Law School Confidential A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience - Bby Students, for Students

ISBN-10: 0312318812

ISBN-13: 9780312318819

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Robert H. Miller

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Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview of the contemporary law school experience. This isn't the advice of graying professors or battle-scarred practitioners decades removed from law school. Miller has assembled a panel of recent graduates to act as "mentors", all of whom are perfectly positioned to shed light on what law school is like today. From taking the LSAT, to securing financial aid, to navigating the notorious first semester, to taking exams, to applying for summer internships, to getting on the law review, to tackling the bar and beyond...this book explains it all.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Author's Note
So You Wanna Be a Lawyer ...
How to Use This Book
I am a college student thinking about applying to law school, or I'm thinking about changing careers and applying to law school
I've already been admitted to law school, and I'm nervous ...
But I'm already in law school ... I wish I'd found this sonner
I'm the parent, friend, sibling, or significant other of someone going to law school
The Law School Confidential Mentors
Thinking About Law School? Think Again ...
My relative the lawyer made me do it
I can't ignore this amazing LSAT score, can I?
I don't have a mind for science, so ...
It's the economy, stupid
This ain't Hollywood, son
A Realistic Evaluation of Your Fitness for Law School
The reading load
The discipline
The atmosphere
The writing
The commitment
Taking time off before you apply
Plan Your Application Process in Advance
Your criminal history
The big picture
Your Five Most Critical Hours: How to Beat the LSAT
So What Is This "LSAT" Anyway?
The reading comprehension section
Logical reasoning
Logic games
The minutiae and related suggestions
So what about the test prep courses?
I bombed it--I know it--Should I cancel my score?
Applying to Law School: Bait the Hooks Carefully and Cast the Nets Wide
Interview with Richard Geiger, Cornell Law School
Additional strategies
Try to decide where you want to practice before you apply
Apply Early Action wherever possible
Proofread everything
Visit your top schools and keep in touch with the admissions office
Choose Your School Wisely
The school's regional and national reputation
Pay the greatest attention to a school's placement record
The harsh reality
But what about ...
An Investment in Your Future: Funding Your Legal Education
Sources of funding
General suggestions
Some terms they'll throw around in your aid package
Federal loan programs
Stafford Loans (formerly the "Guaranteed Student Loan")
Perkins Loan (formerly the "National Direct Student Loan")
Private loans
Grants and scholarships
Federal work-study
Your day of reckoning
The First Year, They Scare You to Death
The Ten Things You Must Do Before Classes Begin
Before You Arrive on Campus
Read this book from cover to cover
Arrange for housing
Use the summer to get in shape
Read now, sign up later
Buy a computer and become computer literate
Check in with the registrar
After You Arrive on Campus
Set up "headquarters"
Learn the "lay of the land"
Update your resume
Get your books, study aids, and other supplies
Recommended commercial outlines
Bonus: Go to orientation!
Contacts for commercial outlines
So What Is a Tort Anyway? A Brief Overview of the First-Year Curriculum
The Subjects
Civil Procedure
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Law
Administrative Law
Getting Out of the Gate--Applying the Lessons of Futures Past
Case briefing--their way
Case briefing--my way (The five-step plan to success)
Start each night with a lesson from your commercial outline
Brief in Technicolor
Supplement your notes and tab your statutes in class
Write your own outlines
Determining your work schedule
A word about study groups
The Unspoken Code of Law School Etiquette
Things You Should Do
It is your duty to follow the honor code
Share your class notes, hornbooks, and outlines with anyone who needs them
Phrase in-class comments as questions--not statements
The wrong way to make a point
A better way to make the same point
When you're speaking, speak up, and when you're not, shut up!
When referring to cases or statutes, provide page or section numbers
Reign in your electronics
Maintain a sense of humor
Things You Shouldn't Do
Resist the urge to make unsolicited, tangential, or politically charged comments during lectures
Don't boast about your study habits
Safeguard your reputation
Adhere to your school's recruiting guidelines
Avoid all postmortem discussions about exams
Never discuss grades
The T-Minus One Month Checkpoint: How to Arrive Ahead of the Competition
I've missed a couple of classes, a couple of reading assignments, and I'm two weeks or less behind in outlining for each class
