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What to read summer before law school?

Postby ticklemesilly » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:48 am

I've heard "Getting to Maybe" is good and to maybe read a torts book as well? Is the torts book worth it? Any other books advisable?

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby kalvano » Thu Apr 30, 2015 5:04 am

Search. This topic has been absolutely beaten to death.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby 071816 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:15 pm

the Quran

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby checkers » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:37 pm

Dune

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby bport hopeful » Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:54 pm

kalvano wrote:Search. This topic has been absolutely beaten to death.

And the answer has always been, something that makes you happy. At the end of August, that part of you will be dead forever.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby UpandDown97 » Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:59 pm

bport hopeful wrote:
kalvano wrote:Search. This topic has been absolutely beaten to death.

And the answer has always been, something that makes you happy. At the end of August, that part of you will be dead forever.


Unless of course you like law school, which it seems like a fair number of people do. Then you get to keep reading things you like and that make you happy.

Important to remember you're not going to jail or 6 feet under. You just are going to have to read a lot.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby star fox » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:25 pm

Something not related to the law.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby Yukos » Fri May 01, 2015 1:39 pm

Reading all the other posts on this topic will probably take a good part of your summer.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby Barack O'Drama » Fri May 01, 2015 2:01 pm

chimp wrote:the Quran
haha Idk why, but I found this hilarious!

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby BmoreOrLess » Fri May 01, 2015 2:53 pm

Brushing up on your US history is probably the only substantive thing that would be helpful. I wouldn't read anything law school related; you don't want to get stuck with a really particular professor with your own notions of what the law is/should be.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby KMart » Fri May 01, 2015 4:01 pm

Yukos wrote:Reading all the other posts on this topic will probably take a good part of your summer.

:lol:

Seriously OP, read for fun. You might not have a lot of other chances to do this in the future.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby secadc11 » Fri May 01, 2015 4:20 pm

BmoreOrLess wrote:Brushing up on your US history is probably the only substantive thing that would be helpful. I wouldn't read anything law school related; you don't want to get stuck with a really particular professor with your own notions of what the law is/should be.


Any particular recommendations?

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby Yukos » Fri May 01, 2015 4:41 pm

secadc11 wrote:
BmoreOrLess wrote:Brushing up on your US history is probably the only substantive thing that would be helpful. I wouldn't read anything law school related; you don't want to get stuck with a really particular professor with your own notions of what the law is/should be.


Any particular recommendations?


http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Lincoln-S ... ng+lincoln

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby 03152016 » Fri May 01, 2015 4:48 pm

don't study for courses the summer before
i promise it won't help

could be good to read a book on econ tho
half my profs are big law and econ guys
wish i had a foundation going in

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby BigZuck » Fri May 01, 2015 4:56 pm

Knowing a lot about US history didn't save me from Con Law median pwnage, if that's what some of you guys are thinking about.

Being good at law school exams is by and large it's own discrete skill, IMO

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby lawschoolhopeful16 » Fri May 01, 2015 5:03 pm

To be quite frank, I don't think that there is much that pre-1Ls can do in the way of preparation for the first year of law school, at least reading-wise; that said, if you have a friend currently in law school, you might pick their brain about what works for them in terms of studying. Honestly, though, law school is a skill-building process--unlike undergrad, which, for most people, myself included, was far more content-centric. I think many entering law students fail to recognize and/or appreciate this key difference between law school and many other forms of education until well into the first year. Essentially, you can think of law school, particularly the 1L experience, as an extension of the LSAT. For this reason, pre-1L reading is unlikely to be fruitful, unless you have someone teaching you *how* to read the material.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby pancakes3 » Fri May 01, 2015 5:24 pm

Infinite Jest

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby BmoreOrLess » Fri May 01, 2015 10:16 pm

BigZuck wrote:Knowing a lot about US history didn't save me from Con Law median pwnage, if that's what some of you guys are thinking about.

Being good at law school exams is by and large it's own discrete skill, IMO


Agreed, I just consistently found myself wishing I knew more about US history, especially because my professor really tried to hammer home 'historical context' stuff all the time. I don't think it there's any way it could hurt, unlike reading E&E's which definitely has the potential to harm.

And I'm praying for median pwnage from con law at this point.


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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby 03152016 » Fri May 01, 2015 11:15 pm


the book preview is kind of interesting
reads like a self help book

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Sat May 02, 2015 9:03 am

BigZuck wrote:Knowing a lot about US history didn't save me from Con Law median pwnage, if that's what some of you guys are thinking about.

Being good at law school exams is by and large it's own discrete skill, IMO

Yeah, I don't think reading up on history will help your grades at all, but if (like me) you somehow managed to avoid ever taking a US history class, learning a bit more about it would probably make you feel like less of an idiot during conlaw. If you've taken classes in that area though (or read up on it for some other reason), don't bother, as a basic awareness of historical events will be enough for you to know what's going on.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby pancakes3 » Sat May 02, 2015 9:19 am

Meh, the revolutionary war happened. The south was overrepresented per the 3/5 compromise and as a result something like 11 of the first 15 presidents were slaveowners resulting in something like 30 of the first 35 SC justices being slave sympathizers that led to a few fucked up decisions re: black people that was "wiped clean" with the 13, 14, 15 amendments. The civil war was just a clusterfuck in all respects, not just Con-Law. The great depression happened. The civil rights movement happened. 9/11 happened. We now have health care.

I don't think a college course is necessary. AP/Honors HS US History would have been more than sufficient.

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Re: What to read summer before law school?

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Sat May 02, 2015 10:16 am

pancakes3 wrote:Meh, the revolutionary war happened. The south was overrepresented per the 3/5 compromise and as a result something like 11 of the first 15 presidents were slaveowners resulting in something like 30 of the first 35 SC justices being slave sympathizers that led to a few fucked up decisions re: black people that was "wiped clean" with the 13, 14, 15 amendments. The civil war was just a clusterfuck in all respects, not just Con-Law. The great depression happened. The civil rights movement happened. 9/11 happened. We now have health care.

I don't think a college course is necessary. AP/Honors HS US History would have been more than sufficient.

To clarify, when I said if you've taken a class in it you'll be fine, I was including high school. I didn't take US history in high school or college and was a bit lost and found myself wishing I'd read up on it during the summer.




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