Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams Paperback – May 26 1999
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Getting To Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
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This book shows you how to think like a lawyer. How to analyse. How to develop argument and counter argument. How to work in policy arguments. How to tie in themes of the course to answer questions. How to develop the skill of issue identification.
This book tells you what your law professors shroud in mystery. I have been there, where the professors tell you to analyse and argue, but give you no clear indication of what this entails in an issue laden question. This book should be read by every law student who wants to understand better what the study of law requires of them. It is not a substitute for hard work and the authors state very clearly that success in law school can only be achieved through your own hard work.
Any one who turns their thumb down on this book, probably grasped from day one what was truly required of them as law students. For the rest of us, this book will be an incredible find.
I am the author of Planet Law School: What You Need to Know Before You Go--but Didn't Know to Ask. Unfortunately, Getting to Maybe was first published in 1999, a year after PLS, so I could not recommend it in PLS. Hence this posting, now. Even though the authors and I are competitors, and our books are published by different firms, I urge all law students to get Getting to Maybe. (For one thing, the authors' critique of the IRAC model is succinct and devastating.)
If you take doing well in law school (and becoming a good attorney) seriously, this book is a necessity.
It's so well-written that I had to force myself to put it down, and ended up reading it in just two sittings, of several hours each.
The earlier review, about the teaching of Tantric Yoga, in exactly right. With Getting to Maybe, the secrets are secret no more.
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.
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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 10 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