zengyy wrote:Thanks for your more detailed advice and answers to my questions in another post! Are there books on legal reasoning process you can recommend? Thanks a lot!
I recommend reading Planet Law School for a general overview of what you need to learn how to do. The book provides an example using the Mayflower (discovery of America) which I thought was a great illustration of what you will be called to do on a typical law school exam, and how that differs from, say, a biology exam. It also provides an overview of how to study.
The E&E guides for various subjects will teach you the "black-letter" law, as will any outlines you find in student organization outline banks. You will want to work through the E&Es to make sure you understand what the rules are and common situations in which they apply, and reinforce your understanding of the rules through studying old outlines.
LEEWS will teach you how to apply your understanding of the "black-letter" law on an exam, which may contain many different confusing facts which you'll have to sort through to identify their legal implications.
John Delaney's book "Learning Legal Reasoning" will teach you how to extract the "black-letter" law from cases and statutes. This is a skill you will need to learn to be a good lawyer. The law in most 1L subjects is relatively settled and clear, so this skill isn't that relevant to the core 6 subjects, but you will need to master this skill once you get into law which is a lot less established (such as patent law or securities regulation). You can get the book here: http://johndelaneypub.com/publications/ ... ning-book/
Delaney's book "How To Do Your Best On Law School Exams" also provides a good perspective on how to take law school exams, though it overlaps somewhat with LEEWS and some of the tips in Planet Law School. It's worth taking a look at, you can get it here: http://johndelaneypub.com/publications/ ... exam-book/
(Actually, if you want to buy either one of Delaney's books, let me know via personal message since I still have them from 1L year.)
From what I can tell, Getting to Maybe deals with addressing the "gray areas" in the "black-letter" law; that is, where the answer of whether a condition is met, or which law should apply, is not entirely clear. If this is the case, I recommend reading the book, since your legal analysis, and exam score, will be much improved if you can argue BOTH SIDES of a contested issue, argue in the alternative, and argue against the applicability of a rule of decision (aka make a "policy argument"). Most professors will give you points if you raise relevant arguments for BOTH SIDES of an issue, and being able to do these things increases the number of relevant arguments you can make.
These are all the useful resources I can think of right now. At the bare minimum, I recommend going through LEEWS and the first 1/3 of Planet Law School, since those two resources will give you ample food for thought.