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Sunday, May 27, 2012

1L of a Ride by Andrew J. McClurg

Title: 1L of a Ride
Author: Andrew J. McClurg
Published 2008; 420 pages
Publisher: Thompson/West
When I receive a letter from Texas Wesleyan about starting law school in the Fall, I wanted to find a book which will give me a glimpse of what life might be like in just a few weeks. One of the books I bought on my Kindle is this book. This book has a 5-star rating out of 62 reviewers in Amazon. That's good enough for me. I wanted a 'glimpse' and I wanted clues. Andrew McClurg delivers both. In fact, this book is quite helpful, I am thinking of owning the paperback edition, too.

This book starts out with introduction about subjects any first year law student will take. There's always that core 6-7 classes. He gives summary about each one. I think I might already like tort, and I'm not even in law school yet. I'm dreading the writing class, so I'm taking a summer class at a local community college just to get in more practice. I never did get that hang of writing technical things. And I couldn't get more technical than writing things while in law school. Right?

I like what he said about classes. I like the hints and clues. The Top Five Habits of  Successful Students he listed in chapter 10 is especially eye-opening for me.

C.R.E.D.O. Meaning consistent, rigorous, efficient, deligent, organized 

I just have to make sure to be even more organized than I am now. I hope to consult this book when I start law school. For now, I'm enjoying the birds-eye view of it. There's a whole chapter on note-taking, briefing a case, exam-taking and more. This guy knows what he's talking about. He's only been teaching tort for a long time. How helpful is this book? I'll know for sure when I'm there.

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