Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams Paperback – May 26 1999
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Overall, the book does a good job lining out several formulas for successful exam writing. It provides useful examples to the reader that will probably result in better exam scores for those who understand what is expected of them on their first actual law school exams. However, past those first exams, readers will gain little from the content of this book. Like other readers and fellow "lawschoolers", it is my experience that at least half of your professors will discuss with you what they expect on their exams, and a few may even choose to outline the "sacred" IRAC method in class or on demand. Most students pick up what is expected of them from those teachings or by searching out past exams. Even reading case law may help students understand how they should answer an issue by demonstrating how learned judges apply their own ideas and argument to legal issues.
Most law students know after the first few trials what method works. After that, it is all about your work ethic and that thing located between your ears. The hardest working students are the ones who get the best grades, usually by preparing better than most others. Believe it or not, the problem of knowing how to write a law school exam disappears very quickly for those hardworking enough to search out the resources available to have meaningful, practical repetitions. Reading a book isn't likely to make you a better exam writer. You'll have to dig your hands into the clay before you can master the potter's wheel.
Save your time and money.
Other good books to read before heading off to law school:
Law 101, by Jay Feinman
Introduction to U.S. Legal System, by William Burnham
Planet Law School, by "Atticus Falcon"
The first two give a nice overview of the whole subject and will help you tie everything together. The last is an overcynical but very amusing description of the kind of mind games you're likely to encounter; it also contains the best study tips I've seen.
Also: If you have the time and money, enroll in an intensive paralegal training course before law school. I did, and it really saved my ass during 1L.
Last but definitely not least: Spend at least six months prepping HARD for the LSAT. Work your way through a good logic textbook (I recommend Copi's), study a good prep book (e.g., Jeff Kolby's), and practice on as many real LSATs as you can, under time-pressured conditions. It really pays off.
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This is a great book for anybody entering or already in law school. A must have book for students wanting a head start to law school.Published 5 months ago by Enrique
Never received this book and it was supposed to be a Christmas present..very mad. Putting in a formal complaint to amazonPublished on Jan. 3 2012 by Melissa
I got the book in perfect condition, still in its original wrapping. And overall my experience with this seller was great! :) Very happy with this purchase.Published on Aug. 21 2011 by ladyinred
read before first year law school. Now having completed two years, I feel as though I gained nothing from this book. It is entirely unapplicable.Published on June 7 2011 by noahky
Great book. Very helpful as a first year law student! I'd recommend it to anyone looking to improve their test results.Published on Feb. 18 2010 by Courtney J. MacQuarrie
This book is in no small measure the reason that I am still in law school. I bombed the first year exams. Read morePublished on April 14 2004
Who better to get advice on law exams from than two law professors, who also graduated at the top of Harvard Law's class? Read morePublished on March 26 2004
I gave this book two stars for its discussion on addressing policy issues on the exam--this was helpful, indeed. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
I am a student at a top 5 law school. This book does not outline a specific system for taking exams, so if that is what you are looking for, look else where. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Ryan Mack