Description: The first of its kind, this book offers a global overview of the first-year curriculum in a single volume. In short, available lessons, Get a Running Start covers all the major concepts taught in each of the courses most commonly offered in the first year of law school: criminal law, torts, civil procedure, constitutional law, property, and contracts. Each of the courses comprising this book is written by a specialist in the field who is a decorated teacher with years of experience in the classroom. In this volume, they have distilled that experience and expertise to produce the tool they wish they had when they first were thinking about and then actually began law school: a clear, concise introduction to the entire first-year curriculum. Get a Running Start is a valuable tool for first-year law students, giving them a running start on their law school careers and putting them in the best position to enter the profession. By reading through all the lessons for a course, first-year students will get a complete overview of each course early in the semester. As the semester goes forward, students can accelerate their learning and comprehension by reviewing individual lessons when preparing for class. As the semester comes to a close, the lessons in this book provide an invaluable framework for outlining and exam preparation. Get a Running Start is also the ideal introduction for undergraduate students. For formal pre-law or Introduction to American Law courses, this book will provide students with a comprehensive overview broken into concise, digestible chunks that are ideal for further development in lecture or discussion sections. Outside the classroom, Get a Running Start offers a stimulating introduction to fundamental legal concepts that will engage those who might be thinking about going to law school and citizens who simply want to know more about the law as a central feature of public life. Among the many features of this book readers will find useful and attractive are: •An introductory chapter offering advice on how to structure a successful preparation and study process starting with the summer before law school and running straight through exams.•Insiders’ advice from successful law students and recent graduates on class preparation, course selection, career development, and managing the stress of law school.•Short lessons that provide readers with an introduction to the major concepts for a day or week of law school classes in 10-15 minutes.•Complete course coverage that will allow readers to get a global overview of a first-year law course in the span of an afternoon.•Frequent use of examples and hypotheticals to illustrate major points in an available way.•Short “Takeaway” summaries at the end of each lesson that highlight the main points and provide a quick reference or refresher.•“Bonus” lessons offering quick primers on topics such as legal reasoning and statutory interpretation.
Description: Assigned as required or recommended reading at law schools throughout the country, 1L of a Ride provides a candid, comprehensive roadmap to both academic and emotional success in law school’s crucial first year. Told in an accessible first-person voice, covered topics in the revised and updated third edition include pre-planning, top student fears, first-year curriculum, the Socratic and case methods of teaching, effective class participation, top habits of successful students, essential study techniques, legal research and writing, exam strategies, maintaining well-being, and much more. Combines anecdotes, comments from law students, empirical research, and authentic samples of signature documents from the 1L experience, including exam questions, Socratic dialogue, and student case-briefs, class notes, and course outlines. McClurg is an award-winning professor who has taught at six different law schools.
* Titles for 150+ topics and practice areas
* 14 series titles, many keyed to casebooks
Acing Series Quick Review Series
Black Letter Outline
Gilbert Law Summaries
High Court Case Summaries
Concise Hornbook Series
Short and Happy Series
This resource is limited to Maine Law students. For more information contact the Library.
Your law school experience is about to change -- Preparation for exam writing -- Taking the actual exam -- The finishing touches -- Working throughout the semester -- Six critical tips -- The big mistakes -- Final thoughts
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
The what and why of exams -- The pinball method of exam-taking -- IRAC : a framework for analysis -- Issue spotting and issue sorting -- Rules -- Application -- Conclusions -- Make your lists, check them twice : scoring on irac exams -- Tackling other exam formats -- Practice (exams) makes perfect -- Exam trouble : how to avoid it, what to do about it -- Outlining for exam success -- What's class got to do with it?