Reading Like a Lawyer

Author: Ruth Ann McKinney
Publisher:
ISBN: 1611631106
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Law

The ability to read law well is an indispensable skill that can make or break the academic career of any aspiring lawyer. Fortunately, the ability to read law well (quickly and accurately) is a skill that can be acquired through knowledge and practice. First published in 2005, Reading Like a Lawyer has become a staple on many law school reading lists for prospective and admitted students. The second edition includes the same critical reasoning and reading strategies, accompanied by hands-on practice exercises, that made the first edition such a success. It adds a chapter on a growing challenge for this generation of legal readers: how to read legal materials online with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Reading Like a Lawyer

Author: Ruth Ann McKinney
Publisher:
ISBN: 1594600325
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Law

The ability to read law well is a critical, indispensable skill that can make or break the academic career of any aspiring lawyer. In the first semester of law school alone, for example, it is not unusual for law students to read well over 2,500 pages in their assigned casebooks. This reading is challenging not only because of its sheer volume, but also because it is comprised largely of material that is unfamiliar to even the best-educated pre-law students. The reading is critical because it forms the foundation upon which all classroom discussion is built–and upon which exam content ultimately rests.Fortunately, the ability to read law well (quickly and accurately) is not a gift that you're either born with or are not born with. Rather, reading law well is a skill that can be acquired through knowledge and practice–an ability that can be masted, improved, and perfected by any motivated student. The sooner the student masters these skills, the greater the rewards.Using seven specific reading strategies, reinforced with hands-on exercises at the end of each chapter, this book shows you how you can read law like expert law students and expert lawyers do–efficiently, effectively, powerfully, and confidently. Part I introduces the reader to the fundamentals of legal reasoning upon which law-based reading builds; Part II introduces the reader to concrete strategies for reading effectively in law school; and Part III teaches strategies for reading law outside of the law school context.Law students, pre-law students, and any professional whose work touches on law will all find Reading Like a Lawyer to be an engaging, easy-to-read guide to the complex and powerful world of law-based reading.

Acing Your First Year of Law School

Author: Shana Connell Noyes
Publisher: William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
ISBN: 9780837714103
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Law

First published in 1999, Acing Your First Year of Law School has become one of the bestselling law school preparation books of all time. Every law student will tell you that the first year is the most important and the most frustrating. Law professors do not teach students the law, instead they leave students on their own to figure out the "answer" from a series of questions. This is a manual that teaches first year law students the ten basic skills they need to know to start learning their first day and ace their first year. The Second Edition has been updated to reflect the best use of technology. It includes a Preface that addresses the Socratic Method and how to beat it. It also includes an Epilogue that focuses on tasks that are necessary to ensure a successful transition from the first to the second semester.

Succeeding in Law School

Author: Herbert N. Ramy
Publisher:
ISBN: 1594607400
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Law

As the Director of Suffolk University Law School¿s Academic Support Program, Professor Ramy begins receiving phone calls from new 1Ls as early as May. Their common question: ''What do I need to do to succeed in law school?'' Professor Ramy has written the second edition of Succeeding in Law School to help answer this question. This edition of the book has several new chapters that are geared toward success both in law school and in the job market. A new chapter on legal analysis addresses one of the most common problems professors see on law school exams -- the absence of the counterargument. New materials on interviewing techniques, creating a writing sample, and writing a resume are designed to help students market themselves to prospective employers. Whether students are seeking advice in the summer months or are looking for help once the school year has begun, this book is an important tool for helping them get the most out of their abilities.

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School

Author: Ruta K. Stropus
Publisher:
ISBN: 1611632242
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Business & Economics

This popular book helps students make the transition from their undergraduate experience to law school learning. Unlike other ''introduction to law school'' texts, Bridging the Gap offers a different approach because it: explains the ''why'' of law, providing students with the context necessary to understand why law school is taught in a certain manner; explains the ''how'' of the law, setting out a step-by-step process that will help students adapt to the law school setting; explains the ''what'' of the law, giving students the opportunity to practice the problem-solving process by providing numerous exercises in a variety of subject matter areas. Rather than giving only general advice, or black letter law and some practice problems for a specific subject, Bridging the Gap provides the context, the process, and the problems. Written by two former law school professors who used these techniques with thousands of students, Bridging the Gap is a guide to what really works in law school.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Author: Kenneth J. Vandevelde
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780813345253
Release Date: 2010-12-28
Genre: Political Science

When Kenneth J. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer first published, it became an instant classic, considered by many to be the gold standard introduction to legal reasoning. In this long-awaited second edition, intended for fans of the original and a new generation of lawyers, Vandevelde expands his classic work with useful revisions and updates throughout. Law students, law professors, and lawyers frequently refer to the process of “thinking like a lawyer,” but attempts to analyze in any systematic way what is meant by that phrase are rare. Vandevelde defines this elusive phrase and identifies the techniques involved in thinking like a lawyer. Unlike most legal writings, plagued by difficult, virtually incomprehensible language, Vandevelde's work is accessible and clearly written. The second edition features new sections on the legislative process—describing step-by-step how legislation is enacted—and the judicial process—describing step-by-step how a case is litigated in court. Other new sections address the significance of dissenting and concurring opinions as well as the role of cognitive bias in factual determinations and on persuading a jury, on burdens of proof, and on presumptions. A new chapter provides contemporary perspectives on legal reasoning, which includes new material on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and the economics of law. A new appendix is intended for prospective law students, explaining how readers can use the techniques in the book to help them excel in law school. Vandevelde's Thinking Like a Lawyer will help students, lawyers, and lay readers alike gain important insight into a well-developed and valuable way of thinking. Professors and students will find the book useful in almost any introductory law course at the graduate level and in advanced undergraduate courses on law.

