Law School Success / Edition 2

Law School Success / Edition 2

by Ann M. Burkhart, Robert A. Stein
     
 

It answers questions students have as they begin their studies. What is a tort? Hornbook? Should I join a study group? It also explains and gives examples of the best methods for studying and for taking exams. It provides questions and model answers from actual law school exams. The Nutshell also provides information about the types of legal practice that are

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It answers questions students have as they begin their studies. What is a tort? Hornbook? Should I join a study group? It also explains and gives examples of the best methods for studying and for taking exams. It provides questions and model answers from actual law school exams. The Nutshell also provides information about the types of legal practice that are available to you when you graduate. And it describes the opportunities that will be available to you during your second and third years of law school, such as law journals, law clinics, internships, joint degree programs, and study abroad.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780314167798
Publisher:
West Academic
Publication date:
04/04/2008
Series:
Nutshell
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
390
Sales rank:
927,388
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Preparing to Enter Law School 7

A Readings 7

1 Nonfiction 8

2 Fiction 10

B Visit Your Law School 10

C Other Preparations 11

D Arriving at Law School 12

E Computers 14

Chapter 3 The American Legal System 16

A English Roots: The Beginnings of the Common Law 16

B Other Influences on the American Legal System 24

C The Modern American Legal System 25

1 Judicial Branch 26

2 Legislative Branch 31

3 Executive Branch 36

Chapter 4 What Do Lawyers Do? 39

A Generalist Training 39

B The Practice of Law 40

C Specialization 41

D Corporate Law Office 45

E Government 45

F Law-Related Institutions 47

G Business Career 48

H Other Career Paths 48

I Fluidity of Law Degree 49

J Pro Bono Commitment 50

Chapter 5 The Study of Law 51

A Thinking Like a Lawyer 51

B Socratic Method 52

C Case Method 53

D Other Law School Instruction 55

Chapter 6 First-Year Curriculum 56

A First-Year Courses 56

1 Civil Procedure 58

2 Constitutional Law 60

3 Contracts 61

4 Criminal Law 62

5 Criminal Procedure 63

6 Legislation 64

7 Property 65

8 Torts 67

B Legal Research and Legal Writing 68

C First-Year Sections 69

D Grading 69

E A Reminder 70

Chapter 7 Finding Your Way Around the Law Library 71

A Case Law 72

B Case Digests 78

1 State Digests 78

2 Regional Digests 79

3 Federal Digests 79

4 Comprehensive Digests 79

C Legislation and Constitutions 82

1 Federal 82

2 State 85

3 Municipal 86

D Legislative History 86

E Administrative Law 87

F Legal Periodicals 89

G Treatises 90

H Legal Encyclopedias 92

I American Law Reports 93

J Restatements of the Law 94

K LawDictionaries and Thesauri 94

L Citators 95

M Electronic Research 98

N Your Law Librarian 100

Chapter 8 Preparing for Class 101

A Case Method 101

B Reading Cases 103

C Briefing Cases 107

D Case Brief Format 109

D Case Brief Format-Continued

1 Caption 109

2 Facts 110

3 Procedural History 111

4 Issues 111

5 Holdings 112

6 Rationale 114

7 Disposition 115

8 Concurring and Dissenting Opinions 115

E Sample Case Brief 117

Chapter 9 Classroom Experience 123

A The Socratic Method 123

B Class Attendance 129

C Class Participation 130

D Class Notes 134

Chapter 10 Learning After Class 137

A Daily Review 138

B Outlining 139

C Sample Outline 143

D Study Groups 151

Chapter 11 Study Aids 153

A Hornbooks 156

B Subject Summaries 157

C Subject Outlines 158

D Case Briefs 160

E Computer-Based Exercises 161

F Exam Reviews 162

G Flashcards 163

Chapter 12 Exams 165

A Preparing for the Exam 166

1 Substance of the Course 166

2 Form of the Exam 168

3 Study Schedule 171

4 Law School Policies 172

5 Anxiety and Procrastination 173

B Taking the Exam 173

1 The Night Before the Exam 173

2 During the Exam 174

a Reading the Instructions 174

b Reading the Questions 175

c Taking Notes 179

d Other Common Errors 179

i Misreading the Question 179

ii Ignoring Facts 180

iii Assuming Facts 181

iv Answering Questions That Have Not Been Asked 182

e Thinking Through and Organizing Your Answer 184

i Identifying Issues 185

ii Identifying the Legal Rule 188

iii Analyzing the Problem 188

iv Reaching a Conclusion 190

f Writing the Exam Answer 191

i Common Errors 192

g Form of the Answer 194

C After the Exam 196

Chapter 13 Other Activities During the First Year 197

A Law Student Organizations 197

B Athletic Activities 199

C Lectures and Special Events 200

D Field Trips 200

E Law School Employment 201

F Take Time For Yourself 203

G Pro Bono Activities 203

H Values 204

Chapter 14 Beyond the First Year 205

A Law Journals 205

B Clinical Education 207

C Moot Court 209

D Course Selection 211

E International Programs 213

F Joint Degree Programs 214

G Summer Clerkships 214

H New Adventures 216

Sample Exam Questions and Answers 217

Civil Procedure I 219

Civil Procedure II 233

Constitutional Law I 240

Constitutional Law II 251

Contracts I 258

Contracts II 268

Criminal Law I 281

Criminal Law II 291

Property I 299

Property II 305

Torts I 313

Torts II 354

Index 359

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