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The admin office is calling accepted students regarding missed deadlines for seat deposits?
Just to clear this up, I contacted the admissions office and they had no record of calling me.. So I guess it was someone else at Michigan calling me. I also officially withdrew, best of luck to those of you still waiting!
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bigjinjapan wrote:Um, anybody else having problems logging into the status checker? I'm getting 'No record was found for the given UM ID and birth date.' If you get dropped from the WL, it shows up as DR, right...?
i get the same thing. hopefully it's just routine maintenance...
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Every year, several admitted students will asked what they should read in the weeks before Law School. Our initial, strong impulse is to say: "Don't read anything -- just relax!" Many are dissatisfied with that response, though, so we've relented and done some informal polling of faculty, students, and alumni.
The answers varied widely, and were often completely contradictory. A significant number -– faculty as well as students, mind you! -– echoed the admonition to read nothing more taxing than contemporary fiction and every other book you've been putting off reading and won't get the chance to pick up while in law school. And people had lots of advice, in addition to specific suggestions. At least one student was concerned that people would feel compelled by the mere existence of a list to spend hundreds of dollars, and suggested an explicit reminder of the merits of the public library. And one wise student pointed out that while nothing on this list is likely to raise your GPA, it will improve the inside of your head (where you have to live for the rest of your life).
Although many people suggested works by those on the Michigan faculty (and no, the authors themselves were not the ones making the suggestion), we have not included any of those because it seemed just a tad too self-promoting, and definitely very un-Michigan.
So -- bearing in mind that this is not an Official List, and that there is no clear consensus on the issue -- here is a list, just for fun, in completely random order, of items you might want to consider.
Tony Honore, About Law: An Introduction
Lon L. Fuller, The Morality of Law
Jefferson Powell, A Community Built on Words: The Constitution in History and Politics
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
George Orwell, 1984
John Hart Ely, Democracy and Distrust
Benjamin Cardozo, The Nature of the Judicial Process
Karl Llewellyn, The Bramble Bush (multiple votes, countered by a few strong recommendations NOT to read it)
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterly's Lover
Richard Kluger, Simple Justice
Thomas Schelling, The Strategy of Conflict
Catherine Drinker Bowen, Miracle at Philadelphia
Eric Foner, Reconstruction
Leo Katz, Bad Acts and Guilty Minds
Stephen Ambrose, Nothing Like it in the World
Anthony Trollope, anything at all
Shakespeare, anything at all
The Bible, especially the first five books
Louis Auchincloss, Powers of Attorney
A.M. Polinsky, An Introduction to Law and Economics
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
Ntozake Shange, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo
Elizabeth Vrato, The Counselors
Confucius, The Analects
Jonathan Harr, A Civil Action
Steven Landsburg, Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Experience
Peter H. Irons, A People's History of the Supreme Court
Ed Lazarus, Closed Chambers
David Friedman, Law's Order
Duncan Kennedy, Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy: A Polemic Against the System
Elizabeth Becker, When the War was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution
Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game
Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters
Anthony Lewis, Gideon's Trumpet
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Random Family
Fauziya Kassindja, Do They Hear You When You Cry
Mark Salzman, True Notebooks
The Wall Street Journal
The Economist Magazine
Alan Ginsburg, Howl
Verdi, Requiem (yep, music)
Your application essay(s)
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Flips88 wrote:I like how they throw the Pentateuch in there like it's going to make you a more well rounded student.
Considering most Western legal systems are largely influenced by those books, I'm going to say it would make you quite a bit more well-rounded as a law student. In fact, it's most (especially fundie) Christians who haven't read the Bible.
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