Deconstructing Legal Analysis

Author: Peter T. Wendel
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454804505
Release Date: 2011-06-08
Genre: Law

Peter T. Wendel has taught academic success workshops at over thirty-five law schools throughout the country. In Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer, he provides a variety of time-tested techniques-including a unique model for visualizing legal analysis-to teach students how to think like lawyers and take law school exams. Deconstructing Legal Analysis: A 1L Primer features: a unique, visual pedagogical method that illustrates a relational analysis of facts, rules, and public policy an interactive approach that consistently encourages students to write down their answers to carefully guided questions a great teaching case, Pierson v. Post, showing how a layperson reads a case as compared to how a lawyer would read the same case useful templates and methods for legal analysis and essay-exam writing, such as IRAC and IRRAC exam-taking tips and guidance that emphasize flexibility, rather than a formulaic approach If experience is the best teacher, then Deconstructing Legal Analysis is an essential for academic success in law school.

1000 Days to the Bar

Author: Dennis J. Tonsing
Publisher: William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
ISBN: 9780837738130
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Law

This is a powerful, accessible and practical book that breaks law school learning strategies into understandable, logical and practical steps that maximize the effect of students’ study efforts, and explicitly ties those learning strategies to the strategies practicing lawyers use to understand, analyze and apply legal concepts in the real- life representation of their clients. Students who employ its methods not only improve their law school performances and increase their chances of passing the bar on their first try, but they also come to understand the practical implica- tions of their hard work for the transition into the real world of practice, where clients entrust to lawyers the protection of their rights, their property, liberties, sometimes even their lives. In other words, students will learn how to practice law while pursuing success in studying law.

Juris Types

Author: Martha M. Peters
Publisher: Center for Applications of
ISBN: 0935652809
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Law

As the first book of its kind, Juris Types presents a comprehensive guide for utilizing the Myers-Briggs personality types for successfully completing law school. Type and law experts Martha M. Peters and Don Peters present a clear understanding of how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument, administered to many incoming law students throughout the country, holds clues for developing optimal study habits and techniques for approaching exams. You will discover step-by-step study habits for each of the sixteen types as well as a general introduction to the theories of psychological type. The book includes a CD-ROM with exercises that appear at the end of each chapter.

Learning Outside the Box

Author: Leah M. Christensen
Publisher:
ISBN: 1594606927
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Education

More law students than ever before come to law school having been diagnosed with a learning disability. The purpose of this book is to provide research-based learning strategies for law students who learn differently. If you are a student who has been diagnosed with a learning disability or if you simply have a unique learning style, you may need to outline differently, read cases differently, and approach law school in a more active, engaged and efficient manner. This book offers learning strategies grounded in empirical research to help law students who learn differently maximize their academic success.

The Torts Process

Author: James A. Henderson
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454887997
Release Date: 2017-03-01
Genre: Law

The Torts Process, Ninth Edition uses a student-friendly, procedurally-focused approach that relies on proven problem-and-cases pedagogy to illuminate the overarching structure and organization of tort law. Its lively mix of problems, cases, notes, and questions stimulate thought and discussion, while providing a firm foundation in tort doctrine, history, and theory.

The Finz Multistate Method

Author: Steven R. Finz
Publisher: Aspen Publishers Online
ISBN: 9780735544970
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Law

The finz Multistate Method is the indispensable tool for both law school exams and the Multistate Bar Exam. the book includes:1,167 multiple choice questions and answers: Each question contains a sophisticated and intricate fact pattern that tests your ability to pull out the essential facts and tie them to the rules and theories you've learned in class. Each answer not only explains the reasoning behind the correct choice, but also why the other choices are incorrectCovers first-year subjects: the book contains over 140 questions each on Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts, as well as questions on the upper-year subject of EvidenceSupplemental questions for your bar review: Every question is written in the Multistate Bar Exam style and format for school exams on MBE preparation. If you're taking a bar review course, you still need the finz Multistate Method; our questions are written in the MBE style and format, but are not actual released exam questions, so we guarantee you've never seen these questions before in your MBE review materialsSpecial section on how to handle MBE-style questions: the book includes a 21-page guide to handling MBE-style multiple-choice questions- how to break the question down to the essential facts, how to recognize the legal issues, how to avoid the examiners' traps and pitfalls, and how to pick the right answer and avoid being misled by the wrong answers.Complete MBE-style practice exam: the book comes with the finz Multistate Method, has written and lectured for BAR/BRI and PMBR and is the author of Professor Series on Products Liability and Professor Series on Torts, both published by Aspen Publishers.

Black s Law

Author: Roy Black
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684863061
Release Date: 2000-04-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In a frank and enlightening look at our criminal courts, attorney Roy Black reveals his defense strategies in four cliffhanger cases. ""To Kill a Mockingbird, " but with real characters."--Alan M. Dershowitz, author of "Reversal of Fortune."

The Art of War

Author: Sunzi
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195015401
Release Date: 1963
Genre: History

An ancient Chinese treatise on war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence

How to Read a Book

Author: Mortimer J. Adler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476790152
Release Date: 2014-09-30
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.