In Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold, Thane Messinger pulls no proverbial punches as he guides the potential law student through the entire law school experience from pre-application to post-graduation.
First of all, I can’t stress enough how comprehensive this book is for an aspiring law student, and then for a law student, and then for a law graduate.
Once the reader has given the book a good once-over, as recommended by the author, she can focus on the topics most important to her at any given time — this book is comprehensive, designed to accompany the student from before she even submits a law school application to the job hunt after graduation, so it is meant to be digested in small doses.
Even substantive law school subjects are treated separately so the student can begin to see the overall, broader picture, which is sometimes difficult to grasp for a 1L.
I love the author’s frankness and honesty throughout, and especially useful are tips regarding class preparation, case briefing, outlining, note-taking (or lack thereof), study groups, and learning the law — these are all topics that are unique to the law school experience, and unless you’ve already attended law school, you should know about them before setting foot in a 1L classroom.
I give this book five stars and highly recommend it to anyone considering law school; get a copy of this book before you begin the application process, and it’ll take you clear up through your 3L year and beyond.
It’s simply an invaluable resource that will take a lot of the mystique and uncertainty out of law school for its reader. I wish it would have been around when I was starting law school.
Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.