Majoring in Law: How to Get from Your Freshman Year to Your First Job

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In Majoring in Law, Stefan Underhill introduces prospective lawyers to the profession and helps them evaluate their talents (or lack thereof) for it. Underhill examines the good and the not so good reasons why people become lawyers. He exposes the popular myths of the profession, such as "I'll be rich" (no longer a given in today's market), and the glamour of the courtroom (95 percent of all cases, civil and criminal, settle because the backlogged courts demand it). He describes the legal landscape, including ...
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Overview

In Majoring in Law, Stefan Underhill introduces prospective lawyers to the profession and helps them evaluate their talents (or lack thereof) for it. Underhill examines the good and the not so good reasons why people become lawyers. He exposes the popular myths of the profession, such as "I'll be rich" (no longer a given in today's market), and the glamour of the courtroom (95 percent of all cases, civil and criminal, settle because the backlogged courts demand it). He describes the legal landscape, including private practice, public interest groups, and the government. And he shows you how to make yourself more attractive to law schools and legal employers, and how to survive and distinguish yourself in law school.

Using a personal, anecdotal, and humorous style, Underhill examines the good and not-so-good reasons why people become lawyers, exposing popular myths, and looking at different types of lawyers, and the skills lawyers need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374524425
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: To Be or Not to Be a Lawyer 3
1 False Starts: Do as I say, not as I did 7
2 The Why Knot: Just what's motivating you to think about a legal career? 13
3 Legal Mythology: Law may not be what you think it is 24
4 Real Lawyers: A look at three broad types of lawyers 37
5 Legal Skills and Interests: Do you have what it takes? 46
6 Legal Research: How to further your thinking about a career in the law 55
7 Courting Legal Success: Things to do now to help get your legal career off to a fast start 65
8 Applying Yourself: What law schools want 75
9 Law Review: A look at law school and the bar exam 85
10 Looking for Law in All the Wrong Places: How to find the right legal job 95
11 Legal Advice: Some tips for finding a satisfying career 116
App. A. Legal Writing 123
App. B. How to Find a Friendly Bar (Association) 125
App. C. Legal Personality 131
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