Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing the First Job

Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing the First Job

by Ian E. Scott Esq., J.D.


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If you’re a law school student, or if you’re planning to apply to law school, you’ll find the practical guidance you’ll need for success—plus tips on pitfalls to avoid—when you open this important new book.

Written by a recent Harvard Law School graduate who is currently associated with major Wall Street law firm, this brand-new blueprint for legal accomplishment gets down to specifics with:

  • The law school application process and tips on taking the important Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Selecting a law school, applying for scholarships, and deciding between top-ranked and lower-ranked schools
  • Making the grade during that vital first year at law school
  • The best courses to take in second and third years
  • The advantages of publishing papers while in law school
  • Seeking out summer positions at law firms
  • Taking and passing state bar exams
  • Finding employment at a law firm after graduation
  • Other post-law school options, including judicial clerkships

Valuable appendices give you still more advice, and include a completed model law school application form, effective résumés, a model brief of a case for class, and much more. Written by a successful attorney and based on his own law school experiences, Law School Lowdown zeroes-in on both the rigors and satisfactions that comprise the law school experience, offering the advice and counsel that will pave your way to a successful career in law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438003177
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/19/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,154,612
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ian E. Scott, Esq. is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a lawyer licensed in New York and New Jersey, and worked at a top-10 Wall Street law firm. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a Primary Editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He has published in articles in several law journals.

Table of Contents


Finding a Job After Law School ix

The Top 12 Myths About Law School Exposed xii

What the Author Can Teach You xiv

How Is This Book Different from Other Law School Guides? xvi

Chapter 1 The Law School Application Process

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) 2

Completing the Law School Application 9

The Personal Statement 27

Choosing a Law School 49

The Year Before Law School 75

Chapter 2 The First Year of Law School

First-Year Courses 80

How Law School Courses Are Taught and the Socratic Method of Teaching 98

How to Get High Grades in Your First Year and Beyond 106

More Important Things About Your First Year 138

Chapter 3 The Second and Third Years of Law School

Common Second- and Third-Year Courses 164

How to Register for the Courses You Want 173

Publishing a Paper While in Law School 177

The Multi-State Professional, Responsibility Exam (MPRE) 187

Chapter 4 The Summer Experience at a Large Corporate Law Firm

Taking a Summer Position at a Large Law Firm 189

Turning Your Summer Employment Into a Permanent Job Offer 194

Chapter 5 Working at a Large Law Firm

Corporate Work in a Large Law Firm 197

Litigation Work in a Large Law Firm 202

Corporate Law and Litigation Compared 205

Deciding if a Full-Time Job with a Large Law Firm Is for You 206

Chapter 6 Selecting a Law Firm

Finding a Law Firm That Is a Good Fit for You 214

Narrowing the Choices of Where to Work 222

Chapter 7 Work Opportunities Outside the Large Law Firm

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Working for the Government or a Not-for-Profit Organization 231

Judicial Clerkships After Law School 234

Chapter 8 Transferring Law Schools After Your First Year

What You Need to Transfer 240

Things to Consider When Making Your Decision 241

Chapter 9 The Part-Time Program

How the Part-Time Program Differs from the Full-Time Program 247

Things to Consider if You Want to Study Part-Time 248

Chapter 10 What You Should Know About the Bar Examination

The Bar Examination 254

The Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) 259

Preparing for the Bar Exam 271

Useful Resources 281

Acknowledgments 283

About the Author 285

Index 287

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