The Complete Law School Companion: How to Excel at America's Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum

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Offers complete, accessible information on every topic of concern to law students ranging from the LSAT, the Bar Exam, Law Review, computerized research and videotape study aids to obtaining that important clerkship or job. Includes recent data on demographics of law school applicants, current salaries for a variety of legal careers, nontraditional courses, legal clinics, detailed discussions regarding the latest law trends such as deregulation and insider trading. Will appeal ...
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The Complete Law School Companion: How to Excel at America's Most Demanding Post-Graduate Curriculum

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Offers complete, accessible information on every topic of concern to law students ranging from the LSAT, the Bar Exam, Law Review, computerized research and videotape study aids to obtaining that important clerkship or job. Includes recent data on demographics of law school applicants, current salaries for a variety of legal careers, nontraditional courses, legal clinics, detailed discussions regarding the latest law trends such as deregulation and insider trading. Will appeal to law students at all stages of their education.

Written by a former Wall Street lawyer, this accessible guide includes over 50% new material for today's law student, from studying for the LSAT and selecting which law school to attend, to writing a complete course outline and preparing for exams. Also includes test-taking techniques and how to get an edge in the summer clerkship program.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471804451
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1984
  • Pages: 190

Meet the Author

Jeffery  Deaver
Jeffery Deaver
Wisely taking the advice given to him by legendary mystery writer Mickey Spillane -- "People don't read books to get to the middle. They read to get to the end" -- Jeffery Deaver has earned a reputation for prodigious pacing and slick suspense with his string of bestselling Lincoln Rhyme thrillers.

Biography

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.

Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver's detour from the writing life wasn't to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third -- and current -- career. He'd fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.

Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver's first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).

Deaver's next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell's Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver's body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.

In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991's grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, "Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame."

On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, "I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues."

As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, "In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I've failed in my obligation to the readers."

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Deaver revises his manuscripts "at least 20 or 30 times" before his publishers get to even see a version.

Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden's Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.

Deaver's younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.

In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, "My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It's absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Jefferies, Jeffery Wilds Deaver
    2. Hometown:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 6, 1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Missouri; Juris Doctor, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Ch. 1 An Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Is It for You? 7
Ch. 3 The Admission Process: The LSAT and Other Hurdles 21
Ch. 4 Mysteries Revealed: What's Law School Really Like? 31
Ch. 5 Daily Survival in the Classroom 51
Ch. 6 How to Brief Cases 65
Ch. 7 Sample Briefs 81
Recap 1 93
Ch. 8 The Course Outline: Purpose and Contents 95
Ch. 9 The Course Outline: Putting It All Together 111
Recap 2: The Course Outline 120
Ch. 10 Preparing for Exams 123
Ch. 11 Taking Exams 137
Ch. 12 Sample Exams 157
Recap 3: Preparing for and Taking Exams 170
Ch. 13 Writing a Course Paper 173
Recap 4: Preparing a Course Paper 183
Ch. 14 The Complete Law School Student 185
The Emotional Aspects of Law School 185
This Band of Brothers and Sisters (Student Organizations) 187
The Swing Shift (Night School) 188
Choices, Choices, Choices (Second-and Third-Year Courses) 189
Multidegree Programs 192
Clinical Programs 193
You Mean I Get Paid, Too? (Summer Clerkships) 194
A Hand in the Cookie Jar (Law School Ethics) 197
The 26-Hour Day (The Law Review Experience) 198
Ch. 15 An Afterword 203
Appendix One: The 51 Courts: An Introduction to the American Legal System 207
Appendix Two: Glossary of Legal Terms 217
Index 227
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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Not a Bad Book for Someone Considering or Entering Law School

    This book was on the optional Summer reading list for the ABA-accredited law school I will be attending. It is still relevant, to a great degree, and has some very good insights and tips for students. It is a little dated, but not terribly so. The only book on the list that was required reading was Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy. I'm not sure one is better than the other, but I liked Succeeding in Law School more.

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    Decent

    This book is OK but there are much better ones out there. The author seems to have an overly complex/convoluted approach to creating casebriefs, outlines and study tactics. It still contains some good concepts however.

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