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best L1 law books?

Postby soxgirl45 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:40 pm

I just got into law school, and I want to get a slight head start on reading (I only have 1 class that meets 1 day per week next semester, so I'm going to have a ton of free time). I figure if I look over some of the material now, I will understand the concepts better and hopefully not have to study as much. Anyway, can anyone recommend the best books used to teach the traditional L1 classes (torts, civil procedure, contracts, legal research & writing, criminal justice, property...already took a few con law classes so don't need one for that). Thanks!!

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Postby Grad_Student » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:51 pm

Pick up Planet Law School II. It breaks down how to study prior to law school and what books to use.

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Postby orangeswarm » Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:33 pm

I would read "getting to maybe", see if you can find an audio copy of LEEWS on the internet, and if you are really ambitios buy a barbri "first year review" book (it outlines your first year classes).

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Postby soxgirl45 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:56 pm

thanks! do you know where you can get the Barbri book? Also, about how long is it?

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Postby orangeswarm » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:03 pm

You can look on amazon, half, or ebay. It is pretty long, but it covers about 7 subjects. Well worth it when school starts. You don't have to get a brand new one. Just make sure it isn't much more than a few years old.

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Postby Dschinghis Khan » Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:16 pm

Used 2003/2004 barbri first year review books are going on for $4.95. For that price, if it helps me add one good sentence to one of my final exams, it's worth it!

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Postby eqmassa » Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:12 pm

I'd read through the Examples and Explanations series. Hornbooks won't stick, and frankly, there's only so much "how to study" material you can read in advance... law school is NOT a time crunch from the get-go, so you'll have time to learn how best to study, do hypos, etc... but it'll be nice to have some background in the materials. Maybe even get a little pocket copy of the Federal Rules or the rules for your state, depending on where you're going to school, and try to get an overview. That way, the real material will stick more easily.

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Postby chris0805 » Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:44 pm

Personally, I might pick up getting to maybe or a similar book with very general advice and then just sit back and relax. Do things you enjoy so that you feel refreshed and ready to go when you get to law school.

I'm skeptical of how important it is to "study" before you get here. In law school, everyone knows all the material. It's more of a test of spotting the issues and being comfortable with nuanced arguments than knowing any of the rules.

Maybe it's just me, but I'd relax for now.

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Postby jeff2486 » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:01 pm

Don't try to learn the subjects before you get to school. If you do that you will probably shortcut the work and not learn what you are really supposed to learn, which is how to think in a way a lawyer does. As posted above everyone knows the black letter material (including you, without studying ahead of time).

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Postby 06072010 » Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:40 pm

Voyager, nice. hahahah

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Postby 06072010 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:44 am

Fine. I had a surreal moment of life imitating art. I had some weird eye spasms a couple weeks ago (bad light? stress?) that required the use of an eyepatch.

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Postby Ken » Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:55 am

The first link has a list of books (at the bottom) recommended by TLS site readers as being good. The second link is a unique approach to law school success that is an interesting read. ... chool.html

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