"Expert Learning for Law Students is designed to help law students build the learning and analytical skills necessary to succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. Based on the findings of hundreds of educational studies, this book reveals how successful law students and lawyers plan, monitor, and implement their work. It also explains how experts reflect on their learning processes and identify any necessary adjustments to those processes. Detailed guidance regarding individual personality types and learning styles is also provided. The book includes more than 50 charts and graphics as well as numerous suggestions for selecting and implementing strategies for case reading and case briefing; taking notes; memorizing; managing time, stress, and workload; developing legal analysis skills; and preparing for and taking law school examinations."--BOOK JACKET.
This pioneering book is the first to identify the methods, strategies, and personal traits of law professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. Modeling good behavior through clear, exacting standards and meticulous preparation, these instructors know that little things also count--starting on time, learning names, responding to emails.
Strategies and Tactics for the First Year Law Student gives you a detailed, step-by-step program for surviving the first year of law school. Note-taking--Sharpening your note-taking skills will maximize your study time and improve your grades Your law professor's personality--Understanding it can be to your advantage Study traps--What are they and how to avoid them Memory aids--How classic memory systems work and when you should (and shouldn't) use them The pressures of law school--Effective techniques for handling the pressure from classmates, professors, and reading assignments Taking exams--Nine steps to writing exceptional exam answers The Internet--Useful search engines and websites
Teaching Law by Design
Author: Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess, Sophie Sparrow
Professors Michael Hunter Schwartz, Sophie Sparrow, and Gerry Hess, leaders in legal education, have collaborated to offer a second edition of their book. Applying the research on teaching and learning, this book guides new and experienced law teachers through the process of designing and teaching a course. The book addresses how to plan a course; design a syllabus; plan individual class sessions; engage and motivate students; use a variety of teaching techniques; assess student learning; and how to be a life- long learner as a teacher. New chapters focus on creating lasting learning, experiential learning, and troubleshooting common teaching challenges.
The ability to read law well is an indispensable skill that can make or break the academic career of any aspiring lawyer. Fortunately, the ability to read law well (quickly and accurately) is a skill that can be acquired through knowledge and practice. First published in 2005, Reading Like a Lawyer has become a staple on many law school reading lists for prospective and admitted students. The second edition includes the same critical reasoning and reading strategies, accompanied by hands-on practice exercises, that made the first edition such a success. It adds a chapter on a growing challenge for this generation of legal readers: how to read legal materials online with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
Insights and strategies for success in the competitive law school application process offered by law school admission consultant and former director of law school admissions, Ann Levine, Esq. Ms. Levine is "The Secret Weapon of Law School Applicants Nationwide" and 95,000 law school hopefuls and pre-law students rely upon her Law School Expert blog for tips and advice throughout the law school application cycle. Whether you're applying to a top law school or just praying to get in anywhere, The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert" explains each piece of the process with candor and openness and answers the questions asked most frequently by law school applicants, including: How do I decide which law schools to apply to? Why is the personal statement so important and what should I write about? How do I explain a low LSAT score? Who should write my letters of recommendation and what should they emphasize? What can I do if I am wait listed at my top choice school? For answer
"One L of a Year"
Author: Leah M. Christensen
Many books give law students advice about how to navigate through their first year of law school. This book strives to be something different. The purpose of "One L of a Year" is to focus on the reading, studying and testing strategies used by the most successful law students. This book is more than advice—it is a learning guide based upon empirical research and statistical correlations between law student learning and their law school GPAs.Most importantly, this book attempts to show you what high-ranking law students have done to achieve success during their first year. It's one thing to read about how to take a law school essay exam—it's quite another thing to see examples of student essays, outlines, legal memoranda, and multiple choice questions. With drive and determination, most students can get through law school. However, "One L of a Year" gives you the research-based skills to maximize your own success.
Extensively updated and expanded to incorporate legislative and practical changes enacted since the publication of the previous edition, this third edition of Law for the Expert Witness comprehensively covers the current processes and techniques of legal procedure. Beginning with procedural issues that an expert witness would encounter in advance of the trial itself, the chapters cover legal paperwork, disclosure, depositions, discovery, and the penalties incurred due to any failure to comply with these rules. New material regarding amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is included as they concern required disclosure early in the litigation process and the disclosure of electronic information. The second section addresses evidentiary issues. Photographs and diagrams illustrate the modern physical arrangement of a courtroom and the use of exhibits and demonstration. Updated case studies and examples of relevant court decisions demonstrate newly settled issues regarding who is an expert and when one can testify. The third section presents tips and hints from the authors own extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Suggestions regarding organization of narrative direct testimony and withstanding cross examination are beneficial for all but the most experienced professional witness. Appendices reflect recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence, both instruments largely applicable in most states. Presenting authoritative information available from no other source, as well as analysis and application of the latest federal rules of procedure, Law for the Expert Witness provides a crucial tool for the confidence and preparation of those who might one day find themselves testifying in court.
