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Law School Books
Published October 2006, last updated March 2011
These are the best books to help you master the LSAT, craft an excellent law school personal statement, successfully apply to law schools, and enjoy happiness and success while in law school.
LSAT SAMPLE TESTS
10 More, Actual, Official LSAT Sample Tests
10 Actual, Official LSAT Sample Tests
Your LSAT score is the single most important factor affecting your law school admissions. The best way to master the LSAT test questions is to take as many actual LSATs as possible and then review and learn from your mistakes. Once you have some confidence in your LSAT skills, take as many LSAT sample tests as possible under timed conditions that reflect the real test. Each of these twenty actual LSATs includes an answer key (with no solutions), writing sample, and score conversion table. Make sure to focus on real LSAT sample tests, not poorly written LSAT practice tests distributed by Princeton Review or Kaplan. Note that I do feel an LSAT prep class is time and money well spent, but augment this class with taking LSAT sample tests on your own.
The Official LSAT Practice Test with Explanations
An actual LSAT test with detailed explanations to each problem. Note that the LSAT practice tests above only have an answer key and no explanations for all of their LSAT sample questions.
LSAT PREP BOOKS
Mastering the LSAT
Arguably the best LSAT preparation book out there, with solutions to actual LSAT practice questions.
LSAT Logic Games Bible
Simply the best book in assisting students improve their score in logic games, generally considered the hardest section of the LSAT. Includes 21 real LSAT logic games with detailed analysis.
Kaplan LSAT 2004
Provides instruction in all aspects of the LSAT and includes 3 LSAT sample tests (not actual) with answers and explanations. Addresses all components of the LSAT.
Kaplan LSAT 180
This book is geared towards those students shooting for top scores and provides extra tactics and advanced practice to help students get a great LSAT score.
LAW SCHOOL PERSONAL STATEMENTS
Essays that worked for Law School
This highly recommended text was just updated and includes personal statement samples and advice on writing an excellent law school personal statement. Considered to be the best book out there for crafting your law school personal statement.
How to Write a Winning Personal Statement
In addition to personal statement samples and tips, this book offers advice from law school admissions directors at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, UCLA Law School, University of Michigan Law School, and several other top law schools. This is a good overall guide to writing your law school personal statement.
GUIDE TO LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
How to Get Into the Great Law Schools
The best book out there to help you successfully navigate the law school admissions process and get accepted to the top law schools. Offers advice on all aspects of law school admissions, such as applying to the right law schools, crafting your law school personal statement, getting great law school recommendations, and advice from law school admissions directors. An excellent book!
Get into Law School: A Strategic Approach
Offers good advice on all facets of law school admissions, including choosing a law school, preparing your law school applications, drafting your law school personal statement, and applying for law school scholarships.
2004 ABA Guide to Law Schools
Written by the American Bar Association, this book describes each ABA approved law school in America, including admissions figures that are essential in determining your chances of admission to the top law schools.
Inside the Law Schools
Offers candid profiles on all of America’s law schools. Provides valuable information not found in law school catalogs such as the students’ quality of life, job prospects, and that particular law schools’ strengths and weaknesses.
GUIDES TO LAW SCHOOL SUCCESS
Law School Without Fear
Written by two Northeastern Law School Professors, this succinct and clearly written book provides an excellent overview of law school and will give you a leg up in your first-year classes and resulting first-year grades, which determine job success.
Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams
Boils down law school success to essential ingredients, such as (a) reading only those assignments provided by the professor; (b) only caring about and taking notes on what the professor lectures upon, for you are never tested on any students’ comments or answers to Socratic questions; (c) craft your own outline based upon the professors lectures and assignments; and (d) if available, review and take the professor's prior exams right before your exam. Also teaches students about the all important skill of issue spotting on law school exams.
Law School Confidential: The Complete Law School Survival Guide by Students for Students
Effectively covers all aspects of succeeding in law school, including doing well on first-year grades, the job hunt, and of course staying sane during three very intense years.
Law School Insider: The Comprehensive 21st Century Guide to Success in Admissions, Classes, Law Review, Bar Exams and Job Searches
Written by a recent Cornell Law School grad, also discusses how to succeed in all aspects of law school.
Going to Law School
A good book for those considering whether or not they want to attend law school and become lawyers.