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Author Biography: Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Posted August 24, 2003
I got a free copy of this for taking a pilot exam for the LSAC. I'm starting law school this fall (2003), and have a background in Engineering. I've only been looking at law school for less than a year, but I was familiar with the concepts in this book. <p> They spend quite a bit of time reviewing the basics of the legal system (e.g. differences between district and appellate courts). I expect that you'll learn most of this in short order, but I became frustrated when they moved to study tips. <p> For exams the recommendations are things like get lots of sleep, read the question thoroughly and write clearly. This forms the heart of my issue with this book. While the advice is accurate, I'd hope these are things most prospective law students are familiar with; the point of paying money for the book is to get information that you don't have. <p> On using commercial summaries, they don't say a word as to specific brands, but effectively leave it at students like them, but as a professor, you really should just study. Again, the advice is not wrong, but not worth the purchase price or the time spent reading. <p> The book spends a fair amount of time assuaging fears of the workload and pressure of law school (as an engineer, these aren't much of a problem for me). They target this book for someone who is looking for the most basic information. In looking at analyzing cases, they discuss what goes into a case, not strategies for highlighting or what can be safely skipped when.
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Posted August 14, 2009
This book did not hit the mark for me, and I would note what would be helpful for an introductory book:
1. Abbreviations that are commonly used in casebooks and hornbooks.
2. Case indexing details included in citations.
3. How to brief a case, and I mean with included examples of the Issue, Rule, the analysis, and the conclusion. Running the holding and rule together seemed confusing to me.
Posted October 21, 2005
Very helpful nuts and bolts overview of the first year of law school. Particularly good outline of how to write a basic brief for class preparation. Good for use as a general reference after a first read through. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2002
This is an awesome book for those about to enter law school or just thinking about it. It explains the simplest things without seeming condescending. It also clarifies some extremely hard to understand stuff that you must comprehend to excel. So far it is the best book I have found to help prepare for law school. I will start law school in the fall 2002 and i have a feeling it is a book i will keep to use as a quick reference throughout my experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2001
Helene and Marshall Shapo, law professors and parents, wrote this remarkable book as advice for their child who was entering law school. Actually, the book was not written FOR their son, it is rather a superb collection of the tips and rules they bestowed upon him before he became a 1L. This 200 page handbook goes a long way in preparing one for their first year as a law student. The authorship is in plain English so that entering law students can have unfettered access to the wisdom of the writers. They provide excellent direction on how to brief a case, legal reasoning, studying and reviewing and exams. What I particularly enjoyed about the book was that the authors do not presme you know anything about law. They never talk 'over your head' and most of the book is in a conversational tone. It sometimes feels like the authors are your parents and are sitting you down to give you friendly advice. A wise woman once said: 'Be careful whose advice you buy.' In this case, however, the advice is well worth the asking price.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.