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Lawyers/law school students: a question!

Laura LeeLaura Lee Posts: 1,828Registered Users
I've just finished my applications to law school and now that those are out of the way and I'm wrapping up my undergrad, I find myself with more free time than I'm used to. Are there any books that you feel are standards that every law student should read? I'm looking for new reading material that will be productive essentially. Any suggestions for my Christmas wish list?

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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Laura Lee wrote: »
    I've just finished my applications to law school and now that those are out of the way and I'm wrapping up my undergrad, I find myself with more free time than I'm used to. Are there any books that you feel are standards that every law student should read? I'm looking for new reading material that will be productive essentially. Any suggestions for my Christmas wish list?

    No.. law school is so different from undergrad or anything else that your best bet is to go in with a fresh mind. Use your time before to indulge in non-law things you won't have time for later and that will make you look well rounded on job apps. Reading stuff will either scare you or just not help. A lot of people in my class came in thinking they knew a lot because they'd worked in a law office / taken law classes in undergrad / read law books, etc. and I don't think any of them ended up being top students. Law school is something you just have to experience to figure out.

    Once IN law school, a really good legal dictionary with definitions of legal terms, including Latin and French, is a good gift to get so if you want to go ahead and get it now, you could, but that is the only book I would recommend.
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  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    Amneris wrote: »
    Laura Lee wrote: »
    I've just finished my applications to law school and now that those are out of the way and I'm wrapping up my undergrad, I find myself with more free time than I'm used to. Are there any books that you feel are standards that every law student should read? I'm looking for new reading material that will be productive essentially. Any suggestions for my Christmas wish list?

    No.. law school is so different from undergrad or anything else that your best bet is to go in with a fresh mind. Use your time before to indulge in non-law things you won't have time for later and that will make you look well rounded on job apps. Reading stuff will either scare you or just not help. A lot of people in my class came in thinking they knew a lot because they'd worked in a law office / taken law classes in undergrad / read law books, etc. and I don't think any of them ended up being top students. Law school is something you just have to experience to figure out.

    Once IN law school, a really good legal dictionary with definitions of legal terms, including Latin and French, is a good gift to get so if you want to go ahead and get it now, you could, but that is the only book I would recommend.

    +1 Do not stress yourself now. There will be plenty of time to stress when you're in law school. Also please don't waste your time reading something which may or may not be the books you'll read in school. Trust me you'll do enough reading for 3 years to last a lifetime! Enjoy your free time and do things you'll enjoy because very soon you won't have any free time. Just keeping it real!

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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    I found Planet Law School to helpful. It gave me a general idea of what to expect and what to do to be successful.
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