Malice in Wonderland: What Every Law Student Should Have for the Trip

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Malice in Wonderland is an honest guide to law school. Many law school books suffer from the same tired formula: long, complicated, and boring. Reading these books is a chore. Set against an Alice in Wonderland theme, the reader is led on a journey into law school (i.e., Wonderland) by a tour guide, Uncle Malice, the alter ego of author Ben Weiss. Drawing upon his own mistakes and shenanigans, Uncle Malice enlightens the reader. But he's not your grandfather's narrator: he is brash, colorful, and honest. Readers ...
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Overview

Malice in Wonderland is an honest guide to law school. Many law school books suffer from the same tired formula: long, complicated, and boring. Reading these books is a chore. Set against an Alice in Wonderland theme, the reader is led on a journey into law school (i.e., Wonderland) by a tour guide, Uncle Malice, the alter ego of author Ben Weiss. Drawing upon his own mistakes and shenanigans, Uncle Malice enlightens the reader. But he's not your grandfather's narrator: he is brash, colorful, and honest. Readers will trust Uncle Malice, welcome his advice, and revel in his antics.

Malice in Wonderland tackles the important elements of the first year of law school, including outlining, homework, finals, class, and grades. Importantly, Uncle Malice zeroes in on the most important aspects of each topic, without getting bogged down in the minutiae. Never one to be pedantic or up-tight, Uncle Malice keeps the reader engaged with faux cases names (Kardashian v. Dignity), new terminology (debriefing, in the Commandments of Briefing), and fun stories. Uncle Malice explains why screw-ups in class discussions are like bad Oscar speeches, why gunners never have weekend plans, and how to launch a preemptive strike against a professor. Malice will educate and entertain rising 1Ls in a way that other legal reference titles cannot. Students will look forward to reading it - a novel concept for this genre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888960914
  • Publisher: Fine Print Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,407,980
  • Product dimensions: 13.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Weiss (alter egos Thaddeus Hatter and Uncle Malice) is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Washington University School of Law. Weiss garnered numerous honors in law school, and practiced corporate and securities law for a large firm. Weiss lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Acknowledgements xi

Wonderland 1

Uncle 5

Your First Day 11

Work 15

Boxers or Briefs? 17

Basic Training 17

Procedural History 18

Facts of the Case 20

Issue 20

Holding 21

Debriefing: The Four Commandments 26

Blaze Your Own Trail 35

A Model Case Brief 37

Professors 39

Class 41

I love it when you Socrates me, baby 42

Don't Pull a Sally Field 43

Defense is the Best Offense 44

Socratic Fire Drill 46

Sore Thumb 49

Musical Chairs 50

The Preemptive Strike 50

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Gunner 51

RESOLVE: it's more than just a stain remover 53

Outlining 57

Finals 61

Just the Facts, Ma'am...oh, and the Reasons too 64

Time! 65

Count It! 66

Open Sesame 67

Lather, Rinse, Study, Repeat 68

Group Think 69

The Nuthouse 72

Game Day 73

Grades 77

Odds and Ends 79

Peeking Behind the Curtain 81

Royal After Word 85

About the Author 91

Index 93

Other Books 95

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