I've fallen way behind in my outlining--what do I do?
Panic button
Read Legalines to catch up, and find four good student outlines for your courses
What Else Do I Have to Do Between Now and Exams?
Acquire old exams
Clarify exam rules with each of your professors
Send query letters to potential employers
Making Your Summer Plans: How to Win the 1L Recruiting Lottery
The firm
Interning for a judge
Working for a public-service organization
Researching for a professor
Working it
Your First Semester Endgame
It's time to find an off-campus location to study
Mapping out the law
How to create a "case map"
Creating a bullet outline
Taking sample exams
Review sessions
The final hours
Exam day
But wait ... my exam is closed book!
The "doomsday scenario"
The Performance Self-Examination: Part One
Looking Behind and Looking Ahead: Assessing the Damage and Charting the Course for Your Second Semester
I got straight As, mostly As and B+'s, or I am ahead of the curve in most classes
I got a mix of grades, some ahead and some behind the curve
One grade is widely disparate from the others
All grades at or below the mean
The Performance Self-Examination: Part Two
First-Year Endgame: Succeeding in Exams and the Law Review Competition
The law review competition
So should you do it?
Working for Free or Working for Pay, Your First Summer Paves the Way
For those clerking for a judge
For those going to a firm
For those going into public-service jobs
Thoughts about your 1L summer
The Second Year, They Work You to Death
Charting a Course for Your Upper Years
The bar exam preparation approach
The survey approach
The major or career-focus approach
The clinical approach
Other considerations
Your Survival Guide to Recruiting Season
How to decide where to interview
How to prepare yourself for the screening interview
Know your audience
Be prompt and polite
Dress conservatively
So what are they going to ask me, anyway?
When a "stunner" goes over the line
What you should ask
The things you should avoid
A few horror stories to calm you down
Everything You Need to Know About Callback Interviews
So what the heck is a "callback" anyway?
Scheduling appointments
Tackling the callback interview
How to handle the recruiting meal
When the callback is over
Some horror stories to calm you down
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Law Firm Hiring: An Interview with Douglas H. Meal of Ropes & Gray and David W. McGrath of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green
The Summer Associateship Itself
The Future Is Now: Using the "Relevance Calculus" to Choose a Firm
How to compare starting salaries
Salary Comparison Chart
Choosing a firm using the "relevance calculus"
Description of factors in the relevance calculus
The Relevance Calculus
Back on the Chain Gang: Advice About Journal Membership
Writing your note or comment
The case note
The comment
Choose a topic that fascinates you
Find a mentor on the faculty
Stay organized, and stay on deadline
Restoring Balance: Moot Court, Public Service, and How to Reclaim the Life You've Lost
Public-service opportunities
Moot court
Inns of Court
Law school committees
Keys to Ascension: Turning 2L Summer Employment into a Permanent Offer
When you arrive
Handling assignments
Managing your workload
Billing your time
Using Westlaw and LEXIS at the firm
Getting the work you want
Getting feedback on your work
Escaping the clutches of a possessive partner
Confront problems immediately
Getting along with the other summer associates
Proper etiquette at firm social events
Some closing thoughts
And the Third Year, They Bore You to Death
Demystifying Judicial Clerkships: Hie Thee to the Chambers
State Court Clerkships
State trial and intermediate appellate courts
State supreme courts (highest court)
Federal Court Clerkships
Federal district courts
Specialty courts
Federal circuit courts of appeals
The United States Supreme Court
Why People Clerk
How to Apply for a Judicial Clerkship
Choosing your judges
What to send
The cover letter
Your resume
Your writing sample
How to choose your recommenders
Negotiating the new law clerk hiring plan
Preparing your applications
When you return to campus
Scheduling interviews
The interview itself
Accepting an offer
Opportunity Knocks Again ... A Second Chance at Recruiting
How to handle phone calls from people at your old firm
If you didn't get an offer from your 2L firm
Last Semester Cross-Checks
Ensure that you have enough credits to graduate
Ensure that you've taken and passed all required courses
Cocurricular or extracurricular requirements
Verify that your tuition has been paid
Register for the bar exam and get your firm to pay for it
Register for and take the MPRE
Arrange a start date with your firm, judge, or placement
Make advance accommodations in your new place of employment
Make arrangements for your move well in advance
The Final Hurdle--Strategies for the Bar Examination
When exam day nears
Final thoughts
Parting Thoughts
About the Author
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