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Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class  
Author: Shana Connell Noyes
ISBN: 0837709121
Format: Handover
Publish Date: June, 2005
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Book Description
Most first-year law students waste a tremendous amount of time learning piles of information they don't need to know, because they have no one to guide them. This text, in ten easy-to read chapters, is the guide for students entering or contemplating law school. After reading the ten chapters, set up as lessons, student will know how to study the law.

From the Publisher
Law school attendance continues to rise each year. As more and more students enter law school, it becomes even harder to stand out in the crowd of other students. This book will teach you how to stand head and shoulders above your colleagues in law school, and succeed in your most critical year of law school, the first year.

From the back cover
Ask every law student you know, and each of them will tell you the same thing--the first year of law school is harder than the other two years combined. Why is that? Because law schools follow the "Socratic Method." Under the Socratic Method, law professors do not teach students the law. Instead, they leave you on your own to figure out what you are supposed to learn. After months of confusion, students finally realize that the study of law requires ten basic skills. But by the time you realize this, exams are looming and you have no time to prepare.

Finally, here is a how to manual that teaches you these ten skills so you can start learning your very first day of law school. From how to read and brief a case to how to write exam answers, the ten chapters, set up as lessons, teach you how to study the law so you can beat the Socratic Method and ace your first year of law school.

About the Author
Both Shana and Henry Noyes made law review based on their first-year grades and graduated in the top three percent of their classes. Both went on to earn judicial clerkships with federal appellate judges and went on to work at prominent law firms. Shana also worked as a consultant to Julia Roberts and director Alan J. Paluka on the film The Pelican Brief. Henry now practices commercial litigation with one of California's oldest law firms, and Shana writes full time.

Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won't Learn in Class


Acing Your First Year of Law School provides advice for first year law students on a variety of issues to help them avoid the pitfalls that are common amongst first year students. Not only will you learn what you need to succeed, but you will also learn what you do not need to know, so you can stop wasting your time on the trivial things in your first year.

In ten easy-to-follow chapters, this book teaches you the skills you need to know to study the law. It teaches you how to: Read a case Brief a Case Effectively Learn from Socratic Class Discussion Do Legal Research Do Legal Writing Navigate the Bluebook of Legal Citation Use Study Aids Prepare Outlines for Each Class Study for Exams Write Exam Answers It's a lot to learn, but this book will teach you how to do it!


[Acing Your First Year of Law School] provides a unique introduction to the study of law, an introduction that will undoubtedly make a difference. This is the book I wish I had when I stated Law School. (Gerald L. Shargel, Criminal Defense Attorney to John Gotti, Jr.) — Gerald L. Shargel

Success in law school goes to those who understand the system faster than their peers. Unlike other law school primers, Acing Your First Year of Law School doesn't just synthesize legal concepts — it explains law school. Ignore this book at your peril. (M. Cameron Kenny, New York Assistant District Attorney, Member of Law Review) — M. Cameron Kenny


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