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February 20, 2005

Pre-Law Reading

New 0L blawgger “Law Student” recently published reviews of two books that often appear on pre-law reading lists: One L by Scott Turow and Brush With the Law by Robert Byrnes and Jaime Marquart. “Law Student” recommends both books as good preparation for law school, largely because they provide insight into the emotional and psychological stresses that might be involved. I read both books myself before starting law school and wrote about them here. I found One L less interesting and useful than it seems “Law Student” did, but it still seems almost obligatory to give it a read if you're going to law school. I also mentioned a couple of other books I read before starting school which may be of interest to some of you 0Ls. At this point, with the benefit of hindsight, I'd recommend reading the following books before starting law school: Should You Really Be A Lawyer? (I'm still reading this, but it seems worthwhile so far.) “The Official Guide to Legal Specialties” (Lisa L. Abrams, National Association for Law Placement, National Association for Law Placement, NALP) “What Can You Do With a Law Degree?: A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside & Around the Law” (Deborah Arron) Those will all help you decide whether you really want to/should go to law school. If you decide to go, I'd also recommend: “Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams” (Richard Michael Fischl, Jeremy Paul)

Posted by mowabb at February 20, 2005 09:35 AM

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