Before all the hustle and bustle starts this August, you might want to catch up on some reading. Each of these books outline different strategies and techniques that the CSL Library thinks would be beneficial to the new law student preparing for the professional law school environment this fall.
#1 Law School without Fear: Strategies for Success by Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo, Foundation Press; 2nd edition (2002).
As an excerpt from the back cover states, “this is an indispensable book for law students because two law professors wrote it for a particular law student: their son.” Helene Shapo and Marshall Shapo, professors at Northwestern University, wrote this book to attempt to “explain in simple terms the most basic things that a law student really needs to know about law school.”
#2 Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy, Carolina Academic Press (2006).
Herbert N. Ramy, Professor of Academic Support at Suffolk University Law School, elaborates on the upcoming “rigorous learning environment” that students will face during their first semester in law school. The book combines hypothetical situations, case law, examples of legal concepts and practical exercises where students can measure their progress.
#3 Bridging the Gap between College and Law School: Strategies for Success by Ruta K. Stropus and Charlotte D. Taylor, Carolina Academic Press (2001).
Making the transition from a college educational setting to a law school professional environment can be difficult for some students. Stropus and Taylor eloquently explain the “why,” “how,” and “what” of the law. The “why” of law exemplifies the practice-ready context necessary to understand why law school is taught the way that it is over the years. The “how” of the law sets forth a step-by-step pragmatic approach that will help you to adapt to the law school community. Finally, the “what” of law portion of the book provides you with practical problem-solving exercises in a variety of subjects.
“I’ve already read these books!?!” Don’t worry, Anthea des Etages, the Academic Success Counselor, maintains regular office hours, a liberal open-door policy and availability for evening appointments. Her office is located in Room 355. Contact her directly for additional summer reading suggestions!