Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold

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Law School presents six major topics in the first year alone, each with dozens of cases and hundreds of additional sources. For most law students, understanding the meaning of even the most simple of legal concepts results in confusion, frustration, and even failure. Law students are smart, but unfamiliar with the terminology and reasoning of the law, as well as the framework of how each subject fits into a broader legal framework. Law schools operate on an inductive basis, while most students rely on informal, ...

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Overview

Law School presents six major topics in the first year alone, each with dozens of cases and hundreds of additional sources. For most law students, understanding the meaning of even the most simple of legal concepts results in confusion, frustration, and even failure. Law students are smart, but unfamiliar with the terminology and reasoning of the law, as well as the framework of how each subject fits into a broader legal framework. Law schools operate on an inductive basis, while most students rely on informal, deductive learning. This book bridges the gap between the two. Further, it instructs law students how to learn the law on a deeper level of understanding - but with less unproductive and wasted effort. In short: how to learn the law in less time and with better retention, comprehension, and genuine understanding.

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Adjunct Law Prof Blog - Mitchell H. Rubinstein
Law School Getting In Getting Good Getting The Gold is not your ordinary law school guide book. Yes, it has all the typical guide book information: tips about getting into law school, How to "Get Good" (doing well) and "Getting the Gold" (a good job).
Significantly, however, this book is a bit different from other guide books and contains something more. That something is practical real world advice. For example, Mr. Messinger starts off his book by explaining what it means to "think like a
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  • ISBN-13: 9781888960808
  • Publisher: Partners Pub Group
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 940,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The author is a legal educator and attorney, graduate of Texas State (MBA), the University of Texas Law School (where he was a Texas Law Review editor), and Harvard University. He is author of The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide, now in its second edition and twelfth year and acclaimed by multiple American Bar Association publications and numerous state bar journals.
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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    The most important comprehensive law school guide available

    To get straight to the point, GGG is, without a doubt, one of the most important law school and legal career books currently available. There are, of course, other guides that have made a huge impact in the market for such materials; "Planet Law School" (which is now PLS II) and "Law School Confidential" are two that immediately spring to mind, and which the prospective law student has most likely heard of. But whereas PLS and LSC are rather practical in nature, which is not in itself a bad thing because being led through the practicalities of applying to law school, preparing, studying, finding jobs and so forth are obviously important, GGG offers all this and so much more. Not more of the same, however, although GGG does cover standard material such as rankings and taking exams, and thankfully chooses to omit the tedious and common-sense generic topics such as how to apply for financial aid and how to pick upper level courses during 2L/3L, while emphasizing the important subjects such as the LSAT.

    There is little room in the market for a mere copycat comprehensive law school guide, and GGG recognizes this. What sets GGG apart from - and above - PLS and LSC is that the author, Thane Messinger, has taken considerable care to help the reader think about the traditional basic (but solid) law school advice, rather than just absorb it, and explains to the reader why the advice is given and why it is important. Furthermore, GGG even encourages a healthy skepticism in its readers, challenging them to explore their own reasons for attending law school, whether they would truly enjoy a legal career, and where they want to end up when all is said and done. In other words, GGG treats its readers like intelligent grown-ups who are looking for more than platitudes and third-hand advice, instead of mere young adults who are too inexperienced to know what they want. This alone is refreshing in a sea of "do this and you'll succeed" books, none of which actually work in real life.

    GGG is a lengthy book, coming in at close to four hundred pages. Even for a comprehensive guide, this is a generously-proportioned piece of work. While it can be read in its entirety, as I have spent the past week doing, the author encourages the reader to use the book in a more efficient manner, focusing in on those sections which are most important to the reader at any particular time. Some comprehensive guide books tend to build upon earlier sections in a linear progression, making it all but impossible to dip in and out at will. Readers of GGG will be pleasantly surprised at the structure of the book - discrete sections for each facet of the legal education process, each readable as a stand-alone module or as part of the whole. Modern readers weaned on a diet of hypertext and easy-access to information will appreciate the care that has been taken to make it simple for the book to be used as a brief reference from which information can be quickly gleaned, or for a more in-depth exploration of the topic in question.

    If you're thinking about attending law school, you're about to make a $100,000 purchase that will affect the rest of your career. Spend the money on this book and give yourself the most up-to-date, independent, insightful and reliable advice available. To do otherwise is madness.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I have read a few books on getting into Law School GGG is by far

    I have read a few books on getting into Law School GGG is by far the best. Mr. Messinger does not pull any punches and tells it like it is. He knows what he is talking about and after detailed explanations throughout the book, there is no arguing the facts.




    Before I read this book I was considering acceptance at any school to be sufficient. I also felt the LSAT was somewhat important. But now I have come to realize, the GREAT importance of studying and scoring well on the LSAT.




    I am an active duty Navy Hospital Corpsman Chief and will retire in 2 years. I am preparing for my second career in Law and this book has given me ideas for a well defined plan to get accepted into the best Law School Possible.




    Think "Like A Lawyer" is a constant reminder throughout this book, and Mr. Messinger lays out the reason you must think "as a lawyer" as well.




    The book is laid out in 3 sections:




    1. Getting In




    2. Getting Good




    3. Getting the Gold




    After reading the Getting In section I was compelled to read the rest as it was such a good read and I wanted to know the thought process needed to perform well once I am accepted. This book is seamless and everything fits together. As you are preparing to getting into the best school, you are actually preparing to getting good and eventually getting the gold as it will all pour over to the next phase. This book will tell you how.




    Mr. Messinger showed me how engaged he is with this subject. I emailed him a question concerning CLEP tests I took while serving in the NAVY and to my surprise he gave me an answer within a day! Within a day! I was greatly impressed, his advice was spot on and he answered my question with expertise and pointed me in the right direction as well! Thank you Mr. Messinger!




    If you are having just an inkling of interest in pursuing a Law Career and attending Law School, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Then decide if it is for you. Nothing will be sugar coated. Once you decide, act and execute your plan.




    I know this book will be valuable now and in the future as I plan on revisiting ideas and sections as needed. Worth every penny!

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