1L of a Ride: A Well-traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School

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Thomson/West, 2009 - Law - 420 pages
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1L of a Ride essentially answers the questions, "What's the first year of law school really like and how can I make the most of it?" Following a chronological road trip metaphor, it tells new students what to expect, when to expect it, and how to respond to it. No other law school prep book takes this approach. The book addresses each aspect of academic success, including the top five habits of successful law students, effective class participation, how to interact with professors, case-briefing, note-taking, outlining, exam preparation, and essay and multiple-choice exam strategies. Several law school prep books include substantial content about the law (e.g., explanations of court systems, roles of judges and juries, legal theory, etc.) 1L of a Ride is all about law school. Instead of a chapter on types of courts, for example, it has a chapter on "Twenty Law Student Types."

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Review: 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides)

User Review  - Meghan Dunlap - Goodreads

Overall great book. Repeats a lot of general advice out there for 1Ls, but it was a smooth read. Read full review

Review: 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor's Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (Student Guides)

User Review  - Travis - Goodreads

As a 0L, I can't say for sure if everything in this book will be useful for me come the fall. But I do think I have a clearer picture now of what will be expected of me and what pitfalls to avoid during my first excruciating year. In fact, I wish I had read this book even before applying. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Andrew J. McClurg is professor of law at the Florida International University College of Law.

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