Author: John A. Humbach
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
This extraordinary paperback provides a highly accessible and appealing orientation to the American legal system and presents basic concepts of civil litigation to first-year law students. Whose Monet? An Introduction to the American Legal System focuses on a lengthy dispute over the ownership of a painting as a vehicle for introducing students to the basic law school tasks of reading analytically, understanding legal materials, and working with the common law. The author and his colleagues have used these materials successfully in their classrooms for many years, ensuring their teachability and effectiveness: Whose Monet? can be used as primary course material in orientation courses or seminars, as well as collateral reading for in-semester Legal Process or Civil Procedure courses The organization is logical and straightforward and the accessible writing style--lucid, descriptive, and conversational--is ideal for incoming students The major events in a lawsuit are considered, and the text sheds light on how the law is applied in a civil dispute, introducing common law and statutory law and the various courts and their interrelationship (trial/appellate, state/federal) The author draws on judicial opinions, litigation papers, transcripts, and selections from commentators and various jurisprudential sources, thereby exposing the first-year student to as broad a spectrum of materials as possible Telling the story of a real lawsuit (DeWeerth v. Baldinger)--from client intake through trial and various appeals--draws students into the legal process by means of an engaging narrative and makes for a truly enjoying teaching experience for professors The lawyer's role is examined in both its functional and moral dimensions: What do lawyers do? What does society legitimately expect lawyers to do? This book is suitable for both classroom and stand-alone assigned reading
What About Law?
Author: Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan, G J Virgo
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Most young people considering studying law, or pursuing a legal career, have very little idea of what learning law involves and how universities teach law to their students. The new edition of this book, which proved very popular when first published in 2007, provides a 'taster' for the study of law; a short, accessible presentation of law as an academic subject, designed to help 17- and 18-year old students and others decide whether law is the right choice for them as a university subject, or, if they have already made the choice, what to expect when they start their law degree. It helps answer the question 'what should I study at university?' and counters the perception that law is a dry, dull subject. What About Law? shows how the study of law can be fun, intellectually stimulating, challenging and of direct relevance to students. Using a case study approach, the book introduces prospective law students to the legal system, as well as to legal reasoning, critical thinking and argument. This is a book that should be in the library of every school with a sixth form, every college and every university, and it is one that any student about to embark on the study of law should read before they commence their legal studies. All of the authors have long experience in teaching law at Cambridge and elsewhere and all have also been involved, at various times, in advising prospective law students at open days and admissions conferences. Listed as one of the 'Six of the best law books' that a future law student should read by the Guardian Law Online, 8th August 2012. See the detailed website for this book: a href=uhttp://www.whataboutlaw.co.uk
Author: Martha M. Peters, Don C. Peters
Publisher: Center for Applications of
As the first book of its kind, Juris Types presents a comprehensive guide for utilizing the Myers-Briggs personality types for successfully completing law school. Type and law experts Martha M. Peters and Don Peters present a clear understanding of how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) instrument, administered to many incoming law students throughout the country, holds clues for developing optimal study habits and techniques for approaching exams. You will discover step-by-step study habits for each of the sixteen types as well as a general introduction to the theories of psychological type. The book includes a CD-ROM with exercises that appear at the end of each chapter.
Based on the latest neuroscience research, this entertaining, practical guide offers law students a formula for success in school, on the bar exam, and as practicing attorneys. The process of mastering the law, either as a law student or as an attorney, becomes much easier if one has a working knowledge of the brain's basic habits. The first part of the book translates the research, explaining learning strategies that work for the brain and why others are useless. The second part explores the brain's decision-making processes and cognitive biases. Readers will gain a fluency with the biases that affect persuasion -- the hallmark of a successful lawyer. This book is part of the Context and Practice Series, edited by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
(back cover) Updated to reflect today's law school experience, How to Succeed in Law School gives you the head start you'll need as you prepare to enter law school. The author describes the day-to-day law school experience, tells you which subjects you'll be taking, and advises on ways to develop the habits that will enable you to excel. He also offers tips on handling the inevitable stresses that are a part of law school. If law school is in your future, you need to read this book.
Author: A. Jamie Cuticchia
Publisher: American Bar Association
As science has discovered more and more about genetics, the legal implications have also grown; Genetics: A Handbook for Lawyers, the third book in the ABA Fundamentals series, explores these implications, with easy-to-understand discussions of the science and its application in real cases. This book is a must for any lawyer whose practice touches upon the field of genetics.