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1000 Days to the Bar, but the Practice of Law Begins Now - Dennis J. Tonsing
Call Number: KF272 .T66 2010
ISBN: 083773813X
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
The practice of law begins on the first day of law school -- Components of assessment-targeted study -- Hitting the target : scoring high on law school exams -- Time management and resource allocation.

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McClurg's 1L of a Ride - Andrew J. McClurg
Call Number: KF287 .M38 2013
ISBN: 0314283056
Publication Date: 2013-03-11
1L of a Ride provides a step-by-step navigational guide to both academic and emotional success in law school’s crucial first year. It essentially answers the questions, what’s the first year of law school really like and how can I make the most of it? Readers learn what to expect, when to expect it, and how to respond to it.

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A Law Student's Guide - Nelson P. Miller
Call Number: KF283 .M548 2010
ISBN: 1594608555
Publication Date: 2010-08-01

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Acing Your First Year of Law School - Shana Connell Noyes; Henry S. Noyes
Call Number: KF283 .N69 2008
ISBN: 9780837714103
Publication Date: 2008-03-01

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Expert Learning for Law Students - Michael Hunter Schwartz
Call Number: KF283 .S354 2008
ISBN: 1594605459
Publication Date: 2008-01-01
Expert Learning for Law Students is designed to help law students build the analytical skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. This book reveals how successful law students and lawyers plan, monitor, and implement their work and it provides detailed guidance regarding individual student personality types and learning styles.

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How to Succeed in Law School - Gary A. Munneke
Call Number: KF283 .M86 2008
ISBN: 0764139797
Publication Date: 2008-06-01

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Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell, 6th - Kenney F. Hegland; Paula A. Franzese
Call Number: KF273 .H4 2014
ISBN: 0314290427
Publication Date: 2014-03-11

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Later-in-Life Lawyers - Charles Cooper; Thane Messinger (Foreword by)
Call Number: KF287 .C66 2012
ISBN: 1888960167
Publication Date: 2012-03-15

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Law in America - Lawrence M. Friedman
Call Number: KF352 .F7113 2002
ISBN: 0375506357
Publication Date: 2002-07-30
Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. This brief introduction to our legal history, from colonial times to the present, serves as useful background to understand how our laws have been shaped by the forces of history.

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Law School 101, 2E - R. Stephanie Good
Call Number: KF283 .G66 2009
ISBN: 1572486961
Publication Date: 2009-06-01

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Law School Success - Ann Burkhart; Robert A. Stein
Call Number: KF283 .B871x 2008
ISBN: 031416779X
Publication Date: 2008-04-08
Introduction -- Preparing to enter law school -- The American legal system -- What do lawyers do? -- The study of law -- First-year curriculum -- Finding your way around the law library -- Preparing for class -- Classroom experience -- Learning after class -- Study aids -- Exams -- Other activities during the first year -- Beyond the first year -- Sample exam questions and answers.

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Legal Writing - Terrill Pollman; Judith Stinson
Call Number: KF250 .L398 2014
ISBN: 1454833963
Publication Date: 2014-02-14

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Open Book - Barry Friedman; John C. P. Goldberg
Call Number: KF283 .F75 2011
ISBN: 1454806079
Publication Date: 2011-07-26

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Reading Like a Lawyer - Ruth Ann McKinney
Call Number: KF283 .M398 2012
ISBN: 1611631106
Publication Date: 2012-07-24
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.

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Starting off Right in Law School - Carolyn J. Nygren
Call Number: KF273 .N97 2011
ISBN: 1594608253
Publication Date: 2011-07-01

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Success in Law School: Exam Taking Techniques - Charles H. Whitebread
Call Number: KF285.Z9 W3 1989
ISBN: 0159001358
Publication Date: 1989

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The Buffalo Creek Disaster - Gerald M. Stern
Call Number: KF228.P75 S7 1977
ISBN: 0394723430
Publication Date: 1977-02-12
One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer took on the case and won.

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What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know - Jim George; Tracey E. George; Suzanna Sherry
Call Number: KF283 .G46 2009
ISBN: 073558236X
Publication Date: 2009-03-27
With the aim of decreasing students' anxiety and increasing their chances of achieving academic success, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know: An Introduction to the Study of Law prepares students to get through their first year of law school.

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Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School - John C. Dernbach
Call Number: KF283 .D47 2014
ISBN: 1454841621
Publication Date: 2014-04-08
Essay exams don't have to be a mystery. With its wealth of visual aids, examples, and practical advice, John Dernbach's (a Widener Law professor) concise guide enables pre-law and law school students to develop the strong essay-writing skills they need to succeed and feel confident taking essay exams.

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Your Guide to Law School Success - Donna Gerson
Call Number: KF283 .G47 2008
ISBN: 0314190880
Publication Date: 2008-04-25
Advice for pre-law and first-year law students.

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User's Guide to the Bluebook - Alan L. Dworsky; Brian Christiansen
Call Number: KF245 .D853 2015
ISBN: 9780837738383
Publication Date: 2010-08-01

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Little Book of Oral Argument - Alan L. Dworsky
Call Number: KF8870 .D89 1991
ISBN: 0837705576
Publication Date: 1991-01-01

 

Other Materials

  • Advice You Must Read in the Summer Before Law School by LawProfBlog
    • Key Take Away:  Law School is much harder than undergrad, and should be treated like a full-time job. Most of this post deals with work-life balance.
  • How to Read a Legal Opinion by Orin S. Kerr
    • Key Take Away: This article goes over the basic terminology for discussing case law and what you should be looking for as you read, which will be the majority of your homework and class preparation.
  • De Minimis Curat Lex: Secrets to Success for 1st Year Law Students by John H. Scheid
    • Key Take Away: This article explains the overall process of studying for law school, including how to brief cases and review your notes efficiently. This process is why your professors will tell you to spend 3-5 hours on work for each class meeting. The appendices also show sample ways to brief cases and take class notes.
  • …And finally, The Ten Minute Rule
    • If it ever takes you more than ten minutes to find a source, please ask us, your law librarians. 
 

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