroad, and Where? 205

Can You Practice Law in the United States If You Are a Foreigner? 207

Are ESL Resources Available for Law Students? 207

Summation 208

Part IV Life As A Law Student 211

Chapter 16 Balancing Work, Life, and Law School 213

How Can You Reduce Law School Stress and Avoid Burnout? 213

How Can You Manage Your Time to Fit Law School and Your Life? 217

How Can You Maintain Your Relationships While in Law School? 218

How Can Law Students Work and Go to School? 223

What Does "Part-Time" Legal Study Entail? 225

What Habits Should You Avoid in Law School and When Should You Seek Help? 228

Summation 230

Chapter 17 Law School Extracurriculars 231

How Can You Get Involved in Law School Activities-and Why Should You? 231

What Are Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs? 233

How Do You Get on a Law Review? 235

What Are Student Bar Associations? 236

Summation 238

Chapter 18 Law School Diversity: Resources For Students From Typically Underrepresented Backgrounds 239

What Should You Look for in a School? 240

What Online Resources Are Available for Female Law Students? 243

What Are Some Other Online Resources for Law Students? 244

Summation 245

Part V The Bar Exam and Beyond 247

Chapter 19 Focused Study For The Bar Exam Throughout Law School 249

What Is the Bar Exam, and What Does It Test? 249

Is It Really Possible to Prepare for the Bar Exam While Still in Law School? 251

What Study Techniques Can Help You Prepare for the Bar? 252

How Can Taking Notes in Law School Help You on the Bar? 256

What Can You Expect When You Finish Law School and It's Time to Prepare for the Bar? 257

Summation 259

Chapter 20 Career Planning For New JDs 261

What Are Some Career Paths for New JDs? 261

How Do You Figure Out Which Career Path to Take? 264

How Do You Prepare for and Find Your First Job as a Lawyer? 266

How Can You Impress Potential Employers in an Interview? 268

What Are Some Career Resources for Law Students and New JDs? 270

How Can You Use Networking Successfully? 271

Summation 273

What Final Words of Wisdom Should I Remember from This Book? 274

Glossary 279

Index 285

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